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May 4, 2010

shorts and flipflops

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May 4, 2010
harvardgrad11:

shorts and flipflops

lol... love it...

May 4, 2010
harvardgrad11:

shorts and flipflops

I'm not kidding you, I actually had a nightmare about that when I was a junior. Sort of like those nightmares where you show up to school in your boxers. Also had the I-banking variant of missing the exam where I dreamed I woke up, it was 8 AM in NYC on the day I was supposed to start work, and I was still in IL.

May 4, 2010

Not even business casual? Or does this depend on the firm?

May 4, 2010

Depends on the firm. Never less than business casual.

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May 4, 2010

I was thinking business casual but wanted to see what others would say based on their experience

May 4, 2010

like the old adage goes, better to overdress than underdress... go in the first day in a suit, and see how things go from there... lol...

May 4, 2010

If you wear business formal, you can always remove the jacket and tie and convert to b-cazsh easily.

If you're worried about buying suits, I would recommend making sure you've got two to start and when they announce it will be business formal the entire summer, you can get the rest tailored in 24 hours at Men's Wearhouse. Also, despite what Mom says, people won't realize if you wore two suits over five days as long as you keep switching ties and neither suit really stands out. (Don't buy light gray or any odd color like brown, olive, or khaki if you use this strategy.)

May 4, 2010

Really dude, really??? ? How the hell did you land a SA gig at a BB

May 4, 2010
AfricanBanker:

Really dude, really??? ? How the hell did you land a SA gig at a BB

I landed the gig because I was competent and knew what the hell I was doing when it came to quantitative development. Actually, I showed up to the interview wearing the light gray suit I normally wore to formal events at church, but nobody cared. You can absolutely alternate between two suits for a week or two and nobody will notice as long as neither of them stands out.

May 4, 2010

Relax son, I was referring to the originator of the thread. I'm pretty sure your competent, quantitatively developed and all that other good shit.

May 4, 2010
IlliniProgrammer:
AfricanBanker:

Really dude, really??? ? How the hell did you land a SA gig at a BB

I landed the gig because I was competent and knew what the hell I was doing when it came to quantitative development. Actually, I showed up to the interview wearing the light gray suit I normally wore to formal events at church, but nobody cared. You can absolutely alternate between two suits for a week or two and nobody will notice as long as neither of them stands out.

Relax son, I was referring to the originator of the thread. I'm pretty sure your competent, quantitatively developed and all that other good shit.

May 4, 2010
AfricanBanker:

Really dude, really??? ? How the hell did you land a SA gig at a BB

I was gonna ask that, lol...

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May 4, 2010

it will probably be b-formal, but just ask HR, they will let you know.

May 5, 2010

your bank will tell you dress code. your training will only be a few days though

May 5, 2010

For just the training week, would it be suitable to bring along just one suit and wear it all week? This is assuming of course that the dress code will be business formal all week, which it may very well not be.

May 4, 2010
nightflarer:

For just the training week, would it be suitable to bring along just one suit and wear it all week? This is assuming of course that the dress code will be business formal all week, which it may very well not be.

Don't do that. People will figure it out. You can get away with two and some febreze, but not one.

JUST CALL AND ASK. Worst comes to worst, call up the Men's Wearhouse and ask if you can rent a BUSINESS suit (NOT A TUX).

May 5, 2010

Most people will probably be wearing suits on most days, especially in the beginning. You might be fine if you bring only one suit, but people may notice you are wearing the same one every day. If you need to get it cleaned, you'll also be in a tight spot. I would bring at least two.

May 5, 2010

bring at least two

May 5, 2010

^ Each class has somebody like you. The class stinker.

May 5, 2010

abercrombie shorts and flipflops are a must bro.

May 5, 2010

I suggest that you come to training exactly as you would a normal workday. Business formal (if that is standard dress) Mon-Thu and Business casual on Fri (if that is the norm).

I would not recommend showing up in your college classroom attire.

While my training hasn't started yet, I have been told by HR to come in the first day the same way I would a on a normal day (which is B-Casual for us).

May 5, 2010

business casual

May 5, 2010

Suspenders are a must; if you can find some with embroidered bulls and bears, then you'll be in really good shape.

Flashy cufflinks (preferably gold, with large dollar signs) will also let people know that you are awesome at finance.

Hold off on the cane, pocket watch, top hat and monocle for the time being - these are items more typically worn by associates.

May 5, 2010
smuguy97:

Suspenders are a must; if you can find some with embroidered bulls and bears, then you'll be in really good shape.

Flashy cufflinks (preferably gold, with large dollar signs) will also let people know that you are awesome at finance.

Hold off on the cane, pocket watch, top hat and monocle for the time being - these are items more typically worn by associates.

This is generally credited.

May 5, 2010

Business casual

So for all of you first years about to blow your signon for suits, you can wait until training is over, and use your months or 1.5 months income to buy suits just before you hit your cube.

May 5, 2010

I would wear a Seersucker suit most of the time just to rub it into the Northerners faces.

May 5, 2010

You can never go wrong with a clown suit.

Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot

May 5, 2010

Wear a suit, with a polo under your dress shirt, but underneath wear a wifebeater - be prepared for anything in finance.

May 5, 2010

and was told business formal.

May 5, 2010

Go in the first day with a suit. They'll most likely tell you after that, or you'll be able to read what you should wear.

And you can always take your coat off the first day if you feel too formal.

May 5, 2010

Well if I'm only going to be in New York for a week, I'm not sure if it's worth it to bring more than one suit, especially if the dress code is business casual not business formal. Thoughts?