2015 Mid-Year Reader Q&A: Interview Trends, the Forest (f)or the Trees, the Perfect Candidate, Summer Internship Upgrades, TV Shows, and More

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2015 Mid-Year Reader Q&ASo it’s already one day past the midpoint of the year, which can mean only one thing: time for another question-and-answer session.

Even though I wrote about how interviews have changed less than a year ago, I’m already seeing a few new trends worth noting.

One of the big ones is that many candidates fail to see the forest for the trees and focus on tiny details at the expense of major problems.

After I laugh at a few of the more ridiculous questions, we also address:

  • How to become the perfect candidate for the job;
  • More on upgrading your bank following a summer internship;
  • Criticism and complaints and my responses;

And the most important topic of all: my immense disappointment with Season 5 of Game of Thrones (I call it like it is, even when I’m a fan).

Interview Trends, 2015 Edition

2014 End of Year Q&A: Reneging on Offers, Deciding on Offers, The Next Big Thing, Email Etiquette, and Whether or Not Adnan Did It

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Serial PodcastSo, a few things happened this year.

  • The Middle East somehow got even more violent, as did Ukraine
  • Malaysia Airlines became officially the unluckiest airline ever
  • And then there were elections in major countries, and a few other minor issues like ebola

You could add more financial/economic/geopolitical events to that list if you wanted.

But something more significant than any of that happened to me: for the first time ever, I became more interested in a podcast than in new or returning TV shows.

If you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard of or listened to Serial, go download all the episodes right now.

Since a “serialized” show caught my attention, it will be the theme of this year’s Q&A as well: recurring themes and questions that just won’t go away.

And more on whether or not Adnan really did it at the end…

Serialized Theme #1: Reneging on Offers

2014 Mid-Year Reader Q&A: Accelerated Recruiting, Private Equity Recruiting, Story Makeovers, VP-Level Recruiting, and More

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Reader Q&A: Accelerated Recruiting, Private Equity, and VP-Level RecruitingThe last time we did a Q&A, Bitcoin was worth… actually, about what it’s worth right now.

Surprise, surprise.

Since we’re back to that level, it seems like a great time for another round of questions and answers!

Among other topics, we zip through:

  • How to position yourself for full-time recruiting, coming from a lackluster internship.
  • The merits of quitting a new job within the first week (hint: there are none).
  • Story makeovers at all levels – undergrad, MBA, and post-MBA.
  • How to position yourself for IB/PE roles if you’ve had 10+ years of experience in corporate finance.
  • PE recruiting and case studies, because everyone always wants to break in even if there’s a zombie apocalypse.
  • And my usual responses to snarky comments, criticism, and requests for things I don’t want to do.

Let’s go:

Climbing the Ladder: Accelerated Recruiting and Accelerated Quitting