Follow up advice on PE firm - Any way to turn my situation around?
I recently interviewed with a PE firm. I did really well in 1st round - got along with the associates, got all their fit, technical and theoretical questions. Got called to set up a second interview the next day and a few days later did second round with director-levels.
Second round didn't go as great. I don't think it went poorly, but it wasn't smooth like 1st round. Sent a thank email to both, got a reply from one (because I felt I rushed his case study question, I explained myself and gave a better answer) - he said 'great followup', and no response from the other one (who is the person heading the process).
Haven't heard back yet - it's been about 5 days (including weekend). Is there anything I can do in this case? I know one of the associates - should I be honest and ask him for advice: "I was nervous/wasn't on my A-game and I don't think I presented myself in the best light with the directors. Is there anything I can do to prove myself"? Or maybe be candid to the director running the process?
I think the main thing is - I have proven that I "get it" for PE - technical skills and theory. But I haven't done a good job in saying 'why me' vs. traditional bankers. I do have a good answer for it - but I don't think it came across in the interview.
Is there a headhunter in the middle of this? You can update them on how things went and they can follow-up directly with the PE firm and maybe provide some additional color on your interest. Otherwise, I'd say there's not much you can do but wait and see what happens.
No headhunter... So I don't have them to make a case for me. I'm just wondering if reaching out to them to better state my case (why me) makes sense here...
I have had situations in the past where an added effort has made a difference. Re: Called a VP after being dinged post-superday and turned it around into an offer. But maybe this is more common in banking than PE...?
wouldn't reach out... just makes you look desperate
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