4 Tips for Surviving Super Day

For a term that sounds like so much fun, Super Day can often be one of the most stressful days during the interview process. Super day is the final round of interviews, typically for financial firms, at which point a small group of candidates participates in hopes of landing an offer. They can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Here is some advice from personal experience. 

  1. Come mentally and physically prepared. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to underestimate how demanding the day(s) can be. Make sure to get a sufficient amount of sleep the night before, and eat a filling meal before you go.
  2. Remember that the entire day is an interview. The firm will likely have many employees from all levels taking time out of their busy schedules to participate. Even if you don’t have a sit-down interview with someone, you still have opportunities to make an impression. Be courteous to all, and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with someone to ask them some informal questions about their role 
  3. Be flexible. Your interview times, locations, and interviewers may change. Remember that the firm is taking time out of their schedule to meet with you, so it is only polite to remain amenable to any changes they have to make. 
  4. Show your interest. My final super day was much more fun than some others because I was genuinely interested in meeting everyone and learning everything I could. It is much harder to survive an entire day of interviews if you’re not excited about the firm or job. Moreover, if you feign interest, the interviewer will be able to tell.

Be calm and confident. Remember that you are at super day for a reason. Whether you’ve made it past one or four prior interviews, the firm is interested in learning more about you. Be confident in what makes you a great candidate, trust in your preparation, and remember to have fun! These are exciting times, and they move very quickly.