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Jan 3, 2010

The truth. Don't tell them that you have applied to everything under the sun, but it is normal for people to apply for a couple positions.

Jan 3, 2010

For the most part I would say just tell them the truth. Only thing that would be a bit tough would be if you were interviewing at a tiny boutique and told them you also were applying to all the BB's. If you are, just have a good reason why you are applying to both (big difference in terms of culture/working environment).

Jan 3, 2010

Billy-- hypothetically, if I applied to three boutiques and two BB's and I was asked during one of the boutique interviews where else I was interviewing; would it be better to say the other two boutiques and not even mention the two BB's?

thanks

Jan 3, 2010

I ran into trouble with this once by mentioning interviews I had with places that were clearly superior. If you're interviewing with say Jefferies, don't tell them about your GS and MS interviews, as it will make them think an offer will be wasted on you. I think a good rule of thumb is to mention places similar in type (boutique, MM, or BB) and "prestige." This is, of course, assuming you have those interviews. NEVER lie and say you have an interview you don't actually have, but it is OKAY to leave some out.

Jan 3, 2010
CoreAsset:

I ran into trouble with this once by mentioning interviews I had with places that were clearly superior. If you're interviewing with say Jefferies, don't tell them about your GS and MS interviews, as it will make them think an offer will be wasted on you. I think a good rule of thumb is to mention places similar in type (boutique, MM, or BB) and "prestige." This is, of course, assuming you have those interviews. NEVER lie and say you have an interview you don't actually have, but it is OKAY to leave some out.

This hits the nail on the head. I rocked my Jefferies interview so hard but didn't get a final round because I was a dumbass and honestly listed off all the BBs I also had interviews with.

A good rule of thumb is: in a BB interview, it helps you to answer this question by name-dropping other BBs (makes you look competitive); but for MM and boutiques, just mention other similar/smaller firms

Jan 3, 2010

Will the interviewers do a check on you to see if you are interviewing at other places? (I don't know how they are going to do this, maybe calling up other BBs ?)

Jan 3, 2010

^^the street is small-dont be the next jeffrey chiang

Jan 3, 2010

Nice!!

Jan 3, 2010

Thanks guys!

Jan 3, 2010

Mention comparable firms but don't list every firm you're interviewing with.

Also, after you've listed that, end off with a few reasons why you are particularly excited about THAT firm -- it's a sign of interest and in my experience always worked in my favor (I received offers at "less prestigious" places even when I mentioned interviews at GS/MS). This will not work every time, however, and it's important to have a read on what will work depending on the interviewer/firm.

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Jan 4, 2010

What should some of the things that you should said and research to show that you are very interested in their firm? I am personally applying to summer internship positions and can't really differentiate much. Every people I met in information session at my school are all very approachable and nice.

Jan 23, 2013

I know I'm reviving an old thread here, but what does it look like if I say I have no other offers or interviews going on? I have a superday with an Asian bank, and the Asia process starts early (by the time I'm done with the superday I'll still be waiting on replies from US banks to see if got a 1st round or not).

I could only get that one superday, so technically it's the only process I'm actually in - should I say "I have nothing else going on", or should I say "I'm waiting on first-rounds from US banks" or "I'm in the process with [insert 2 or 3 US comparable US banks]"?

Jan 23, 2013
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