I was just wondering what some good, intellectual questions would be to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview session?
Ive seen in a lot of mock interviews that they always ask if we (the interviewee) have any questions for them. I heard that it is good to have at least 2-3 questions to ask.
Is this true? and if so, what might be some good questions?

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I would make questions specific to the position you are interviewing for or the firm you are interviewing for.


Ask a question directly relating to your interviewer's experience at the firm.

If it's a 2nd year analyst:
"I bet you were in my shoes a few years ago -- what initially attracted you to X bank?"

If it's a 3rd-year:
"I know that it seems to be a big trend these days to move into PE/HF/VC, but the fact that you're staying on as a 3rd year says a great deal about X bank -- what are you thinking for the near and long term career-wise?"

If it's associate who was a direct-promote: "what influenced your decision to stay with the firm for the longer term?"

Then they'll say things like "it's the people," "it's the hands-on experience i gained," or "it's the MONEYYYY, BABY" but then you lead on from there and agree with the points they make, "the entrepreneurial environment that you describe is definitely one of the many things that attracts me to X bank..." and you can follow up with "how does your experience compare to your friends who work at other firms?"

The goal is to make it clear that you are:
1. listening to what they told you in the first 2 minutes when they were describing themselves
2. not asking some bullshit like "describe a typical day as an Analyst"
3. genuinely interested what they say and that you can actively contribute and develop the conversation

Remember: there is a ton of ego in banking -- bankers love talking about themselves. Just give them the opportunity!

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I asked something along the lines of "How would you describe the culture of your group " and since I was applying for a summer analyst position...I asked how often are SA staffed on live deals as oppose to pitches


thanks, those are some great suggestions.
I will definitely ask those types of questions when they ask me if i have any questions for them.
Thanks for the help,


Don't ask anything you can find on the website.


I actually hate the live deal vs. pitch question. Its very canned, and in my opinion is not really a good way to split things up. You can be pitching for something and putting together a very complicated model. On the other hand, you can be on a live deal and just processing memos. It is also just a stock question that you can ask anyone so it's not really that impressive.

I like questions that ask about background, but ones that are specific like jackofalltrades is talking about. Don't just ask "Can you tell me about your background?" but show that you are paying attention.

I also think asking about the credit markets or specific events at that particular investment bank (ask them about recent loan write-offs, job cuts, etc.) show that you are well informed.

If you are stuck for questions and have to go to something canned, ask about an interesting deal your interviewer worked on. This is more specific than general background, shows that you are interested in deals, and bankers love to talk about their deals so they will go on for awhile and prevent you from having to think of more questions.


Ask them if they could have lunch with three people, dead or alive, who would it be???


I always think trying to engage an interviewer during the process is a better way. IMO, you should have asked all the questions at the relevant points in the interview, while they are topical. It shows a level of maturity, being able to hold up the other side of a conversation in a very formal context.

If, at the end of the process, you have questions you actually want answered, go for it. But those canned/leading questions are worse than asking none at all.


Ask them where they go shopping. What shirts they buy? What colors? What cut? Is brooks brothers really that pertinent today? Or does it get beaten by Pink? Are they single? Who should you date, a brunette or a blonde. etc.

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I've always wanted to ask if there are any disadvantages or weaknesses at Company X. It's a genuine question, but maybe too forward?


A great question to ask if you are going for a sales & trading interview is...I know trading involves a lot of stree, how do people deal with that stress?


Solid questions i've heard:

Was wearing a Rolex to this interview too flashy?
Do you hair test for drug usage?
What is your funniest interview story?
What was your last bonus?
What are your thoughts on these other banks (pull out a list of competing banks at this point)?
Will having a criminal record hurt my chances?


While we're on this subject, anyone got any good Sales & Trading questions to ask?


Yeah, MadCatz for my Sales & Trading interview I asked: I know trading involves a lot of stress, how do people tend to manage that stress?

The response I got was people who do Sales & Trading want to be in that fast-paced, stressful environment in the first place, which is true. I also added at the end that I like that fast-paced atmosphere.


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