Anonymous User wrote:itbdvorm wrote:Anonymous User wrote:
1-2 Transactions? That seems so early, how can you tell that easily?
You'd be surprised - talent really is distinguishible almost immediately.
itbdvorm, this is an old quote, but I was reading through this thread and noticed that you said you thought you could tell whether a junior associate was getting it or had talent after one or two transactions with them. If I had excellent reviews all summer on 10+ projects, is it likely I "get it" or are people just way nicer in reviews than they are when judging talent in their heads? I presume it's the latter, but it is frustrating to not know where you really fall. I got increased responsibility and some contact with outside people on deals, which I should probably take as a better sign than my reviews, I guess.
Also, have you noticed any correlations between "getting it" and various characteristics (school range, grades, etc)? I know you mentioned having more issues with transfer students, but is there anything else?
Can you describe an instance of distinguishing talent immediately?
It's a "know it when you see it." Really hard, sometimes comes from top kids at top schools, sometimes comes from top kids at mediocre schools, sometimes comes from mediocre (grade) kids at top schools. There are people who get the questions and give you the answers at a higher level almost immediately