For anyone out there who does not know what a Superday is, I should first explain. In the world of Wall Street, a Superday is like a rite of passage. It typically includes an entire day of back to back interviews meeting with 6-8 different bankers to be drilled on your finance know-how. Sounds fun, right?
I ran more Superdays than I care to remember during my past as a Wall Street recruiter and I learned a thing or two along the way. October seems like the best time to share some bits of wisdom with all of you preparing for your big day.
At the end of your day of interviews, the firm will gather all the folks who spoke with you to discuss your candidacy. If you have shared conflicting information with different interviewers it will raise questions about you in the deliberation. The easy way to avoid this? Don’t lie. Or stretch the truth. Or embellish a story. In other words, don’t try to be what you think each interviewer wants. If you are telling the truth and speaking from the heart you will naturally be consistent.
Maintain your Energy
Trust me, I get it. 6 interviews in a row stacked right on top of each other can be exhausting. But if you can’t last through a few hours of this, how will you manage the rigors of the actual job? You must find a way to remain fully engaged in each conversation – you can collapse once you leave the building, but not a minute before. This includes avoiding canned answers – never fail, you will find multiple interviews repeating the same questions. Instead of going on auto pilot, make sure you still connect with your answers.
And I don’t mean do your research. Yes, that is important, but being prepared in other ways will help you relax. For example, in your bag you should have: mints, tissue, water, lip balm, an extra pen and paper… you get the picture. Sometimes it is the little things, like a tickle in your throat, which can throw off your entire game.
Look out for my next blog….the toughest easy question you will get in an interview!
Megan is the Director of the Undergraduate Center for Career Development at Babson College. As an alumna of the graduate school, Megan believes strongly in the spirit of entrepreneurship and what it can bring to the corporate world. It is her goal to bring best in class career development to college students and show them how they can combine their unique skills and personal interests to find their fit beyond the college campus. Megan has worked at Babson for 11 years providing direction to external relations strategies, career advising and thought leadership in the area of career services. Prior to joining the CCD team at Babson College, Megan managed global undergraduate recruiting for a Wall Street investment banking analyst program. Megan earned her B.A. in English from Fordham University and her M.B.A. from Babson College.