Why New York? - How to address this question appropriately

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Hey guys:

So an alumni is trying to help me through the recruiting process for IB FT recruitment. Since I am not from the New York he recommended I prepare for the question: "Why do you want to work in NYC?" I am looking for your input on how to address this question appropriately.

Thanks.

-Khatar

Comments (31)

Oct 13, 2011

Because it's the center of the universe, best exit ops, biggest deals, networking, experience, etc.

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Oct 13, 2011

it is the galactic capital of prestige whoredom

Oct 13, 2011
ivoteforthatguy:

it is the galactic capital of prestige whoredom

Swag! Very true though.

Oct 14, 2011
ivoteforthatguy:

it is the galactic capital of prestige whoredom

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Oct 13, 2011

watch The Office, episode 324.

Oct 13, 2011

Because it's New York.

Oct 13, 2011

It's where the dreams come true and there is nothing you can't do. That's how I got my offer

Oct 13, 2011

Just sing this when queued:
"New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There's nothin' you can't do
Now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let's hear it for New York, New York,
New York" - make sure it's in a high pitched female voice

Oct 14, 2011
blackrainn:

These streets will make you feel brand new

I DO feel brand new, that song was playing on my way in for the first interview and it's true. Pretty much all of the reasons above.....best pizza, center of cultural universe, center of business, center of global decision making (note: not American, but GLOBAL decisions). Provided you apply yourself, you can create any life you want from here.

That having been said, get your shit in line and don't dick around, this place will kick your ass with a smile if you let it.

DAMN I LOVE NYC

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Oct 13, 2011

Everyone is really missing the selling point.....

If you like vagina, New York.

And.....Pizza everywhere else sucks

"I'm short your house"

Oct 13, 2011

Because I was born and raised in this great city. Because half of my family was born and raised here. Because I can't imagine living anywhere else. Because it's home. Because it's New York.

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  •  Oct 14, 2011

If I got asked that I would tell the interviewer to quit busting my balls.

Oct 14, 2011

New York sucks d

Oct 14, 2011
goldman in da house:

New York sucks d

Get out. Now.

Oct 14, 2011

I would say because if you are in Finance this is the only place to be if you are serious about your career. Being raised in a small town in the Midwest was fun, but the energy of the city is something completely different that I would love to experience, this mixed with the fact that there is always something new to experience and the global melting pot is incredible!

I want a lady on the street, but a freak in the bed,

Go Bucks!!

Oct 14, 2011
Ambition:

I would say because if you are in Finance this is the only place to be if you are serious about your career.

Well that's retarded.

Oct 14, 2011
JeffSkilling:
Ambition:

I would say because if you are in Finance this is the only place to be if you are serious about your career.

Well that's retarded.

Good work Jeff, was just about to respond to that line as well.

Ambition, please rethink this statement entirely.

Oct 14, 2011
Ambition:

I would say because if you are in Finance this is the only place to be if you are serious about your career.

Hank Paulson spent his entire career in Chicago and only moved to NYC when he became CEO at GS. You're right though, he probably wasn't serious about his career.

Oct 14, 2011
Ambition:

I would say because if you are in Finance this is the only place to be if you are serious about your career. Being raised in a small town in the Midwest was fun, but the energy of the city is something completely different that I would love to experience, this mixed with the fact that there is always something new to experience and the global melting pot is incredible!

This statement is profoundly ignorant. If you want to do banking, i suppose this is somewhat true, but so many other cities offer a lot of great opportunities. Chicago for prop trading, SF for VC/tech PE, London for emerging markets and currencies trading, Boston for investment management, etc.

Oct 14, 2011
Brady4MVP:
Ambition:

I would say because if you are in Finance this is the only place to be if you are serious about your career. Being raised in a small town in the Midwest was fun, but the energy of the city is something completely different that I would love to experience, this mixed with the fact that there is always something new to experience and the global melting pot is incredible!

This statement is profoundly ignorant. If you want to do banking, i suppose this is somewhat true, but so many other cities offer a lot of great opportunities. Chicago for prop trading, SF for VC/tech PE, London for emerging markets and currencies trading, Boston for investment management, etc.

Texas for energy
Cali for TMT
Ct for PE / HF

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Oct 14, 2011

World's most liquid rub'n'tug markets.

Oct 14, 2011

I would much rather work in London than New York. London's a way nicer city.

-MBP

Oct 14, 2011
manbearpig:

I would much rather work in London than New York. London's a way nicer city.

I dont know, I live in London and I would move to NYC in a heartbeat. But vice versa for New Yorkers, I know several who drop everything to move to London. London's great but New York's is pretty fucking great. However, a strictly once-a-year-for-a-few-weeks-view, havent lived there for a prolonged period.

Oct 14, 2011

haha yea I know it is not true, but when interviewing for a job in NYC with a bank in NYC I would say that. Not saying that the statement is true SF, Chicago, Boston, Houston, NYC, CT and many others are all good cities.

I want a lady on the street, but a freak in the bed,

Go Bucks!!

Oct 14, 2011
Ambition:

haha yea I know it is not true.

Why'd you say it then?

Oct 14, 2011

Well I just said that if I am interviewing in NYC then I would say that to a NYC interviewer. Maybe I am wrong.

I want a lady on the street, but a freak in the bed,

Go Bucks!!

Oct 14, 2011
Ambition:

Well I just said that if I am interviewing in NYC then I would say that to a NYC interviewer. Maybe I am wrong.

You're missing the point entirely, the guys above realize you would say this in NYC.

What they are saying and you're not understanding, is that if you said this in NYC you would still look like a complete imbecile and hurt your candidacy. Just because someone works in NYC doesn't mean he doesn't recognize and appreciate the goings-on of the rest of the Financial industry.

You're giving shit advice and we're trying to rectify it. Stop.

Oct 14, 2011
Nouveau Richie:
Ambition:

Well I just said that if I am interviewing in NYC then I would say that to a NYC interviewer. Maybe I am wrong.

You're missing the point entirely, the guys above realize you would say this in NYC.

What they are saying and you're not understanding, is that if you said this in NYC you would still look like a complete imbecile and hurt your candidacy. Just because someone works in NYC doesn't mean he doesn't recognize and appreciate the goings-on of the rest of the Financial industry.

You're giving shit advice and we're trying to rectify it. Stop.

Well said sir.

Oct 14, 2011

What is more prestigious? The Bowery or Hell's Kitchen?

Oct 14, 2011

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