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Private Equity Interviews 101: How to Win Offers

Ah, private equity. The promised land. The only reason most bankers want to go into investment banking. Too bad the exceptionally difficult interviews keep them out! Or do they? Private equity interviews can be challenging, but for most candidates, winning interviews is much tougher than succeeding in those interviews. You do not need to be […]
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How to Walk Through Your Resume in Buy-Side Interviews

What’s the most common mistake in any interview? Not being able to explain why you are interviewing at the company. There’s an obsession with technical questions, but a near-universal ignorance of how to answer the first question in any interview: “Tell me about yourself.” Even though I’m prone to killing people and eating their bodies […]
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How to Make Investment Recommendations in Private Equity Interviews and Case Studies in 4 Simple Steps

Is there a “deal-breaker” question? A single question so important that an incorrect answer would sink your chances in interviews? You bet. One example is your “story” – what you say when someone asks you to walk through your resume/CV or to introduce yourself. Make a poor first impression in the first 2-3 minutes, and […]
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What’s in a Real Estate Private Equity Case Study? Part 3: A Pre-Sold Condo Development in São Paulo

Would you like to move to Brazil? The beaches have tempted me before, but I’ve had some reservations about moving there… though I do want to visit at some point. But some of those reservations went away when I saw the sketches for V:House, a high-end luxury residence under development in São Paulo: I liked […]
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What’s in a Real Estate Private Equity Case Study? Part 2: A Value-Added Office Case Study

A few months ago, I posed a simple question here: “Can you find anything online?” And then I explained why it’s still hard to find information on some topics, like real estate private equity case studies, even today. Nothing much has changed in the past few months, so today I wanted to share another REPE […]
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What’s in a Real Estate Private Equity Case Study?

Can you find anything online? With many subjects, the answer is “yes” or “almost.” But it’s still quite difficult to find information on certain topics, one of which is real estate private equity. You can find academic research, textbooks, and whitepapers from professors, but what about actual examples of RE PE case studies you could […]
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What’s in a Growth Equity Case Study?

The exit. Greener pastures. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Why else would you suffer through investment banking? This ancient post from Leveraged Sellout sums up how most bankers used to think about exit opportunities: “Before I became so fervent about Private Equity, I thoroughly considered all my other career options: […]
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The Top 5 Mistakes You’re Making in Buy-Side Interviews, and How to Fix Them and Win Offers

An island. Your own beach in Thailand. “Working on the buy-side.” We tend to focus on the end result rather than the process to get there. At least, that’s my theory behind the sheer quantity of bad answers I’ve heard in private equity, hedge fund, and other buy-side mock interviews over the past year. Your thought process, […]
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Your Own Private Equity Case Study Interview Template (The Dell LBO, Part 5 – Case Study Presentation)

Today, we’re going to (finally) wrap up that Dell LBO case study that began months ago. But more importantly, I’m also going to give you a private equity case study interview presentation template you can copy, paste, and re-use. You’re also going to learn why you cannot believe much of what the mainstream media says […]
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How to Break Into Private Equity – Straight from a 17-Year Veteran of the Industry

“Yup, everyone at business school still wants to do PE – even after the financial crisis, recession, and everything that followed.” I was speaking with an MBA admissions consultant a few months ago, and she mentioned this point as if it were a surprise (that’s only true if you haven’t been reading this site…). We’ve […]
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Why Private Equity?

So you’ve made it through your first 6 months in banking alive. Your waist is bigger from all those tiramisu desserts, but luckily your bank account has gotten even fatter than your stomach. And your bank account is set to get even fatter in the future – if you can successfully break into private equity. […]
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How to Break Into Private Equity Right Out of Undergraduate with No Investment Banking or Private Equity Internships

NOTE: Before you get your hopes up from this story, realize that it was written in 2010 and describes events that took place in 2009-2010 (a LONG time ago). Today, this same type of move would be almost impossible because you now need a sequence of internships to win a role in investment banking or […]
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Private Equity Case Studies in 3,017 Words

Since I was getting approximately 53 emails per day about this one, I decided to make it easier and just tell you everything you need to know about private equity case studies. Lots of people are going through private equity recruiting this time of year, so let’s take a look at what to expect and […]
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