“Know thy enemy and know thyself; in a
hundred battles you will never be in peril.
When you are ignorant of the enemy but
know thyself; your chances of winning or
losing are equal. If ignorant of both your
enemy and thyself; you are certain in every
battle to be in peril.” – Sun Tzu, Art of War
What you need to know?
You - 90% of the Interview is about you
The Company – Answers have to shaped in
order to fit the needs and culture of the
Things that you need to do
Convey past achievements clearly and succinctly
Emphasize reasoning to why you want to be an investment banker
and most importantly why you would be a good banker
Not truly a test of your financial knowledge or your resume:
Demonstrate Skills through example
What distinguishes you from other candidates?
Why you fit well in the company and the job?
How can you add value?
What you have to show that you have to display in the interview:
Attention to Detail
Multitasking/Ability to juggle priorities
Success under pressure
Three Most Important Questions
Why do you want to be in Investment Banking?
Use your background (i.e. past internships, classes, skills)
Sincerity is key
Why do you want to work for this bank?
Research (Past deals, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal)
Network & cite people
Why did you choose Vanderbilt?
Not because it was the best school that accepted you
Though humorous, don’t cite the amount of hot girls on campus
They want to understand your decision process and your values
Miscellaneous Do’s & Don’ts
Sit up straight
Sit down only after your interviewer does
Keep decent eye contact
Talk clearly, coherently, and intelligently
Bad Eye contact
Use casual language
Stuttering, saying ‘uhhhhhhs’ or ‘ummmmmms’
Don’t use stereotypical, long, or arrogant answers
Navy/Grey Suit (pinstripes are fine on those colors)
If you only have a black suit, then wear that
Conservative – No tacky colors or designs
Make sure your suit fits (Fitment is the most important part of a suit)
Shine shoes before interview
Brooks Brothers suits/shirts/ties are a no-risk choice
Zegna, Ferragamo, Hermes items might convey arrogance
Skirt or Dress
NO SUIT PANTS
EVERYONE: Bring a leather notebook, pen, notepad
Questions to ask?
People like talking about themselves
What sort of person does well in banking?
What are a few hurdles that analysts must overcome?
What has made you stay with your company and this industry
for this long?
People like talking about their opinions
Where do you believe the investment banking industry will go in
Could you describe the best and most difficult parts of the last
deal you’ve worked on?
What industries do you think will see a lot of attention from
Will this person be capable of doing the job?
Can I trust this person with important work?
Will I be able to work with this person 110 hours a