CPPIB Summer Analyst Interview

Dear Monkeys,

Canada Pension Plan has invited me for an interview for the Summer Analyst role (2020, London office). What should I expect?

They're hiring for multiple teams, ( i.e. Private Equity, Real Assets, Active Equities, Capital Markets & Factor Investing, and Credit Investments groups), which means that I have no idea what a case study done by them would look like.

What should be my key focus points technically?

Also, when putting an offer from them side-by-side with an IB offer, how would you guys place them in terms of exit opps / career progression?

Many thanks,
A Concerned Monkey

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Comments (27)

Nov 17, 2019 - 5:24pm

Bump, interested fo hear about this too.

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Nov 18, 2019 - 1:26am

Study all of their investment products and strategies. More specifically, they are known as a top pension fund globally with world class investment professionals. Read into the macro trends effecting pensions. Allocation to private equity is dangerously high in my opinion but develop a theory on asset classes as well. I'm pretty sure this fund is like a top exit opp out of BB IB so best of luck.

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Nov 18, 2019 - 4:52am

Many thanks for the input!

So, between 2 years IB and then PE or taking am offer straight from CPPIB, what would you choose?

Will CPPIB allow me to laterall within PE or move to HF in the future (if I feel the need for it)?

Also, have you heard anything about junior development there?

Array
Nov 18, 2019 - 8:41am

You can do anything after CPPIB depending on what you covered. But it is a solid shop in Credit, PE-coinvest and Infra and RE. Exits to PE/HFs are definitely doable. Depends on the bank and your interests but its a tie between solid banks and them as a choice imo. Banks might be better to get a brand name on the cv should you leave finance, get a wider network. CPPIB will have a better lifestyle, directly exposed to investing, more interesting job.

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Nov 26, 2019 - 6:52am

For anyone lurking around looking for answers:
- 3 rounds (2 at Dartmouth, 1 AC)
- AC is basically 2/3 round interviews at CPPIB
- First round fit only (15 min)
- 2 round in depth fit + some technicals (haven't done it yet but not expecting heavy technical)
- AC will be in office and managed by CPPIB

Look into why the fund, their investment style, what they do, etc... Good answers to those will probably get you to the final round

Array
Nov 28, 2019 - 10:03am

I had the first round only, but at the end she walked me throught the whole process and what to expect.

According to Dartmouth they should be getting back to me this/next week.

What to expect regarding to which round?

Array
Jan 7, 2020 - 12:32pm

Hello there hellothere321, did my interview on the 21st of November but have yet to hear back from them.

Interview went well (in 15 minutes it was really a minor interest confirmation) and have since emailed them twice and received no replies.

Its great to know I'm not the only one tough

Array
Jan 7, 2020 - 3:01pm

Hey, interview went really well for me too. Was told they would get back to me before Christmas, at least great to have someone in the same boat who felt their interview went well too! Wondering which division you applied for?

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