PE Coffee Chats - Are they helpful?

Should I treat coffee chats as potential interviews when networking with PE firms since most of recruiting is completed by headhunters?

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Comments (6)

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Aug 3, 2021 - 4:54am

I think coffee chats for large MM funds and MFs are not that useful. For LMM funds who may not have structured recruiting channels / use a consortium of HHs (essentially as glorified resume gatherers and shuttlers; services like GoBuySide), coffee chats should be taken as seriously as a potential interview, yes. 

Aug 4, 2021 - 3:51am

Obviously except ones with structured recruiting process. For many pe firms coffee chat is important than the interview imo. If you got into boss's mind at the coffee shop, interview is just formality really.

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Aug 4, 2021 - 1:52pm

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