Key characteristic that private equity firms look for is that the candidate is able to think like an investor rather than an execution or junior investment banker. Remember, private equity involves making successful “investments” rather than successful transaction closings that are not affected by post-transaction performance.
Recruiters, or “headhunters,” play a large role in private equity searches. These recruiting firms source top candidates for private equity interviews. Traditionally headhunting recruiters work with top-rank first-year analysts at an investment bank or consulting firm. You will have to decide if the headhunters are calling you with the jobs you want. Not receiving phone calls from headhunters doesn’t mean you are not desirable; it means you may have to reach out to the recruiters yourself.
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