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Feb 26, 2007 9:30 am

Hey guys,



I'm interviewing at SB on Thursday, considering re entering the business. Any feedback on SB and interviewing in general?

Feb 26, 2007 10:41 am

Momitmayconcern always told me, if you can't say anything nice.....

Feb 26, 2007 12:55 pm

Be yourself.  Hopefully that means to be enthusiastic.

Feb 26, 2007 8:02 pm
successmagnet:

Hey guys,


I'm interviewing at SB on Thursday, considering re entering the business. Any feedback on SB and interviewing in general?



What happened the last time you were in the business? What's changed since then? Just wondering....

Feb 26, 2007 8:58 pm

"What happened the last time you were in the business? What's changed since then? Just wondering" Doberman


Well, you see I was walking to work one day, and this truckload of successscrapmetal that was going the other way!

Feb 28, 2007 2:35 pm

Whomitmayconcer....  funny, but not valueable feedback.


doberman - got into Corporate IT back in the 90's and have hit a ceiling, plus the market has always had this allure, particularly after yesterday.

Mar 1, 2007 3:15 pm
successmagnet:

Hey guys,



I'm interviewing at SB on Thursday, considering re entering the business. Any feedback on SB and interviewing in general?



Your previous trip through the FA neighborhood will be a topic of heavy discussion. Managers understand things like Aunt Velda kicked, left me 50 million and the keys to the Gulfstream so off I went. Quiting to become an IT geek (sorry) no matter how good the opportunity isn't going to play nearly so well. So as Ricky use to say "You've got some splainin to do." Still, no worries, unless you flunked out the first time around.  A good manager will look at the person in front of him/her and base a hiring decision on that person. Use your prior level of success in the biz to show that you know what's expected and that you are now, finally, ready to make the committment to get that done. Be clear in your thoughts and concise with your answers without delivering a speech. If all else fails, offer him a ride in Velda's jet.

Mar 1, 2007 5:36 pm

keep in mind while the manager may make you feel like it is a privilege to get hired..in reality he needs a body more than you need the job.  Hardly anyone with any brains is entering this business so he probably needs you more than you need him.  Hope this helps.

Mar 1, 2007 5:44 pm

Ah crap! It's Thursday already? Not to mention Thursday night!


So, how'd it go?


Did'ja close for a follow up?


Mar 1, 2007 5:46 pm

Well hello again, Mr. Optimism!

Mar 2, 2007 6:20 am

Whomitmayconcer -- I postponed until next Wednesday. Too much stuff going on at my current job.
What pearls of wisdom can you pass on for interviewing at SB? I'm getting a lot of great feedback here as preparation. 

Mar 2, 2007 11:46 am

SM,


I'm not a good source for this for two (at least) reasons.


1. I left SB and I have a desire to see them crumble into the sea.


2. I last interviewed for a job 20+ years ago.


3. The guy that I interviewed with was a wild risk taker (within parameters) and figured that I was going to be ok, and he had a desk that was going to need filling. He was a producing manager who thought that I could bring some money to his top line. I was mid twenties with a resume of sales jobs since I was a kid walking for miles selling Christmas cards in July! (I sold like two boxes!) But I grew up in the area and so he figured that I (a.) was likely to stay in the area (b.) would try to protect my family name in the area by not doing anything criminal (c.) could relate to the people in my market area, he was smart enough to know that personal contacts weren't going to be a big factor (d.) that the customers that I had from radio advertising sales might come along and help me beat the first hump (40 qualified accounts within the first 3 months).


I sure FOOLED him!


The business has changed since then. Some in your favor, some against. Like someone said, he needs you! Too bad you don't fill a few minority slots for the guy so that he can fill in those dots on the questionaire (not that there's anything wrong with hiring qualified anybody, in fact it's an action that's affirmative).


One thing that is always good, is to mention that you are in contact with Merrill and Morgan or whomever just so the manager knows that others find you desireable and that you are serious about being in this business.   

Mar 2, 2007 2:55 pm

1. I left SB and I have a desire to see them crumble into the sea.


What's the beef with SB?

Mar 2, 2007 3:11 pm

You know, all politics are local. My experience had to do with whom I am and whym.


You can see a fuller explication in the... calling a Departed Brokers book thread from NOFX. 

Mar 2, 2007 4:44 pm
successmagnet:

Whomitmayconcer -- I postponed until next Wednesday. Too much stuff going on at my current job.
What
pearls of wisdom can you pass on for interviewing at SB? I'm getting a
lot of great feedback here as preparation. 





1. This is a sales job. Make sure that they know you understand this.



2. You are desirable, mention being interviews at ML/MS/UBS/EDJ etc. On second thought, don't mention EDJ.



3. You have a business plan,



4. You have knowledge about product and how you will work that into a
business plan. I'll be using SB's bond platform, Citigroup research,
SMA's etc etc.



5. This book, (amazon.com link) is useful: How to Turn an Interview into a Job.



6. This book The Grass is Always Greener When You Water It by Federated investor's sales coach Tony Fadool, is also a good refresher.