Hi everyone, I've managed to get one interview at a small PE firm which should happen in the next week or so. As far as I know they don't really expect me to know anything, and because of that the interview should be behavioural. However, this is my first ever interview so I don't exactly know what things I should mention, or really pay attention to. I'd love your advice and comments. In addition, what could I do to actually do some work IF I do get a position? I want to have something to write on my resume and actually learn things apart from doing legwork (which is what I expect to do for
29 May 2021
I currently work in a tax group at a big 4 firm. I am looking to transition to a hedge fund or private equity firm even for a back office supporting role where I can analyze investment performance and work closely with the deal teams. I am currently a CPA and have a finance degree. What is the best path to accomplish this goal and how best to prep for PE interviews? Would it be more beneficial to transition to one of the big 4's transaction services groups before making this jump?
07 Feb 2014
The Private Equity Interview Prep Course has arrived after years in the making! [2018 Update: Version 3.0 is better than ever with more PE Cases getting added to the WSO Video Library every month and now we have brought the entire course into a structured LMS for better retention and drilling!] Our goal at the outset was to make an extremely comprehensive industry and interview guide that would make you very competitive in cut-throat PE interviews. We had countless beta users (from current PE professionals, management consultants and investment bankers, all at top firms) that were amazing in
01 Dec 2017
For those of you who have gone through private equity interviews before, I'd like to know what questions you've gotten. Not just the hardest questions, but a laundry list of all the questions you've been asked. What are the different ways you can prepare for these questions?
22 Dec 2010
05 Mar 2011
Hi All, I have a sell-side deal that I name-dropped on my resume because it has been publicly announced and my firm has been publicly associated with the deal. Although I didn't work on the M&A model, I did a floor valuation on the company using an LBO. I was curious on a few things when discussing deal experience for buy-side interviews: 1. How much will I be expected to disclose with regards to the numbers in the model? Although the transaction value was publicly announced, the model I worked on included non-public information on projections (growth & margin assumptions), hypothetical
15 Jul 2020
Return to Main FAQ Page Private Equity is one of the most vaunted types of work in finance and private equity interviews are notoriously challenging. The typical route into private equity is after having spent 2 years at a top investment bank and / or completing an MBA at a top business school. For an excellent insight into the Private Equity world, read "Barbarians at the Gate" which details the LBO of R.J.R. Nabisco by KKR in the 1980s. What Is Private Equity? Private Equity is not very well known outside of the finance world, but it is one of the key players in global business. Private
12 Nov 2011