Business Insider published an article about a super-ambitious internship applicant who wrote an over-the-top cover letter. It has some of the biggest names on Wall Street in stitches – and not in a good way.
Can We Say Over The Top?
In his cover letter to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the applicant wrote (in part):
“I am unequivocally the most unflaggingly hard worker I know, and I love self-improvement. I have always felt that my time should be spent wisely, so I continuously challenge myself … I decided to redouble my effort by placing out of two classes, taking two honors classes, and holding two part-time jobs. That semester I achieved a 3.93, and in the same time I managed to bench double my bodyweight and do 35 pull-ups.”
Their Challenge – And Yours
The hiring director sent the cover letter to Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and more. He offered to buy drinks for “the first analyst to concisely summarize everything that is wrong with” the cover letter.
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On your mark, get set, GO!Thanks to Sidra Maryam. Photo by Mark Skeet on Unsplash