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Friend of a friend is a senior partner at MM PE fund and wrote emails to the VPs running interviews, recommending me as a "very strong candidate" for an associate role. I'm supposed to set up time with the VPs next week to introduce myself. How should handle this calI? "Hi - here's my background, call me if you're hiring?" don't think they're going to hire me without transaction experience. Fake it until you make it? Maybe propose coming in as an analyst if they say no?

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Spin your background into being good at learning how to do deals, they obviously will know you don’t have transaction exp. just be authentic and don’t try to “come in as an analyst” unless you have like 1 year exp

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Yes - have confidence in yourself. One of the big things they’ll look for is your ability to effectively market / spin yourself and your experience. Coming into it with an “I’m disadvantaged” outlook is negative, more so if they pick up on it.

There must be a reason you were recommended, so make sure to defend that as you're representing your friend and his reputation. What do you mean fake it till you make it? You must have sth relevant to say and at least have the right motivation and understanding of what you're getting into

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There’s a lot of things about the art of a deal that can only be learned from the principal side. It’s not always models and bottles, there’s a lot of deals under the covers that are pounded on but ultimately do not transact. There’s also the highly specialized understanding of specific markets/asset classes/industry combined with depth of relationships that cannot be reproduced. Just be honest and be yourself. Try to maintain the image/reputation of your friends friend while getting an IN for yourself. Best of luck.

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