11/23/10

Chris Carey of Wall Street Mentors sits down with the Scott Morris to discuss the interviewing process and what he qualities he would look for in candidates.

Scott is the former CEO of the Boston Options Exchange and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. Scott is the author of Polished, which is a cover letter, resume and interviewing guide written specifically for college students and other first time job seekers. You may read more about Scott and his passion for helping young professionals at his website, www.polishedU.com.

Comments (13)

11/23/10

They lady he's referring to is obviously Joyce Meng.

Financial Modeling

11/23/10

Dude on the left seems nervous or something. But thanks, very informative!

11/23/10

Bookmarked.

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  •  11/23/10

The dude on the left makes me feel uncomfortable. It seems like he is always struggling to figure out what to say.

11/23/10

Managing Director of what division? I feel like the fact that WSO refrained from mentioning that when it is usually "xyz is managing director of abc at GS" is fishy...

11/23/10

qaz123,

To answer your question, here's an excerpt from Scott's wikipedia page:

"After becoming one of the world's premier market-making firms, Hull Trading Company was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 1999 for $531 million. Morris joined Goldman Sachs, where he managed the equity trading financial engineering groups and continued his work on trading systems and statistical modeling. After two years, he became a Managing Director and led the firm's algorithmic trading division at the Automated Execution Strategies desk."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Scott_Morris

Nouveau Richie,

You are right that I was nervous (our last video had 40k+ views), but I'll work on relaxing next time. Glad you found it informative. Feel free to suggest any topics for the next Q&A with Scott.

Thanks,

Chris

11/23/10
<span class=keyword_link><a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/wall-street-mentors-financ... rel=nofollow>Wall Street Mentors</a></span>:

qaz123,

To answer your question, here's an excerpt from Scott's wikipedia page:

"After becoming one of the world's premier market-making firms, Hull Trading Company was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 1999 for $531 million. Morris joined Goldman Sachs, where he managed the equity trading financial engineering groups and continued his work on trading systems and statistical modeling. After two years, he became a Managing Director and led the firm's algorithmic trading division at the Automated Execution Strategies desk."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Scott_Morris

Nouveau Richie,

You are right that I was nervous (our last video had 40k+ views), but I'll work on relaxing next time. Glad you found it informative. Feel free to suggest any topics for the next Q&A with Scott.

Thanks,

Chris

Oops, looks like that post should have been addressed to me. But anyway congrats on the # of views on the last video, Chris. Also, I think I would have been nervous too if I were in your shoes... haha

11/23/10

Chris,

I thought you did fine; it wasn't me that called you out. I simply bookmarked this entry to use as a resource in the future. Keep up the good work.

-NR

11/23/10

Chris,

Just imagine how nervous most of these fucks would be talking to Mr. Morris. Haters gonna hate.

Happy

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

11/23/10

Thanks for the reply. Just some suggestions, I feel like what Mr. Morris said pertains to most banks...not just GS. Be great to hear something that is unique/specific to GS. Also be great if we can see a sample intv.

11/23/10

Thanks for the feedback guys (did misaddress my first post, my bad). Since I will be doing these Q&As with Scott and other mentors in the network frequently (I conducted 3 different Q&As with Scott on Friday), I would love to get some ideas from the WSO community on topics. I want to make sure that these videos are covering topics that the WSO community find interesting and avoid covering topics that are too broad or generic.

The two other topics I covered with Scott on Friday were:

-How to adjust/tailor a resume if you are applying to two different industries.
-Scott's insight on the biggest challenge he faced in his career.

Here are a couple of ideas that I have for future Q&As:

-Cover letter advice (e.g. How much do I need to change the cover letter for different firms?)
-Hiring and interviewing (e.g. How to approach brainteasers and what to do when you're stumped.)
-Resume Advice (e.g. - Should I include internship or academic experience that isn't related to my target industry?)
-Career lessons from Scott's experience (e.g. - How did you position yourself for promotions? Earlier in your career, were your relationships with your direct superiors (Senior Associates, Vice Presidents) or the executives more important?)

Scott and I would like to conduct at least 10-12 of these Q&As, and we've only done 4 so far. Therefore, any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated and help make sure that we cover relevant topics. Please feel free to PM me ideas or post them on this chain.

Thanks for the help.

11/23/10
<span class=keyword_link><a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/wall-street-mentors-financ... rel=nofollow>Wall Street Mentors</a></span>:

Here are a couple of ideas that I have for future Q&As:

-Cover letter advice (e.g. How much do I need to change the cover letter for different firms?)
-Hiring and interviewing (e.g. How to approach brainteasers and what to do when you're stumped.)
-Resume Advice (e.g. - Should I include internship or academic experience that isn't related to my target industry?)
-Career lessons from Scott's experience (e.g. - How did you position yourself for promotions? Earlier in your career, were your relationships with your direct superiors (Senior Associates, Vice Presidents) or the executives more important?)

Re: Career lessons, it would be very helpful to hear more than the general "network, work hard, manage expectations" shtick and dive a little deeper into how to separate yourself from the pack and get that promotion.

Awesome work, though, and many kudos to Scott for his help.

11/25/10
patternfinder:

Of course, I would just buy in scales.

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