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  2. From Homeless to Front Office

    WSO Success Stories

    About a year and a half ago, I posted about getting 20+ interviews and no FT offer (20 Company Interviews Later...No FT Offer looking for Advice). I wish I could say that I quickly got a job after that, but that wasn't the case. I'm going to be ...

    155 comments6 May 2020 -

  3. I received an invitation for an accelerated interview at Goldman Sachs. Does anybody from previous years have any insights into the process? The email says that second round interviews in New York City are going to be held next week. I tried searching and ...

    203 comments6 May 2020 -

  4. Graduating a Year Early

    Job Search Advice

    I'm a rising junior at a non-target, big ten school, majoring in finance. I have the credits to graduate this May. Will graduating a year early be an advantage or disadvantage? I studied abroad this past semester in Australia, which made it impossibl ...

    115 comments6 May 2020 -

  5. TheKing's blog Afternoon, monkeys. I've got the first of a two part interview for you today with Certified User Nefarious. Nefarious works in Strategy at a major Fortune 500 Aerospace & Defense company. While I know many of your are focused ...

    106 comments9 Apr 2016 -

  6. I'll bet you have a cute little folder with your school's name embossed on it, filled with copies of your resume and some business cards you collected from a few information sessions that never yielded any fruit. I'll also bet you've g ...

    47 comments6 May 2020 -

  7. Is it ever okay to talk about personal issues in interviews if they are relevant to the question and a big part of who you are? One of my greatest strengths is resilience. This is because I've gone through a lot in the last ten years and the last few ...

    20 comments17 Jan 2019 -

  8. I'm wondering what your thoughts are on this. I'm 1/4 Irish and 3/4 German. I come from a wealthy family, but they wouldn't even pay for braces. My teeth are a bit crooked (almost done invisalign in two months), two small chips due to playi ...

    12 comments6 May 2020 - Prospect in Other

  9. Wearing Black Suits in Interviews

    Fashion for Business

    I am a Junior at a target and I have summer analyst interviews with a few BB banks for Investment Banking and Public Finance roles. I have researched the topic and found that black suits are a big no-no in interviews. I come from a pretty humble backgroun ...

    165 comments12 Mar 2018 -

  10. Every year around this time, some young monkeys hop on the forums and start moaning about how bad this year is for recruiting. You guys think it's bad? You ain't seen bad unless you've seen 2001, 2008, or 2009. But nevertheless, your auntie ...

    92 comments19 Sep 2012 -

  11. I need some advice. I'm a recent graduate from a nontarget looking for FT roles. About me: sub 3.5 overall GPA, Over 3.5 finance GPA. Was in school's honors program for finance majors. Did some IM work. Received school's highest honors for ...

    167 comments20 Dec 2015 -

  12. hi, i worked in IBD, equity research and private equity in the last 4 years in london. im looking to go try my luck in hong kong/asia and need some advice regarding answering a question that is likely to come up in interviews over there either with recrui ...

    35 comments6 May 2020 -

  13. The following is an interview I conducted with Tyrone Greene, with whom I started chatting when I visited his food truck, The Dark Side of the Moo. He's a former trader of precious metals who has made the leap to leave Wall Street and work for himsel ...

    44 comments13 Apr 2014 -

  14. I have a first round interview at a distressed debt fund. Any thoughts on what first rounds look like? I'm currently an analyst in a restructuring group at a bank with some decent deal experience, so I assume I'll get asked about what I've ...

    113 comments13 Dec 2016 -

  15. I know, I know. But it's time for the sandwich board. Just received a final round rejection from Bloomberg LP last Friday. My mentors told me to put myself in front of as many people as possible. I'm going to take this literally. Questions: Shou ...

    32 comments6 May 2020 -

  16. I have consulting interviews coming up, and urgently need mental math prep. Can anyone suggest online (free) resources I can use to pick up my terrible mental math skills? What math strategies are helpful to acing the math part of the consulting interview ...

    67 comments1 Jan 2018 -

  17. Recruiting season is basically in full swing/dwindling as superdays are approaching for many. What are some of the most vexatious WTF questions you have been asked thus far? From my recruiting days, here are some of mine (the ones that made me want to pun ...

    57 comments10 Aug 2015 -

  18. mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past- Best of Eddie"- This one is originally from December 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message. I have a feeling this is going to spark some controversy ...

    39 comments6 Oct 2012 -

  19. Hi Everyone, Yesterday, I was rejected by a my first superday event after a series of very many first round rejections and am really feeling the need to "revamp" myself in order to get an offer by the end of this recruiting season. I don't ...

    22 comments6 May 2020 -

  20. I realize I am a huge outlier with the current job market and economic climate, so I figured I'd post a topic and let people throw their questions at me regarding what I did to get in the position I'm in right now. I will try to avoid answering ...

    122 comments10 Jun 2012 -

  21. So I've delayed grad school for a year due to some unforeseen reason and I decided I wanted to move on from my current job. So by my count, in the last 3 months, I've had 6 interviews, but no job as of yet. It's weird, because I'm pret ...

    47 comments11 Aug 2013 -

  22. ...how would you invest it? Interested in hearing how some of the professionals on here would approach this interview question. Interview Questions Interviews investing ...

    50 comments1 Feb 2017 -

  23. What would be the best questions to ask at the end of an interview when the interviewer asks: Do you have any questions? sa Interviews ...

    50 comments11 Apr 2017 -

  24. So I had a rly good final round with case study with the partners. Reception was very positive: they asked abt when I expected comp, when I would be able to start, and if I was talking to other shops. They said they were hiring for 2-3 jr positions, and t ...

    19 comments1 Feb 2018 -

  25. Suit and peacoat

    Fashion for Business

    Will I look stupid showing up to an interview like this? Why? Interviews suit ...

    43 comments18 Aug 2016 -

  26. Eddie Braverman's blog WSO is happy to announce a new partnership with Jared Dillian, former head ETF trader at Lehman, author of Street Freak and The Daily Dirtnap. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount from Jared's daily market newsletter... ...

    25 comments15 Jan 2013 -

  27. Hey guys, Is it disheartening to see that a person can get 2 FT interviews, and 2 SA interviews (4 different banks total) and not be able to land a single offer for IB? I am this person, and I am a non-target being able to get these interviews... Though t ...

    61 comments19 Jan 2011 -

  28. Hey guys, I'm a first year ibanking analyst at a BB, and it's about that time of year when everyone is starting to think about recruiting for PE / HF. My main concern is that I haven't really had much modeling experience so far (deal flow h ...

    29 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  29. How many first-round interviews per day did you have during your b-school's on-campus interview week? Is it absurd to attempt 4 first round interviews in one day? For reference, these are NYC bulge bracket firms, and I am at a top-20 school in the No ...

    18 comments6 May 2020 -

  30. Rambling in interviews

    Management Consulting

    I turn into an awkward rambling mess when getting interviewed. So far, I've only tried phone interviews, though, so I'm not sure if this is a phone-only thing or if it's directly caused by stress. How do I get better at this? Do I practice ...

    24 comments22 May 2014 -

  31. Racism at Banks

    Investment Banking

    I was recently interviewing for an entry level analyst position through on-campus recruiting and felt like couple firms were profiling due to my race. As i digged a little deeper, i realized that some of the boutiques (Greenhill, GCA Savvian, Evercore, an ...

    25 comments26 Feb 2017 -

  32. So I'm prepping for ft ib internships coming in the falls. So far, I've read and I'm planning to skim again the WSO guides, 400Qs guide from M&I, and Vault. I also have Investment Banking Valuation, LBO, M&A by Joshua Rosenbaum et a ...

    27 comments10 Jun 2012 -

  33. Another 100+ Questions Added...Now Over 500+: We've sifted through 2 THOUSAND+ more questions submitted to the WSO Company Database this past year to make the IB Prep Pack even more killer. We've picked out another 100 questions based on new tre ...

    16 comments23 May 2015 -

  34. When someone interviews you and you don't get an offer, does it actually mean something when they say something along the lines of keep in touch, we'll revisit this idea next year, we're here for you for career or educational consultations, ...

    14 comments6 May 2020 -

  35. So I have a second round interview at Mercer for an internship in their Investment Consulting group. I have done my homework on Mercer and MMC and know where I would like to be placed (NY or Chicago). I have been looking around online for questions that t ...

    15 comments6 May 2020 -

  36. Fellow Primates, As interview season kicks into full swing, we want our WSO members to be as prepared as possible. With the help of experienced finance professionals, Wall Street Oasis has built a selection of guides to help you succeed throughout the job ...

    25 comments20 Feb 2012 -

  37. Wanted to know if anyone can give me some insight. I guess this is a good problem to have but I am interviewing with multiple companies right now, all for the same type of position as a financial analyst. All pay well. Problem is I am most interested in t ...

    14 comments28 Mar 2017 -

  38. I want to caution all you monkeys about negotiating when receiving an offer. While if executed correctly it can add more salary, more vacation, or a signing bonus to the pay package, it could also get the offer rescinded in the blink of an eye. This is my ...

    22 comments29 Oct 2012 -

  39. Note: This question assumes everyone attends a TARGET SCHOOL. So the current most widely accepted fact about the way they sort through resumes is: Toss out cover letter; Look at GPA. If over 3.5 toss it into "interview" pile, if it's under, ...

    26 comments18 Oct 2014 -

  40. Hello, I graduated college four years ago with with a 3.3 from a top 40 school. I had MO internships in school, and took a job as an energy market analyst out of college. While in college, I had no problem getting a job once I was selected for an intervie ...

    13 comments21 Feb 2018 -

  41. Some Thoughts on Interviews

    Job Search Advice

    A few weeks ago, my father set up a meeting for me with his bosses boss. This guy basically runs wealth. This guy was brought out of retirement, in his mid-50's, to help a friend of his rebuild the WM division at the BB where my old man works. After ...

    23 comments28 Oct 2011 -

  42. background info, top 50 state school, not a finance/accouting major, got lucky and did a Summer Analyst program at a BB summer of '08 in IB. then came Financial crisis...very few offers given out. (the kids who got offers all had connections, example ...

    27 comments4 Apr 2013 -

  43. So, I have a lot of first round interviews next week, almost back to back every single day. For many banks, they notify you if you got the second round/super day the night of and then you have it the next day. The problem is, if you have a crap ton of int ...

    28 comments23 Jan 2011 -

  44. These past few months have been terrible. I got laid off. I did tremendously well in two interviews, had the manager tell me I effectively have it during the interview and then I find out, that due to budget issues, they cant hire me. This firm is pretty ...

    13 comments6 May 2020 -

  45. A couple questions. What parts of the vault guide will come up in a banking interview? Will we have to do a DCF or other valuation example during interviews? Or is it enough to just be able to have an intelligent conversation/answer basic questions about ...

    30 comments19 Dec 2008 -

  46. Trading Ideas: Matter of Edge

    Sales and Trading

    One thing that a lot of students falter with during interviews is the trading idea. Im writing this post to help some of the monkeys currently preparing for interviews realize that what they are spewing out as trading ideas are instead sales pitches, and ...

    20 comments28 Dec 2010 -

  47. Update: Thanks everyone for all the suggestions, I really appreciate it! Interviews application internship ...

    18 comments20 Oct 2014 -

  48. Does anybody want to practice mock interviews for ibanking? It can be either over the phone/skype or meet in person if you live in NYC. PM me if interested. Interview Questions interview Model interview topics Interview Info modeling Interviews Interview ...

    11 comments6 May 2020 -

  49. Hey Everyone, I saw that the site released new Technical and Behavioral interview guides. I purchased the first versions and really loved them. I'm really considering buying the new versions too. The new tech guide went from 30 to 80 pages??? Has any ...

    19 comments20 Feb 2012 -

  50. From my experiences, what I've heard from others and some of the questions posted I'm getting the sense that almost every firm has other finished FT hiring or are in the final superday process. FT offer Interviews summer analyst ...

    15 comments1 Oct 2012 -

  51. At what point do you start turning down first round interviews? Given that almost all the banks seem to have superdays on the same day (Friday 2/4 and 2/11), I'm assuming I won't be able to do second rounds with more than 3-4 places. So is it ev ...

    18 comments25 Jan 2011 -

  52. I want to break into either consulting or I-banking. Trying to decide which school is the best fit to break into consulting or I-Banking. Do most firms see PennLPS like Columbia? A lot of my friends from Columbia have broken into investment banking. Just ...

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  53. What's the real outlook for 2011 recruiting for graduates? If the US/UK/Europe is not the place to be-- for any job--then where? I had a very depressing time with an offer pulled from a top 3 asset manager. This was 2008. Fast-forward 3 years--I off- ...

    10 comments6 May 2020 -

  54. Hi everyone! ...

    10 comments6 May 2020 -

  55. who's gonna be in Toronto tomorrow for the IB and S&T interviews?? Interviews First Round RBC Capital Markets Salary Canada ...

    10 comments6 May 2020 -

  56. Really Bad at Interviews

    Investment Banking

    I've had all these superdays within the last year and can't seem to close on an offer. I have no problem networking and getting my way into a formal interview. But can't close. I have every interview guide and resource and have studied it. ...

    11 comments24 Feb 2017 -

  57. Hi all, I'm currently interviewing for roles and I'm having trouble coming across as genuine when I give my cookie cutter answers. I think its a combination of nerves along with the fact that I'm inexperienced with interviews. Based on your ...

    7 comments12 Jun 2019 -

  58. IBD and networking

    Investment Banking

    Networking and getting a contact to secure you a first round seems to be a good strategy for all interested monkeys, especially in this environment. It seems pretty ironic, though, that candidates with high GPA and good work experience will be less likely ...

    15 comments9 Jun 2010 -

  59. Hey guys, Just recently finished up some interviews and was wondering on how you gauge the success of your interview. It really throws me off when the interviewer is stone cold serious, leaving me wondering, is it me, is it something I said, or is this al ...

    14 comments1 Oct 2008 -

  60. In an odd way applying for jobs has never been harder. Sure, you can simply blast off dozens of applications a day electronically. How do you make yours stand out, however? With the proliferation of electronic applications and brief resume scanning, it ha ...

    11 comments30 Apr 2011 -

  61. Ok fellas, sometimes we take things a little too far and little too seriously. Though few will accept this fact of life: The road to your goals often starts with letting go of the desire. Some of you haven't quite accepted this fact and I am not abou ...

    11 comments4 Dec 2010 -

  62. Actual MBB case studies

    Management Consulting

    Does anybody know where to find actual case studies performed by MBB or other firms? Not case interview prep questions, but the whole case, from beginning to end? Interviews cases Salary ...

    14 comments16 Jul 2010 -

  63. no interviews for second tier

    Job Search Advice

    So I am getting interviews from M/B/B and all the BBs that post for OCR. I also resume dropped for the lower tier consulting shops like IBM, Accenture, Deloitte and ZS. For some reason I get interviews for 100% of the resume drop for the former group and ...

    14 comments8 Feb 2010 -

  64. If you shotgunned your resume and you get an interview, but not sure about the position, do you go with the interview or should I decline the request? I'm currently looking for a job but I'm not sure if I even want the position on second thought ...

    12 comments6 Aug 2013 -

  65. Interview Technique

    Job Search Advice

    So most of my friends are in advertising and we were discussing interviews last night. Seeing as I'm definitely not the best interviewer, I was listening to what they had to say (especially my 1 friend who has interviewed for 8 companies and received ...

    13 comments10 Oct 2011 -

  66. Q: Is the "tell me about yourself" interview opener a make-or-break question, or more of a 5 minute warm-up where I can share where I was born, my story, and what I am interested in? Well, first off, you should never spend 5 minutes answering an ...

    11 comments11 Apr 2017 -

  67. Hardest brain teasers

    Investment Banking

    Hi all, Wanted to gauge the community on what are some of the hardest brain teasers they've been asked in interviews. If anyone has gotten any tough ones from banks on the east coast, would love to grab those here too. Cheers Banks Interviews finance ...

    6 comments6 May 2020 -

  68. Mod note: Click here to see all of our q&a's and interviews For all the talk of private equity and hedge funds as exit opps here on WSO, one interesting route that often goes overlooked is the non-profit path. Too often non-profit and charitable ...

    10 comments24 Jul 2013 -

  69. So, as some of you know, I was going to school at a community college for music, planning on going to a school specifically for audio production after attaining an associates in music (apparently, it's needed). Some failed birth control later and bam ...

    12 comments5 Mar 2012 -

  70. How to keep my head-up?

    Job Search Advice

    Hey guys, I've been at my consulting firm (more like staff-aug) for nearly three years now and I honestly hate it. I've been applying and got some interviews, but didn't walk away with any offers. I got another rejection email yesterday at ...

    9 comments29 Nov 2016 -

  71. Big4/IBM, case interviews?

    Management Consulting

    Do any of the Big 4 or IBM have case interviews? Or do they only conduct behavioral questions? Interviews Interview ...

    12 comments2 Jan 2012 -

  72. Hi everyone, ...

    10 comments29 Mar 2017 -

  73. Was reading that for RX interviews I should know waterfalls. Wanted to see what that is. Does that just mean that I should have a solid grasp on capital structure? If so, any sources available? Thanks banking Interviews finance ...

    6 comments6 Aug 2019 -

  74. S&T Superday SA Questions?

    Sales and Trading

    Sorry if this has been posted before, but while there are numerous sources of technical questions for IBD, there doesn't seem to be much info for S&T besides CAPM analysis. Is there a good guide you guys recommend to go over questions to prepare ...

    12 comments12 Jan 2011 -

  75. Goldman Sachs and brain teasers

    Investment Banking

    one of my friends said that u r guaranteed to face brian teasers even if u r applying to IBD at GS. who's been through the interview process? any relevant information welcomed. Goldman Sachs Interviews Salary ...

    12 comments9 Oct 2010 -

  76. Do you tell people that you are powerful...or do you show them? The most important communication you make each day doesn't depend on what you say as much as it how you appear when you say it. Even the brightest minds can fail to reach success if they ...

    9 comments16 May 2012 -

  77. Hi guys! Junior here (semi-target). Have been networking since past year focusing on building relationship. Just checking in with other monkeys, where they at or where they were once. If you network well, how many firms do you get interviews with? (How ma ...

    10 comments25 Oct 2013 -

  78. Hello Guys, Has anyone quit a job in their early years of college or hs with out giving a two week notice. Like a retail job or like a tell job when they were young? Any consequences when you are going through a background check for a ibank position? inve ...

    11 comments10 Nov 2010 -

  79. haven't posted in a while: wanted to get everyone's opinion. I have been working in finance for 7 years- Banking/ PE followed by top MBA and now a HF. Having gone through many interviews and finally landing my HF job in this job market, I wanted ...

    11 comments2 Sep 2010 -

  80. Subject essentially says it all: if you've had a banking internship, how much time will typically be spent discussing it during FT interviews? Should most of your anecdotes draw on your internship experience? Interviews Internship ...

    11 comments19 Jun 2010 -

  81. I know this is a selective job to get, but I had no idea it was THIS selective. My cousin is a top econ major at an elite college (harvard/yale/princeton/stanford) with internships at both McKinsey and a top investment banking group. He has easily gotten ...

    10 comments25 Jan 2013 -

  82. I know almost everyone would advise not to quit your current job unless you have a firm offer lined up, but I am in a situation where it is very difficult to ask for time off if I want to go for interviews, especially with MBB as one round can take hours. ...

    6 comments2 Jan 2019 -

  83. Just got done with an hour phone interview. Recruiter says, "Well we were really looking for someone with 5 years experience doing something completely unrelated to what you do. Sorry about that!" and that's the end. Thing is, they had my r ...

    9 comments23 Apr 2016 -

  84. Hi all, So at the advice of fellow WSO-ers, I have been cold-emailing alum/random contacts over the past two weeks expressing interest in their firms and trying to set up info interviews. I've had pretty decent success, and managed to contact two fai ...

    7 comments6 May 2020 -

  85. Has anyone ever interviewed for BlackRock Client Businesses? I have one coming up and would appreciate if someone can let me know what to expect. I can't imagine it being technicals-heavy but I could be wrong. What should I prepare for? finance Inter ...

    8 comments10 Oct 2016 -

  86. Hey everyone i am trying to figure out if i have any chance of landing a interview/internship/ job in BB investment banking. I just finished my sophomore year at non-target school. I am extremely active on campus, i.e. VP of Fraternity, project manager (b ...

    9 comments15 May 2011 -

  87. Hi guys, So I ended up getting an offer to one bank, but really don't want to be working there. I just finished a bunch of first round OCR interviews this past week but have not heard back from a lot of them, but I felt that I did pretty well on a lo ...

    7 comments31 Jan 2016 -

  88. Using Paper For Hard Technicals

    Investment Banking

    Is it acceptable to use paper to figure out some of the harder technicals during an interview or is this generally frowned upon? I know that for me, it is easier to diagram the flow of a transaction through the statements on paper before explaining. Inter ...

    8 comments14 Nov 2012 -

  89. This is a two-parter question for the PE WSO guys/gals: 1) Someone asked me 'If I was considering a debt-collection company in Korea as an investment, what kind of questions should I ask?' I can't quite remember my response, but I remember ...

    6 comments6 May 2020 -

  90. I'd like to get the viewpoints of some experienced traders. I am from a target, three years out of school and have been trading on my own. I will be applying for some commodity shops (think Glencore, Trafigura, Louis-Dreyfus, Vitol, etc.). I've ...

    8 comments26 Nov 2011 -

  91. Had a final round a lil over a week ago for an IB position. and I felt like I was already dinged before stepping into the interview. the most senior interviewer asked me almost no questions and didn't seem to be at all interested in my experiences or ...

    8 comments1 Nov 2011 -

  92. Superday Call back

    Job Search Advice

    My friend recently went to a superday with a BB on the West coast. He got a call back the afternoon after the interviews saying that he did really well and was a great fit for the office. However the caller said that he was in no position to make an offer ...

    6 comments6 May 2020 -

  93. I'm applying for FT jobs right now, and I've got kind of a dilemma in terms of scheduling. My school takes part in an NYC recruiting day where we apply online to a bunch of participating firms, and if selected, we do our first round interviews f ...

    6 comments6 May 2020 -

  94. I have an interview coming up and they requested a video conference. My school charges $80 to use a video conference room, and I was wondering if I can just use Skype (I have my own online number, so they would call that and I can do webcam). Have anyone ...

    8 comments6 Dec 2010 -

  95. Headhunters- Signing contracts

    Investment Banking

    As an analyst, do you typically sign some type of contract with headhunters before working with them? If you end up getting the offer and accepting it, how do they get compensated? Thanks. banking Interviews lateral hire headhunters HH Buyside recruiting ...

    7 comments7 Mar 2016 -

  96. Ok, so here we go, please share one and rip another apart. This is one of the most dreaded question (due to its shear open-ended nature). "If [insert bank here] gave you $10 million to invest, what would you do with it?" Interview Questions Bank ...

    8 comments31 Jan 2010 -

  97. Ok so here goes: Graduated from a School Banks Target (non-Ivy) 2 years ago but did not get a banking offer. Instead, ended up at as an analyst a small hedge fund making squat for money but getting way more experience (cross-sector) than I think I'd ...

    7 comments19 Apr 2016 -

  98. Hey guys, long time lurker first time poster. I wanted to ask you guys your opinion on whether or not I should bring up during my interview that I was kicked out of my fraternity for hazing pledges too much. I mean, in my defense there isn't really a ...

    6 comments29 Jul 2016 -

  99. We intend advertising some corporate finance related positions early next year and I hope to be interviewing candidates in Feb or March. While we have all the usual interview questions on the table I am hoping here to get your (candidates') view on q ...

    5 comments20 Dec 2017 -

  100. Recruiting and the holidays

    Job Search Advice

    Folks, There comes a time in every job when you hear angels sing (or demons shriek) in the background and you have an epiphany. This is when you know whether you would stay with your current employer for the rest of your life OR that you want to move on t ...

    6 comments19 Sep 2014 -

  101. ^title. Also, if you dont mind posting what firm you worked at before you landed your PE gig, that would be also be appreciated (you can just post a group, e.g. BARC/ DB / CS, if you dont want to post the specific name). PE Interviews ...

    6 comments10 Nov 2015 -