you guys ever take long-shots at job applications? What's the craziest interview you've landed?

You guys ever take long-shots at job applications?
You know... the ones you're not even close to qualified for, but damn it looked good, and wouldn't it be perfect to work there?
What's the craziest interview you've landed?

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Aug 28, 2018

Was interviewing for a top tier VC a few months ago.. I wouldn't say I wasn't close to qualified, but I was definitely not a stand-out applicant. I come from a no-name school, and I have no brand name firms on my resume. I cold-emailed the managing partner, got a meeting with him, and flew in to interview on my own dime.

Sadly, sometimes hustle isn't enough. After the final interview, I received a message from HR saying "sorry, but the investment team is full".

That was quite a blow to the ego, and I was super pissed (mostly at myself). Picked myself up, applied to multiple firms, and then landed a gig at a top regional PE. I still like the VC space, and would be open to lateraling to a top firm, but I'd like to try PE out before finally deciding.

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Aug 28, 2018
omegalul:

Was interviewing for a top tier VC a few months ago.. I wouldn't say I wasn't close to qualified, but I was definitely not a stand-out applicant. I come from a no-name school, and I have no brand name firms on my resume. I cold-emailed the managing partner, got a meeting with him, and flew in to interview on my own dime.

Nice. Well done.
I will DM you.
Sounds like you've got some advice I can learn from.

Aug 28, 2018

Worked in a telecoms VC team and a top-tier tech company from the Silicon Valley had a recruiter where, due to summer holidays, most candidates dropped out or weren't available. Got a call whether I might be interested in an interview slot THE SAME DAY (like, within 3 hours). Went in without prep and actually got a job offer the same day.

Even when I started I couldn't believe I actually landed that job. Stayed for a year and then went back into banking/finance.

Sep 7, 2018

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Sep 7, 2018

Interesting - why did you choose to go back to banking? You usually don't hear people moving back from VC (usually it's to go join a startup or big industry job)

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Sep 5, 2018

Attended a community college >3.5GPA, parents didn't go to college. Applied to GS/MS for S&T, got the offer. Anything is possible my guy.

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Aug 28, 2018
Na'Daz:

Attended a community college >3.5GPA, parents didn't go to college. Applied to GS/MS for S&T, got the offer. Anything is possible my guy.

OK there's GOT to be a story there. Please share. And props - I respect the hustle.

Sep 5, 2018

100%, I'm gonna do a write up on how it all happened, be on the look out for that. Hope it helps others as well. And thanks!

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Sep 6, 2018

Non-target, expelled during sophomore year, got back in, still graduated with a sub 3.0 GPA, now analyst at event-driven HF. I fedex'd copies of my resume and idea write ups directly to the CIOs of funds I admired.

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Aug 28, 2018
ftorbust:

Non-target, expelled during sophomore year, got back in, still graduated with a sub 3.0 GPA, now analyst at event-driven HF. I fedex'd copies of my resume and idea write ups directly to the CIOs of funds I admired.

got it. You came "bearing gifts" and someone resonated well with the gift you brought. Nice!

Sep 7, 2018

Wow, goals right here lol (I'm a sophomore with sub 3.0), how many copies did you send out and how many interviews came from it?

Sep 6, 2018

Probably a dozen copies. Of those that responded to me it was more of a "we know you exist now, thanks, stay in touch and come back when you have 2 years experience" which did not surprise me given the particular funds I targeted.

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Sep 7, 2018

Fall senior year of college: from a non-target small LAC, 2 corporate finance internships, applied to a LMM PE Analyst role. Got the interview and the job.

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Sep 7, 2018
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