How are placements for FLDPs decided and how can I place well?

Hello all,

I am going to start at a F50 FLDP this summer and I couldn't find anything on how our placements are decided. Is it based on excel skills? Random?

And how can increase my chances for landing roles I prefer (Corp strat/FP and A)

The logical thing to do would be to just wait and find out but I wanted to sharpen up on anything to improve my chances before they decide.

If it varies, how was it decided for your FLDP?


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  • Associate 3 in CorpDev
Jan 14, 2022 - 11:57pm

You'll get a list of groups that are taking on analysts. Then you will set up interviews with the groups you are interested in. Then the analysts and the hiring managers rank their preferences and HR conducts a matching process. There's always 1-2 groups that every analyst wants. Can be a total crapshoot. 

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  • Associate 3 in CorpDev
Jan 15, 2022 - 12:10pm

You can try networking with those groups beforehand. Corp dev also tends to have the most technical interviews and sometimes they'll only interview with a handful of analysts - i.e., it's a totally one sided matching process (they get who they want). But you can increase your odds by studying up on technicals (valuation methods for your particular industry, recent deals, etc)… Show that you are hungry (but not obnoxiously so). From what I've seen, corp strat interviews are by far less technical and really come down to fit, so it can be tougher to stand out. Really depends on the company/group. 

At the end of the day, don't worry too much about where you land for your first rotation. I started off in my absolute last choice group - and it turned out to be an incredible experience with a group of really good people. My first manager went to bat for me and I ended up exactly where I wanted to be at the end of the program.

Jan 15, 2022 - 12:39pm

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