Hey, I'd just like to know what our fellow monkey wannabes here are doing. I'd like to share some experiences if possible!
My own experiences:
I go to a target school and have a solid resume. I am an Economics & CS major with a high GPA 3.8+, good EC and work experience. Out of the 11 or so positions I've heard back from, I've received 6 first round interviews. Although I was (maybe naively) expecting to receive more, I consider myself very very lucky, because many of my friends with great stats (3.7+, decent ECs) have received only 1 or maybe 2 interviews, and some have yet to receive one. I think it has to do with the market, but also theres a level of randomness that makes it extremely tough this year.
Some thoughts & observations: At my school, practically no one got a Lehman interview. I don't know why or how, but many many people (several with 3.9+, previosu) got shafted. Most of my friends are interested in finance, but nobody, including myself, was able to get a first-round. very hard to get, though I do know someone who received a first round. He had incredible stats, and the rest of us were generally shafted. A good number of people got MS and interviews. I think they're the most consistent banks so far in the process. Generally those with great stats and a demonstrated interest with finance received interviews, and in some cases more than 1. S&T has been easier to get than IBD this year. I don't know how true that is in general, but many people have S&T interviews but not IBD or Research. was also extremely tough this year. In my own case, I had good contacts and had someone personally vouch for me at the firm, yet was not granted a first round. A close friend of mine, with a double major and high GPA, had as his first choice and was constantly in contact with alum and HR. He was almost devastated when he wasn't granted a JPM first round, though he has interviews with GS.and MS, even though JPM is his first choice by far, and he loves the people there. Smaller firms and top boutiques generally only recruited the finance people with previous coursework and experience. That's not surprising.
Those are my thoughts. Best of luck to those interviewing. Getting interviews is tough this year, and I'm sure interviewing wiill be tougher, but luckily I think WSO has prepared me very well.