Centerview Partners: interview info

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There are a few threads about them on here, but I was hoping someone might have some insight into the SA program/recruiting. I'll be interviewing with them next week.

The company database suggests mainly fit questions with technicals being more brain teaser/logic types and not necessarily financial technicals. Does anyone have any other advice or experience with this firm? Obviously very competitive and only 10-15 SA spots/year.

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Jan 10, 2013

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Jan 10, 2013

did you only apply online or ocr? when did they email you about the interview?

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Jan 10, 2013
lazardsoeurs:

did you only apply online or ocr? when did they email you about the interview?

I applied online and received notification about an interview yesterday

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Jan 10, 2013

Supposedly the SA program is relatively new. And a lot of responsibility. Thats what they said in the info session. But not sure about interviews.

Whats your GPA range btw? Heard Centerview has a high cutoff.

Jan 10, 2013
Dreamgazing:

Supposedly the SA program is relatively new. And a lot of responsibility. Thats what they said in the info session. But not sure about interviews.

Whats your GPA range btw? Heard Centerview has a high cutoff.

I have around a 3.75 or so. Thanks for the insight. Anyone else know anything- I haven't been to one of their info sessions and don't know much beyond what I can learn online/on their site.

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Jan 11, 2013

Is Centerview the one that makes analysts stay for 3 years?

Jan 11, 2013

They pay well above street, and a couple of their analysts (at least 2 out of a class of 15-20) just left for HBS 2+2. Their higher ups have really, really good connections.

Jan 11, 2013
triplectz:

They pay well above street, and a couple of their analysts (at least 2 out of a class of 15-20) just left for HBS 2+2. Their higher ups have really, really good connections.

I can confirm this; have a couple of connections there.

Really great place and as mentioned above, lots of responsibility as an SA, considering how new the SA program is (only a few years, I believe).

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Jan 11, 2013

I didn't get brainteasers when I interviewed; lots of your typical accounting technicals and then some difficult fit questions.

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Jan 11, 2013

Great shop; excellent pay. They poached some Miller Buckfire guys on the restructuring side, so they're expanding that practice as well. That said, word on the Street is that Centerview is one of those boutiques that hates it when their bankers leave after the analyst program, as opposed to a place like Moelis where the MDs practically push their analysts out the door.

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Jan 11, 2013
Jay13:

That said, word on the Street is that Centerview is one of those boutiques that hates it when their bankers leave after the analyst program, as opposed to a place like Moelis where the MDs practically push their analysts out the door.

True, they definitely want to breed bankers.

They also have an internal PE fund, so why leave if you want to do IB --> PE? Haha.

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Jan 12, 2013

So basically what Jay said is on point. Centerview is a great place for experience. Only know a few guys who have worked there so here's the basics.

1. They want to hire long-term bankers and pay well above street.
2. You're going to work a LOT of hours... bears repeating a LOT of hours (could be location specific but doubt it)
3. Moving up is definitely possible, there are other firms that have a 3 year stint idea GCA Savvian comes to mind
4. Chica is right... as well, the fit is going to be key for a place like that because they're screening in a different way versus your average interview where they want to make sure they don't hire "one and done" candidates... these guys are screening for very serious about banking personalities or at minimum somone who, in their opinion would be a great future banker.

Never interviewed there so not going to go down the path of misinformation.

Good luck.

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Jan 12, 2013

Their first round did have brainteasers and also had a mini case.

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Jan 12, 2013

JustADude what was the mini case like?

Jan 12, 2013
MinneBanker:

JustADude what was the mini case like?

Also curious- and was this during a 1st round or super day?

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Jan 12, 2013

My year they let accepted interviewees know the next day, so you might be SOL...

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Jan 12, 2013

Well it ended on a Saturday

Jan 12, 2013

Well it's Monday. Did you hear back?

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Jan 12, 2013

would like to know as well have an interview coming up

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Jan 12, 2013

The guy I interviewed with for the SF office didn't know when the superday would be. Is Feb 7th the date for New York?

Jan 12, 2013

Yeah, Feb 7th is the NY date

Jan 12, 2013

@"Abhi7" Did you receive an invitation?

Jan 12, 2013

Haven't heard back yet. I was wondering if anyone here has?

Jan 12, 2013

haven't heard back yet either.

Jan 12, 2013

When did you interview?

Jan 12, 2013

Since my contact said the SF superday is being coordinated to happen simultaneously with NY, I'll add my voice to the topic: Haven't heard yet.

Jan 12, 2013

Yeah I guess that''s a good thing. Unless none of us got it :O lol

Jan 12, 2013

Have you guys heard anything?

Jan 12, 2013

I haven't heard back yet either. Anyone else?

Jan 12, 2013

I haven't heard back yet either. Anyone else?

Jan 12, 2013

Heard back from NY. Anyone else have any knowledge about the superday?

Jan 12, 2013

@wigglewiggle You already heard back and got the superday?

Jan 12, 2013

Did anyone else hear back yet?

Jan 12, 2013

I have heard nothing at all, which is weird considering my relationship with some of the people there. I also had a couple people message me and ask for interview tips as they had first rounds with Centerview coming up this week. So, maybe they are trying to fill spots for superday right now? My contact originally said they would just be having one small superday, though that may just be for SF and not for NY.

Jan 12, 2013

Yeah, I know for sure that NY superday is on Saturday with dinner on Friday. So I guess if we don't hear back by tomorrow then we should move on.

Jan 12, 2013

For sure. Good luck man!

Jan 12, 2013

You too dude!

Jan 12, 2013

I had my first round last Fri and heard back Monday with a superday invite, but I'm also a target school so I don't know if that matters

Jan 12, 2013

anyone from target hear back about offers yet?

Jan 12, 2013

Not yet, but my interviews also didn't go well

Jan 12, 2013

bruh, you just gotta keep doing you and stay cheesy. stay cheesy.

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Jan 12, 2013

Have they gotten back to people yet?

Jan 12, 2013

Have interviews will Centerview in the coming weeks. Wonder if someone can show me some hard technical questions they got asked. Thank you!

Jan 12, 2013

I just had an informational interview with a 3rd year analyst there tonight. I don't know what to expect in terms of an interview, but he said they're only hiring about 10 SA's this summer (same number as last year's FT class) and they're looking to hire all of them full-time following their summer stint. I'd love to know what the interview is like. Can you post your experience afterwards?

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Jan 12, 2013

I have a friend who accepted an offer.

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Jan 12, 2013

is this for summer analyst?

Jan 12, 2013

How many offers did they extend for this summer?

Jan 12, 2013

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Jan 12, 2013

Hi guys, was this OCR for NY?

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Jan 12, 2013

I know this is an old post but just wanted to see if anyone else can shed a bit of light on what their superday entails

Jan 12, 2013

Yea more like 30 minutes fit and 30 minutes pure technicals (1 interviewer for each section). I'd heard it was mostly fit as well, but it was easily the most technical of all the boutiques I interviewed with. SA class will be 10-12. Pretty sure they are done with 1st rounds (maybe still OCR)

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Jan 12, 2013

Hey, thanks for the quick response! For the technicals, would you say it went beyond the WSO/M&I guide, or it's the standard stuff you'd get from most 1st rounds? I've heard both, so I was wondering what your experience was.

Jan 12, 2013
neon green:

Hey, thanks for the quick response! For the technicals, would you say it went beyond the WSO/M&I guide, or it's the standard stuff you'd get from most 1st rounds? I've heard both, so I was wondering what your experience was.

M&I guide should be fine, but some of the stuff is a bit more application or from the advanced sections. There is also a brain teaser/mental math section that you can't really prepare much for, you are either good at that stuff or you aren't. They will ask you a question like 'how does 10 depreciation flow through 3 statements' and then keep digging deeper and deeper with more advanced concepts until your knowledge breaks down- which it will. At this point just give it your best shot and then say you're not sure/ask the interviewer to explain it.

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Jan 12, 2013

Depends, what division/position?

Jan 12, 2013

you have first rounds this late?? and what black jack said..exactly

Jan 12, 2013

Never heard anything so I emailed them and got a rejection that way. Thinking they already made accepted calls and have no immediate plans to update rejects

Jan 12, 2013

I know somebody who attended the Saturday superday and he heard back later that day.

Jan 12, 2013

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