Small Buy-Side only PE fund interview

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Rank: King Kong | 1,088

Hey guys. So I just got an interview in a small PE (11--50 ppl on LinkedIn), The president there told me to go to their office next Monday for an interview. Here is what he said in the email:

"We only do buy-side M&A Advisory and this position does not entail financial modeling. It is more qualitative research methods and identifying acquisition candidates from our private equity clients."

I have experience in ER, and I'm interested in M&A. But I honestly have no idea how do I prepare for technicals, or just behavioral ones? Do I still need to prepare DCF, 3 statement questions?

Thanks a lot.

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May 18, 2017

you're dialing phones buddy

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May 18, 2017

Oh okay....doesn't seem to be very promising...

May 18, 2017

sounds like you're calling companies ceos to source deals that you can potentially sell to PE firms and get a small sourcing fee. Look up Blackmore Partners and avoid if them.

May 19, 2017

Had an interview with a similar firm not too long ago and the associates on the team said it's about 90% sourcing (ie. cold calling/cold emailing lower MM companies to get any information out of them). Talked with some senior people in finance that I am close with and every single one of them said it wouldn't add value to my resume at all and to avoid at all costs.

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May 18, 2017

I appreciate the insight man. Let me shoot an email to the president there and ask him more specifically about what I'll be doing...but based on what I see on WSO, I'll probably forgo this one

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May 18, 2017

Hey guys, just got an update from them. The president said there would be zero cold calling,and later I will have the chance to get exposure to financial modeling. Thoughts ?