I entered the wrong call

Was stuck listening to elevator waiting music for 15 minutes before I realised i entered yesterday's call. im a fucking idiot. as hard as we might try not to fuck up as interns, i guess its just inevitable ffs

Comments (39)

  • VP in PE - LBOs
May 15, 2020 - 5:36pm

I'd rather have an adorable fuck-up as an intern than a hardo

May 15, 2020 - 5:37pm

so you waiting for 15 mins and didn't realize something was up 3 mins into the call that you're the only one there?? and assumed for another 12 mins that everyone else was late?

I did dumber things when I was young, but one thing that triggers me when I'm on a call is when I hear the voice "Chad from XXX has joined the call" 15 mins in....

May 15, 2020 - 5:41pm

fortunately it turned out to be a 2 min long call since it was postponed. im sure they would have called my phone or something if it were a long call lol. the analyst messaged me explaining it went fine, and thats when i realised i joined the wrong one. but we never know, still a fuck up

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
May 15, 2020 - 5:39pm

dont worry about it man I went into the wrong meeting during my SA stint. I was told to go to room 15E so I went to room 15E...in the wrong building. I sat through a meeting and actually participated thinking it was some important meeting I had to take notes/show face in. Halfway through the meeting I realised I did not recognize anyone in the room and that no one from my team was present. The topic was about the most recent earnings of the bank so I just assumed they sent me to the meeting to hear about the performance of the firm as a whole. I failed to recognize that everyone in the room was at least 40 and I was the only young person there.

I just acted normally, participated, etc and it was fine. No one asked me anything about why I was there and after the meeting we all got up, shook hands, small talked, and left. I bumped into the leader of the meeting a few days after and we just smiled at each other and carried on. I was laughed at by my team when I told them why I didnt show up to the actual meeting I was supposed to be in but no harm done.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
May 15, 2020 - 5:52pm

yeah it was a nerve wracking experience but I had no clue I was in the wrong place until halfway through the meeting. It just hit me like "dude what the fuck are they talking about". I am on an IB team and they are telling me about the deposit base and whatnot. I was freaking out inside my brain but kept cool even thoguh I was sweating super bad. I slowly realized I had no idea who these people were or why I was there but managed to look interested.

Funnily enough, these were all senior people talking about an increase in their banking app but a lack of usage in the younger demographic. They started talking about online/virtual banking and apps like Venmo, Zelle, Cash App, etc. They were total boomers not knowing really well what each one was so I kindly explained to them what Venmo was, etc. They went on talking about Venmo vs Zelle and commenting that they had to increase the app usage to keep up with the volume Venmo has.

I told them a big reason why people my age dont use Zelle is because Venmo/CashApp are more convenient since they are faster and the Zelle app has extra steps/is more bulky. One guy was like "Ok prove it" so he timed me how fast I could send my gf money over Zelle vs Venmo and of course Venmo was faster. They were like "ooh wow thanks for the input we should look into the user experience bla bla bla" and we kept on with the meeting.

tbh I completely forgot about that experience until I saw this post

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
May 15, 2020 - 5:56pm

I was going to Barclays in NYC from LGA for an interview. I didn't know much about the layout of NYC at the time, so imagine my surprise when my Uber takes me to the Barclay's Center (NBA Stadium) in Brooklyn.

May 15, 2020 - 7:02pm

newer technology would avoid these issues. Microsoft teams leads you straight to the correct meeting. other software does the same, all you have to do is click on the app.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255

May 16, 2020 - 8:46am

Call fuck-ups are hilarious. I had a client loudly yawn on a project kick off call yesterday without realising he wasn't on mute. Right in the middle of our Senior Consultant running them through the project plan.

Rule of thumb for call: wait 5 minutes and if nothing happens, email or message one of the people on the original invite to ask if something is happening.

May 20, 2020 - 8:49pm

I still do stupid things. The other day I was on with someone pretty important and as I leaned back my chair fell apart and I fell down.

This is the third time though. Should have learned my lesson by now lol

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