Students Test Their Interview Skills for Jobs on Wall Street
Dolan Students seeking jobs on Wall Street put their interview skills to the test at this year’s Wall Street Bootcamp as they sat down with alumni and business professionals working in finance to conduct mock interviews. The Dolan School Professional Development Series event took place over two days in September with the goal of providing finance students with real-world interview experience guided by alumni and fellow finance professionals.
Created as a result of strong student interest in succeeding in competitive investment banking job interviews, the event was structured like a real job interview. Students received entry-level job descriptions to prepare for the interview, and at the conclusion of the meeting, they heard real-time feedback from the professionals.
As one alumnus who interviewed students explained, interviewing is a skill like anything else that requires practice. “You can never be over-prepared for any meeting, so why not be most prepared for the meeting that could land you a job,” said Kyle Siebert ’08, VP of J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
“Mock interviews give you the opportunity to practice in a stress-free environment while allowing you to identify strengths and weaknesses when asked challenging behavioral questions,” explained Siebert. “It is critical for everyone, especially students, to familiarize themselves with the [interview] process in an environment where they can receive constructive feedback to improve their skills. It’s very fulfilling to get to take those first steps together in [a student's] professional development.”
Luke Rizzo ’18, who participated in the Wall Street Bootcamp, described how the feedback he received following his mock interview was invaluable. “The constructive feedback I received regarding my body language was very helpful. I learned I needed to make better eye contact and to not move my hands as much when I talked. As a senior these tips will help me in my upcoming interviews,” said Rizzo.
The Dolan School would like to thank the following organizations for participating in this year’s Wall Street Bootcamp: AXA Advisors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bridgewater Associates, First Data, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Hudson Advisors, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NatWest Markets, Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., U.S. Trust Private Bank, Wellington Management Company LLP, and Wells Fargo.