How best, to prepare for a summer analyst interview in a bulge bracket real estate investing group?

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Hi guys,

I was just hoping, if you had a minute, if you could please provide some guidance on how best, to prepare for a summer analyst interview in a bulge bracket real estate investing group - especially from the technical side. Also, should I be aware of any specific current news relating to real estate?

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Jan 30, 2014

Grab and excel for dummies book and start googling "Real Estate News" a bunch.

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Jan 30, 2014

Probably more fit. Have a good answer for "why real estate."

I doubt they'll ask anything about DCFs/linking the statements so don't focus on that.

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Jan 30, 2014

Are there RE fit questions that are traditionally asked in these interviews? I haven't had the opportunity to interview for an RE firm before so this is painfully new to me. Thanks so much for the input - anyone else have an opinion?

Jan 30, 2014

Not very familiar, but I'll guess that it will be more RE focused vs. "banking." Maybe something about cap rates, recent trends, capital structure in typical deal, different MSAs, etc.

Jan 30, 2014

@CuriousGeorge15

UK maybe?

anyway good stuff, it should be an awesome internship
great buyside placement for MS REI afaik

also, interview should be mostly fit
i would suggest searching among these lines on google:
"m&i real estate modelling"

there should be plenty of articles with nice basic info, maybe not directly relevant to your job, but a nice interview prep nevertheless

good luck & keep us posted

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Jan 30, 2014

Thanks so much for the pointers - M&I's RE 101 page is really helpful. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a fit-focused first interview. I'll be sure to let you all know what questions I get and how the interview went in general. In the mean time I'd appreciate any advice the rest of WSO has to give.

Jan 30, 2014

Hey Guys - Update. I found out yesterday I didn't make it past the second round. I actually thought the interviews went really well. They were both very conversational and with an Alumni currently working as an Associate in the group. I was asked to describe an article in the WSJ that I disagreed with, speculate why the RE market was going up or down, and talk about a stock I had an eye on. We ended up talking about the markets as a whole, MSREF (MS's infamous real estate fund that tanked in the crisis), and so on. I emailed the recruiting team and my interviewer back for some feedback but I haven't heard back yet. Good luck to all of you guys in future endeavors!

Jan 30, 2014
CuriousGeorge15:

Hey Guys - Update. I found out yesterday I didn't make it past the second round. I actually thought the interviews went really well. They were both very conversational and with an Alumni currently working as an Associate in the group. I was asked to describe an article in the WSJ that I disagreed with, speculate why the RE market was going up or down, and talk about a stock I had an eye on. We ended up talking about the markets as a whole, MSREF (MS's infamous real estate fund that tanked in the crisis), and so on. I emailed the recruiting team and my interviewer back for some feedback but I haven't heard back yet. Good luck to all of you guys in future endeavors!

sorry to hear that
thanks for the update & info regarding the interview

if i may ask, which office was it for
(uk/europe or us)?

Jan 30, 2014

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