PE Interview Tricky Behavioral Questions - Need Advice
Hey guys - long time reader but first time poster here - thanks to everyone for all that you do. I am currently an analyst in a MM M&A group. I have had a couple PE interviews with different MM firms and I have repeatedly got some questions that I didn't really know how to answer in a good way. I was hoping you guys could give some thoughts. The questions are:
1. If i talked to your Associate, VP, MD, etc. what are some things they would say you do well and some things that you don't do well? (The "what do you do well" is easy enough to answer, but I'm not really sure what they are looking for / what would be a good answer for something I don't do well. It reminds of the "tell me one of your weaknesses" interview questions, and I always thought that was a pointless question and waste of time in an interview setting)
2. What other firms are you interviewing with? (I have a problem with this question because my logic is that if I mention other firms that are smaller/less prominent than the one I am currently interviewing with, they may think that I am not of high enough caliber to receive an offer from them. Conversely, if I mention larger firms, they may think that I wouldn't accept their offer if I received it and may feel compelled to offer someone that they think is more likely to accept. In the end, I think the best answer for me would be something like "I'd be happy to share that at a later date" or "I would prefer not to disclose that right now" to ensure that their decision is based on my merit/interviewing skills rather than any other outside factors)
Interested to hear all of your thoughts.