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    Are the assessment day numericals typically harder or easier than the real thing?
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Welcome to thread!

    Where in finance did you work?

    Oh don't mind the tests really, all it takes is just practice and brushing up on the basic ratio, percentage etc stuff.

    And yes, Goldman and JPM have no tests in their process. Barclays does have a mixed personality/situational judgement and numerical 'challenge' but it's untimed.

    Best of luck with your applications.

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    Is Barclays open? I can't seem to find it.
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    (Original post by UCLQ)
    Is Barclays open? I can't seem to find it.
    I mean, it's not like the guy I replied to mentioned when Barclays is opening or anything.

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    When applying some banks ask where you heard about them. In your opinion, does selecting "current employee" and then specifying who the person is give you extra points? And what about selecting "campus recruitment event"?
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    (Original post by usualsuspects)
    When applying some banks ask where you heard about them. In your opinion, does selecting "current employee" and then specifying who the person is give you extra points? And what about selecting "campus recruitment event"?
    I don't think it matters that much.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    I don't think it matters that much.

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    Hope so, since this early I haven't attended any event yet, and only met few people.

    Btw, looks like BAML doesn't ask to upload a CV, very strange... It also has a weird format for extracurriculars, since it's all about "employment type", "employer", etc...
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    (Original post by usualsuspects)
    Hope so, since this early I haven't attended any event yet, and only met few people.

    Btw, looks like BAML doesn't ask to upload a CV, very strange... It also has a weird format for extracurriculars, since it's all about "employment type", "employer", etc...
    yep. a lot of simplified/streamlined application processes this year.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    yep. a lot of simplified/streamlined application processes this year.

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    Sounds good, but it may mean more focus on interviews.

    How many do you think are applying from your unis? At my European target only a few are, but this may change when IBs come on campus.
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    (Original post by usualsuspects)
    Sounds good, but it may mean more focus on interviews.

    How many do you think are applying from your unis? At my European target only a few are, but this may change when IBs come on campus.
    lol 0 others (unless I persuade a few promising people to apply), I'm going to a non-target this year unfortunately.

    It's quite good though because fewer direct competitors and I can stand out.

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    Hey everyone, I hope you're all progressing well with your applications.

    I know this may seem quite trivial, but I find it very hard to construct a reasons of motivation of doing investment banking and what motivated me to apply to a spring week, i.e. making a cover letter. Does anyone have any advice for someone in my position? It would help a great deal.

    Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by PISA)
    Hey everyone, I hope you're all progressing well with your applications.

    I know this may seem quite trivial, but I find it very hard to construct a reasons of motivation of doing investment banking and what motivated me to apply to a spring week, i.e. making a cover letter. Does anyone have any advice for someone in my position? It would help a great deal.

    Thanks in advance!
    I mean, you kinda need to know why you want to apply, in order to apply.. So maybe do a bit more research into the roles within a bank that interest you, and come up with reasons for that interest.

    Same with why a particular bank, look for what sets them apart from the competition and their culture/values and why particularly you like them.

    You've gotta be prepared for this as it'll come up in pretty much every single interview.

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    Hey guys, sorry if this seems like a stupid question but, for university events organised by investment banks, what criteria do they use to accept/reject you from the events. For example, Goldman Sachs ask you to upload your CV and then they decide whether or not you are invited to the event. So, what could they be looking for and what do they reject/accept people for. Do they just look at exam results?
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    Hey everyone...
    I have two unconditional offers... one from warwick for this year for Bsc econ and one for next year from lse also for bsc econ... Is LSE worth the gap year, or should I just go warwick?

    At the moment, I don't have any finance related work experience... (only ngo related)... so I'm worried if I go Warwick and I apply for SW's/insight days that I won't be successful...

    If I take a gap year I could probably try get some work experience, improving my application... also, do employers ask for reasons/what you did in a gap year between school and uni?

    I'm not really set on banking tbh... more interested in consultancy... what would you guys advise?
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    (Original post by icedark_knight)
    Hey everyone...
    I have two unconditional offers... one from warwick for this year for Bsc econ and one for next year from lse also for bsc econ... Is LSE worth the gap year, or should I just go warwick?

    At the moment, I don't have any finance related work experience... (only ngo related)... so I'm worried if I go Warwick and I apply for SW's/insight days that I won't be successful...

    If I take a gap year I could probably try get some work experience, improving my application... also, do employers ask for reasons/what you did in a gap year between school and uni?

    I'm not really set on banking tbh... more interested in consultancy... what would you guys advise?
    If you can get good experience over the gap year then i would say its worth it. The difference between Warwick and LSE alone is definitely not worth the gap year.


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    (Original post by therealdeal580)
    If you can get good experience over the gap year then i would say its worth it. The difference between Warwick and LSE alone is definitely not worth the gap year.


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    Oh ok...
    Gap year was unplanned... marking error... so I doubt I can sort out anything stellar at this point...
    Btw... What are chances of getting a SW with no finance related work experience? Is it possible?
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    (Original post by icedark_knight)
    Oh ok...
    Gap year was unplanned... marking error... so I doubt I can sort out anything stellar at this point...
    Btw... What are chances of getting a SW with no finance related work experience? Is it possible?
    Since you're at a target university where the big banks are coming to your campus and wanting to entrtain you, I'd say if you show some promise or general interest to recruiters then that can help your application and make up for the lack of experience some what when you apply.

    If you have any volunteering or non finance work experience and are able to highlight some skills they are looking for generally and make the shine in your CV/application then that will also help.

    Gap year for LSE is not worth it.
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    (Original post by icedark_knight)
    Hey everyone...
    I have two unconditional offers... one from warwick for this year for Bsc econ and one for next year from lse also for bsc econ... Is LSE worth the gap year, or should I just go warwick?

    At the moment, I don't have any finance related work experience... (only ngo related)... so I'm worried if I go Warwick and I apply for SW's/insight days that I won't be successful...

    If I take a gap year I could probably try get some work experience, improving my application... also, do employers ask for reasons/what you did in a gap year between school and uni?

    I'm not really set on banking tbh... more interested in consultancy... what would you guys advise?
    It depends on you, I personally would choose the Gap Year option. Whilst LSE isn't THAT substantially better then WW, I've have many friends going there compared to WW which alone would swing my decision. London life is pretty cool too.
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    (Original post by icedark_knight)
    Hey everyone...
    I have two unconditional offers... one from warwick for this year for Bsc econ and one for next year from lse also for bsc econ... Is LSE worth the gap year, or should I just go warwick?

    At the moment, I don't have any finance related work experience... (only ngo related)... so I'm worried if I go Warwick and I apply for SW's/insight days that I won't be successful...

    If I take a gap year I could probably try get some work experience, improving my application... also, do employers ask for reasons/what you did in a gap year between school and uni?

    I'm not really set on banking tbh... more interested in consultancy... what would you guys advise?
    Up to you, either option is a good option. I think the important question here is if you want a gap year and if you think the increased cost of living at lse is worth it.

    My advice is to weigh up the pros and cons of the gap year and how you intend to make the most of it - there's marginal difference between either university in terms of your chances so I would rule that out of the calculus completely

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    (Original post by icedark_knight)
    Oh ok...
    Gap year was unplanned... marking error... so I doubt I can sort out anything stellar at this point...
    Btw... What are chances of getting a SW with no finance related work experience? Is it possible?
    Yeah my point is focus more on Gap year vs no Gap year and if you think you can add value instead of Warwick vs LSE since both are very heavily targeted from top firms and both have top top Economics schools.

    Because if you can get great experience over the year then i would say go for it because otherwise you will have wasted a year going from one target to another.

    Also I think there are a huge amount of opportunities at Warwick to enhance ur CV if thats your concern , a lot of my friends got top BB FO SWs without much prior experience from there , so its what you make of it.


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    I honestly think students with a gap year come across as more interesting. At my last job interview, the first round was heavily focused on my gap year activity. It's a good year to mature. I took a gap year myself and learned more in that year than I did in any other year of my life.

    LSE > Warwick. Warwick is not that well-known outside UK compared to LSE. You could ask anyone at my school and people would all know about the LSE brand, but not Warwick.

    With that being said, Warwick has a lot of alumni in finance.
 
 
 
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