What makes a good investment banking analyst or associate?

The purpose of this question is to see if you understand what it takes to excel in IB. Here are some examples of important traits:

  • Strong work ethic
    • Necessary to survive the hours and stress of the business; IB hours can be anywhere from 80 to 100 hours a week
  • Attention to detail
    • Bankers need things both fast and accurately
    • Analysis must be completed and presented at a much higher standard than most people are used to
  • Positive, eager-to-help attitude
    • Very important since your managers are your “clients” in a way, and attitude goes a long way to being well-liked
  • Organized
  • Good communicator
  • Strong at prioritizing deliverables
  • Intellectually curious: ask the right questions