Investment Banking Recruitment is one of the key topics covered on Mergers & Inquisitions, so below you’ll find all of the recruiting-related articles on the site, sorted by category.
The 4 topics at the top – networking, resumes, interviews, and the recruiting mindset – are the most important, so you should start there.
This is where you’ll find all the tutorials and case studies related to networking – talking to people in real life, as opposed to submitting your resume into a giant black hole online – and using those relationships to win interviews and offers.
- From Private Equity Internship to Bulge Bracket Investment Banking: How to Cold Email Like a Pro and Win the Offer
- How to Break Out of “Harold & Kumar” Mode and Use Investment Banking Information Sessions to Break Into the Industry
- How to Get Into Investment Banking from an Unknown State School with No Finance Background: Case Study
- How to Get Noticed When Networking – Without Becoming a Nuisance: 3 Real-Life Success Stories
- How to Network at Events and Information Sessions When You’re Not Feeling Sociable
- How to Network Like Jason Bourne, When to Throw In the Towel, Moving to Different Groups, and More Networking Ninja Tactics
- How to Network When Everyone You Know Has Been Fired: 7 Strategies to Embrace
- How to Network Your Way Into Finance as a Female – Without Getting Hit On or Getting In Your Own Way
- How to Network Your Way Into Investment Banking in 5 Simple Steps
- How to Turn Cold Calls Warm, Follow-Up and Avoid Awkward Alumni Conversations
- How to Use Investment Banking Informational Interviews to Break In
- How to Write More Effective Networking Emails That Will Double Your Response Rate in 15 Minutes or Less
- Investment Banking Networking: How to Break In
- Investment Banking Spring Weeks: The Single Best Way to Break Into the Finance Industry in the UK?
- My Own, Personal Networking Blunders and What You Can Learn from Them
- Networking Into Investment Banking: It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint
- Recruiting in a Down Market, Part 3: How to Go from Networking Newbie to Networking Ninja
- The Complete Guide to Cold Calling Your Way Into Investment Banking
- The Top 4 Mistakes Students Make with Networking Emails – and How to Fix Them and Double Your Response Rate
- Weekend Trips: The Best Way to Break Into Investment Banking?
- Why You Can’t Network Your Way Into Investment Banking – and What to Do About It
Here’s where you can get all our resume and cover letter templates, tips, and tutorials.
- 3 Reasons Why Your Investment Banking Cover Letter is Making You Look Like a Fool and What to Do About It
- Copy This Experienced Investment Banker Resume Template to Break In As an Associate
- Five Ways To Make Your Resume Sink Faster Than The Titanic
- How Investment Bankers Read Your Resume
- How To Write An Investment Banking Resume
- How to Write an Investment Banking Resume When You Have No Real Work Experience
- Investment Banking Resume Template for University Students Who Want to Land a Banking Job
- The Investment Banking Cover Letter Template You’ve Been Waiting For
- Why You Weren’t Selected for That Interview at JP Morgan
Ah, yes: the investment banking interview. Nothing could be more stressful and more inane at the same time – good thing you have these articles!
- 3 More Mistakes to Avoid When Answering the Most Important Interview Question
- Can You Tell Me About a Recent Deal?
- Do You Make These Critical Mistakes When Answering the Most Important Investment Banking Interview Question?
- How Investment Banking Interviews Have Changed in Recent Years – and How You Should Prepare
- How to Answer the “Why Our Bank?” Question in Investment Banking Interviews, Assessment Centers, and More
- How To Close Your Investment Banking Offers
- How to Dominate Your Industry-Specific Interviews: Real Estate, Energy, FIG, and More
- How to Dominate Your Investment Banking Interviews and Win Offers
- How to Fail Your Interviews by Not Knowing 2 Crucial Words
- How to Learn an Industry So You Can Discuss It Like a Pro in Interviews
- How to Tell Your “Story” in Investment Banking Interviews in 5 Simple Steps
- How to Walk Me Through Your Resume in Investment Banking Interviews: The Top 6 Mistakes to Avoid
- Investment Banking Interview Ju-Jutsu: How to Spin Your Weaknesses Into Strengths and Answer the Tough Questions
- Investment Banking Tough Interview Questions: How To Answer the “Greatest Weakness” Question
- It’s Not Rocket Science: Why You Should Stop Learning Partial Differential Equations If You Want to Break Into Investment Banking
- No Matter How Badly You Fail Your Investment Banking Interviews, You Can’t Do Worse Than This
- Summer Internship vs. Full-Time Investment Banking Interviews
- Superday Zen: Why Less Is More When It Comes to Interview Preparation
- The 3 Most Important Questions You Need to Ace Your Interviews and the 1 You’re Probably Getting Wrong
- The Investment Banking Deal Sheet: How to Win Job Offers with a Small Note Card
- The Investment Banking Interview Selection Process
- What Do You Do When You Interview at an Investment Bank and Never Hear Back?
- What Should You Pick For Your Major?
- Why Investment Banking?
- Why You Can’t Conquer Your Investment Banking Interviews – And What to Do About It
- Why You Didn’t Land an Offer in Your Final Round Interviews at Morgan Stanley
- “Unattractive, Poorly Dressed Applicants Need Not Apply”: Got Cultural Fit?
This one’s all about the strategy you use when recruiting. Tactics are great, but strategy is even better.
- 5 Lessons Rocky Can Teach You About Getting Into Investment Banking
- Age and Investment Banking: How Old Is Too Old to Break In?
- Degrees and Certifications: Got CFA + JD + MBA + MD?
- Don’t Overestimate the Competition: 2015 Edition
- Focus: The Secret to Getting Anything You Want?
- How Does Money Change Your Life?
- How Finance Interviews Have Changed in the Past 5 Years (2009 – 2014) – and How to Prepare
- How to Achieve a Net Worth of $100+ Million USD Without 80-90 Hour Workweeks: An Interview with Richard Koch
- How to Apply the 80/20 Rule to Your Recruiting Efforts and Get Into Investment Banking with 1/10 the Effort
- How to Be a Workaholic Without Burning Out
- How to Beat the Ivy League: Why You Shouldn’t Fear Top Schools, Top Pedigrees, or “Top” Anything Else
- How to Break All the Rules and Hustle Your Way Into Anything – Jobs, Networking with CEOs, and Yes, Even Free Financial Modeling Courses
- How to Break into the Finance Industry as an Older Candidate: 6 Paths to Beating the Odds
- How to Fix Your Broken LinkedIn Profile and Create One That Makes Recruiters Come to You
- How to Get Brutally Honest Feedback and Double Your Results in Interviews, On the Job, and More
- How to Position Yourself for Investment Banking as a 1st or 2nd Year University Student or High School Student: Be a Line, Not a Dot
- How to Spin and BS Your Way to Success in Investment Banking
- Investment Banking Competitions: The Best Way to Make Up for Average Grades and No Work Experience?
- No, You Can’t Have It All: Why Finance Does Not Guarantee You $10 Million and Your Own Beach in Thailand
- Plight of the Polar Bear: How NOT to Find a New Finance Job After You’re Laid Off
- Should You Delay Your Graduation to Level-Up Your Internship or Full-Time Job Offer?
- Should You Transfer to a Top University to Boost Your Chances of Getting into Finance?
- Stuff Investment Bankers Don’t Like: The CFA, Your Activities, Your Ph.D., and More
- Stuff Investment Bankers Don’t Like: 2016 Edition
- The Myth of the Career Path
- The Secret Experiment I Just Performed On You – and Why You (Still) Shouldn’t Overestimate the Competition
- The Top 5 Mistakes Career Changers Make – and How to Avoid Them All and Make a Successful Transition
- To Change Yourself, Change Your Environment
- Warning: Don’t Give Up on Getting Into Finance Or You Might Miss… a Free Trip Around the World?
- What You Should Pick for Your Major, 2015 Edition: Is It Time to Start Learning Partial Differential Equations?
- Which Language Should You Learn to Break Into Investment Banking?
- Why Not Even a Boutique Investment Bank Will Hire You – And What to Do About It
- Will a Gap Year Really Help You Win More Finance Job Offers Than an Internship at Goldman Sachs?
- Your 6-Month Step-by-Step Game Plan to Finance Interview Prep, Part 1: What to Do in the Months Leading Up to Interview Season
- Your 6-Month Step-by-Step Game Plan to Finance Interview Prep, Part 2: What to Do in the 2 Weeks Leading Up to Interviews… and the Week After
- Your Biggest Obstacle to Interview Success: Trying Too Hard?
- Your First New Year’s Resolution: Stop Worrying About Minutiae and Focus on the Principles
Assessment Centers & Competency Questions
Another of Europe’s finest exports: assessment centers, instead of the superday interviews you see in the US, and competency questions to supplement your applications.
- EMEA Recruitment, Part 2: How to Dominate Your Assessment Centers and Land Investment Banking Offers
- How to Navigate the EMEA Recruitment Maze and Land Investment Banking Offers in Europe and Beyond – Part 1
- Investment Banking Recruiting in the UK: All About Competency Questions, Assessment Centers and More
Sometimes, working with headhunters can be as much fun as a trip to the proctologist – but you need to suck it up and do it anyway.
- Finance Headhunters: Friend Or Foe?
- Reckoning with Recruiters: How to Outsmart the Sharks and Land Job Offers Without Being Eaten Alive
- Taming the Recruiter Beast: 5 Tips to Preserve Your Sanity and Land You a Job
Career Transitions – From Other Fields Into Investment Banking
You’ll learn how to break into investment banking from accounting, law, consulting, and maybe even pole dancing one day.
- Breaking and Entering into Investment Banking as an Accountant
- From Big 4 Restructuring to Investment Banking: How to Make the Leap
- From Law to Investment Banking: Even Better Than Starring in “Suits”?
- From Liberal Arts to Finance: Shakespeare with Swag, or Mission: Impossible?
- How to Break Into Finance as a Consultant
- How to Break Into Finance as a Lawyer
- How to Break into Investment Banking as a Former Entrepreneur
- How to Break Into Investment Banking as an Engineer
- How to Break Into Investment Banking as an Engineer With No Finance Background: Case Study
- How to Move from Capital Markets to M&A at an Investment Bank
- How to Move from the Buy-Side TO Investment Banking – Without Bribing the Chairman or Having a Well-Connected Family
- Investment Banking in India: How to Break In Even If You’ve Been Out of School for 5+ Years and You Don’t Have a Finance Background
- Lateral Hiring 101: How to Look Before You Leap, and Then How to Make the Leap
- Lateraling To Another Investment Bank? Look Before You Leap
“Plan B” Options
So, what happens when you don’t win an offer… or a return offer… or you renege on your offer… or…
- Bear Stearns Episode 2: The Shareholders Strike Back
- Can You Renege On Your Investment Banking Job Offer Without Being Blacklisted for Life?
- If You Can’t Get a Paid Finance Internship or Job, Should You Offer to Work for Free?
- If You Don’t Get Into Investment Banking, Should You Become a Ski Bum Instead?
- If You’re Not Confident You Can Get Into Investment Banking, Should You Apply to Master’s Programs to Hedge Yourself?
- The Incoming Analyst Conundrum: What To Do If You Get Transferred
- What If You Don’t Get a Return Offer From Your Investment Banking Summer Internship?
- What Should I Do With My Bear Stearns Investment Banking Offer?
- Why Did a Bank Just Rescind Your Job Offer, and What Can You Do About It?
- You Didn’t Get Any Full-Time Investment Banking Offers. Now What Do You Do?
- You Didn’t Get Any Investment Banking Summer Internship Offers. Now What Do You Do?
Recruiting in a Down Market
This was a series we ran way back after the financial crisis started in 2008 – while some of this is dated, the aggressive networking tactics recommended here still apply no matter what year we’re in.
- 10 Questions I Can Answer About the Future of Investment Banking
- 5 Mistakes to Avoid in a Market Meltdown
- 5 Ways To Boost Your Recruiting Chances In A Tough Hiring Market
- Damn, It Does NOT Feel Good To Be A Banker: Investment Banking Apocalypse
- No, Don’t Go Back to School, Become a Ski Bum or Even Think About Chinese Gold Farming: Why You Shouldn’t Time the Market
- Recruiting in a Down Market, Part 1: The State of the Market
- Recruiting in a Down Market, Part 2: Moving from “Check the Box” Recruiting to Actual Recruiting
- Recruiting in a Down Market, Part 3: How to Go from Networking Newbie to Networking Ninja
- Recruiting in a Down Market, Part 4: How to Weigh Your “Plan B” Options and Ensure That You Don’t End Up with “Plan Z” Instead
- Recruiting in a Down Market, Part 5: How to Avoid Desperation and Shooting Yourself in the Foot, and How to Deliver a Convincing Recruiting Performance
- Why You Should Stop Reading BusinessWeek and Start Using Common Sense Instead: What the Mainstream Media is Missing About Recession Recruiting