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I'm an undergraduate and plan on applying for full-time analyst positions next fall. For those of you who have worked in IB, I would greatly appreciate any advice/suggestions you may have with regards to interviews and the industry from the undergrad perspective. If you're feeling especially generous shoot me a PM... I'd love to get your input!
If I have a 670 on my GMAT, 1370 on my SAT, 3.79 GPA from a large state school, and 4.5 years of analyst / associate experience in the commercial real estate finance group at a top 4 bank, how do my chances to career switch into IB look? Please be honest.
Really, none of that really matters. A 700+ GMAT helps in case folk ask. A's in accounting and Finance are important when in school.
But to even get to that point, being able to talk the game, network, schmooze and just play the whole recruiting game of making connections is critical. The most perfect candidate for IB could easily get cut from every list by simply not knowing how to approach things.
Definitely seen a lot more headhunters looking for lateral hires in IB and PE. This past summer recruiting session was extremely competitive in terms of getting the top choices for summer analysts and associates.
As an engineer looking to switch into banking, one thing that concerns me a bit is how early the IB recruiting process happens. I believe I heard that the closed list is announced some time after Thanksgiving, which means I will only have Q1 grades. I'm fearful that I won't have enough of a body of work to separate myself from my "competition". Looking at my likely Q1 course list, I will only take Financial Accounting. I also don't expect to pass out of any classes because I don't have a business background.
Any thoughts on this? Am I making more out of this than I should and it really comes down to how well I network?