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May 20, 2015 - 8:24pm

I completely bombed an interview with a commercial mortgage brokerage once, the principal literally said to my face that I had no useful skills to his company. I ended up accepting a job with another firm a week later only to have the same principal email me during my first week offering me the position. Then he tried to convince me to leave my current position to join his firm. I think he was desperate, but that was definitely the worst interview I had but I ended up with an offer so I wouldn't get too bummed out about it if I were you, weird things can happen. And you have probably already heard this but the more "no's" you get, the closer you are to a "yes"!

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May 20, 2015 - 9:29pm

I was the interviewer and not interviewing, but my first job out of college was in REPE and our group was pretty small so they had analysts that had been there for a couple of years interview new hires, and probably for only 15-20 mins. So just remember: interviewing to be an analyst at a real estate investment firm. The guy wasn't great overall but when we got to the do you have any questions for me part he asked me how much math would be involved. When I said nothing too complex like you don't need to do multi-variable calc or advanced stuff but you should be able to hold your own in basic business math, some algebra, be quick at numbers and be efficient at excel and the math involved with that he said "I was under the impression there would be no math involved in this job." I didn't know what to say after that. Just silence.

Ding.

May 20, 2015 - 11:40pm

Interviewed with a large multistrat fund and everything went well initially. Sent a research report in, which they loved. Also nailed all of the technicals and brain teasers. Ended up getting a second round with a managing director but was not told a definite date. A day before finals week I was told that they wanted to interview me during the same time as an exam. I told the MD I would let him know if I could get out of it and suggested other times that might fit if I couldn't, which yielded no response. A day later I was given permission to get out of my test after haggling with my professor. I told the managing director about being able to interview at his suggested time and was still not given a response. Waited a few days to follow up, and he finally responded in a six word, chat-abbreviated sentence telling me that they picked another guy in the mean time. The dick head wrote something to the effect of, "Pickd othr prsn, thx for interst."

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May 22, 2015 - 1:34pm
anonguytoibd:

Interviewed with a large multistrat fund and everything went well initially. Sent a research report in, which they loved. Also nailed all of the technicals and brain teasers. Ended up getting a second round with a managing director but was not told a definite date. A day before finals week I was told that they wanted to interview me during the same time as an exam. I told the MD I would let him know if I could get out of it and suggested other times that might fit if I couldn't, which yielded no response. A day later I was given permission to get out of my test after haggling with my professor. I told the managing director about being able to interview at his suggested time and was still not given a response. Waited a few days to follow up, and he finally responded in a six word, chat-abbreviated sentence telling me that they picked another guy in the mean time. The dick head wrote something to the effect of, "Pickd othr prsn, thx for interst."

Wow! What an unbelievably self-centered bitch! That guy should have been beaten with a pipe!

EDT: Why the hell am I being monkey-shitted for this? I'm saying the hiring manager is a self-centered jerk.

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May 20, 2015 - 10:53pm

Happened to a friend of a friend - halfway (literally, based on scheduled time) through a banking SA interview the candidate got a relatively easy question wrong and the interviewer said "this interview is over" and just left the room and didn't come back

May 21, 2015 - 9:43am

A friend of mine was interviewing at a hedge fund and was asked what his biggest mistake to date was. I dont remember what he said but it came across as extremely arrogant - and as he was leaving the interviewer asked if this interview wasn't his biggest mistake to date.

May 21, 2015 - 10:28am

Second time posting my worst experience:
i recently had a final round interview with the ceo of a small data analytics provider. the guy was 15mins late, ok, fine, its an entry level role, youre time is more valuable than mine. he sat down and made a point of conveying that it was his first time looking at my resume. he then, out of the blue, asks me "where would you go if you could go anywhere". he proceeded to interrupt my answer and said he was unable to proceed with the interview until his secretary could find the initial application i filled out when i first came in. now, bear in mind, this fucking thing took me 15 mins to fill out the first time and all of it was redundant.

, i fill out the form again. he comes back into the room, looks it over and then exclaims "you were a manager at your previous position?!?!?!" as if he had caught me out incorrectly filling in a field. and i correct him, graciously, that i was indicating my supervisor's title. he then continues looking over the form, and all of a sudden asks me if i realize i am wearing brown shoes with a dark suit. he gave me several other fashion tips and then told me i come across as "spacey". when i asked if he could describe it better he recommended i google the word 'spacey' and see what comes up. i said i think kevin spacey will probably come up. that was about the end of it.

May 21, 2015 - 10:41am
Barcadia:

he gave me several other fashion tips and then told me i come across as "spacey". when i asked if he could describe it better he recommended i google the word 'spacey' and see what comes up. i said i think kevin spacey will probably come up. that was about the end of it.

This is pretty fucking hilarious

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May 21, 2015 - 11:20am

A year or so ago I had an interview with a sector specific micro boutique in the City (these are very different to US advisory boutiques). Let's just say that the 80s / 90s finance scene was alive and well at this place. I'm going to be so easily identified as I told everyone who would listen about it after but saw the thread and had to create an account to share.

Travel up the night before and realise I didn't bring a shirt so go to HoF (only place open) and pick one up in the right neck size without really thinking. Get up the next day, put it on - it requires fucking cuff links. It's 07:30 and the only place open is Primark and their only cuff links have huge fake diamonds on. Going well so far.

Get there. Walk in after hanging round in the lobby and its a 2 Vs. 1 interview. Emphasis on the Vs. Told to take off tie and cuff links as I look too formal (they're both wearing ties) - he looks at these fake diamond things and just straight up laughs. Questions ranged from what was the genesis of western thought - nicomachean ethics or the republic? How does "the Prince" influence my daily life? I then lost a £5 bet to the lead guy (had to pay up) and bombed a few brainteasers, nailed technicals.

Then it got really weird.

They called in one of the guys below them and tell me to stand up and insult him as best I can. I thought I had bombed it due to brainteasers and was convinced they were just fucking with me. At this point I thought it was best to just go for it.

Then, they asked how much my hotel was because they pay expenses but, "if you got lucky, I'm only paying half". I explain that Tinder didn't serve me well last night and that leads to me, tie-less and cuff-linkless swiping away to show an ageing director how Tinder works in an interview.

Weird day.

May 21, 2015 - 12:11pm

I had an interview with a MF company as a result of a friend asking if he could pass my resume to his boss as they were looking for someone. The job somewhat interested me, only from a financial prospective though, but I thought why not. The interview was scheduled for the morning after an alumni event I was asked to attend so this is where things started downhill. It was open bar for alumni so of course you have a few, and a few more and then someone buys you one and then another, next thing you know you've left the event with a few buddies, you're drunk and its only 11pm. Could go home now but everything seems like a good idea at the time so just keep drinking. Fast forward to the next morning, wake up with eyes blood shot and looking real rough, running late so take a cab and there's traffic, great! Get out of the cab and start hustling to get there. Show up about 10min late, slight sweat going and he asks if I had trouble finding the place and instead of coming up with something I simply replied "No". Get into the interview and start going over the usual type of questions then I get hit with the product question. My friend told me I wouldn't have to get into product until the second round so figured I wouldn't waste my time learning them at this stage. I loosely describe one of their funds that I would recommend and he even had to provide the name of the fund. Few more questions and interview ended. Needless to say I did not hear anything back nor did I even waste his or my time following up.

“Be first, be smarter, or cheat!”
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May 21, 2015 - 12:27pm

My first internship "interview" was after I left my resume at a career fair at a Insurance sales booth. They emailed me saying they want to setup a "meet and greet". I was like a sophomore in college so I didn't know that actually meant interview. Pretty sure I showed up in shorts and a polo, it was summer I had class didn't want to be uncomfortable all day after that! Wasn't that interested anyways obviously. Kind of like asking a girl to hang out instead of on a date, she didn't know it was a date, then it's weird...

May 21, 2015 - 12:41pm

Was given a crap year 2 offer so I didn't sign it and instead moved to the city my girlfriend lived in. (Yes, we're still together.) Needed any job until I found a good one so I interviewed with a large property management company for a regional manager position. Things were going great until they asked me what I liked about property management and where I saw myself in a few years. I'm usually so good at bullshitting like that, but for whatever reason I completely drew a blank (needless to say it wasn't my dream job and I didn't plan on being there a few months from then, let alone years). There was a nice, awkward pause before I mumbled something ridiculous that was obviously a lie. The interview finished up fine and I thanked them after the fact, but I never heard back from either of the individuals even after they promised they'd let me know either way.

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May 21, 2015 - 12:56pm

I had an MD ask me to answer a complicated math question in the middle of the interview. After running through the math on paper, I gave him my answer. He then asked if I was willing to bet my job offer on my answer. After I said I would never bet something that important on a question I may or may not have gotten right, he said that I came off as too risk adverse which was not good for the job. After quickly going over my math again I said, "Yes, I would bet my job offer on my answer". He said my answer was right but the company could never hire someone who was willing to take such high risks. He then ended the interview.

May 21, 2015 - 12:58pm
AcquisitionsGuy:

I had an MD ask me to answer a complicated math question in the middle of the interview. After running through the math on paper, I gave him my answer. He then asked if I was willing to bet my job offer on my answer. After I said I would never bet something that important on a question I may or may not have gotten right, he said that I came off as too risk adverse which was not good for the job. After quickly going over my math again I said, "Yes, I would bet my job offer on my answer". He said my answer was right but the company could never hire someone who was willing to take such high risks. He then ended the interview.

what a doofus.

(him, not you)

Commercial Real Estate Developer

May 21, 2015 - 2:25pm

I think my interviewer was looking for any excuse to kill the interview. His very first comment was how the other applicants were much more qualified than me and mainly came from ivies (I was coming from a very non-target).

His first question was, "How would you have fixed the economic crisis in the 1970's?" I gave three different suggestions. After I offered each suggestion he said, "You're wrong. Try again." Finally after the third time I said, "I'm running out of ideas. What would you have done?" His reply was, "I don't know. There is no right answer." His next question was the question I mentioned earlier. Needless to say, I never got the job which is a great thing b/c I never would have wanted to work for that guy.

May 21, 2015 - 1:13pm
AcquisitionsGuy:

I had an MD ask me to answer a complicated math question in the middle of the interview. After running through the math on paper, I gave him my answer. He then asked if I was willing to bet my job offer on my answer. After I said I would never bet something that important on a question I may or may not have gotten right, he said that I came off as too risk adverse which was not good for the job. After quickly going over my math again I said, "Yes, I would bet my job offer on my answer". He said my answer was right but the company could never hire someone who was willing to take such high risks. He then ended the interview.

East to play MMQB but I think a good answer might have been to explain that you don't know whether you've done enough to that point to get a job offer but you are 100% confident in your answer. If anything that can be spun as more risk-averse because you have certainty with your answer but not with whether you would have a job offer.

Then again, I work at a hedge fund, not in real estate. It's not our job to not lose money ever; just to be right more often (and/or in greater magnitude) than we are wrong.

May 21, 2015 - 1:11pm

I've responded to emails calling a person by the wrong name (when it's obviously right there in the original email) and it hasn't been a death sentence. You do always get the "aw nuts, autocorrect" excuse though in email form.

Commercial Real Estate Developer

May 21, 2015 - 2:42pm

I went on a few interviews in college for jobs I didn't want at all to practice interviewing and one guy was just a douche bag like some of the above mentioned stories so I decided to screw with him. I think it was the third or fourth person interviewing me in the day (and I thought I was only going for a normal ~hour interview so I was already kind of pissed off that I was still there) and he started grilling me in a dickhead way and saying I was wrong when I wasn't so I started answering questions just to fuck with him and see what he'd do. He'd ask a qualitative question, one was one of the typical what's your greatest weakness or something like that and I answered 7. Another was a quant question where the answer should have been a number and I said red. He turned beet red and I thought he was going to jump across the table and hit me. I just walked out after a few minutes and said I had to be somewhere else.

May 21, 2015 - 5:41pm

I was 1 year out of UG at a decent shop. While at a cousin's birthday party, I struct up a conversation with what turned out to be a senior VP for a respected REPE shop. We ended the conversation with intentions of getting coffee in a few weeks.

2 weeks later, we have coffee and the SVP conveys they have an opening in the acquisitions team that he thought I would be a perfect fit for. The following week I come into their office and interview with 2 associates & 1 VP (round 1, total of 2-3 hours). The interview went really well & I was asked to come in for a 2nd round. The 2nd round consisted of meeting with 2 VP's & 2 SVP's for a total of 3 hours. Things went well again, so they asked for me to come in once again to meet a Principal and to take an excel test. The 3rd round took an additional 3 hours, for an all in total of 8-9 hours of interviewing, with 8 different people.

I did everything right, arrived 5 minutes early to every meeting, wrote thank you letters, and related on a personal level to pretty much everyone I met with. I heard back from my contact, who then stated everyone loved me & he even threw out numbers for the offer & stated that the last thing before they wrote me the offer would be for me to meet with the founder of the firm. I was really nervous for this one, so i took the day off for the interview just to make sure nothing could come up last minute before / after work that would come in the way of getting to their shop on time.

I was on the train commuting home the day before the interview when i get a call. The call was from the founder of the firm and he asked where I was at (which was 40 minutes away from downtown). I told him that the interview was tomorrow, and he asked if I was sure. Simultaneously I check my emails while on the phone with him, and confirm I misread the email. I apologized, but the damage was already done.

TLDR - spent 9 hours interviewing with 8 different people on 3 separate days. Everything went great, last step was to meet the founder of the REPE shop. Ended up standing the guy up. Did not get the job.

May 24, 2015 - 2:24pm
GentlemanAndScholar:

I was 1 year out of UG at a decent shop. While at a cousin's birthday party, I struct up a conversation with what turned out to be a senior VP for a respected REPE shop. We ended the conversation with intentions of getting coffee in a few weeks.

2 weeks later, we have coffee and the SVP conveys they have an opening in the acquisitions team that he thought I would be a perfect fit for. The following week I come into their office and interview with 2 associates & 1 VP (round 1, total of 2-3 hours). The interview went really well & I was asked to come in for a 2nd round. The 2nd round consisted of meeting with 2 VP's & 2 SVP's for a total of 3 hours. Things went well again, so they asked for me to come in once again to meet a Principal and to take an excel test. The 3rd round took an additional 3 hours, for an all in total of 8-9 hours of interviewing, with 8 different people.

I did everything right, arrived 5 minutes early to every meeting, wrote thank you letters, and related on a personal level to pretty much everyone I met with. I heard back from my contact, who then stated everyone loved me & he even threw out numbers for the offer & stated that the last thing before they wrote me the offer would be for me to meet with the founder of the firm. I was really nervous for this one, so i took the day off for the interview just to make sure nothing could come up last minute before / after work that would come in the way of getting to their shop on time.

I was on the train commuting home the day before the interview when i get a call. The call was from the founder of the firm and he asked where I was at (which was 40 minutes away from downtown). I told him that the interview was tomorrow, and he asked if I was sure. Simultaneously I check my emails while on the phone with him, and confirm I misread the email. I apologized, but the damage was already done.

TLDR - spent 9 hours interviewing with 8 different people on 3 separate days. Everything went great, last step was to meet the founder of the REPE shop. Ended up standing the guy up. Did not get the job.

Oh man, that sucks. Hope something else ended up working out .

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May 21, 2015 - 6:22pm

My first PE interview, I had no business being there. I was interviewing with a fund that basically only hired consultants, and the interview format was case study based. I had never done a case study in my entire life up until that point but I figured what the hell, an interview is an interview and I'd be foolish to pass this one up.

The initial email underlined and bolded "You do not need to bring anything with you to the interview" so I didn't bring a folder or pen. I show up and the secretary gives me a case study packet and shows me to a room where I have an hour to complete it and answer some questions. There are already 4 kids in there working on it and it's dead silent, so I couldn't ask them for an extra pen or scratch paper. So I quietly exit the room and scramble for a pen. Couldn't find paper anywhere so I walk around the entire floor and finally find the printer room and take a stack of computer paper before heading back to the room.

At this point I have 45 minutes to do the case study, so I work through it quickly, answer all the questions, but skip the bonus question at the end feeling pretty good about my work. Get called into my first interview to discuss the case and the first thing the guy says to me is "Did you steal that computer paper?" and I was like Yeah took a few sheets because I didn't bring anything with me. He then asks if I completed the bonus question because "everybody else has today" and I tell him I didn't. Strike 1.

We start discussing the case and I bumble through every answer and get maybe 30% of them right. To make matters worse, I made some decimal errors so that all of my math answers are off by a factor of 10. That's what I get for forgetting a pen and not checking my work. I can tell he's getting more and more irritated as he's getting increasingly short with me. At the end, he was like "So was there any information you felt you were missing? What questions would you ask a CEO of the company?" and I respond "Nope thought you guys did a great job, it was pretty comprehensive." So he says "Nothing at all?" and I nod my head. He just stares at me for 5 seconds and finally says "Ok we'll move on." Strike 2

Last part of the interview is a verbal case study. Again, the first case study I did was 30 minutes prior and I bombed it. I can tell the second one will be even worse. We start working through market sizing, products, marginal cost vs. marginal revenue and I have no idea what I'm doing. For some reason I incorporate "fixed costs" into all of my answers because that's all I can remember from Econ 101. At first he gently tells me that fixed costs are irrelevant in this example and to focus more on the variable cost structure and break even points, but for some reason I can't give it up. Every answer I talk about the fixed costs and how they're not truly sunk costs (but they were). He finally cuts me off and says he's going to ask me (very tensely I might add) one final question about whether the company should enter the market based on the current cost structure. I thought I'd lighten the mood and I say "The fixed cost structure?" The guy absolutely loses it and slams his hand down and said "GOD DAMNIT THE FIXED COST STRUCTURE DOESNT FUCKING MATTER!!", gets up from his chair and starts pacing. Strike 3.

We sit in silence for about 15 seconds before I pulled the Billy Madison line "Okay, a simple 'wrong' would've done just fine." Thankfully he laughed at that, and was like "Let's cut the shit, it's painfully clear you're not getting the offer, but you're stuck here for the next 10 minutes so what do you want to talk about?" So for the remaining time we talk about fantasy football and that actually went really well.

"You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are." - Mister Rogers
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May 22, 2015 - 12:57am

Summer after high school before I went off to college I interviewed at the local Red Lobster to make some quick cash as a server/host. Spoke with the restaurant manager for 1 hour then took a 2 hour mental math test only to find out after the fact that they didn't want to hire me because I would be leaving for college in a few months and they wanted someone more permanent. All this even though I told her that I would be leaving for college during our initial chat and the dumbass couldn't have just saved us both the heartache

May 22, 2015 - 9:34am
pele14:

Summer after high school before I went off to college I interviewed at the local Red Lobster to make some quick cash as a server/host. Spoke with the restaurant manager for 1 hour then took a 2 hour mental math test only to find out after the fact that they didn't want to hire me because I would be leaving for college in a few months and they wanted someone more permanent. All this even though I told her that I would be leaving for college during our initial chat and the dumbass couldn't have just saved us both the heartache

Was that for their new prop trading desk?

May 22, 2015 - 4:26am

Had an initial interview w/ HR at a BB. Went in with my fully rehearsed banker spiel and confident, slightly cocky, can-do attitude. Complete. Disaster.

Driving back to work after the interview, I realised that while my approach might have appealed to the right sort of associate or VP, I must have sounded like a complete prick (can I say prick on here?, forgive me I'm new) to HR. Coupled with the fact that I quite blatantly lied on one of the fit questions because I spaced out, I furiously typed- out a damage control e-mail (adding fuel to the fire on hindsight), one hand on the steering wheel. In the end, I never heard back...and I got a fine of c. $300 to boot.

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May 22, 2015 - 7:43am

Interview 1:

Whilst at university, I had an interview to manage some guys property portfolio, ensuring that the properties weren't sitting vacant and that the tenants paid on time etc.

I turn up and the guy starts asking me what I know about music and why I want to work in the music business. It turns out that he was a producer and was recruiting for an intern, and had mistakenly assumed that I was interested in becoming his intern.

Not an ideal start to the interview, but it just descended into something really weird after that. After telling me what the job involved, he then proceeded to tell me about how famous he was within the music industry and what a big deal he was. He claimed that he was more well known than Simon Cowell, and that he had been judging talent shows long before X factor (or Pop Idol or whatever it is) even existed.

About 45 minutes after the start of the interview, he stopped talking about himself and decided it might be a good idea to ask me some questions. The one that still sticks with me was "What kind of car do you think I drive?" He then went a little cold with me after me guessing a Porsche rather than his Ford Mustang (rare to see in the UK) because "a Porsche really says a lot about a person".

As if this wasn't weird enough, he then told me that one of the other candidates had actually been a property manager previously so he would really have to think about whether I was the best candidate. (i.e. I'm not getting the job.) However, as a favour to me, he was willing to allow me to spend more time with him as he has such a wealth of knowledge and life experience, and a bright guy like me could really benefit from his wisdom.

He then proceeds to compliment my cheap suit, saying "I rarely compliment people's attire, but that it one very sharp suit. It just oozes class". It was at this point that I started to wonder whether I was being groomed.

I did not get the job.

Interview 2:

In an interview for a finance internship at a huge American industrial conglomerate, I was talked at by someone from HR for an hour. I got the job, but I have no idea how, as the whole time I was imagining I was sitting opposite David Brent and holding back laughter. Favourite quotes include, but are not limited to:

"We don't want you to stick to the rule book. We want you to tear the rulebook up......... and then write a new one."

"We don't just want you to think outside the box, we want you to think it 4D...... Not literally."

May 22, 2015 - 2:40pm

I had my absolute worst interview yesterday. I had applied for this company nearly 6 months ago. I had a short first round interview, but they decided to go with someone else. I applied again this month. Passed the first round with the same people, and ended up lining up a Skype Interview with the 2 founders of the company. They start asking me questions off the resume sheet they have, and can't really understand the resume based on its format. Turns out they had a copy of my old resume, and some how their computer system converted it into some super weird format. So here I am talking about work experience that isn't even on the resume for them, and I can't hand them a paper over the web. ( I made sure to send an updated email to them afterward)

After already having a very rough start, they suddenly decide its time to do a quick math test. They start spitting out random numbers to add, subtract and multiply. Quick math is probably one of my weaker areas, but it was made 10 times worse as I was already on edge from the rough opening. I had to pause and think through some of the problems which made me look stupid.

Luckily the second half of the interview was potentially the come back of the century. They knew I was struggling. They knew that I knew I was struggling.... it was all over everyone's faces. It was an extremely cringe worthy moment. I decided to lay it all out and go full Don Draper at the end. I sent them a follow up email and they actually responded. Hopefully I didn't implode too terribly. I'm really hoping for this role, but the outlook isn't to optimistic at this point

May 22, 2015 - 3:12pm

Another Fun One- Some how I landed an interview for an emerging markets fund in Estonia.(I'm American) Mind you, the average salary in Estonia is only 12k Euros. Chances are this role wouldn't make 40k USD to begin with. The first round interview had 4 exams. 1 was 20 math questions in 3 minutes, 1 was an advanced excel test, 1 was a complex math/ problem solving exam , and one was a financial knowledge exam. The excel was very difficult and so was the math. The other 2 crushed. If i had gotten to the next round, they would have brought me in to do a 3 hour case study.

May 22, 2015 - 6:41pm

happened to me once, not in Investment banking though .. the interview was supposed to last one hour .. it lasted 15 mins .. after that the interviewer asked me if I had anymore questions (keep in mind I spent the last 5 mins asking questions) .. I said no .. she stood up, went towards the door, opened it, and waited for me to leave .. without even saying goodbye .. I thought it was over, they called me the next day for another round of interviews .. I still don't get it tbh

May 25, 2015 - 11:22pm

super day with BB.

Interview number 3 with an MD in the group:

Q1: Why would you never want to work for this bank/group.
A1: uhh well I really do want to work here. This is my top choice.
Q2: Answer the question.
A2: Ok, well maybe because congressman x is trying to pass legislation specifically to break up this bank, which would remove much of what makes this bank what it is.
Q3: Based on that response would you say you are unprepared, or just cannot think on your feet?
A3: I think I answered that question well, considering I not only gave you a valid reason for why this bank would no longer be as attractive and cited a very relevant and timely piece of legislature that is being considered now.
Q4: I disagree, but tell me what you think of the MD you just interviewed with?
A4: I think he's great. I've talked to him before today and he has been very helpful in walking me through the career development process.
Q5: (scoffs) well your wrong about him, he's actually an asshole He's only in the office 2 days a week and wouldn't be able to hold your hand in the scenario you did make it here. ........

I think you get the picture. The whole interview went like that.

May 29, 2015 - 5:33pm

Fun update Monkeys! My worst interview just turned into a full time offer working on a commodities trading desk. After 6 months of straight kicks to the face.... over coming a non target background.....low side of 3.0 GPA..... I finally landed a full time offer.

May 29, 2015 - 5:43pm
rj1443:

Fun update Monkeys! My worst interview just turned into a full time offer working on a commodities trading desk. After 6 months of straight kicks to the face.... over coming a non target background.....low side of 3.0 GPA..... I finally landed a full time offer.

Good shit. Congrats

Commercial Real Estate Developer

Aug 1, 2016 - 11:12am

Last year had an interview for Analyst position within RE at a big firm. Job was more on lending side from what I can remember and CRE advisory l. At the time I was fresh out of school but had an acquisitions internship under my belt. Recruiter reaches out to me for phone interview. Quick fit type and walk through resume. She says how they're really looking for 3 years experience but basically killed the interview with my passion she said so she passed my resume along to hiring manager.

I get email few days later for phone interview now with manager. Well, this was the most awkward interview. She calls me and asks me basic questions and asks me to run through my resume. I'm guessing this was her first time seeing it because she basically ripped me. "She said you have no CRE experience what so ever you only worked with small multi family and our team deals with loans in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars. I have no idea how your resume got to me." Said this with the nastiest tone ever. I basically didn't even know what to say. She pretty much ended the interview after that and didn't even give me a chance to tell her anything else.

The recruiter actually emailed me next day asking me how it went ( now this is not just a staffing firm this was someone within the same company) I told her what happened and such and she apologized.

Aug 1, 2016 - 12:52pm

I applied to a corporate finance internship in the fall of my junior year. I was immediately contacted for a phone interview because my cousin who worked there recommended me, and I met with some employees prior to applying.

I get a phone call from a number I am not familiar with while I am leaving the gym with my roommate. It is HR from the company asking if I had "just a moment to talk." I said I did, figuring it would be brief and just a call to set up an actual interview. The lady then conducted a full 45 minute interview while I was walking back to my apartment... through a highly populated time of day... with my roommate walking next to me cracking jokes... I botched what should have been a relatively easy interview.

No offer.

Glad to see I am not the only one with embarrassing interviews.

Aug 1, 2016 - 3:13pm

Mine doesn't really come close to any of these stories, but I had a phone interview at a boutique where they had an analyst and senior banker on the call. They talked about the firm for around 20 minutes, then asked me like 2 questions. After I answered they said "you've talked a lot today, do you have any questions for us?" I was thinking wtf.... I barely said anything, but just asked some generic question anyways where they rambled on about the answer for a while. A weird experience as I talked for about 10% of the time.

Aug 1, 2016 - 5:34pm

Straight up terrible interviews? Can't think of any.

Awkward interviews? Absolutely.

  1. I interviewed for a Client Services role at an Investment Management firm, and the Senior Vice President interviewing me literally pulls out a crumpled paper from his pocket with interview questions on them and starts reading them off one by one (I thought he was joking).

  2. When I was interviewing for an Internal Wholesaler position (one of my first full time jobs), the National Director of Sales happened to be in the office. He asked that I come in the office and interview with him after speaking with the two Sales Desk Managers. Everything was working in my favor up to that point. I walked into his office, and he stood up from his chair, and I proceeded to shake his hand and sit down across the desk from him. He froze while standing up and said "Don't you know it's common courtesy to sit down only after the other person sits down", and I replied "No, I've never actually heard that before" (LOL). Later on, we keep on talking, and he stops me in the middle of the interview and says "Are you chewing gum right now?", and I said "Yeah I am. I actually was meaning to spit it out before I stepped into the office, but I couldn't find a trash can, and I didn't want to spit it on the sidewalk outside" (Just ridiculous on my part). I thought I bombed that interview completely, but I guess honesty really works because I ended up getting the job, and the National Sales Director actually took a big liking to me (the Sales Managers on the desk would later go on to tell me he was my biggest advocate).

  3. I interviewed for an Investment Analyst role, and the head of Investment Research walks in and we begin the interview. Everything is fine, until about 5 minutes in, when his nose starts bleeding uncontrollably. This guy literally walks out the room, and walks back in with tissues shoved up his nostrils. When he removes them, his nose starts gushing again. Rinse, Repeat. He cycles back in and out of the room about 5-6 times with new tissues shoved up his nose. He apologizes numerous times and says it's the dry air. I think if by "dry air" he meant cocaine, then yes, it was definitely the dry air.

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Aug 8, 2016 - 10:31pm

I was interviewing the final 3 for a REPE analyst role and didn't get a chance to talk to any of these guys beforehand. One of them tells me his top goal is to break into leasing within the next year. The other tells me he already signed an offer with a RE tax firm right before the first round started. We ended up hiring the guy who thought school was "stupid". I left the firm shortly thereafter.

OP - I've bombed 3 interviews this year so hopefully that makes you feel better.

Oct 23, 2016 - 8:07am

What are your worst interviewing experience, in general? (Originally Posted: 12/01/2011)

Tomorrow I have a second round interview for a rotational program at a BB firm. It's through their S&T division. I just got notice yesterday but I applied in mid-october and completely forgot about it. I'm nervous as hell now.

This is my first major interview and have been trying to prepare.

What have been your interview blunders? Doesn't have to be finance related in general.

edit: It's second round because according to the firm the first round is the resume screening.

Oct 23, 2016 - 8:44am

Worst Interview Experience (Originally Posted: 12/18/2015)

What is your worst experience interviewing;
mine - schedule an interview for 10:00am with a BB bank in Asia pacific office, time is confirmed and all set to go. Day of, they email to let me know the interview is not in the office's region but in another time zone - 5 hours off..
I end up interviewing at 5am on the phone, right after a flight home during thanksgiving...

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