What happens in a VC informational interview

I originally posted this account of a VC informational interview on my Columbia J-Term Business School Blog in 2007.  You can view the original here.

This afternoon I met with a principal from a late-stage VC here in the city. This was a follow-up to a meeting I had last week (which was made through a connection on LinkedIn via a woman I used to work with prior to business school). I thought it went very well and I think I had a good rapport with the person I met with. He told me to keep in touch and that there may potentially be either an internship or a full-time opportunity in the coming year. So we will see.

Here are some of the questions I was asked, in case you are curious what sorts of questions might be asked of you in a VC interview…

– Why do you want to get into VC?
– What opportunities for investment do you see in the space you worked in prior to business school?
– How did you do academically in your undergrad program?
– Discuss your involvement in vendor selection at your previous jobs.
– Talk about leadership experience you’ve had.
– Tell me about what you perceive to be the functions of the job.

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