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Surviving Tough Private Equity        Job Interviews         © Copyright Job Search Digest
Extended Interview Process    • Beware: if no offer after 3rd      interview, it’s possible there will be no      deal    ...
The Longer the Process Goes……the worse it looks for the private equityjob candidate                                Whether...
The Four-Interview Rule• Consistent anecdotal evidence from  other PE job searchers      – Even after extensive interviewi...
On the Case• Demonstrate                         • Quant ability is  balance                               important      ...
Case Study   • Typical scenario: interviewee given     homework assignment          – Review financial & operational detai...
Interview Questions - Asking   • Prepare: find out about the person with     whom you are interviewing          – Good onl...
Tough Interview Questions• “What are your                • “Why do you want  weaknesses?”                    to work here?...
“Do you have questions for me?”    • Don’t:           – ask personal questions or inquire about things you             can...
Be Prepared for Ethical Questions    • May be hypothetical or may be based      on previous situations firm has      encou...
Summing Up    • Multiple interviews           – Smaller firms & more junior             the level, the more time spent    ...
Thank You                                        Visit JobSearchDigest.com                                           for m...
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Surviving Tough Private Equity Job Interviews

  1. 1. Surviving Tough Private Equity Job Interviews © Copyright Job Search Digest
  2. 2. Extended Interview Process • Beware: if no offer after 3rd interview, it’s possible there will be no deal • Issue may not be candidate – Mismatched needs “…after a point, each additional interview dims – Politics and turbulence the candidate’s private equity job prospects.” within firm • Small vs. large firms – Small: more informal – Large: more process oriented© Copyright Job Search Digest
  3. 3. The Longer the Process Goes……the worse it looks for the private equityjob candidate Whether it’s a case of a skill set or career path mismatch, or a complex screening process© Copyright Job Search Digest
  4. 4. The Four-Interview Rule• Consistent anecdotal evidence from other PE job searchers – Even after extensive interviewing over long time periods, often no offer is extended – Results may vary – May also depend on how urgently firm needs to fill position© Copyright Job Search Digest
  5. 5. On the Case• Demonstrate • Quant ability is balance important – Soft skills – Difficult to express in – Hard analytics an interview• Most firms prefer – May level playing field for career trained candidates switchers with proven track record© Copyright Job Search Digest
  6. 6. Case Study • Typical scenario: interviewee given homework assignment – Review financial & operational details of a company & report back with opinion • Tests ability to analyze “…no private equity firm is going to show & establish valuation you the numbers of any investment alternatives – Demonstrates summary & that are winners.” effective persuasion • It is also a trap!!© Copyright Job Search Digest
  7. 7. Interview Questions - Asking • Prepare: find out about the person with whom you are interviewing – Good online sources: • Google • LinkedIn • Ask about what they are working on – But do not try to impress by showing how much you know – Project confidence, desire to learn, and zero arrogance© Copyright Job Search Digest
  8. 8. Tough Interview Questions• “What are your • “Why do you want weaknesses?” to work here?” – Consider restating – Be specific to your response as “My the firm biggest professional – Consider specific mistake was…& what sectors and I learned from geographies that it was…” interest you© Copyright Job Search Digest
  9. 9. “Do you have questions for me?” • Don’t: – ask personal questions or inquire about things you can find/estimate via research • Do: – Ask about specific deals interviewer worked on & what lessons were learned – Ask what kind of help they need on their team – Ask what day/week is like or “if I were to come to work here, what advice would you offer?” (junior level) – Ask “what are your expectations of the person you hire in year 1, year 2 and so on?”© Copyright Job Search Digest
  10. 10. Be Prepared for Ethical Questions • May be hypothetical or may be based on previous situations firm has encountered • Gray areas – may not be a right or wrong answer • Interviewer may be more interested in your ability to make judgments – how those align with the firm’s policies or the interviewer’s own ethical perspective© Copyright Job Search Digest
  11. 11. Summing Up • Multiple interviews – Smaller firms & more junior the level, the more time spent interviewing is a good thing – Senior level/large firms, you may get lost in the process • Make sure your math skills are up to par • Don’t be afraid to ask where you stand in the process© Copyright Job Search Digest
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