Archive | October 23, 2017

Investment Banking Interview Preparation

For undergrads and MBA students, the news that they have been selected for an interview at an investment bank comes with both excitement and dread. A position as an analyst or associate in corporate finance can be the first step towards a highly successful and highly lucrative career. Investment banking interviews, however, can be some of the most intimidating interviews out there, so let’s take a look at how to get prepared.

Before we jump into interview practice mode, we should take a step back and think about how we want to come across in the interview. In short, investment banking candidates should come off as bright, confident and likable.

In the final cut of selecting a hire, investment banks have already determined which candidates are smart and capable, so the decision comes down to who they like the best. So in addition to knowing a thing or two, candidates must remember to come across as a fun person to work with as well.

Know Your Story

Like any interview, candidates should have stories prepared about their lives that discuss their past, present and future. These are great answers for the standard questions:

“Tell me about yourself.” Or “Walk me through your rsum.” “Why are you interested in investment banking or this firm?” “Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?”

Candidates are highly likely to receive these or similar questions in any interview, and having succinct, practiced answers to them will give the impression of a polished candidate.

Your past story should highlight events that have qualified you for or gotten you interested in investment banking. Your present story should demonstrate why you want the particular position, how it is a logical step from where you are coming from and perhaps touch on where you hope the position will lead.

Your future story should discuss how investment banking will lead to where you want to go. Good future ambitions might be a managing director position in investment banking, a principle at a private equity firm, a CFO or perhaps and entrepreneur. In any case, you should communicate that those are long-term ambitions and you look forward to the experiences you’ll have in the position you’re interviewing for.

Know the Industry and Firm

Where investment banking interviews begin to get trickier is that firms will expect you to know what you’re getting into. If you confuse an equity analyst position with an analyst position in corporate finance, for example, you will not make it any further in the process.

You should understand the major divisions within an investment bank – sales & trading, corporate finance, research, etc. You should understand the hierarchy of positions within corporate finance – analyst, associate, vice president, managing director – and what each position does.

At the macro level, you need to understand the major differences between bulge bracket investment banks, middle market and boutique investment banks. You should also have a good answer for why you would prefer one type over another (and be sure that you prefer the type you’re interviewing with).

Jolene Blalock In Star Trek Enterprise

Jolene Blalock played the role of Vulcan Sub-Commander T’Pol on board the Earth starship, Enterprise. Jolene Blalock is a renowned model and an excellent actor. Although she doesn’t appear in too many films, she’s a perfect fit for her role on Star Trek: Enterprise. Star Trek: Enterprise takes place earlier than any other Star Trek series took place in. Enterprise begins when humans first developed warp drive and began to explore the universe. Vulcan Sub-Commander T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) played a critical role in the development of Enterprise. T’Pol reluctantly accompanied the starship on its first mission, but eventually grew onto the series and became a permanent member of the crew.

Jolene Blalock’s character, T’Pol, at first disliked being around humans, as they were too emotional, but eventually grew to enjoy their company, and eventually fell in love with one of the humans. As the show progresses viewers can pick up on the growth and development of Jolene Blalock’s character as she becomes more and more human the longer she stays on the ship.

Jolene Blalock took on a significant challenge when she took the role of T’Pol in Enterprise. The writers of the show and Jolene wanted to make Vulcan’s an interesting character again. Since the original Star Trek’s Spock, Vulcans became a backseat secondary character in Star Trek, and the writers of Enterprise wanted to change that. Jolene and the rest of the Enterprise worked about 2 weeks on each episode it produced. Ultimately, Jolene Blalock is an excellent actor and did a phenomenal job as T’Pol is Star Trek: Enterprise.

Jolene Blalock will also be in the upcoming Starship Troopers Marauder movie. She will play the role of Lola Beck, one of the main characters in the film. Even if you’re not a fan of the Star Ship Troopers movie, it’s worth a watch if you’re a Jolene Blalock fan.