Recruiting for Summer 2014 Associate Class

I'm at a consulting firm where many of the second/third years exit to go into PE firms. I was wondering a few things:

1) When I should start reaching out to head hunters
2) When I should expect head hunters to reach out to me
3) When do PE firms begin to reach out and hold first round interviews
4) What is the interview structure for first rounds, second rounds, etc.
5) What types of hard/soft skills would the ideal candidate have?

I'm looking to recruit into a mid market firm ($4B-15B) or a bigger firm that is more consultant friendly, like Bain Cap. Also what firms out there are consultant-friendly, besides the following:

1) Bain Cap
2) Golden Gate
3) KKR Capstone
4) Francisco Partners
5) Audax
6) AEA Investors
7) Berkshire
8) Summit

Comments (8)

Dec 5, 2012

HG Global?

Dec 5, 2012

consultant friendly?

awwwww thats so cute!

Dec 5, 2012

maybe ask people at your firm?

Dec 5, 2012

Advent, Charlesbank, Lee Equity, American Securities are other funds to look at.

In terms of headhunters, Charles Aris, Glocap, Amity, Juno, Forrer, Kirkland West come to mind, but not an exhaustive list of anyone who I spoke with about PE in the last couple years.

Dec 5, 2012

New Mountain, TPG and Blackstone all take consultants frequently.

Dec 5, 2012

Wow planning a whole year and a half ahead, isn't that a bit excessive?

Dec 5, 2012

There were folks in my class who had offers from funds on this list less than six months in. Some funds will recruit 3-6 months beforehand, others are 12+ months out. It never hurts to network and be ready to interview.

Dec 6, 2012
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