Analyst Interview Questions - Blackstone Real Estate Asset Management

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Hey guys, very new to posting on this site.

I have an upcoming 1st round interview for an Analyst position within Blackstone's Real Estate Asset Management group, and I'm wondering if anyone with past experience has any tips on how to stick out as a strong candidate. I have been preparing the typical behaviorals, so this is more geared towards any sort of technical prep I should add in.

A little more background on me... I'm a rising senior at a top-tier, non-to-semi-target school, interned at a top RE manager/developer/investor (Brookfield/Hines/Vornado etc.) this past summer, though I did not get as much financial modeling/Excel/ARGUS experience as I would have liked. Also, I've never interviewed with BX before, and I landed this interview through an alum in the group.

Thank you in advance! It's my first interview for a full-time position so I'm pretty nervous/anxious, would appreciate any and all advice.

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Dec 31, 1969 - 7:01pm

BX RE Asset Management Interview Tomorrow - What to Study Tonight (Originally Posted: 10/24/2016)

Just got notified that I have an interview tomorrow with Blackstone's Real Estate Asset Management Division. I know literally nothing about RE, but would kill to have this job. What should I study in the next 6 hours to best prepare for this? Please help

 
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Dec 31, 1969 - 7:02pm

First, google Jonathan Gray.

Second, go through previous threads on this forum.

Third, look up the following terms: DSCR, LTV, Debt Yield, NOI, DCF(all CRE models use a DCF template), Cap Rate.

Know that in real estate there is no EBITDA or EBIT when looking at an investment just NOI which is Rent Roll minus a vacancy rate(people move in and out) and then subtract the expenses of which there can be anywhere from 4 to 30 expense line items in a proforma.

There is no P/E ratio, the metric that we use is Cap Rate which is an inverse P/E ratio.

 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:10pm

Backstone RE Asset Management Interivew (Originally Posted: 02/20/2014)

I have a phone interview with Blackstone's RE Asset Management group, any ideas on if the interview will be more fit or technical? Any questions I should expect that are drastically different than IBD?

 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:11pm

Mainly fit. The following are what I remember from first round (after a prelim interview):
Why real estate?
Why Blackstone?
Why Asset Management?
If you had $100mm where would you invest today (in real estate)?
First round typically a modelling test, portfolio of assets, build out DCF, refi debt in x year, dispose in y year, what is the IRR, what is the equity multiple, does debt pass DSCR and DY tests, etc.
What do you do for fun?
Any questions for us?

 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:12pm
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