Fall is the biggest season for investment banking recruitment, so make sure you’re prepared for it! Competition for entry-level investment banking jobs is going to be fierce this year, and it’s important to be familiar with the recruiting process. Here are some tips to increase your chances of landing a fulltime job in finance:
1. Don’t miss the on-campus info session. No matter how boring and anonymous you feel, these sessions can only help. If your name isn’t on the sign in sheet, hiring managers will undoubtedly take notice. Information sessions can be one of your only opportunities to have face-to-face time with representatives from the firm early in the process. Wear a suit to every session.
2. Make sure you are fully prepared. In investment banking, you should expect as many as three on-campus interviews and, provided you pass those, more at the firm’s office. Prepare for every interview as much as possible. Practice problem sets and concept refreshers are beneficial.
3. If you are pursuing a liberal arts degree, balance it out. Many banks value the skills that liberal arts students build; but you need to make sure you take a few core quantitative courses as well. An internship in finance is also a major asset—and oftentimes even your ticket to a fulltime offer.
4. Utilize your networks. Networking is a major part of landing a job in finance. Banks value verbal recommendations from people they know and trust. If you don’t have a personal connection at a bank, tap into your school’s alumni network.