WATCH: 4 private-equity recruiting execs from top firms like the Carlyle Group, Apollo, and Bain Capital break down how to land a job in the ultra competitive PE world

The year 2020 has plunged recruiting for so many industries into upheaval — and financial services is no exception.

But, in spite of economic headwinds and high unemployment throughout the year, it’s actually a good time to land a job in the world of private-equity, according to four top PE recruiters who spoke to Business Insider in a live panel about landing a job at elite firms like theirs.

So — how do you do it?

On December 3rd, Business Insider’s Wall Street reporter Reed Alexander spoke with:

  • Matt Breitfelder, the global head of human capital at Apollo Global Management
  • Sara Diniz, vice president in human resources at Bain Capital
  • James Cherubim, head of talent acquisition at The Carlyle Group
  • Anthony Keizner, co-managing partner at Odyssey Search Partners, a New York-based recruiting firm for PE firms

Among some of the topics that the four experts addressed:

  • What it’s like to go through the interview process at their firm.
  • What kinds of modeling exams to expect and the quantitative skills you’ll need to demonstrate.
  • How to stand out as someone who could become a future star PE dealmaker and investor.

Plus, we explored initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the private-equity firms, and how people who come from nontraditional backgrounds or so-called “non-target” schools can carve out a pathway into PE.

You can watch our full event here.

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