Have several friends, brothers or sisters, help you with mock interviews. Cover the normal series of questions and then form a set of tougher questions - in your recent rounds of interviews, where have you frozen, gone on the defensive, or failed to build rapport with the interviewer?You have to learn how to demonstrate value to the firm and this goes beyond skills and aptitude. It's about fit as much as anything else and some people are naturally tuned to show the fit, while others most definitely are not. I have observed a few issues over a series of posts here and elsewhere that point to the potential problem, and it may not center on the lack of work experience.- Do not appear to be sensitive or high strung - this is work, not personal life, and very few managers want to deal with high-maintenance employees. Especially if they are very junior and do not bring a fancy rolodex with them.- Do not approach questions or problems posed in an interview in an argumentative way. There are certain types of stress interviews conducted for some roles in IBs to see how candidates handle pressure. Chances are you are not interviewing for those sorts of jobs, but you could still read up on the techniques and for your own purposes, develop some calm and articulate responses to typical interview questions.- Do not complain about past classes, life experiences, former professors, bosses, or colleagues. You do not have to be insanely positive about everything, but try to have a productive and mature outlook on work and life. - Learn how to handle difficult people gracefully (and consistently - there is no shortage of them!) If you are in finance, you will find plenty of challenging situations and the better you can handle those interactions, the easier it will be for you to move forward. If you are always going to be struggling massively with your work environment, given the types of personalities and motivations that you find there, you might consider another field. Finance has its rewards and there are some "dream teams" to be found, but there is a lot of drudgery, dysfunctionality, and unhappiness around the sector as well.Good luck. PS: On the car issue, if you are taking a taxi or a bus, be discrete about that - get dropped off a block away and don't mention the use of public transportation. Finance is an horrifically status-conscious business and if you are honest about the personal situation, some interviews may be over before they even begin. If you do land a good job, you should keep quiet about your private financial pressures. In general, the more privileged classes (the MBAs whose parents buy them cars) do not have sympathy. You will succeed by being very smart, hardworking, resilient, and learning how to manage relationships with the people around you. Ideally you will find someone who may also have worked their way up through these qualities themselves and may be able to mentor you a bit.
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