OneWire's Open Door interview series, OneWire
Skiddy von Stade, interviews the business leaders of today
about their past, and about what they project for the future.
He also asks the questions that every viewer wants answered,
like "what do you look for when you're hiring
the interviews take place with some of the sharpest minds in
the finance world, the answers are
alwaysobviouslypersonalized and idiosyncratic. But
there are a few common threads that pop up again and again when
listening to responses. And if you can internalize these
insights, you'll be sure to ace your next interviewand
beat your competition to the job.
from your mistakes
Walsh, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Saguenay
offered up a comprehensive rundown of the traits that
executives and hiring managers are looking for when recruiting
at his firm.
one [trait]: integrity," Walsh said during his interview. "The
second thing is work ethic. That covers up a multitude of sins.
The third thing is writing skills."
first three traits are standard-issue, but the fourth and final
trait he looks for is important to keep in mind if you want to
get hired at a new firm. It's something that's been repeated in
numerous other Open Door interviews, over and over again:
hiring managers aren't looking for mythical perfect employees;
they're looking for people who can learn from their mistakes.
The most important trait you should display as an applicant is
last thing to me, honestly, is humility," Walsh said. "You need
to learn from your mistakes, and not make excuses for your
mistakes. At the end of the day, if you can put that mix
together, you have the chance to be a Renaissance
some real drive
Dunne, Co-Founder of Sandler O'Neill, was
another person who cites humility as one of the most important
traits you can display during a job interview. He points to
another trait, though, and one that Walsh didn't mention: If
you want to ace an interview, you've got to be a quick thinker.
Hiring managers don't just want someone who's
talentedthey want someone who is truly wise.
looking for someone who acts a little beyond their years," he
noted during his Open Door interview. "If they can react with
an air of hunger, humility, and real tenacity, then I find that
irresistible. If you're smart enough, humble enough, and hungry
enough, then there is still a place where you can make
something happen [for yourself] on Wall Street."
what you do
Wisdom and humility are of the highest importance, but there's
one more trait, as yet unmentioned, that trumps them all. In
fact, it's mentioned in almost every single Open Door interview
to date: passion. Jeffrey
Leeds, President of Leeds Equity Partners, may
have put it best:
you're hiring for a job or firm, you have to make sure the fit
is right," he explained. "[The applicant] has to love what we
something that often goes under-discussed when people offer
guidance for job interviews. You can make up the ground lost by
any flaw you might have by truly being inspired to work at the
company you're interviewing with. That's passionand
that's what sets one candidate above the rest.
you really going to love three o'clock in the morning looking
at a spreadsheet on a flickering computer screen?" he asked.
"[If] the answer is yes, that's what's going to make your work
course, these traits are just a starting point. There's much
more to master if you want to present yourself as the ideal
hire, so make sure to watch
the full interviews for
some more great tips on succeeding in the industry.