Target monkey who graduated from non-target zoo. Landed an interview with Vista Equity Partners. What do I expect?

Been fighting like hell to break into banking. Became deal sourcing ninja. Now have PE interview. What to do now? How to prep?

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Jul 27, 2017
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Jul 31, 2017

Thanks for the post! Must've missed your reply.

Jul 31, 2017

Hey Brrger, how long did it take you to hear a response after your cognitive & behavioral test?

Jul 31, 2017

I actually haven't gotten anything back yet. I'm kinda nervous- forgot that wrong answers weren't penalized and didn't finish the last 10-15 questions like a fool. Tried to sneak my tests in during my lunch hour which probably wasn't a great idea either. How about you?

Jul 31, 2017

So you got an interview before you finished the assessment? B/c I got my assessment as soon as I applied

Jul 31, 2017

I thought at the time that the personality assessment was a fancy way of saying fit interview. To be honest- I was not expecting to get anything back at all, so I got a little ahead of myself. Still, if something materializes with this place or another, some advice is always helpful. My invitation came a little while later after I applied. Is it perhaps an auto-invite? Total bummer if that's the case lol

Aug 3, 2017

I got one too, but I don't think its an auto assessment because the cognitive test invite said "congratulations on making it to the next step in our hiring process." Would be interested if anyone could share more about the firm though. PEI 300 lists them as #13 PE firm and they have over $30 billion in capital, plus their latest fund closed at abt $11bil, so it seems like they are on the verge of becoming a megafund, at least in the tech space. Thoughts?

Aug 1, 2017

I got one too and just took the assessment earlier

Aug 1, 2017

Vista is one of the top tech PE funds, you're fortunate if you've gotten an interview invite and should take it very seriously. I'd hit all the various online PE guides hard.

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Aug 1, 2017

they are also pretty active, sorry to throw more on your plate but know their recent transactions and try to somewhat understand current landscape. good luck!

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Aug 7, 2017

In the same shoes here, completed both tests last Thursday and haven't heard back yet (it's Monday now). You guys hear anything yet?

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Aug 7, 2017

Sorry to bust any bubbles here but if you don't complete the entire test and score 90%+, you're probably not getting an interview.

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Aug 7, 2017

Agreed to this, missed like 3 in the end but thought I did well. Make sure to finish the test

Aug 7, 2017

Wow seriously?

Aug 7, 2017

I managed to answer 45/46 out of 50, and thought I did well on the ones I got to

Aug 16, 2017

Just got the personality assessment/cognitive assessment test as well.

I finished 43/50 , and I'm almost certain I got all of them right except for one that I misclicked ...

Is that "90% and whole test completed" an estimate or do you have inside information

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Aug 9, 2017

just bumping to see if anyone had heard back. been abt 10 days since the test for me

Aug 16, 2017

How many questions did you manage to finish if you don't mind me asking?

Aug 16, 2017

I finished all of them. Been doing GMAT prep so it really helped me on pacing/answering simple problems quickly

Oct 19, 2017

Can you describe the questions, or maybe some places to potentially practice? My only experience in the last...forever...was some recent practice on tradertest's site.

Aug 10, 2017

Wait, did yours tell you what you got right when you submitted? I don't think mine did

Aug 14, 2017

Is this for the analyst opening in SF? I'm not sure if they require a personality assessment test.

Aug 15, 2017

They do

Mar 11, 2018

hey, did anyone hear back after the assessment? any interviews?

Mar 11, 2018

Heard back after the assessment -- this is for the research analyst position, not a private equity analyst position. Anyone have any insight on this position?

Mar 12, 2018

how did you feel about the assessment? did you get a majority of questions?

jw cause i took it yesterday

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Mar 12, 2018
neiln413b:

how did you feel about the assessment? did you get a majority of questions?

jw cause i took it yesterday

Are you an undergrad applying for the (research/investment) analyst position? Or is this for a pre-MBA associate role?

Mar 12, 2018

undergrad for analyst role. you?

Mar 12, 2018
neiln413b:

undergrad for analyst role. you?

Pre MBA associate in my case. Looks like they're running a few processes at once

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Mar 12, 2018

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Mar 12, 2018

@atls29 I just took the assessment. How long did it take for you to hear back?

Mar 13, 2018

did you hear anything back yet?

Mar 14, 2018

No. I took it 3/12 so wasn't expecting response for at least a week.

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Mar 14, 2018

gotcha, i took it over the weekend, so we are in the same boat. did you apply to the research position? austin/chi?

Mar 14, 2018

Analyst. Chicago. Are you applying to Austin?

Mar 14, 2018

Same as you. Are you applying for the PE or research or consulting analyst role?

Mar 14, 2018

Fund Management. You?

Mar 14, 2018

Ah gotcha, i applied for the PE

Mar 13, 2018

Pretty sure it was roughly over a week until I heard back.

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Mar 14, 2018

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