Investment Banking Lingo, Terms & Definitions

We’ll look at all sorts of cool investment banking lingo, terms and definitions here…for aspiring bankers that is!

That means we’re not going to waste time defining the unimportant banking lingo, eg Bollinger bands, or the super basic terms and definitions, eg AAA rating.

Instead, we want to focus on industry lingo that you will need to know for your banking interviews or you may want to use during your summer internship…the type of lingo that will help set you apart from other students by a mile.  Let’s get started.

The Banker Friendly Resume

In this tutorial we’re going to take you inside the bank and into the head of a tired, disgruntled (and slightly deranged) 2nd year investment banking analyst to see exactly how the banks are going to deal with your resume this recruiting season – and how they decide whether your resume is worthy of an interview.

If you’ve never worked in an IB then this is going to make for an ‘interesting’ read, and will most certainly change the way you go about crafting your 1-page investment banking resume!

Investment Banking Internship Resume

In this tutorial we’re going to drill down to the work section of your resume, because it’s the most important section of your resume, the first section bankers look at and also the one students mess up the most.

We’ll walk through a collection of cheeky tips to help you take your work history from good to great – including telling you exactly what to write and how to present it.  And just as importantly, we’ll dispel some resume myths and point out the one mistake approx 90% of students make when writing about past jobs.

Guide to Investment Banking Interviews

In this tutorial we’ll go on a fast paced ride through the world of investment banking interviews, including first round, phone, informational and superday interviews.  We’ll take each one apart and explain it in plain English so you can finally make sense of what you will face this recruiting season.

We’ll even compare all the different interviewers and show you exactly who makes the final decision.  By knowing ahead of time what to expect and how to deal with it, you’ll be more confident and prepared.

5 Investment Banking Interview Questions You Will Get Asked

In this tutorial we’re going to look at 5 interview questions straight from the bulge bracket interview room.  We’ll take our time on each one, showing you all the ins and outs of answering them to a high standard.

We won’t just ply you with common advice though; instead we’ll let you inside the mind of your interviewer so you can really see how to shape answers differently to all those other students who simply read the Vault Interview Q&As guide!!  By the end of this you’ll be answering questions like a true insider.

Networking in Investment Banking

In this tutorial we’re going to identify all the major reasons why networking in banking as a student is not simply helpful, but a full blown break in strategy.  We’re going to show you what to do from start to finish, and importantly, why each goal is essential for your recruiting chances.

Plus we’ll let you in on the lesser known networking tips you’ll need to write killer banking resumes and wow your interviewers.  Armed with all this advice you’ll be able to tackle downmarket recruiting with great focus and intelligence this year.

The ‘On Campus’ Investment Banking Networking PlayBook

In this tutorial we’ll walk you through on-campus investment banking information sessions, which are perhaps the #1 place for students to network with bankers.  We’ll first break down some urban legends and show you what really happens at these events so you know ahead of time what to expect.

Then we’ll arm you with the blueprint you need to wow bankers and fend off competitive students with ease.  To wrap up we’ll share a handful of ideas to help you make the most of the day and avoid getting blacklisted by frustrated i-bankers.

Investment Banking Internship Prep

In this tutorial we’re going to get very ‘real’ with you and explain exactly what investment banking interns are for.  We’ll start general by revealing the type of work you will be asked to do and what your true purpose is.  Then we will drill down to the specific tasks investment banking interns do on a daily basis.

By giving you the uncensored preview you’ll know exactly what to prepare for and what to forget about; plus how to act coming in.  This street-level knowledge will literally put you amongst the top 10% of interns at your bank.

Investment Banking Internship Success

In this final tutorial we’re going to lay out the winning qualities of successful investment banking interns and show you exactly how to express them.  We’ll then reveal everything you need to know about how banks decide which banking interns to keep on (i.e. into the analyst program) and which ones to reject.

By laying out the process from start to finish you’ll be able to walk into your IB internship with total confidence – you’ll know what to show off, who to impress and when to hustle.  This knowledge separates the winners from the losers.

Investment Banking Blogs & More

In this tutorial we’ll look at our favorite resources for aspiring bankers(apart from Inside Investment Banking itself!), including what’s ‘fit to print’ in the world of investment banking blogs, books and other media.

After identifying the category leaders, we’ll explain how each one can help you prepare for investment banking recruiting.  But in a world of information overload (and long study hours) it’s what is not here that matters most.  Our 80-20ing efforts should save you days of wasted study!