Happy to answer any questions about recruiting (being a non target and from a non top tier IB), first few months on the job in PE, pros / cons, things I like and don't like. Brief bio below on my background below: Non Target Undergrad Investment Banking Analyst for 2 years Current 1st Yr Associate at MM PE Fund New York based WSO Mentor Want to work with me? Check out my profile here.
12 Nov 2020
Hi Monkeys -- I've recently come across a number of European headhunting firms which claim to represent a wide range of well known PE firms (particularly in the mid/lower mid market) but seem rather dodgy. Judging from their senior employees' LinkedIn profiles, they all seem to have ties to https://albertcliff.com/ which seems credible. Aside from Albert Cliff affiliation, some common features include: outreach over LinkedIn, wide range of supposed mandates (albeit on a non-exclusive basis), similar/identical websites (both layout and content), and oddly enough a combination of two anglo-saxon
15 Sep 2020
I graduated with a 2:1 in Accountancy and Finance from a non-target Scottish university in 2019 and I have a little over a year's experience of working in deals advisory for a mid-tier firm in the Middle East. Unfortunately, I'm unhappy in my current position and I want to make a move into maybe strategy consulting but I'm really not sure if an MSc Management would help me with that. I've shortlisted UCL, Kings, City, LSE, and Edinburgh for now. Would love to have everyone's opinion on my choice of school and whether doing a MSc. Management is a smart career choice in terms of opportunities
02 Oct 2020
Hey all, I was given the opportunity to ask an HR recruiter covering a Financial Sponsors group at a UMM bank some questions. It's for a FT analyst opening starting in June/July. After doing some digging on similar WSO discussions and asking friends in the industry, here's what I came up with. I wanted to avoid asking questions that are too technical and group specific. Please let me know if these are utter dog****, cringe, presumptuous, off-base, or any other unpalatable description. No hard feelings; honest answers appreciated. - At a high level, can you tell me roughly what the anticipated
05 Feb 2021
I am currently studying an MEng Civil Engineering course at a Imperial College London and was wondering whether I should pursue my MEng in Engineering or just complete my BEng and instead take an MSc in Finance. What do you think recruiters would prefer? Yours sincerely, Chimp
12 Jan 2021
Looking for recommendations for recruiters / headhunters for private equity roles in Singapore. Specifically looking for firms covering global funds which have a Singapore office. Appreciate any views on the below firms (and others which are not listed): - Wellesley - Principle Partners - Cobalt Recruitment - Michael Page - Morgan McKinley
04 Jan 2021
If you are hired through a recruiter, what is regarded as professional/well-mannered in terms of the minimum months or years you stay with the employer given the expenses (recuriter fee, relocation, etc.) they've incurred to bring you in?
14 Nov 2020
Hey guys - looking to see if anyone has worked with some solid headhunters for private equity / SWF placements into the UAE (Abu Dhabi & Dubai). So far, I've identified PER, Pinpoint Partners and Arkesden as potential firms to work with. I am based in the US, and understand that London-based recruiters are typically more active in the region. Does anyone have any suggestions for firms I can consider reaching out to? Thank you all.
09 Feb 2018
Hi (non-fellow) IB'ers. Apologies if this has already been addressed on WSO, I couldn't find any thread from the past though. I was hoping to get some insight on whether there are any (recommended) recruiters in the IB industry that look to hire potential employees who are not straight out of college. For the past two years, I've worked at a financial information services company My two questions are: 1) What recruiting firms do you recommend (if any) that work with candidates of a background like myself. While out of college I did not know what specifically I wanted to do, I have a sound
17 May 2017
I live in LA and have MFE degree, but I have only brokerage experience. I am currently looking for quant positions. Some recruiters (small recruiting firms) contacted me with some quant positions which I have already applied for. Should I find my job with recruiters or not? What is pros and cons?
23 Dec 2015
These are the names I've been able to get so far for Tier 1 PE / HF recruitment in London: Arkesden Dartmouth PER Blackwood KEA Hinton Rose Mirage CPI Dynamic Oxbridge Sousou Am I missing any? Are there any Tier 1 recruiters in London specific to HFs?
25 Jan 2015
I'm a 1st year FIG Associate at a BB in NYC. I recently received a call from The Travillian Group. From their website it looks like they focus primarily on FIG investment banking recruiting. Has Anyone had any experience working with them? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
23 Jun 2016
FT recruiting is in full swing, which means it's the season for lots of phone calls, emails, and info sessions. As a recruiter in management consulting (MBB), I've interacted with a lot of candidates, and seen a lot of good and bad things. Here are a few general tips to help your conversations with recruiters go smoother and help you make a better, lasting impression. Be confident in your body language and voice. This is extremely important. A candidate who is visibly and audibly confident will strike me as much serious than a candidate who is slouching, or saying "umm" a lot, or just looks
14 Sep 2014
Does anyone know any recruiters (PE, HF, Asset Management, IB, or Corp Development) that have clients in the Chicago area, or have a focus on Chicago recruiting? Casting a wide net out there in terms of job opportunities as location is the focus here. Have talked to Venautics and Dynamics, but was wondering if anyone know any of the other HHs. Thanks for your help!
30 Dec 2012
Hi, does anyone know a good recruiter who covers Dubai. I have been applying for jobs in Dubai through websites for several months now, but it seems like they have several hundred candidates for each position and my resume never gets to be viewed. So, I was thinking to reach out to recruiters and talk to them directly instead of applying online. I am not in Dubai, I work in US, otherwise I would just try to 'knock on the doors' of companies there and hand them my resume. Much appreciated!
12 Jan 2016
Monkeys, thought I'd throw this one out to the pen. I am in the physical commodities trade currently and have been getting the itch for a new post. Ironically, a few buy-side funds and international commodity recruiters have reached out to contact me in the last couple weeks and I have taken a couple phone calls. For those of you in the business and/or have gone through the process, what are your opinions of some of the commodity recruiters in the space? Who is reputable? This business is smaller than people think, I'm sure some of you have some opinions, tips, or hilarious war stories to
23 Jun 2015
Does anybody have experience with this company? Is it reputable? I don't want my CV spread out all over different networks... Selby Jennings Headhunters Complaints Generally speaking, our users had negative things to say about this headhunting firm. A sample of their thoughts are shared below.
Several users shared the sentiment that they spam the job boards and widely distribute your resume. [quote NuevoBanker] Yeah, they spam job They seem to only care about measuring your comp, so they have a database to sell to companies. Avoid them.
05 Feb 2012
Fellow Monkeys, Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on pursuing an opening when a recruiter leaves you hanging? After several successful conversations I was told my profile would be forwarded for consideration. Several weeks have passed and multiple attempts to follow up have gone unanswered. Is it a bad idea to attempt to bypass the recruiter and try directly with the firm? Thanks everyone.
06 Mar 2014
A senior recruiter of a large bank I applied with contacted me 2 days ago. We spoke briefly about my experience and the job description. He then told me that a Hiring manager would call me to speak with me the next day (yesterday). I never got a phone call... Should I call him back next week and let him know I didn't receive a call from the hiring manager? Any suggestions would help. Thanks guys.
05 Jun 2015
Trying to transition into banking from research, and was hoping I can get in contact with some recruiters. The only ones I know are pinpoint partners (spam!) so I wanted to reach out to see, if there are any recruiters that are considered good for lateral positions.
10 Sep 2019
I'm currently a first year analyst in the FIG group of a BB. Started getting contacted by headhunters in the past few weeks but have not met any of them yet. Not 100% sure whether I want to go into PE or HF after IB, and was wondering on ways to prepare in general over the next few months for buy-side recruiting. -Any suggested resources / guides to read about the junior roles in PE, HF, and about specific shops? -How to prepare for meetings with headhunters? -How to prepare for PE & HF interviews (is it ok to pursue both)? -How important is networking for buy-side recruiting compared to networking for IBD? -What to be doing in the office to increase exit opp chances? -Any specific types of funds to be targeting as a FIG analyst?
04 Jan 2011
Hi, I am a freshmen attending NYU Stern this fall and from reading a lot of sources (including this forum), I've learned that Stern is not that spectacular and, may be even looked down upon, especially compared to other prestigious universities like ivy leagues, Duke, Chicago etc. I clearly do understand why (I am an ivy league reject myself except for Cornell), but since I am in it, I really would like to stand out among my student body, even just a little bit, in terms of recruiting. I plan to study hard in college, and prioritize academics, especially in order to make up for NYU Stern's lower quality. I was thinking what would catch the attention of a recruiter better among these choices: - A triple major in Finance, Accounting, Information systems - A double major in Finance and Mathematics This would be done in NYU Stern, so please take that into account. Thanks you in advance..
20 May 2010
Does anyone know of any good head hunters/recruiters in San Francisco specializing in Asset Management or private banking? I live in a different state and don't have any local connections so this may be the best way to go.
17 Jul 2011
Hi guys, I'm applying for Developer jobs in HFs and I'm currently using a recruiting agency (this is in London). I've been told by them that, if I get contacted by other recruiters, I should tell them since it will be a problem if I apply to the same firm through two recruiters. I'm not sure whether they are just saying this because they want to increase their chances of recruiting me, or whether this really is a problem. Is this a real thing? Thanks
09 Apr 2016
I'm interviewing with 3 different companies. They are all scattered around at different stages. From initial stage to second round to final round. It happens to be one of the Big Four for initial stage. Second round and final round are about the same from mid-tier level. Meanwhile, the recruiter from second round keeps asking me, not once, but multiple times, if I'm getting any other job offers and updates with other interviews. (p.s. I accidentally slipped mouth that I was interviewing with other companies at the same time. And I can understand that my skill set is a rare and valuable commodity that is hot right now in the market so recruiters are really fighting for me.) I don't feel comfortable telling recruiters anything beyond my interview with just that company.
25 Oct 2012
Does anyone know recruiters specializing in PWM recruiting? or has anyone used one before and could shed some light? I am currently an IB analyst, looking to move into PWM. Any info / advice would be greatly appreciated.
20 Mar 2011
Just got done with an hour phone interview. Recruiter says, "Well we were really looking for someone with 5 years experience doing something completely unrelated to what you do. Sorry about that!" and that's the end. Thing is, they had my resume. They can see what I did or did not do. I've been agonizing over this interview for a week and I'm a little pissed. And it's happened before! If someone doesn't want to interview me, fine, I get it. But why are they doing this to me? Any help WSO?
07 Jan 2011
I am wondering if anyone knows how much headhunters receive when they place analysts at private equity firms & hedge funds? Do they take a fixed percentage of the analyst's future salary? And if they do, how much is typical? Or do they just crank through analysts, and make like $10k per analyst, regardless of the position?
10 May 2010
In the past few months, I have had recruiters contact me about position openings. However, the banks are essentially no-names, I am not talking about boutiques, but they are companies I never heard of. For example, I got a call about some Japanese bank(not Nomura), that I never heard of. Then I had a call about some Israeli bank looking to recruit. I was just curious to know if BBs or large banks even use recruiters. I can understand these smaller banks using them.
14 Mar 2013
Does anyone have a list of head hunters / recruiters for private banking? I have found few roles advertised for analyst / associate roles apart from JP Morgan PB. Are these positions all filled through referrals or from MBA / undergrad recruiting?
27 Mar 2013
(Every now and then I like to take off my hf hat and put on the old start-up hat.) Suggestions: 1. Add a headhunter forum: There are already some good (isolated) threads floating around, but I think the topic warrants a dedicated forum. It be a good resource for all the analysts going through the buyside recruitment cycle. You can also have your headhunter list pinned to the top. 2. Award coconuts (or whatever other monkey reference floats your boat): Bananas and certified users were good ideas, but I think a discretionary coconut award system would be nice. There are quality non-certified/low banana count posters out there and awarding coconuts would be a good way to identify those posters. You can limit "coconut granters" to certified users or some other hurdle.
27 Feb 2009
Hello WSO community, I'm switching jobs and would really appreciate any insight on: 1) any recruiting firms 2) how do they operate. For example, I know that they have certain quotas to meet and have interests of their own to pursue collecting data and so on (there's absolutely nothing wrong with that); however, it would help me tremendously if I know their agenda. 3) Any personal stories or other advice is greatly appreciated. This post is geared towards fellow members of FP&A with experience; however, any input is greatly appreciated.
12 Nov 2018
So I got in touch with an alum at a F500 asking about corp/business development and they worked in another division so he CCed my mail to a recruiter and said she would be able to better direct me. I know the recruiter is going to say please apply online, but what do you guys think about saying something to the effect of 'I know applying online doesn't work, what can I do or who can I speak with to better indicate my interest?'? Is that far too direct?
30 Aug 2009
So I just got hit in a round of layoffs and I'm wondering what my best course of action is to get another suitable job as quickly as possible. I graduated in 2011 from an ivy with a 3.2 in engineering. I worked for a little over a year as a trading assistant (apprenticeship to becoming a trader) at one of the largest/most respected prop trading firms. I have a few questions. Anyone who can give me an answer or provide some feedback/advise would be greatly appreciated: 1) Better to apply for jobs yourself or to go through a recruiter? It seems to me that since firms have to pay recruiters a fee (sometimes quite substantial) that it's better to apply yourself and not make yourself the more expensive option.
17 Sep 2012
Any MBB-ers out there have any experience with Charles Aris? Have heard varying things.....one one hand, that they are a cold calling phone bank. On the other, they were good. Thoughts?
03 Jul 2012
Long time reader, first time poster. I'm a fixed income S&T recruiter at a top 5, publicly-traded global retained executive search firm interested in exploring possible trajectories into a front office job on Wall St. Currently, I place mostly senior-level guys and teams in rates and credit. On occasion, my team will move an entire desk. Lately, I've been toying around with the idea going back to school full-time at CUNY (did 1.5 years of UG, did horribly, then dropped out to work FT recruiting for a different industry) and finishing my bachelor's degree. I would take the GMATs and try to get into an NYC-area b-school with good banking & capital markets recruiting (i.e. Columbia, NYU Stern).
17 Aug 2011
I'm curious what the email etiquette is for emailing someone that you do not know. I am already in talks with Bain, but what to put my feelers out to other top consultancies. I am one year out of undergrad and in my last year with Teach For America. I am eager to get into strategy/management consulting after my completion of the Teach For America program. Is it appropriate to search for senior recruiters online and email them with my interest? How about partners and managing directors? Is that going too far? Or should I be a "grab the bulls by the horn" kind of person in this situation....
08 Jul 2011
Hi, I'm targeting a certain IB, RBS in Stamford. I have great experience, what I don't have are any contacts there. I think the best bet is to find a recruiter with a good relationships at RBS, but I'm wondering how to find a well connected recruiter. Any recruiter I ask will say 'oh sure I know everyone at RBS' whether they do or not. I could call RBS and ask who they like to work with, is that reasonable? They would probably say I should apply directly via their website, in which case my resume will go into endless limbo (if they operate anything like everywhere else I've worked) Anyone have a solution? I was thinking about doing a search on linkedin. Thx
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04 Feb 2010
Does anyone know of any Recruiting Firms that focus on Asset Management jobs in Texas in general, Dallas or Houston? I'm in the process of moving out to Texas, currently a Fixed Income Analyst in Philadelphia. Any suggestion are much appreciated
14 Jul 2016
Hey guys, first time poster here. And I have a situation for you -- I recently graduated with my MBA and have just started to seriously job hunt. A recruiter sent me two jobs that I really liked and was able to get interviews with two great firms. Sadly, nothing came of it. Now, I have applied individually to several other banks for virtually identical jobs, and have not heard back from them. Was my recruiter the reason I was able to land an interview? And if so, what can I do to help myself get an interview? I'm experienced enough to get the interview (otherwise how could I get them with the
19 May 2015
Hi all, Currently, I am a sales professional within the corporate training industry, and looking to transition into financial services. I was an Art History major, but took courses after graduation to pursue my interest in finance. My educational background isn't ideal for a career in financial services, but I hope graduating Summa Cum Laude, taking some finance courses, and utilizing my alumni networks will help my case.
18 Feb 2015
I had a first round phone interview last Thursday, and it went great: the recruiter and I had good rapport, she said all of my qualifications are in line with what they are looking for, and that she would be trying to get the process moving to the next step (another phone call with a partner) as quickly as possible. She emailed me that day asking what my current base salary is, and what my expectations are, to which I replied with 20-25% above base. I was told by my friend who referred me for the position that his manager said I should request 20-25% and then take 10-15% above base. Anyways, I
26 Jan 2015
I am interested in reaching out to HHs at major recruiting firms. I am an experienced candidate interested in new ER positions and HF positions in a specific city (SF). Ideally I'd like to use a very short, very simple letter to reach out to them to introduce them and give them my resume. I thought I saw a topic on WSO which covered this within the last few weeks, but I haven't found that post. Does anyone either know the post I am referring to, or have a good resource for a simple email to send out to recruiters to introduce yourself?
25 Mar 2014
Do you usually update past recruiters whom you've had an interaction with? If so, what do you usually say? I interned at an asset manager a few summers ago, but did not really keep in touch with them after the internship. Would love to go back to the firm in the near future.
10 Jun 2013
We now have an extensive recruiter database as part of our Company Database. All you have to do is select "Recruiter" under the Industry drop down and you can filter by location as well if you like. It is an extremely extensive database that includes the best recruiters for the top buyside shops to lesser known recruiters that may specialize in different niches. Company Database
05 Sep 2012