Are You a Career 'Exerciser' or 'Roadmapper'?
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8/27/2014 | 8:14:01 AM
do your homework
I agree. 

As a hiring manager, I'm boggled by the number of candidates who come to a job interview with little knowlege about the company or the position. And many of these are mid level or senior candidates who have been in the industry for years.

At the very least, do a couple of web searches about the company, the bank, the people who you are meeting with, and come prepared. 
Greg MacSweeney
Greg MacSweeney,
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8/20/2014 | 5:41:01 PM
Re: How far do you go before the interview?
I'm sure any business would hire anyone who could vault the company into the top 3 of their market, but that's a pretty tall order. Very rarely does someone come along who claims they could do that. And if they did come along, I'm sure that any hiring manager would be very skeptical. (maybe i'm too jaded, but that's just me!)
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8/16/2014 | 12:34:27 PM
Re: How far do you go before the interview?
"Perhaps job candidates don't want to go this far until they know they have a foot in the door, and until they know it's a senior position and that the compensation is in line with their expectations."


Not perhaps. Definitely!  If you take into account a candidate's ability, motivation and attitude to make an impact as a so-called financial services market or industry insider, what does that say about the candidate? As an MD two levels below the CEO of a New York global investment bank and brokerage firm confided to me: "I can hire. Important work needs to be done around here and you don't need to be a genius to figure out what our problems are. It's literally front page news. The issue is that the level of talent required to fix our current pressing problems aren't for the most part employed by our organization or by our competition. They're not coming from our campus recruitment efforts nor are they being promoted internally.

That said, we compete for example with other Wall Street firms in equities prime brokerage. We're not currently a top three player on the prime brokerage league tables. If a candidate can walk in here and show us how they concretely catapulted their prime brokerage division into a top three position, I want to know about that candidate regardless of our formally approved openings."

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8/16/2014 | 11:36:53 AM
How far do you go before the interview?
It sounds like the 'excerciser' is reluctant to put too much energy into thinking about the employer before they know if they have an interview.  Wouldn't the roadmapper want to present this analysis at the time of the interview?  Perhaps job candidates don't want to go this far until they know they have a foot in the door, and until they know it's a senior position and that the compensation is in line with their expectations.

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