Hello Equity Researchers,
I have a 1st round interview for ain less than a week and I am terribly nervous. Desperate, I suppose, would be a better description given the job market. Basically, I have really no idea how to prepare for this interview on the fit or technical side. By fit, I mean in terms of "why do you want to work in research?" I know, I know. Why apply for a job in research if you don't even know why you want to work there in the first place? Long story short, I didn't get my other choice and I was only offered an interview in Research. The extent of my knowledge on research is that on a very general level, equity researchers provide recommendations to their sales and traders? I don't even know if that is right. Pathetic.
So why do you equity researchers enjoy your job? What were some of the reasons (or reasons you feel were most convincing) that made you want to dowhen you were a junior in college? Most importantly, what would you say (or what did you say) if you were asked "Why do you want to work in research?"
In terms of technical, I'm not sure what to expect. While the interview is only 30 minutes long, I feel as though at least 5-8 minutes will be spent on technical questions. If you've gone through the interview process before, I'd really appreciate it if you could give me some idea about what technical (and fit) questions to expect for a 1st round interview.
A little about me: I attend an Ivy; 3.8 GPA, I've had an internship in consulting (boutique) and private wealth management - each about a year. I've taken 2 valuation courses. I don't know if that helps or not.
Any details on this specific division would be greatly appreciated either through post or private message. Thanks in advance!