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How to Conquer the Super-Early Investment Banking Recruiting Timeline and Win Offers – Even If You’re at a Non-Target University

Ask any undergraduate student about the “investment banking recruiting timeline,” and you’ll always get the same response: everything starts ridiculously early. Back in ancient times, recruiting took place during your 3rd year of undergraduate, and you interviewed for summer internships several months before they began. But then banks realized that Facebook and Google also pay […]
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How to Break into Investment Banking at the Last Minute and Win a Role in the Industrials Coverage Group

Can you get into investment banking at the last minute? Back in 2005-2007, the answer was “Yes” – at least if you had good grades and had attended a well-known university. Plenty of students “became interested in finance” when full-time recruiting began, and then made frantic efforts to pass on-campus interviews. Over the past ten […]
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How to Go from No Return Offer in Your Internship to a Full-Time Investment Banking Offer… from a Non-Target School

What happens if you screw up? For example, what if you put time and effort into recruiting, you win an investment banking summer internship, but then you fail to get a return offer for silly reasons? You could go back and start networking again, but most banks prefer to hire from their summer intern pools. […]
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How to Win a Full-Time Investment Banking Offer as an International Student in a Non-Target Master’s Program

Is a Master’s degree your best chance of getting into the finance industry? It might be – if you pick the right program. Master’s degrees are useful for “Plan B” scenarios where you didn’t get the job offer you wanted the first time around – though you came close – and now you want to […]
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From Insurance Sales to Investment Banking: How to Make Up for an Unknown School, a Low GPA, and No Relevant Internships

What background makes it toughest to break into finance? Engineering? Accounting? The back office? Being a male escort in Tokyo? Each of those careers presents different challenges. But there’s one particular background that bankers do not like: insurance, and specifically insurance sales. If you attend a university where “everyone” does it, though, you could easily […]
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From London to the Middle East: How to Break Into Investment Banking in Dubai

While you’ve learned all about working in Dubai and other parts of the Middle East from previous interviews, we haven’t focused on recruiting much – until now. The interviewee you’re about to hear from went from spotty A-Level performance and low first-year university grades to multiple bulge bracket offers. And if you think that’s impressive, […]
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From Non-Target School and Unpaid Wealth Management Internship to Full-Time Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Offer: How to Make the Leap

In this interview we’ll speak with a reader who landed a full-time bulge bracket investment banking offer with 0 banking internships and a non-target school on his resume. There have been a few interviews with readers from similar backgrounds – but I thought this one was great because he shares unique insights and unusual networking strategies […]
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Unknown State School with No Finance Background to Investment Banking: How to Make the Leap

Is this site dedicated to Ivy League graduates with perfect grades? No! Of course not. At least, I hope not. We do get plenty of readers from “elite universities,” but many readers have also broken into the finance industry from unknown schools – often with lower GPAs and less-impressive work experience. Today’s story is in […]
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