Thursday, February 01, 2007

Summer job interviewing craze

The summer job interviewing craze has started! It is a very exciting time, but many people are tired by the end of the week. Juggling 5 interviews, classes, phone calls, preparing, researching the markets, waiting for calls for final rounds, constant questions of "have you heard from Goldman yet?" is not easy!

Today I decided to just sleep till 11am just to get back into form. Then I had 3 interviews. The good part is that at least the investment banks seem crazy about hiring. Some people got offers right on Monday already! They basically walked into their 1st round interviews, and suddenly received offers at the end of the day. I interviewed with one bank on Tuesday which called us for the final round already tomorrow (Friday). It seems each bank wants to be first in extending offers.

In addition, it seems that some companies who are nor corporate partners (i.e. who do not get the privilege of being the first to interview on campus) suddenly realize lots of candidates will sign offers within the next week and start scheduling off-campus interviews. For months I did not get any calls and this week and last week 4 different companies called me to come in for interviews this or next week. You just can't do it, at least if you also want to attend classes like me! Right now I'm focusing on Fixed Income Sales & Trading though and hope that works out for the summer! Things are moving very fast here so next week I'll know more!

In any case it is a very exciting but also very intense time, and you have some exhausted people, some disappointed people and some happy people. I was going to post about interview questions, but the truth is the interviews are 80% fit I would say, all they really want to know is if you've thought about what you want to do.


Forrest Gump said...

that sounds hectic, but I guess after working at the Firm, this must be simple enough. good luck with the interviewing process, and let us know where you end up.

RusGirl said...

Good luck, good luck, good luck!!!

Lakshminarasimhan said...

all all the best to you