In this series, SuccessGoGo interviews successful professionals from banking, consulting and law to provide helpful insights on climbing the corporate ladder. In this interview, SuccessGoGo sat down with Shelby, a private wealth banker at a leading bank in Singapore.
What's the best part about being a banker?
Talking to people! People are fascinating, everyone has different thoughts, desires, retirement goals and their own definition of happiness. You also get to understand their perspective on family life and career and truly respect what they have build for themselves.
Did anything at school help prepare you for the job?
Not directly. I studied neither finance nor majored in economics. What prepared me was being open to trying new things and learning how to look at things in multiple perspectives.
What advice would you give to an undergrad to help maximize internships?
Be curious! Ask questions and have questions prepared. I have asked so many 'dumb' questions, but looking 'dumb' doesn't matter because the experiences all taught me something. Every day you learn, you improve.
What are 3 things during your interview preparation process that made a difference?
1. Coming from an arts background to banking, I had to answer the WHY and I made sure i had clear answers for that.
2. Know your interviewers. If you are unable to find out who, then learn more about recent deals or the history of the bank/team you are applying to. I messed up an interview once because I name dropped a recent deal but could not answer the follow up in depth questions.
3. As per above, come prepared with questions. Questions you truly want to know instead of questions that are posted on 101 wall street guidebooks.
How do you approach CV writing? Do you have any tips?
Write concisely and to the point. Sentences should not be overly long.
Note the full stops! You either have the full stops or none at all.
What do you feel made you stand out as a candidate in the hiring process?
Being entirely honest during the interview about what I wanted to learn and what I did not understand as well as my referral from my boss during the internship and others I worked with.
Check out other installments in this series: Interview with a Litigation Lawyer, Corporate Lawyer, Investment Banker, Private Banker, Portfolio Manager and Management Consultant.
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