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Potentially silly questions but when people generally say that you have to be at MBB to make the jump to PE, are these folks doing PE type work like diligence or something relevant or are they doing more broad type of consulting and getting into PE because they have the MBB brand?

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Either/both. If anything, it’s more of a signalling and filtering mechanism. PE are brand obsessed (more so than consulting). So given that there isn’t a lot of spots, they can be picky in choosing who they want. I am not saying that’s the right thing to approach (plenty of smart and qualified people in T2, Big 4), but stating that’s how it is

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Both. I fit the latter. I had only done 2 2 week DDs but you really only need 2 DDs to talk about in your PE interviews. I work at a UMM now

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You only talk about one DD per interview, maybe 2 if your interviewer really wants to press you

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Thanks, that makes sense. And are these exits both investment team and ops team or primarily one over the other? If to the investment team, how are you able to demonstrate you are a fit for the role if you don’t necessarily have the “desired” experience?

Both, probably more so for investment team. I have seen broader experiences and background (different firms) for operations team (even though still mostly MBB)

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