Summer internship recruiting season is over.
And full-time recruiting finished a long time ago.
Maybe you made it through and got the offer you wanted…
…but in all likelihood, it didn’t go exactly as planned.
Maybe you got an offer in the industry you were targeting, but it wasn’t at the firm you wanted.
Or maybe you had to choose one of your “Plan B” options instead.
By now, you’ve probably:
- Done a play-by-play analysis of what happened in every interview.
- Read all the articles on this site about why you may not have received the offer you wanted.
- Gotten input from your friends, parents, and even your 2nd cousin twice removed (he was an MD at Goldman 20 years ago!).
- Made a “to do” list of 51 tasks that you must complete to perform better next time around.
But you might want to think again.
There’s a good chance that trying too hard and coming across as overbearing sunk your chances the first time around.
And that 51-item “to do” list might just sink your chances next time.
Yes, that’s right: you might get better results by putting in less effort, or at least concealing the effort you’ve put in.
Why Are You Trying So Hard, Exactly?