PE interview at VP / Principal level
Long story short: I'm a young Director in a global M&A boutique and I'm seriously considering transitioning to PE.
I know the move is somehow atypical at this level of seniority but it seems to happen sometimes and I have several interviews lined up with a few MM and one MF. I'm more interested in MM but given the situation, want to have as many interviews as possible.
I spent quite some time online looking for interview advice for this kind of position (esp. when coming from non PE world) but couldn't find any: there are a lot of posts on analysts / associates recruitment but not for more senior level. I guess that being able to do an LBO model or talk in details about a deal I worked on won't probably be the key area of focus during the interviews.
So if anyone made a similar move / interviewed candidates with similar profiles and have feedback to share, it would be extremely useful.
Side question a lot more specific and less important: friend of mine in PE tells me that a question he loves to ask (future ex) bankers is "tell me about a sell-side you ran where you would have done something differently with the target vs what management proposed (in the CIM, MP, etc.) and tell me what your strategy would have been". How would you approach such a question?
Thanks a lot