I brought up Wolf of Wall Street in my interview

The associate asked why I would prefer to be in investment banking instead of wealth management (I have an offer at a WM / FP firm). My answer started with me wanting to make money move not just talk about it. This led me into talking about watching wolf of Wall Street and the big short in college and being inspired to go into a more demanding financial role. Now this dude probably thinks I just wanna be the next Jordan Belfort. I feel like this is almost as bad as saying you want to be in investment banking for the money

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Dec 6, 2021 - 8:36pm

This is probably the worst possible thing you could say in an interview short of saying you just slept with the MD's wife. 

Dec 8, 2021 - 4:30am

Interviewer: "So, why IB?"

OP: "I want them red bottoms, I make money moves"

*calmly takes sip of water*

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  • Associate 1 in IB - Restr
Dec 7, 2021 - 4:59pm

I would appreciate the candor of a recruit who said he wanted to do banking for the money (that's why we all do it).  I would ding the fuck out of you for the Wolf of Wall Street answer - about nothing else you could have said to make me want to work w/ you less. 

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Dec 7, 2021 - 8:54pm

Could have taken it to next level. Strippers, elevator sex, secretary getting breast implant for bonus, etc etc

Dec 9, 2021 - 4:08pm

Still brokerage for the Steve Madden IPO. They were selling IPO shares to their clients.

  • Analyst 1 in AM - FI
Dec 12, 2021 - 5:56am

"I misspoke earlier today when I mentioned The Big Short and Wolf of Wall Street as my reasons for wanting to join IB. I meant to include American Psycho as well."

  • Associate 1 in CorpDev
Dec 9, 2021 - 11:00am

Eh don't worry about. I've never said anything like you did but have said some cringy things in my first couple interviews out of nervousness and ignorance. In my first IB interview, I said wanted to do investment banking because I am competitive and wanted to test myself in a professional environment against other competitive people. Came off as a total hardo and what I said was not even true - just blurted a random thought out in the moment. 

  • Associate 2 in RE - Comm
Dec 9, 2021 - 1:07pm

It's okay man, I used to bring up the movie American Psycho in my interviews. I got offers anyway, I think the mild autism it displayed made me endearing / non-threatening, which are ideal ANALyst qualities. 

Dec 9, 2021 - 4:41pm

I was in a capital markets interview. I was so nervous in the final round that when the interviewer asked me to name a stock I DIDN'T like (short on it), I could not name a single company. I was so embarrassed the rest of the interview felt like a farce and was just going through the motions. Bad interviews happen just have to take it on the chin and learn from it. 

Dec 17, 2021 - 1:47pm

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