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Are you excited by the possibility of working in the world of capital markets? Our experts can help you prepare for all of the steps of the hiring process, from the initial application, to interviews, to assessment tests. Get the information you need and start on the path to a new job today. 

What Is Involved in Getting Hired in a Capital Markets Job?

Before getting into the hiring process, you need to understand how firms hire for capital markets jobs such as those in investment banking. Recruitment is divided into core and non-core recruitment. Core recruitment is comprised of the top 10-15 universities and colleges, and these are heavily targeted by firms. It is much easier to get an internship or paid position if you have a degree from one of these prestigious institutions. The rest of universities and colleges are part of non-core recruitment, and candidates coming from these schools usually must do more to impress hiring managers as there are fewer spots available to them.  

1. Apply: One of the best ways to ensure that your application lands on the top of the pile is to receive an internal referral. If you know someone at the company that you want to apply to, ask them to refer you. Another way to get a lead on a job is through on-campus recruitment. Many companies visit university and college campuses with the aim of attracting students to apply for internships and jobs. Lastly, you can apply online through the company's website. BLABLABLA

2. Phone Interview: This interview is your first chance to impress the company. It is usually conducted by associates and vice presidents. They each interview several candidates and rank them from best to worst. The top one or two candidates are admitted to the next round of the hiring process. You will face questions about your personality, attitudes, and work-related behaviors. Companies are assessing you to see if you are a good fit in terms of culture. You may also be asked technical questions, so it is helpful to have a "cheat sheet" of key information in front of you that you can consult during the interview.

3. Assessment: Many capital market jobs require you to take a pre-employment test. These tests often assess your verbal reasoning, mathematical reasoning, and personality. You may need to take one or more of these tests.

4. Interview: Interviews for full-time positions take place from August until October for jobs starting the following June or July. Interviews for internships take place in January or February for internships that begin in the summer. Smaller firms may interview on a needs-based basis. You should answer questions according to the S.T.A.R. method: describe the situation, recount the task, and expound on the action you took and the result of your action.  


Equity, Venture Funds and Investment Banks
Access Group 5AM Ventures ABS Capital
Accel Partners Advent International Affinity Equity Partners
Aisling Capital Alexandriva Venture Investments AME Cloud Ventures
Andreessen Horowitz Apollo Global Management AQR Capital Management
ARCH Venture Partners Ardian (formerly AXA Private Equity) Ares Management
Argosy Private Equity Asset Management Company Atlas Venture
Automotive Capital services Avista Capital Partners Bain Capital
Bain Capital Ventures Baird Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Barclays Investment Bank Baring Private Equity Asia Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Battery Ventures Baupost Group Benchmark Capital
Bessemer Venture Partners Bezos Expeditions BlackRock
BoxGroup Bridgepoint Capital Bridgewater Associates
Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. Canaan Partners Capital Group
Capital One Capvis Castle Harlan
Casual Living, LLC CCMP Capital (fka JPMorgan Partners) Charles River Ventures
Charterhouse Capital Partners Charterhouse Group CIP Capital
Cisco Investments Citigroup CIVC Partners
Clayton Dubilier & Rice Collaborative Fund Comcast Ventures
Correlation Ventures Court Square Capital Partners Credit Suisse
Crestline Investors Crosslink Capital CrunchFund
CVC Capital Partners DCM Deerfield Management
Deutsche Bank Diamond Castle Holdings Draper Fisher Jurvetson
e.ventures Eagleview Technology Corporation Elliott Management Corporation
EnCap Investments Equistone Partners Europe Equity Methods
Felicis Ventures ff Venture Capital Fidelity Biosciences
Fidelity Investments First Round Capital FirstMark Capital
Flagship Ventures FLOODGATE Fund Forerunner Ventures
Formation 8 Foundation Capital Founders Fund
Franklin Square Capital Partners General Atlantic General Catalyst Partners
GGV Capital Goldman Sachs Goldman Sachs Capital Partners
Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area Google Ventures Greycroft Partners
Greylock Partners GTCR Harrison Metal Capital
IA Ventures IDG Ventures USA Infoblox Ltd.
Insight Venture Partners Institutional Venture Partners Integrated Human Capital
Intel Capital Interwest Partners Iridium Communications
Irving Place Capital J.P. Morgan & Co. Khosla Ventures
Kleiner Perkins Caufield Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Laboratory Corporation of America Lazard Alternative Investments Lerer Hippeau Ventures
Lightspeed Venture Partners Lightyear Capital Lone Star Funds
Madison Dearborn Partners Madrona Venture Group Man Group
Market Track Marketo Matrix Partners
Menlo Ventures Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity Metalmark Capital
MidOcean Partners Millennium Management Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley Capital Partners Mousse Partners MPM Capital
Network Capital New Capital Partners New Enterprise Associates
Nordic Aviation Capital Norwest Venture Partners Oaktree Capital Management
One Equity Partners Onex OrbiMed Advisors
PAI Partners Pamlico Capital Ping Identity
Polaris Partners Private Equity QED Investors
Qualcomm Ventures RA Capital Management RBC Capital Markets
Redpoint Ventures Renaissance Technologies Revolution
Riverstone Holdings Rock Springs Capital RRE Ventures
Saga Group Sequoia Capital Shasta Ventures
SherpaVentures Silicon Valley Bank (SVB Capital) Silver Lake
Slow Ventures Social+Capital Partnership Sofinnova Ventures
SoftBank Capital Spark Capital Summit Partners
Superion SV Angel SV Life Sciences Advisers
T. Rowe Price Terra Firma Capital Partners The Blackstone Group
The Carlyle Group The Cypress Group The Data Collective
Third Rock Ventures Thrive Capital Tibco
Tiger Global Management TPG Capital Triangle Peak Partners
Trilantic Capital Partners
Trimaran Capital Partners Trinity Ventures True Ventures
Two Sigma Investments UBS Capital VegasTechFund
Venrock Vista Equity Partners Warburg Pincus
Wellington Management Wells Fargo Securities Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Western Technology Investment White Clark William Blair Capital Partners
Willis Stein & Partners Winton Group WRF Capital
Xactly Corp. Zapproved Other Fund or Bank


What Are the Top Jobs in Capital Markets?

Jobs in Capital Markets
Product Analyst

Private Equity Associate

Product Analyst

Credit Risk Analyst

Capital Markets Analyst

Securities and Capital Analyst

Interview Tips for Your Capital Markets Interview

  • Dress for success: You should dress appropriately for your interview. For men, this means a suit with a tie. Avoid bright colors or flashy jewelry. Women should wear a pantsuit or a skirt suit (the skirt shouldn't be overly short or tight). Women should make sure that their makeup is tasteful, not overdone. 
  • Come prepared: It is crucial that you prepare for both your interviews and your assessments. You need to understand the ins and outs of the business and be ready to answer technical questions. If you are a student, you should anticipate questions relating to your studies and extracurricular involvement. 
  • Emphasize your analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills in your cover letter and resume
  • Develop your expertise in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word as these are important for most banking jobs
  • Ensure that you include keywords from the job posting in your cover letter and resume