I'd like to get some insight on a first round phone interview I have with a middle-market investment bank that is scheduled very soon. As such, quick response turnaround would be much appreciated!
The opportunity is for an analyst position within their real estate group located in New York. I'll be speaking with two VPs and one MD. The job posting notes very general responsibilities such as: "build... pitch books...research companies...analyze business operating risks...control deficiencies" among other things. Having briefly spoken with one of the VPs, it was mentioned the role functions at a portfolio level (rather than asset level) and focuses on REITs and M&A.
I graduated from a top-30 undergraduate business school (ranking via Businessweek) on the west coast with an emphasis in real estate and have been working for one of the Big Four banks as an analyst in their commercial real estate group for just over one year now. My experience thus far has been in restructuring/modifying debt with single-asset entities with primary focus at the asset level. The position includes functions such as negotiations with borrowers, direct cap underwriting, working with outside counsel, monitoring property operations, and drafting underwriting memos/loan approval packages for credit.
Given my commercial banking/asset-level experiences thus far, I've been diligently working to educate myself on REITs (, Bruggeman & Fisher textbook and Merg. & Inq. articles), but would really appreciate any insight or recommendations you gentlemen may have to share in regards to how I should prepare.
Thanks in advance for your time and please feel free to PM if need be.