How I Did on My First Post-College Job Search


Below is a chart of my job application track record during the last semester of college. First round means whether the company responded to my resumé, second round was usually a phone screen, and third round was an on-site interview.


  • A – passed
  • B – wait-listed then given an offer
  • C – didn’t pass
  • D – withdrew application
FirmJob functionIndustry1st round2nd3rdofferacceptbase salary ($K)overtimesigning bonus ($K)
Columbia Journalism SchoolMasters in Digital MediamediaA0-71
insurance companyassociate consultantinsuranceAAAA05007
Linksharerotational programtech/marketingAAAA157.500
HR consulting firmconsultingAAA05810
management consulting firmassociate consultantfinancial consultingAAA060up to 30% bonus8
strategy consulting firmassociate consultantconsultingAAAA06505
a big bankGlobal Risk Analystrisk managementAAB07010
management consulting firmassociate consultantfinancial servicesAAC
proprietary tradingprogrammerprop tradingAAC
Epic Systemstechnical and implementationhealth care softwareAD
Global eProcureoutsourcing consultingAC
Forester CapitalfinanceAA
Cambridge International Partnersi-banking analystfinanceAA
Hudson Advisorsanalystasset mgmtAC
Sunrise Futuresassociateprop tradingAC
Assured Guarantyrotating analystinsuranceAC
Fischer Jordananalyststrategy consultingA
ACA Compliance Groupcompliance analystcomplianceC
Argus Info & Advisory Servicescompliance analystfinancial servicesC
Bessemer Venture Partnersinvestment analystventure capitalC
BNP Paribasjunior swaps traderfinanceC
Cushman and Wakefieldanalystreal estateC
DE Shawfinance and operations generalistinvestment mgmtC
DE Shawproprietary junior traderinvestment mgmtC
DE Shawquant analystinvestment mgmtC
DRW Trading Grouptrading assistantprop tradingC
Guggenheim Partnersanalystprop tradingC
Jane Street Capitalasst trader (summer intern)prop tradingC
JP Morganmid-corporate banking analystinvestment mgmtC
JP Morganequity research analystinvestment mgmtC
Logan Circle Partnersasset mgmtC
M&T BankfinanceC
Mayer SearchanalystrecruitingC
Mintz LevinanalystlawC
Neuberger Bermananalystasset mgmtC
Philips AcademyC
Robeco Investment Managementassociate analystfinance (buy side)C
Robert W. Bairdequity research analystfinance (buy side)C
UBScapital introduction analystprime brokerageC
Valuation Research Corpjunior financial analystfinanceC

Some interesting things to note:

  • I made all these applications during the second semester of my senior year of college. I skipped the main recruiting season in the fall because I was seriously considering journalism. Spring semester rolls around and I was freaking out about what the hell I was going to do after graduation especially when many of my friends were fully in senior slump mode. Hence my long, promiscuous list.
  • I accepted Linkshare’s offer even though the pay difference between them and the highest salary was significant. But I knew I was more interested in tech than finance so the decision was easy.
  • I got a “wait-listed” type of offer from a big bank. Most companies do this implicitly, ie they’ll make candidates wait a bit while they wait to hear back from their first choice candidates. So this bank was actually good for being explicit and upfront about it.