Blackstone Undergraduate Interview

purple_otter
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Hi, I was curious if anyone could provide insight on their personal experiences when interviewing at Blackstone as an undergraduate? The interview I have is specifically for a summer internship next year but any advice is welcome.

General questions I have:
- What groups did you interview for?
- What kind of questions did you get?
- Format of the interview? (Case study, LBO modeling, etc.)
- Any advice for someone preparing for the interviews?

Thank you in advance!

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Aug 24, 2016

How did you get the interview?

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Aug 24, 2016

Sophomore program that leads into interviews for Junior year

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Aug 24, 2016

That's cool, you must be at a target school then. I haven't tried it yet but prof Chris Haraoun (last name maybe incorrect) does udemy videos on this stuff. There is also a gold mine of books an sites on the internet.

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Aug 24, 2016

Thanks for the heads up I will look at the videos! And if you aren't from a target school you can still apply for next year. There were non-target students that participated.

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Aug 24, 2016

I'm at a target in the UK but it doesn't have the Blackstone thing, anyway good luck mate, hope it works out well. I suggest the most important thing is to show your passion in theory an also being practical

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Aug 25, 2016

Blackstone has a Female Leadership programme for first and second years in London :)

Aug 25, 2016

Did you participate in the program? If so, how were the interviews?

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Aug 25, 2016

I was in the Female Leadership Programme in London. Interview was fit/technical. I was interview around Easter 2016, so a lot of discussions around Brexit; How will it affect their RE business? What are the opportunities? Why Blackstone? Other Spring weeks? Why that firm?

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Aug 25, 2016

Also want to hear if someone heard anything. How do they look at undergrads without any IB/consulting experience? If you check LinkedIn, most interns have at least one summer of experience...

Aug 25, 2016

Does the London program lead into accelerated interviews for next year?

As for experience, I think that having the deal background will give a lot of students an advantage; however, when I spoke to various individuals at the firm, they said having a finance related internship (even if it isn't IB) is fine but be able to speak to your experiences and be prepared for the technicals... But I'm not sure beyond that :/

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Aug 26, 2016

Yes, it seems like the offer some of the participants accelerated interviews :)

Aug 26, 2016

Can't tell you anything specific, but you said you're really interested in tech, so if they ask you why, telling them why you're interested in tech shouldn't be too hard.

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Aug 26, 2016

i got asked straight brainteasers and two fit questions on the phone a while ago, dunno if that's how they still roll. very brainy group, so i wouldn't be surprised if they asked tough technicals instead now.

Aug 26, 2016

Thanks for all the responses so far!

Aug 26, 2016

Let's know how it went.

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Aug 26, 2016

For which office were you interviewing?

Aug 26, 2016

Hey, I have first rounds coming up for the Tech Advisory Analyst position. Is this position completely different than Tech M&A?

Aug 26, 2016

I think it depends on the person. I interviewed with them and the Boston guy was very standard ... what are comps, what are pros and cons of them, why Blackstone, why Boston, why Tech, etc. Could greatly depend though, and I've heard BX likes accretion/dilution and heavy accounting questions too

Aug 26, 2016

Menlo Park; ya it's technically Summer Advisory Analyst

Aug 26, 2016

speaking of menlo park...havent seen on a deal for a while

Aug 26, 2016

The Menlo office has a bunch of Citi guys I think, on all levels. Haven't noticed them doing anything major lately, but that doesn't mean they didn't; maybe there hasn't been much front-page news-worthy deal activity. Last thing I heard was the Yahoo / MSFT thing and even that wasn't really deal..

Aug 26, 2016
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The Menlo office has a bunch of Citi guys I think, on all levels. Haven't noticed them doing anything major lately, but that doesn't mean they didn't; maybe there hasn't been much front-page news-worthy deal activity. Last thing I heard was the Yahoo / MSFT thing and even that wasn't really deal..

That's because BX bought out the Citi tech team.

Aug 26, 2016

How did the phone interview end up going?

Aug 26, 2016

We spoke for about thirty-five minutes and I thought it went really well. They just started the process and so there's nothing left but to wait and hope.

Aug 26, 2016

how were the questions? very technical? fit?

Aug 26, 2016

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