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The Carlyle Group Interview Questions

Updated Aug 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    I am 62 and felt I was discriminated against for age. That is all I will say. Unfortunately, this is the rule rather than the exception these days. Advice: make sure you do not need a job after 60 and don't get old-- ha ha.

    Interview Questions


  2. Helpful (4)  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group (New York, NY) in October 2016.

    Interview

    I received an interview through a recruiter, I was qualified for the role and I'm assuming that's why I was granted an interview. However, once I met with the HR lady she seemed cold and unfriendly. She spoke a million words per minute and the interview lasted maybe 10 minutes. The Carlyle Group is a very large and respected firm I'm shocked they don't have more seasoned HR representatives. She was young and inexperienced for an HR rep

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  3. Helpful (4)  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group (New York, NY) in October 2016.

    Interview

    I must say, interviewing at Carlyle was the worst interview experience of my life. The woman who met with me was very cold, curt in her responses, cut me off when I was trying to elaborate on questions she asked me, and spoke to me for all of 12 minutes. She acted as though she didn't have the time to speak to me, even though she picked my resume for an interview. I sent my thank you email and didn't hear from her again. I do know that she was (or seemed) very junior, so perhaps she is just inexperienced with interviewing. In any case, I decided that if her demeanor was any indication as to the culture at Carlyle that is an organization I do not want to be a part of. I feel sorry for those less experienced that have to interview with her, because that is not how an interview should be conducted. Totally unprofessional.

    Interview Questions

    • What were you making in your last role? And in each before that?   3 Answers

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Started with a phone interview with HR and then was asked to come into the office for in-person interviews. Phone interview was easy, just background checking. In person interview included five 1-on-1 interviews with individuals up and down the corporate ladder. Most of the questions were about me but some industry related "test" questions. Nothing too difficult. Then gave me time to ask them questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain what responsibilities you had in x, y, or z role with a, b, or c company.   Answer Question

  5. Helpful (3)  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group (New York, NY) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Applied through a recruiter, went in for 2 interviews, 1st with HR where she asked about my resume and previous experiences and salaries,and second w office administrator who was more focused on personality. Both lasted around 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • What your former bosses would say your biggest asset is?
      What is your weakness?
      How can you contribute to our company?   Answer Question

  6.  

    Staff Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    The interview process takes forever. I received a phone call the day after I applied to set up a time for a more in depth first "interview". The first round came a week later. The second round interview came about 2 weeks later. The final in person interview was re-scheduled and pushed back several times after not hearing anything for weeks on end.

    Interview 1 to receiving an offer took 4 months.

    Interview Questions

    • The basics...background...why Carlyle...why PE...what your interests are...type of work you've been involved in   Answer Question

  7.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group (New York, NY) in February 2015.

    Interview

    First, there was a phone interview with the headhunter to go over previous experience and why I was qualified for this job. They then sent resumes to the employer and whoever the employer chose had to take a quick LBO test. If you pass the LBO test, you're given a case study and asked to highlight the merits and risks of the deals of the deal and where you would invest in the capital structure. Thereafter, you interview with the entire team (VP and above) and present your case study to one of the interviewers.

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about a previous deal and highlight merits and risks   Answer Question
  8.  

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group.

    Interview

    Pretty easy, external recruiter talks with you over phone, then you talk with HR and an IT manager. In person interview was a breeze, present yourself nicely and be personable, they will eat it up. The technical questions were not difficult at all.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Went through recruiter. They suggest you accept the initial offer, since they will get paid once you accept.


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    Senior Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group (Arlington, VA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    The interview process is very extensive. They will have you interview with at least 4 people separately for 30 minutes each. They will ask you a huge range of questions about your experience, why you want to work at Carlyle and what you are like personally.

    Interview Questions


  10. Helpful (10)  

    Staff Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at The Carlyle Group.

    Interview

    Multi-round on site interview process with typically 4 1-on-1 interview. One interview will always be with an HR representative, and the remaining interviews will be with direct supervisors. The interview may involve interviews for multiple positions, and it is firm policy to interview each candidate for all open positions.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you leave your prior company in less than a year   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Offer was not negotiable


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