Life or Death Superday - Advice Desperately Needed


I have a superday coming up in a couple days that I can't afford to screw up. I'm basically treating it like a life or death situation.

I've had several first round interviews so far, but I've made costly mistakes that prevented me from moving forward.

Fortunately I learned from my mistakes and was able to move on to the superday with this firm.
However, I feel that this may be my last opportunity with a major bank, and want to do everything I can do maximize my chances.

So my question is, what can I do to be the best candidate I can be?
I've also heard that fit and personality matter a lot in superdays. What are some ways to
stand out in those aspects and make myself seem interesting and a great fit for the office?

What are some things that I SHOULDN'T do? What causes someone to be dinged over someone else?

Also, does the order of interview matter? Would going first, middle, or last relative to other candidates have any effect on my chances?

I'd appreciate any advice.

Thank you

Comments (78)

Dec 2, 2015 - 3:40pm

It's true that fit and personality matter a lot, but you have to remember that you can't pretend to be someone you're not. Interviewers can smell BS a mile away, and nothing will make you look worse than trying to fake who you are. That said, do leverage your experiences and anything that makes you unique, to paint a picture of yourself as one of a kind. Everyone's got some differentiating factors, and it's up to you to make yours sound as good as possible.

Dec 2, 2015 - 5:20pm

That should not be a concern for you, as it is completely out of your control. Just prepare as best as you can, and be yourself during the interviews. I'm sure you'll do fine.

Dec 2, 2015 - 9:57pm

Also, don't treat it as a "life or death" situation. You're simply heaping a ton of pressure on yourself that way and it'll likely make you pretty nervous beforehand and affect your thinking and overall confidence. The last thing you want is a brain freeze in the middle of "tell me about yourself" because you're basically interviewing scared, anxious, etc.

And even if something doesn't work out, it's not like it's your last shot. That's only true if you make it that way. Keep reaching out to people. If you've relied on only resume drops and online apps like most college students (or at least primarily), it's time to really get your networking into high gear.

It also doesn't have to be banking. If you're a banking analyst chances are you probably don't want to pursue banking long-term anyway. Consider VC's, HF's, and firms in other finance disciplines as well if those are areas of interest to you.

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Dec 2, 2015 - 10:20pm

Agree with the above as to not treat it as "life or death". I've been in a number of "life or death" superdays for myself - End of recruiting season, close to graduation, after graduation. Guess what? Each time I didn't get it and my career has turned out just as good if not better than if I had gotten one of my "life or death" jobs.

Dec 3, 2015 - 1:08am

Meaning that, you have to KNOW it's YOURS, and still somehow manage to not only exude but actually HAVE humility.

If you find yourself apologizing to some random jerk-off, on a forum you don't even use, after him being a dick for no reason, how do you expect to handle offensive, highly-critical feedback from smarter, more successful guys on an hourly basis for 2 years under more stress than you ever thought possible?

Dec 3, 2015 - 3:25am


Meaning that, you have to KNOW it's YOURS, and still somehow manage to not only exude but actually HAVE humility.

If you find yourself apologizing to some random jerk-off, on a forum you don't even use, after him being a dick for no reason, how do you expect to handle offensive, highly-critical feedback from smarter, more successful guys on an hourly basis for 2 years under more stress than you ever thought possible?

That's like, the most constructive post I think I have ever read from you on this forum.
You're losing your touch, jerk-off. Haha.

Dec 3, 2015 - 3:47am

Super Day Advice (Originally Posted: 01/20/2014)

I've looked around, and there really isn't any thread that has tips and pointers that are super day specific. So what do you guys think? What is the key to converting those super day interviews into an offer? Is it mostly fit at this point? Should you be super professional, or try to be buddy buddy with every interviewer?

Dec 3, 2015 - 3:50am

Advice for first superday (Originally Posted: 01/22/2012)

I am from a non-target and have my first superday this coming week with a MM IB. I have been going over WSO's fit and technical guides and looking at Mergers and Inquisitions.

Is there anything else that I can do to prepare? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Dec 3, 2015 - 4:02am

First Superday Ever - Advice? (Originally Posted: 12/13/2013)

I am having my first superday at a BB for SA IBD in a few days. It is the accelerated process, so I am pretty pissed that I wont, and did not previously, have much time to prepare for these interviews. As you may have seen in my recent post about the first round, I am going through finals right now and have two exams on the day of the Superday, and one the following day. Thus, my time in the next few days will have to be strategically allocated.

How do you guys suggest I prep for this interview given that I have less than 5 days and I need to do some final exam studying in between there. I am sure other people run into this problem every year. I am curious to hear what you are supposed to do in this situation...


"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin
Dec 3, 2015 - 4:11am

First superday in 4 days. I could use some help. (Originally Posted: 02/07/2011)

Hey guys,

I just got the e-mail to go for a superday this week for MM IB, and I need a lot of help with valuations. I bought the vault guide, but I'm still very green on how to do any of them. This is my only line up for the summer, and as a sophomore, I don't think I will be getting another one.

That being said, is anyone out there feeling particularly altruistic and willing to break down the ways to value a company, or at least the easier ones?

I will be working through the book for the next 4 days (interview is this Friday) to prep as best I can.

If there are any other books worth buying to prepare for these valuation questions, I would appreciate the recommendations.

I am currently searching both this site and M&I for best practices on superdays, but advice from you guys is encouraged and appreciated.

Thanks in advance to those who are willing to help a veteran transition into banking.

Dec 3, 2015 - 4:25am

Asking about superday details/preparation tips (Originally Posted: 10/18/2013)

Hi guys,

I have a superday coming up with a hedge fund next weekend and I was wondering if it is considered appropriate/good etiquette to ask the point-of-contact who invited me (basically, one of the team members) about the nature of the interviews and/or tips so that I can better prepare for it? This is my first time doing a superday - really excited about it! Thanks in advance!

Dec 3, 2015 - 4:38am

Superday Prep?? (Originally Posted: 10/08/2009)

Would anyone being willing to post some tips for preparing for Superdays? Any techniques or things in particular your feel recent grads or soon-to-be grads should focus on? Obviously you should know everything in the world, especially the correct answers to the questions the interviewer asks...but anything specific?

Any insight would be appreciated and best of luck to those with interviews coming up.


"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan
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Dec 3, 2015 - 4:43am

Stressing over Friday Super Day (Originally Posted: 02/01/2011)

I am writing to vent and also to get some perspective. I have a a superday interview coming up this Friday (for an associate gig at a bulge bracket) and don't feel nearly ready enough. I've only had a week to prep (although have been doing so non-stop) and I am going through the Breaking into Wall Street Course, but DCF is giving me some trouble. I'm coming from a non-finance background and don't have an MBA so much of this is new to me. Ahhhh. Advice, perspective?

Dec 3, 2015 - 4:44am

You sound like you're over prepared already. Just be honest when you don't know something and the things you have picked up this week will shine.

Dec 3, 2015 - 4:45am

dont worry so much, a week of prep is more than enough. go through all your stuff once more and than thats it. know whats going on in the markets and just have your mini stories ready for fit questions.

you will be suprised how casual some of your interviews will be and how its much more like a general conversation than a hardcore technical guide repetition.

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Dec 3, 2015 - 4:48am

You might be having anxiety attack. Just relax. More often than not, interviews do not dwell much on the technical side but on personal information.

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”
Dec 3, 2015 - 4:50am

Superday - Shed some light? (Originally Posted: 01/23/2012)

Got some superdays coming up for BB IB. I've never had an IB superday and am wondering if I should go about studying/preparing for them the same as my on campus or phone interviews.

I can't really afford to find out what a superday is like from personal experience, so I would greatly appreciate if any fellow monkeys can shed some light on their experiences.

What guides offer the best technical questions. I've relied on the WSO guides thus far, which have been very helpful, but was wondering if there are other guides out there that might be more indepth, advanced, etc.

Thanks guys. I've done a few searches and would just like to get some more responses (especially from people who have had recent superdays).

Dec 3, 2015 - 4:53am

Recently had a superday at a BB. Think BofA, Citi, Deutsche, UBS for FT. Obviously technical understanding is essential and you can't go in without having market awareness, but be sure you know your resume ... COLD. Can't stress it enough. Though I was certainly asked some tough technicals, including Deferred Tax Asset and Liability questions, I spent a large percentage of my time conveying my story and discussing experiences. Practice your story delivery. Be concise and succinct. Anticipate holes or easy topics to question. I would go through each line item on our resume and think deeply about what kind of questions you could get. No effort should be spared.

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