I DID IT!!!

I did it!!!

For those who are not in the know here is a quick recap. I was offered a FO BB in AM last month. It was then quickly rescinded for a genuinely stupid reason. Then last week I got a call asking me to come in to talk to a panel for one last shot to show my qualifications. Well I left the interview an hour ago and I am proud to announce I have finally broke into an FO role! I know I said it was PWM but I was just protecting my ID.

I gave the best interview/argument I have ever gave in my life this morning. They grilled me on behavioral stuff and my u5. One guy asked me, "What are your 3 biggest weakness?" I gave my answers and he then countered with ," Ok what is your 6th?" After that I gave one walk thru on excel and was asked to go meet the team. They then called me in and offered me the job.

I have so many people I want to thank. First WSO your guides helped me so much and made me ace this important interview. Thanks to the entire community, Y'all have helped me round myself out to be an attractive candidate. I owe the WSO community a lot. I have been trying for 3 years to break in and had only 3 interviews from banks. I was doing something very wrong. I have now been a member since February and now have an amazing career and future. I come from an embarrassing non-target with an OK GPA and zero internships and just beat out some very tough competition. Credit goes to everyone who made me better.

I want to single out a few users. First, Human...Dude you have been a mentor to me and I want to say thank you. I will buy you a drink when I go to NYC along with any other WSO user. Short the World it was the resume you edited that got me in the door in the first place. Manbearpig you gave me a one liner that made me stand out. Monty09,UFO have been very supportive too and took all guidance to heart. Flake for his Q&A post (I networked the same way you did) and for always making me think twice before posting some dumbass question or comment (same for blastoise and swagon)

I do not know if I will be on WSO as much when I first start. I will have to get use to the new demands and hours. However, I do want to give back to the community. For any WSO user in Texas know you have a friend in Houston. Thanks once again ...peace.

P.S.
I told the wife the good news and she said, "That is great baby I am happy for you..Hey can you cut the grass before the rain comes?" LOL so people just don't get it but I hope y'all understand how great I feel right now.

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Comments (60)

Jun 19, 2012

Congratulations.

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

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Jun 19, 2012

Thanks and you always gave great advice too.

Jun 19, 2012

That's awesome, congrats!

Jun 19, 2012

Congrats, glad your hard work paid off. What is your role going to be?

Jun 19, 2012

Happy Tuesday! SB for you! Congrats!

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Jun 19, 2012

I was going to say that this is so mushy sounding it made me sick...but I got a shout out, so omelette that slide.

Jun 19, 2012

now go party and get drunk

Jun 19, 2012

Great to hear man. Never quit fighting.

Jun 19, 2012

I am very happy for you buddy. Thanks for mentioning me.

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Jun 19, 2012

This mothafka right here! I know I'm new but I've been on this site for months. I can tell from your post you are an extremely nice guy who only wants to help others and of coarse break in. I wish more of my co-workers had your perspective on life. Congratulations and welcome to the club now go cut that mothafk'n grass. +1

Jun 19, 2012

seriously congrats.

Edit: wait, you have a wife? how old are you???

Jun 19, 2012
J_monkey:

seriously congrats.

Edit: wait, you have a wife? how old are you???

I am 28 years old! That is why I am so excited I was about to "have" to give up and go to other pastures. I have an amazing wife. She is an MD/PHD and prolly the sole reason I didn't quit was the fact I wanted to mirror her success (I have always been a tad jealous) and she always supported my goals.

Yeah I guess I am no longer dreaming. I will change it as soon as I think of something. Any suggestions?

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Jun 19, 2012
paulydreamer:
J_monkey:

seriously congrats.

Edit: wait, you have a wife? how old are you???

I am 28 years old! That is why I am so excited I was about to "have" to give up and go to other pastures. I have an amazing wife. She is an MD/PHD and prolly the sole reason I didn't quit was the fact I wanted to mirror her success (I have always been a tad jealous) and she always supported my goals.

Yeah I guess I am no longer dreaming. I will change it as soon as I think of something. Any suggestions?

Your kids are about to be blessed forever.

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Jun 19, 2012
paulydreamer:
J_monkey:

seriously congrats.

Edit: wait, you have a wife? how old are you???

I am 28 years old! That is why I am so excited I was about to "have" to give up and go to other pastures. I have an amazing wife. She is an MD/PHD and prolly the sole reason I didn't quit was the fact I wanted to mirror her success (I have always been a tad jealous) and she always supported my goals.

Yeah I guess I am no longer dreaming. I will change it as soon as I think of something. Any suggestions?

SB for you! amazing dedication.

Jun 19, 2012

Awesome!!!

Congrats pauly....no more "dreamer"?

Jun 19, 2012

Congratulations man, really felt your despair in your original post and have been following this story since. Have fun!

Jun 19, 2012

congrats OP

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Jun 19, 2012

Congratulations man.

Out of curiosity, what were your 3 biggest weaknesses? I always hated that question.

Jun 19, 2012
Banker88:

Congratulations man.

Out of curiosity, what were your 3 biggest weaknesses? I always hated that question.

  1. impatient with BO stuff
  2. Not a fan of people with a lack of driver or ambition that doesn't match my own
  3. gullible
    I always mentioned what I'm doing to improve on each one

When he said ok now your 6th weakness
I was caught off guard I just said well the wife could give you more then just 6 but I can't. He laughed and that was it

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Jun 19, 2012
paulydreamer:

When he said ok now your 6th weakness
I was caught off guard I just said well the wife could give you more then just 6 but I can't. He laughed and that was it

Congrats. This is an awesome response to a very stupid question.

Jun 19, 2012

pauly my man. congrats on the new gig. enjoy it, i know you worked hard to get it.

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Jun 19, 2012
paulydreamer:

P.S.
I told the wife the good news and she said, "That is great baby I am happy for you..Hey can you cut the grass before the rain comes?"

am I the only one that thinks this was, um, you know, a hint at wanting some of you know what? grass = the good and rain = the monthly visitor?

Just kidding. Congrats! Made my otherwise mundane Tuesday a lot better

Jun 19, 2012
huethan:
paulydreamer:

P.S.
I told the wife the good news and she said, "That is great baby I am happy for you..Hey can you cut the grass before the rain comes?"

am I the only one that thinks this was, um, you know, a hint at wanting some of you know what? grass = the good and rain = the monthly visitor?

Just kidding. Congrats! Made my otherwise mundane Tuesday a lot better

When you are dating that could be code but when your married she really means cut the damn grass lol

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Jun 19, 2012

in exchange hook it up with your wives md friends when/if i move to texas, preferably latinas

Jun 19, 2012

SB +1. Mad props congrats man.

Jun 19, 2012

She is only your pre-FO job wife anyway

Nice work

Jun 19, 2012

Congratulations!

Jun 19, 2012

great example of perseverance for those more recent grads thinking about giving up. Congrats my man

Jun 19, 2012

Congrats man. I can feel how happy you are just by what you typed. I wish you the best.

Jun 19, 2012

congrats!!!

Jun 19, 2012

congrats!

Jun 19, 2012

congrats Pauly, thanks for sharing this great news. You better cut the damn grass before you start celebrating.

Jun 19, 2012

Congratulations.

Jun 19, 2012

congrats!

Jun 19, 2012
paulydreamer:

I told the wife the good news and she said, "That is great baby I am happy for you..Hey can you cut the grass before the rain comes?" LOL so people just don't get it but I hope y'all understand how great I feel right now.

Haha, that is so typical! Congrats man, awesome job.

Jun 19, 2012

amazing! happy for you - you leveraged this community the right way and you proved yourself, multiple times, to your new firm.

all the best in your new gig.

Jun 19, 2012

Proud of you man. Glad things worked out for you. Don't forget about what you were able to do here the next time you run into a problem in life that you don't think you can overcome. Hard work and genuine interest are the only things you need to get to where you wanna be. Here's to you, and maybe I'll bump into you around the city sometime... and not even know it's you!

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Jun 19, 2012
BlackHat:

Proud of you man. Glad things worked out for you. Don't forget about what you were able to do here the next time you run into a problem in life that you don't think you can overcome. Hard work and genuine interest are the only things you need to get to where you wanna be. Here's to you, and maybe I'll bump into you around the city sometime... and not even know it's you!

Blackhat: you have been a huge help too thank you. I owe young drink as well.

Jun 19, 2012

Awesome answer to the weakness question. Congratulations!

Jun 19, 2012

awesome news. congrates.

take your wife out somewhere fancy.

Jun 20, 2012

That is truly an amazing success story congrats buddy, enjoy it.

Jun 20, 2012

very uplifting. Enjoy the $

No contract means I have all the power. They want me, but they can't have me. - Don Draper

Jun 20, 2012

Congratulations. Great story as well. At your age, it would been understandable to lose heart but props on the perseverance. Best of luck.

Jun 21, 2012

Congratulations. I hope to emulate your success. Mind sharing the one liner?

Jun 22, 2012

Congrats! I'm still new to here and I just decided to attend McCombs at UT-Austin. Good luck!

Envision, create and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you. -- Tony Hsieh

Jun 22, 2012

You live in Houston, TX? So do I. I've been looking for solid finance people to hang out with. Congrats on the new gig!

Jun 22, 2012

Good for you man.

Jun 22, 2012

Wow! This is a great story! For all of us here on WSO who are still networking and job searching everyday, this is very inspirational! Congratulations on your success! Hats off to those who assisted in this job search and journey through the resume help/interview process. Enjoy your new career. I am sure that it will be fruitful!

Jun 22, 2012

Great! And your wife is cute lol

Jun 23, 2012

Congratulations man, very inspirational. I hope to be in your shoes some day!

Jun 23, 2012

Congratulations man, so for your 6th weakness did you say danish tarts?

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Did you fly over my helmet?

Jun 26, 2012

tl;dr

Oct 15, 2014

Great job!

What was the one liner?

Nov 20, 2014

Congratulations, now start a new life

Jun 19, 2012

Wow, it is absolutely crazy to come back and read this post and all these comments. Thank you to all.
All I can say is the work is hard but can be rewarding. Once, you get in it feels like you can get in anywhere.

I owe this community so much and to all the newbies out there understand this site is an AMAZING resource and helped get this fool a career (I might be the dumbest guy on my team which would be insulting if they all were not geniuses).

I actually came back to do some quick research on IBP and trust this site more then any other. Keep grinding

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Sep 23, 2018

Hi, i am in college and your post is of great inspiration to me. May i ask how things are going now? After these years, how hard was it to "adapt" to the lifestyle?

And by the way, how do you reach those users for advice? Do you PM just like that? Are they cool if someone does this?

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Jun 19, 2012

Well I when I started I was even busier then I thought I would be (and I thought I would be extremely busy). It's September and I am actually taking my first vacation day of the year and I still feel guilty not being at my desk.

I have no reservations about reaching out to anybody. It has led to some wild stories where I had a VP at a BB tell me "why did I reach out to him he only talks to people on the associate level and up" while the CEO of that same BB emailed me back on a Saturday and set up a call to talk the following Monday.

The world of AM is changing and it's well documented where the cash is moving too. Heck, people on my team get nervous every time our stock value goes down another bip. I am actually re-evaluating things on my end as I can see where this industry is heading in 5 to 10 years.

You just got to not be afraid to look stupid. I am an idiot but a persistent idiot who will outwork anybody.
My most brash moment and the reason I believe I got the job was I looked the panel in the eyes (if you can look a panel in the eyes) and said , "Is there any reason you believe I could not do this job?", during the interview. They gave me a reason and I countered it.

I was told later by one of them that was prolly the "best big d*** move" they have ever seen in an interview.

Wish I could be on here more but WSO is blocked at my job and when I get home I just want to workout and chill with the wife.

Hope this helps

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