WELCOME!
5 PM
10th annual
INTERVIEWING ON WALL STREET
PANEL PRESENTATION
6:30 PM
FINANCIAL SERVICES
NETWORKING RECEPTION
Co-sponsored by:
Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB & University
Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Agenda
 Welcome
- Dr. Patrick Maggitti - Dean, Villanova School of Business
 Introduction of Speakers/Panelists
 Featured Speakers
 Q&A with Panel
 Wrap-Up & Introduction of Reception Employers
 Financial Services Networking Reception
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Panelists
 George Coleman(VU ‘78) - Moderator
Managing Director-Investment Banking; Vice Chairman-Global Equities, Credit Suisse
 Bob Bosse (VU ‘86)
Executive Director, Corporate & Investment Bank, JP Morgan
 Steve Hanwacker (VU ’01)
Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
 Bryan Rolfe (VU ‘86)
Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets
 Todd Sullivan(VU '95)
Managing Director- ISG Operations, Morgan Stanley
 Kathleen Barr (VU ’14) – Barclays S’13 Finance Intern; Biology Major
 Katharine Macomber (VU ’14) – Barclays S’13 Compliance Intern; Arts Economics Major
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
George Coleman
(VU ‘78)
Managing Director-Investment
Banking; Vice Chairman-Global Equities,
Credit Suisse
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
Villanova
How to Prepare for an Interview
September 2013
The materials may not be used or relied upon in any way.
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What Does A Global Financial Institution Do?
PRIVATE
PRIVATE BANKING/
BANKING
WEALTH MGMT
Wealth management
solutions
Corporate & Retail
Bank in Switzerland
INVESTMENT BANKING
Sales & Trading
Prime Brokerage
Research
Capital raising and
advisory services
SHARED SERVICES
Corporate Communications
Human Resources
Information Technology
Legal & Compliance
Operations
Risk
ASSET MANAGEMENT
Alternatives
Asset Allocation
Global Distribution
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Prepare before you go
Preparation is half the battle
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What We Look For
Applications
Team Player
Collaboration
Skills
Problem
Solving/Intellect
Leadership
Potential
>150 Hires
Initiative and
Drive
Communication
Skills
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Interview Best Practices
 First Round
 On Campus
 On Trading Desk
 With HR Recruiter
 Super Day
 Five 30 minute interviews
 Usually about 30 candidates
 Think of it as the Super Bowl. Job offers are made the next day.
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Interview Best Practices from the Interviewers
Perspective
 Interviews
 Best Practices
 Your job is to elicit evidence from the candidate to support your
rating on each competency
 Be clear on what core competency you are testing
 Let the candidate talk 80% of the time; remember, you have the
job already!
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Interview Structure
 Opening
 Introduce yourself – your role and tenure with the Firm
 Putting an initially nervous candidate at ease (e.g., by switching to a
non-interview discussion tangent)
 Closing
 About 3–4 minutes prior to end, wind down the interview:
– ask if there is anything else the candidate would like to tell you
– allow the candidate to ask one or two questions
– thank candidate for his/her time; provide your contact information
should candidate have further questions (and return his/her call)
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Do your homework -- Research
Before you arrive at a Wall St. interview you must:
 Know recent industry news
 Know the firm
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What does the firm do?
What separates the firm from its competitors?
What major transactions has the firm been a part of recently or in the past?
How successful has the firm been recently or in the past?
The basics: top leadership, major locations, number of employees, etc
 Know the position
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What are the required skills / qualifications the job demands?
For which division are you interviewing?
What does a typical analyst do in this division?
How could you add value to this division, even if you don’t have the technical skills?
 Know your resume
 Does your resume accurately reflect you key achievements? Most important info at the
top
 Be ready to discuss your resume in 3-5 minutes
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Think like the interviewer -- Pre-emptive thinking
In order to succeed in a Wall St. interview, try to anticipate the questions you are likely
to be asked:
 Specific questions to prepare for
 Open ended – “How do you perform under pressure?”
 Past performance – “Tell me about a time when you showed leadership during a difficult
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situation?”
Interpersonal / communication skills – “What distinguishes you from your peers?”
Problem solving abilities – “What difficult issue have you solved recently?”
Intellectual skills – “How many ping pong balls can fit in a 747? With or without the
seats?”
Motivational/work skills – “Give an example of when commitment to a job or activity paid
off.”
Why Credit Suisse?
 Remember THINK FIRST!
 Before answering any question, think about what you want the interviewer to come away
with when you are finished answering it.
 Tips for good answers
 Good answers are thoughtful, clear, interesting, confident, and relevant
 Give examples when possible
 Don’t over-prepare
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First impressions
It’s more than just words
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Dress to impress
What is appropriate
 Men
 Wear a suit. If you don’t have one, wear a button down shirt, tie, nice pants and
a blazer
 Do not wear a lot of cologne, jewelry, a crazy tie, unpolished shoes or white
socks
 Women
 Wear a suit. If you don’t have one, wear nice pants or skirt with a twin set or
blazer.
 Do not wear short skirts, tight pants, too much perfume, long dangly earrings, or
too much make-up
 Everyone
 Always come clean with neat hair and dress in clean, pressed clothes
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Actions can speak louder than words
Proper decorum and attitude
 Waiting at the interview
 Do not smoke
 Do not chew gum
 Review your resume
• Go over things you feel are the most important
• Rethink the questions you are likely to be asked
 When the Interviewer comes out
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Stand up immediately
Walk over to him / her
Firm, dry, confident handshake
Look them in the eye, introduce yourself
SMILE
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During the interview
How to Make it Count
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Don’t just survive, thrive
How to successfully sell yourself
 Speaking points
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Speak slowly
Avoid all slang
Avoid “um” and “like” as fillers in your sentences
Speak confidently but NOT arrogantly
Keep eye contact when speaking or listening
Answer the question asked
Be positive in all your answers
Market yourself
Don’t be afraid to put it on the line –
“I want this job and I will work as hard as it takes to get it”
 Body language
 The rest of your body language can say just as much as your mouth
 Sit up, lean forward, be engaged
 Stand until the interviewer sits
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Technical Questions / Brainteasers
Be prepared to answer technical questions related to what is on your resume
 The purpose of technical questions and brainteasers are not necessarily to
get a correct answer, but to see how you think
 Walk the interviewer through the response showing the thought process
behind each step
 If you get stuck, ask the interviewer for input as you are responding
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Follow through
Closing the interview
 Have questions ready for the interviewer
 Ask about the job, the firm, the firm’s culture
 DO NOT ASK ABOUT MONEY
 See “other tips” for example questions to ask
 You’re not done yet
 Stand up, thank the interviewer for their time, shake hands again
 Write a thank you letter as soon as you get home
• Re-emphasize how nice it was to meet them and how much you want the
job
• Be extremely polite, appropriate, and nice
• Remind the interviewer of something you discussed or mention a
particularly enjoyable aspect of the conversation
 If you are invited for a final round interview, request feedback from round 1
interviewers
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How to kill an interview
Things interviewers hate
 Being a “know-it-all”, over-aggressive, or overbearing
 Condemnation of past employers
 Bad handshake
 Being late
 Lack of manners
 Bad personal appearance
 Lack of confidence
 Lack of involvement in school or extracurricular activities
 Rambling answers
 Having no questions to ask
 Over-emphasis on money
 Lack of interest and enthusiasm
 Not knowing the job to which you are applying
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Other Tips
Extra Pointers and Cheat Sheets
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Questions to ask an interviewer
 Tell me more about your program
 What are the characteristics of your top people?
 What are the three main characteristics you look for in a candidate?
 If I were to ask your top rep what he / she likes the most / least about the
company, what kind of response would I get?
 Tell me about a typical day
 How would you describe the culture of the firm?
 Will I be required to work in different locations?
 What are some abilities and skills needed to be successful in this
position?
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Attributes interviewers look for in candidates
Analytical
Creative
Resourceful
Takes Initiative
Organized
Personable
Adaptable
Committed
Quantitative
Detail Oriented
Self Motivated
Team Player
Quick Learner
Good Judgment
Leader
Persuasive
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Useful Wall St terms and concepts
 Asset – Anything owned by a corporation or other legal person
 Bear market – A market in which prices are generally declining
 Bond – A debt instrument; a security that represents the debt of a corporation, a municipality,
the Federal government, or any other entity. A bond is usually long-term in nature – 10 to 30
years
 Call – An option to buy a share or commodity
 Chinese Walls – Regulations which prevent conflicts of interest arising in integrated securities
firms
 Collateral – An asset pledged to support a loan
 Commodities – Raw materials such as grain or precious metals. Contracts for the purchase and
sale of commodities are sold on commodities exchanges
 Coupon – A mall certificate which is detachable from a bond to be exchanged for dividends,
interest payments etc. Also means the rate of interest payable on a fixed-interest security
 Derivatives – A financial instrument whose characteristics and value depend upon the
characteristics and value of an underlying instrument or asset, typically a commodity, bond,
equity or currency
 Dividend – A portion of a corporation’s assets paid to stockholders on a per-share
basis. Preferred stock is supposed to pay a regular and prescribed amount. Common stock
pays varying amounts when declared
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Useful Wall St terms and concepts (cont’d)
 Equity – The ownership of an investment
 Exchange floor – Location at a securities exchange where transactions take place
 Financial models – Tools used to determine the value of an investment in a company,
commodity, currency, government initiative and so on. To build a financial model, an analyst
may consider past performance, current market trends, political climate and overall value of the
issuer, for example
 Fixed income – Interest-bearing notes, bonds and bills that pay a specified percentage of interest
over the life of the loan
 Hedging – A strategy for balancing risks, as in "to hedge one's bets“
 IPO – Initial Public Offering, or the first issue of stock or other securities by a company for sale
to the public
 Mutual fund – A fund operated by an investment firm that raises capital from shareholders to
invest in stocks, bonds, options, commodities or many market securities. These funds offer
investors the advantages of diversification and professional management
 Nasdaq – Started in the US as an automated over-the-counter securities quotes system and
evolved into the world's first electronic stock market
 Option – A contract that entitles the buyer to buy (call) or sell (put) a predetermined quantity of
an underlying security for a specific period of time at a pre-established price
 Put – An option to sell shares, bonds or a commodity
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Useful Wall St terms and concepts (cont’d)
 Qualitative research – Research into how an investment's results were achieved including the
quality of the people, strategies, systems and infrastructure that achieved them
 Quantitative research – Numbers-related research using statistical analysis of past performance
of companies, products, segments and so on
 Securities – Stocks and bonds
 Short sale – The sale of securities that are not owned or that are not intended for delivery. The
short seller "borrows" the stock to make delivery with the intent to buy it back at a later date at a
lower price
 Stock dividends – A dividend paid by corporations from retained earnings in the form of
stock. The corporation declares the dividend as a percentage of shares outstanding
 Traders – People who buy and sell securities for brokers, dealers and for their own accounts
 Yield – Rate of return on investment. Also the dividend payable on a share expressed as a
percentage of the market price
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Additional Sample Interview Questions
 Leadership
 Have you ever been part of a group that was struggling for a sense of
direction? What did you do?
 Have you worked on a team where the member input/work product was of
marginal quality? How did you insert yourself? What was the outcome?
 Describe a time when you had to handle a tough problem which challenged
fairness or your ethical posture?
 Results Orientation
 Describe your most significant example of initiative where “but for you,” the
outcome would not have been achieved.
 What do you do when priorities change quickly?
 How did you prepare for this interview?
 Describe a situation when you exceeded people’s expectations. How did you
handle it?
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Additional Sample Interview Questions
 Intellect/Problem Solving
 “I see you founded x magazine – if Conde Nast approached you to buy it, how
would you think about setting a price?”
 If you were going to buy a new house, how would you decide what to pay for
it?
 Query the candidate on a topical business / economics event
 Query the candidate on a topical news item about a specific company
 Collaboration
 What is your approach in meeting new people?
 What role do you typically take on in a team?
 Describe a setback at either school or work. How did you address it?
 Interest & Knowledge of CS & Industry
 Did the company have a good quarter?
 Who is the CEO. His/Her background.
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Helpful websites and other resources
Websites to be familiar with
 www.vault.com
 www.cnbc.com
 www.bloomberg.com
 www.cnn.com
 www.nytimes.com
 www.wsj.com
Books and magazines
 The Wall St. Journal
 Time Magazine
 Forbes
 The Economist
 Accounting for dummies
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Questions?
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10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Todd Sullivan
(VU '95)
Managing Director-Operations;
Global Head of Interest Rate & Credit
Derivative Operations,
Morgan Stanley
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Bryan Rolfe
(VU ‘86)
Managing Director,
Debt Capital Markets,
BMO Capital Markets
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Bob Bosse
(VU ‘86)
Executive Director,
Corporate & Investment Bank
JP Morgan
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Steve Hanwacker
(VU ‘01)
Senior Financial Advisor,
Merrill Lynch Wealth
Management
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Kathleen Barr (VU ‘14)
Summer ’13 Finance Intern,
Barclays
Katharine Macomber (VU ‘14)
Summer ’13 Compliance Intern,
Barclays
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Q&A
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Alex Hewitt, Equity Society (VU ‘13)
Nick Latorre, M&A Society (VU ‘14)
John DiMieri, Fixed Income Society (VU ‘14)
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
10th annual
Interviewing on Wall Street Panel &
Networking Reception
Campus Resources
Students Tell All: “Life as a Wall Street Intern” Panel
Wednesday, 10/23; Driscoll 134, 6:30pm
www.efinancialcareers.com
Financial services industry overview by sector, Job News & Advice,
Internship/Job postings, etc.
PowerPoint AND Video of presentation will be posted to
http://claycenter.villanova.edu (Click on “Calendar of Events”)
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
Financial Services
Networking Reception
PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS
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Barclays
BlackRock
Blackwood Associates
BMO Capital Markets
Boenning & Scattergood
Bloomberg
BNP Paribas Financial Services
Credit Suisse
DuPont Capital Management
First Financial Group
FTI Consulting
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GregoryFCA
Hartford Funds
Hirtle, Callaghan & Co.
JP Morgan
KPMG
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley
PNC Bank
Stifel Nicolaus
Wells Fargo
Co-sponsored by: Equity Society, Fixed Income Society, Mergers & Acquisitions Society, The Clay Center at VSB &
University Career Center in collaboration with the Villanova Financial Club (VU Alumni working on Wall Street)
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