Last year, after my sophomore year of college (I had junior standing and could have graduated this year), I interviewed with afor an SA position, made it to the , and due to inadequate prep on my part, really screwed up, and didn't get the offer.
This year (I decided to stay in college for 4 years instead of 3), I made it to the same BB's superday via the same first round recruiter, spoke to the same set of people at the superday (pretty much), was far better prepared, and still didn't get an offer.
I ended up getting an offer from another BB, which is arguably better in the field, but I am still really curious about why this may have happened - i.e. being invited to the superday twice, and being twice rejected, despite having a much stronger resume (VC work experience this year, versus virtually nothing last year, plus a solid year's worth of preparation for the interview process), nailing pretty much every technical question (except for one...but I was humble enough to ask for how to approach it). To top it off, many of the bankers really liked me (many came up to me personally and said they were really happy to see me again etc), plus a close friend analyst at the bank was strongly recommending me.
Any opinions from people who have been on the other side of the table? Also, given the double rejection, coupled with "we had a really strong pool of applicants this year", does this mar my chances of ever potentially working for this banking team in the future? I would prefer minimal to no opinions from high school students/college kids without real insight into IB recruitment...