Ups and Downs of being an attractive girl and interviewing for Investment Banking?

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I have yet to get a summer internship offer and I have gotten pretty bs feedback in all interviews. I am beginning to wonder if being an attractive female has been ruining my shots. I just feel like I am not taken seriously at times.
Guys and girls do you have any advice for me? i dress very professionally, I go to a target school.
When you have interviewed someone especially an attractive woman, did you not want to give her the spot because of it? I am just a bit confused

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Apr 12, 2017

I don't have any advice for you but I know plenty of attractive women who work in investment banking and in other high finance jobs. That's not to say that there isn't discrimination and mistreatment against women in finance of course. It's just unlikely that being an attractive woman has been your primary downfall.

Apr 12, 2017

Thanks! i don't know I am just trying to figure out different solutions for why I haven't received an offer because the "honest feedback" that I have gotten has honestly been BS. It is almost summer and it is stressing me TF out haha.

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Apr 12, 2017

Well, what has been the feedback? How did you feel the interviews went? Did any of your interviewers say or do something that gave you an indication that they might be treating you differently due to your gender and/or attractiveness?

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Apr 12, 2017

No one gets honest feedback. It is an HR liability. And if you think being an attractive female is a negative, you either are not attractive or don't know what you are interviewing for. Considering the vast majority of men in finance are awkwards ass nerds, being attractive and female is probably one of the best combinations there can be. Oh, and the massive initiative banks have to hire women and other minorities.

I'd suggest talking to a friend in finance or one that has an offer and asking them for honest feedback. Your outfit might not be professional enough. Your answers might not be concise or accurate, or you might been more working networking.

Apr 12, 2017

Honestly I really needed that advice. Thank you!! I am just trying to really learn from my experiences

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Apr 13, 2017

Sorry about @TNA , forgot to give him a tighter leash before he started offering shit advice.

You need to go ask them, press them for details. And also build a relationship with them so that a) you have channels to ask feedback and b) they're comfy enough to share feedback.

If you get feedback, chances are a) they want you if you interviewed better and b) your stories didn't line up.

Having "unprofessional outfit" or "not attractive enough" could be total bullshit. Once you're in the interview, being female is a bonus card if you do as good of a job as a guy. Align outfits with other waiting candidates and rulebooks is all.

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Apr 12, 2017

Wut

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Apr 12, 2017

Being hot is definitely not a hinderence to getting an offer. I'd look for a friend/people you've networked with to do mock interviews to get honest feedback, but why the fuck are you saying you've only gotten BS feedback? Someone told you that you weren't technically strong enough which is very specific and useful feedback.

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Apr 12, 2017

PM me a recent image please. I will do my best to assess the situation and revert to you with constructive feedback on your attractiveness and wardrobe.

Thanks!

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Apr 12, 2017

+1

Apr 12, 2017

This either a troll or gotta be the worst first world problem I've heard. There are studies that link higher pay to more attractive people. The banks might not take you seriously because of the way you come across, which you might think of it as being "attractive". However in a professional world, especially in a high-stress environment where everything you do is critical to the deal, it may come across annoying and distracting.

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Apr 12, 2017

If you look like a sorority girl, speak like a sorority girl, and act like a sorority girl at an interview, don't blame others for treating you as a sorority girl, rather than a banking candidate.

Apr 12, 2017

agree with others. would love to have a hot girl on our team but not if she's a ditz. if you come off the least bit unprofessional, that could be a downgrade.

also, if your interviewers are women, they may feel threatened by you. do you notice a correlation between the sex of the interviewer and your success/fail rate?

Apr 12, 2017

Yeah, I agree with everyone else here, you should definitely come back to my room. Everyone was like saying, "yo, IBLoverGirl, your username makes you sound fucking crazy but you and FratLord have crazy dope chemistry. You should jerk his balls off. Only his balls though, not the shaft. He's into that yo."

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