What’s the most common mistake in any interview?
Not being able to explain why you are interviewing at the company.
There’s an obsession with technical questions, but a near-universal ignorance of how to answer the first question in any interview: “Tell me about yourself.”
Even though I’m prone to killing people and eating their bodies when they can’t explain themselves, I sort of understand this mistake.
If you’re a university student, for example, you might be “experimenting” with different industries, and you might not have specific reasons for wanting to work anywhere.
But once you’re IN investment banking and you start recruiting for buy-side roles, the experiment’s over.
So you need a crisp, well-structured pitch.
If you don’t present your story coherently, you’ll never even make it past interviews with headhunters, let alone PMs or Partners:
Deal Experience? What Deal Experience?