Rice Student Thinks Jefferies Is “More Courteous” Than Its Counterparts And Has “The Best Corporate Culture In Town”By Bess Levin
And she’s sorry she missed her interview with the rainmakers and hopes they’ll be able to find it in their hearts to forgive her. Because they’re not like those other banks. They’re different.
From: [redacted at Rice]
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2010 9:22 AM
To: [redacted at Jefferies]
To Whom It May Concern:
I would like to sincerely apologize for not attending the interview I had scheduled with Jefferies & Company on Rice campus. I would also like to thank you for informing the CSPD, so as to keep me accountable for my selfish and careless actions. While I cannot take back time and no excuse suffices to rectify this great wronging, I would like to offer a brief explanation of my lack of attendance in hope that you will forgive me.
For the past month I have attended a smattering of investment banking internship interviews. I went through the tedious and stressful process of perfecting my resume, crafting cover letters, and trying my best to find internship opportunities in the field. I was lucky enough to land some interviews with some desired employers. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous. I prepped for the interviews, dressed in my finest attire, put on a big ol smile, and put my best foot forward. I responded to questions over and over – trying my best to give superficial, yet enchanting, examples of personal leadership and mental fortitude in the face of trying circumstances. I listened as each company explained to me what separated them from others in the industry – their superb corporate culture and unmatched team spirit. I shook hands, took business cards, and sent follow up emails. Because of all the work I put in through this process, each company I interviewed with assured me that they would contact me promptly to let me know of my status. Out of my six or so interviews, two contacted me back. Naive young thing that I am, I figured it was common practice in the business field to put people out of their way, make promises, and fail to follow through on those commitments. Yesterday, I decided that i-banking just wasn’t for me – not strong enough you see. Judging by my short experience in the corporate world, I figured there was no need to email you guys to cancel.
Now I see the error in my ways. You guys are different. Clearly more courteous than you’re [sic] counterparts and, if I may venture a guess, the best corporate culture in town. So once again, I am sincerely sorry for missing my scheduled interview with you guys. It would have been my pleasure to talk with you about my leadership skills and team focused mentality. Although I probably won’t venture into the i-banking field anytime soon, there may come a time when I’d like to make use of the CSPD’s on campus interview services – maybe to land a nice teaching or government job. I’d really appreciate it if you would email them back for me to let them know that I have expressed to you my sincere remorse for the whole situation.