Morning Coffee: JPMorgan banker makes freakish job move. Goldman man explains interview secret

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A banker at JPMorgan has made a curious career transition. Much like the senior credit trader at Citi who recently became head of equities, the career changer at JPM has moved into a different but unrelated area and landed a sort-of promotion.

The man in question is Filippo Lo Franco. Financial News reports that Lo Franco, who was until recently JPMorgan's head of European media equity research, has morphed into an investment banker. Specifically, he's transitioned into JPMorgan's head of media investment banking for Europe. Lo-Franco's new investment banking bosses said his selling-points in the new role are “extensive knowledge of the media sector and established client relationships.” Equity researchers everywhere may be interested to hear this. Compared to other jobs in banking, research jobs involve very long hours and can be poorly paid. It's not often that researchers manage to break out into IBD, however. Lo Franco is the prototype for this move.

Separately, Michael Desmarais, Goldman Sachs' global head of recruiting, has said some words about what Goldman looks for in its interviews. In a Wall Street Journal article on how critical thinking has become the new buzz in hiring circles, Desmarais said Goldman tests for it in straightforward ways. Candidates are simply asked to assess company valuations and stock pitches and then to talk their interviewers through the process by which they arrived at their conclusions, disclosed Desmarais. By the end of that,"“the candidates should have displayed whether they possess critical thinking," he added. Be ready for this when you next interview at Goldman Sachs.


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