If you’re reading this, you are probably interested in learning about securing finance roles. Well, you came to the right place :)

As I am sure you are aware, recruiting for finance is not as easy as one would like. I had to go through numerous rejections before landing my first interview. This is normal. If you are truly committed to the analyst life you must be comfortable and welcoming of rejection. Rejections are imperative for professional development — if taken the right way. You should be proactive to see what went “wrong” and how you can better your application for the next application cycle.

Once you have your resume and elevator pitch ready to go, draft down some target companies and note if there are any alumni from your school working there and reach out if so (can be done through LinkedIn). You will face some resistance since most of the people you will be reaching out to are probably too busy with their own affairs and receive multiple coffee-chat requests a day. Your job is to stand out on the LinkedIn invitation so that they feel compelled to talk to you.

Upon securing a coffee-chat, tell them you will keep it to 15-20 minutes maximum and honor that. Make sure to listen to them (everyone likes to talk about themselves) and ask insightful questions. On your final minutes, thank them for taking the time and make yourself available to them if they have any questions or requests for you. Be mindful that spending 15 minutes on a phone with a college student trying to get a job is something they may or may not enjoy. Also, please never ask someone to push your resume on the first call.

Eventually you will land on an interview. This part will vary depending on your background and position applied for. If you’re interviewing for a FT investment banking role and have a B.S. Business or Finance, please be prepared for technical interview questions (think DCFs, Valuations, LBOs). On the other hand, if you hold a B.A. English and are applying for a sophomore diversity program you do not need to worry too much about technicals and more so about brushing up on your “Why Finance” pitch. Always be sure to follow up promptly and thank the interviewers for taking the time.

I hope this helps you succeed in your finance endeavors! If you are interested in more guidance, please feel free to contact me.