Monday, May 27, 2013

Think and Grow Rich - Free Download

My blog has just stepped into the 6th year. I want to give you a little souvenir.

If you've been following my blog since 2007, you should have completed or already gone beyond the associate level.  It's time to talk about personal growth and development.

Being one of the best selling books on Personal Development and Self Help, at1970 (Napoleon Hill’s death), Think and Grow Rich had sold more than 20 million copies and by 2011 over 70 million copies had been sold worldwide.
It's definitely one of the best selling books across all categories at all time.

In case you haven’t read it yet, grab your free copy here: Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill's 1937 original masterpiece, and learn the secrets of living a richer life!
About The Book 

Napoleon Hill interviewed 500 extremely successful men and, from the experience, distilled the secret of success into a simple workable formula. 

The resulting book, Think And Grow Rich, took him 20 years to produce. 

The "13 steps" listed in the book are:

  1. Desire
  2. Faith
  3. Autosuggestion
  4. Specialized Knowledge
  5. Imagination
  6. Organized Planning
  7. Decision
  8. Persistence
  9. Power of the Master Mind
  10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
  11. The Subconscious Mind
  12. The Brain
  13. The Sixth Sense
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Monday, May 20, 2013

2013 Investment Banking Interview Questions

Want an investment banking job?  Answer these questions first.

Working at an investment bank may not be as prestigious and high-paying as it was years ago, but competition remains fierce, for internship and full-time roles alike. Investment banks are famous for asking some of the most difficult or even weird interview questions you’ve ever heard.

Here’s some of the more interesting questions recently asked of M.B.A. graduates and prospective interns from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Some questions may be simple and without a definite right/wrong answer.  If you had to answer these questions at an interview, be sure to demonstrate your logic of thinking and ability of analyzing.  Test your skills and post your answers in the comment section.

Don’t assume all questions are banking related.   

  1. How do you think you’ll handle the hours? Tell me about a time you’ve worked overtime?
  2. What does F9 do in Excel?
  3. On a football field, how are the different valuation ranges going to show up?
  4. If I were to ask your parents what they thought about you going into banking, what would they say?
  5. In a regular market, what is more expensive debt or equity? Explain your thought process.
  6. If the yield for a one-year bond is 10% and the yield for a two-year bond is 15%, what is the forward rate for the second year?
  7. How do changes in interest rates impact duration?
  8. Does company-specific risk impact Beta? Why or why not?
  9. In a declining interest rate environment would you rather hold interest-only or principal-only?
  10. Why is free cash flow called “free” cash flow? What does “free” signify? 

Need help to answer IB interview questions, check out the IIB website.  You can even sign up to gain instant access to A-grade sample banking resumes, mock interview transcripts and more.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

How to Get an Investment Banking Job at J.P. Morgan

You’re just out of school and aiming to get a job at a top bank. Like most Wall Street operations, J.P. Morgan wants graduates with good grades, a strong GMAT score and applicable work experience. It also wants candidates with strong analytical skills who can think on their feet.

Here are some tips on how to nail down an investment banking job, directly from Joanna Lee, an investment banking MBA recruiter at J.P. Morgan.

What’s the best way to answer questions from the recruiter?
Present your answers in a short and compelling narrative. Briefly explain the background or situation; what action did you take and what was the outcome. If you are asked to assess a business situation, walk the interviewers through your thought process and how you arrive at that conclusion.

What mistakes do investment banking candidates make during an interview?
A common mistake among candidates is not being able to connect their past experiences and backgrounds to the role for which they are interviewing. As a candidate, it’s important to think through why you are a good fit for the role before walking into the interviewing room. Candidates should emphasize how they can add value to the firm and highlight the transferable skills that will help them succeed as an investment banker.

Are there cover letter and resume errors that often you see?
Keep your resume and cover letters to one page each. Avoid unexplained employment gaps, and/or a missing GMAT score on your resume since leaving details off your resume can raise questions. For example, if you took a year off to focus on other personal goals, you should include that experience in your resume.

What kind of questions should the interviewee ask the interviewer at the end?
Overall, a candidate should demonstrate a genuine interest in the firm, the group and the specific role. Asking about a group’s recent deal or next phase in the interview process reinforces an individual’s eagerness and enthusiasm. To keep the interviewer engaged, ask about their experiences at the firm. Be sure to ask for the interviewer’s contact information so you can follow up with a thank you note as another way to reiterate your interest.

How important are grades when assessing an investment banking candidate?
Academic excellence is an important factor in a candidate’s evaluation. However, we don’t focus solely on grades, especially since many business schools have grade nondisclosure policy. So we look for other qualities of academic excellence and achievements such as GMAT scores and Dean’s List recognition.

Tell us generally about your hiring plans. Any sectors you are targeting?
At J.P. Morgan, we continue to invest in our MBA investment banking summer internship as we fill most of our full-time positions from our Summer Associate class. Our summer program allows MBA candidates to gain first-hand experience early on in their career – challenging and meaningful work, access to senior management and clients, training and development programs and networking opportunities. Our program is designed to determine if the firm is a right fit for candidates and vice versa. If the fit is right, then Summer Associates are well positioned to be considered for our full-time associate program.

Source:  eFinancialCareers