I'm currently a first year analyst in the FIG group of a BB. Started getting contacted by headhunters in the past few weeks but have not met any of them yet. Not 100% sure whether I want to go into PE or HF after IB, and was wondering on ways to prepare in general over the next few months for buy-side recruiting.
-Any suggested resources / guides to read about the junior roles in PE, HF, and about specific shops?
-How to prepare for meetings with headhunters?
-How to prepare for PE & HF interviews (is it ok to pursue both)?
-How important is networking for buy-side recruiting compared to networking for IBD?
-What to be doing in the office to increase exit opp chances?
-Any specific types of funds to be targeting as a FIG analyst?
I realize these are a lot of questions, and I'm just curious to hear best practices from people who have successfully moved to the buy-side. While I have plenty of time until summer 2012, the recruiting cycle is actually starting fairly soon and I want to be on top of things. Thanks much.