Centerview Partners Interview

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Hey guys, I have a phone interview with centerview partners (first round). What sort of questions should I expect?

Thank a shit ton!

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Aug 19, 2018

Hey buddy,

I got asked technical and non-technical questions.

Technicals:

  • Walk me through a DCF
  • What are some disadvantages of a DCF over other valuation methods?
  • Are you familiar with an LBO? If so, what is it?

Non-technical:

  • Why IB? Why CP?
  • Name a recent deal of interest to you and why it was interesting (I named a CP one)
  • What industries do you follow? What activity has there been in them (Name two in which they are strong and one in which they aren't)
  • Tell me a time of strength/weakness/initiative

This was for an SA position and I don't have a finance background so if you're applying to something else with a finance background the technicals may be harder.

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Aug 19, 2018

I thought SA 2019 applications don't come out until Sep? I was told by the team that they would start interviewing in September

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Aug 19, 2018

No no this was for SA a few years back.

Aug 19, 2018

What location did you interview at?

Aug 19, 2018

London

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Aug 23, 2018

Mine was way more technical than this -- good luck OP.

Aug 23, 2018

can you please tell me what you got asked?
thanks a lot

Aug 23, 2018

No. Mainly because I can't remember most of what they asked me. Your best bet is to know the M&I guide COLD. Focus on the drivers behind why we do certain things in a DCF, as well as the rationale behind LBO's and Merger Models. Know your accounting up to the "advanced" section of the guides.

Aug 19, 2018

Hey @bookfixer did you apply through OCR?

Aug 23, 2018

No, through networking

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Aug 19, 2018

Is this SA or FT? NYC?

Aug 19, 2018

Wondering as well

Aug 23, 2018

FT west coast

Aug 19, 2018

Centerview has historically had pretty tough interviews. Usually pretty technical, with stuff not straight from the guides. They also like to ask brain teasers. I've heard they like to fuck with you in the superday; interrupting you, acting like dicks, etc. I had an informational interview with an analyst there and he straight up asked me a mental math question, just for fun. So be prepared for anything. I think they really weed out those who aren't innately smart - their interviews are hard to fake. Best of luck.

Aug 23, 2018

did you do one recently?

Aug 23, 2018

Have stuff ready for why you want to work at an independent bank rather than a bulge bracket

what is investment banking and what purpose does it serve greater society

Aug 23, 2018

Know how to do an accretion/dilution model

Sep 9, 2018

Anyone starting Centerview's process? I have a first round oci next week and have no idea what to expect

Sep 19, 2018

Apparently they LOVE brain teasers so look up the lightbulb one and some common mathy type brainteasers. No real way to fully prep for those tho.

Sep 23, 2018

how was it?

Sep 23, 2018

Not the person you asked but I interviewed first round 2 weeks ago and it was 45 minutes of pure technical questions - not a single tell me about yourself etc question and later this week I have a second phone interview.

Sep 24, 2018

What kind of techs?

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Sep 23, 2018

I don't remember them as it was a while back but they were pretty tough and very intuitive rather than something you could just study.

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Sep 25, 2018

Hey guys, I'm through to FT AC (London) and it's already on Friday. Do you guys have any advice on how to prepare? I'm from a non-mathy background so kind of scared of the brainteasers haha

Sep 23, 2018

Did anyone have a superday with them?

Sep 25, 2018

Yeah I did. Yesterday

Sep 23, 2018

How'd it go?

Sep 23, 2018

did anyone hear back from the superday yesterday?

Sep 30, 2018

Nope

Sep 30, 2018

Haven't as well

Sep 30, 2018

Me neither

Sep 30, 2018

Can confirm offers have started coming out for the superday that occurred yesterday.

Sep 30, 2018

Are they done?

Sep 30, 2018

I'm not sure, sorry

Oct 1, 2018

Yes

Oct 1, 2018

Theyre giving offers out on a sunday?

Oct 1, 2018
Oct 1, 2018