WSO Technical Interview Guide
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Updated and revised! This 110+ page guide is a compilation of the most common technical questions encountered in Wall Street interviews.
The Fourth Edition includes 50 more questions, 7 more common
The 4th Edition Includes:
- Sample Financial Model - 3 financial statements, and other valuation techniques
- 250+ of the most Common Questions With Sample Answers
- Common Brainteasers and Solutions
- 30+ easy to read charts to help you remember what you read
- Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Basics
- One page tutorials on how to read each of the financial statements
- Current events related interview questions and explanations (including the European Financial Crisis and Mortgage Crisis)
- Detailed ( ) explanation
IB Prep Pack includes the Technical Interview Guide, Behavioral Interview Guide and Wall Street.
UPDATE:Wall Street Oasis has also released a new supplement to the technical guide in the form of flash cards! We provide you with 184 questions and answers from the technical guide to help you prepare in the best format possible. The flash cards are part of the guide PDF which you can print on any double-sided printer, cut out the cards, and begin studying right away!
Technical questions are part of almost every finance interview. While the level of difficulty of these questions vary from firm to firm, you will undoubtedly be quizzed on technical questions in at least one round of interviews. Detailed and accurate responses will more likely impress your interviewer and help you land the job. In this difficult market and competitive industry it is important to gain any edge you can. If you put in the time to review, this guide will give you that edge.
Good luck! Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improving the Technical Guide by sending an e-mail to [email protected].
Types of questions that are included in this guide:
- Accounting, Finance and Valuation
- Bonds and Interest Rates
- Options and Derivatives
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- and Other
Just got the new technical guide. By far much better than vault. Very detailed (80+ pages) with charts, graphs, etc. I'll be reading this at least once this summer in prepping for fall interviews.
The WSO technical guide is awesome! I landed a FTjob with it!
Just bought the guide, and I can say that it really goes into a lot of detail to introduce and expand on certain concepts.
I bought the Vault guide and there is a lot of fluff, this guide is straight to the point. Question, explanation, sample response. It was amazing. Going into my interviews and superdays, I almost never got a single question that I hadn't seen before, or wasn't able to work my way through.
— Scott M.
The new Wall Street Oasis Technical Guide provides questions and easy to understand answers for all the questions I typically ask when interviewing a candidate. The additional questions expand the guide, and the new charts are an added bonus for easily remembering the crucial concepts. If a student really knows all the questions in this guide, they are sure to nail the technical section of their interview.
—Vice President,, Sales and Trading
I bought it as well! Pretty awesome simple format...walks you through the answers and then gives you an example of what exactly what to say in an. Breaks it down from beginner to intermediate to advanced questions for and S&T.
I'd like to thank you - I just bought the investment banking interview guide and it's absolutely amazing.
The book is fantastic! It's got the questions and answers that you need to know. It also has a very easy to use format...
— Kaba Modern
Thumbs up on technical interview guide. It was definitely helpful.
— Jamie Dimon (WSO username, not the actual Jamie Dimon)
This guide is a great resource for anyone going into investment banking interviews. The questions in this guide helped me successfully land the full-time job I have today! I can honestly say after preparing the questions in this guide I almost never received a question I hadn’t seen before or wasn’t ready to answer due to the suggestions the WSO guide provided.
— 1st Year Analyst,, Sales and Trading
Just got the technical guide today. Nice breakdown of beginner/intermediate/advanced questions depending on your background.
I didn't read Wall Street Oasis Technical and Behavioral Interview guides until after my first year in my MBA program, and frankly they contained everything I had spent the last year learning to get a job on the Street. I highly recommend them to anyone preparing for an interview, finance or other. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than an MBA (not to mention faster and more to the point).
— MIT Sloan MBA, Class of 2009
The technical investment banking interview guide is great. Detailed.
I have found the guides to be very thorough and highly relevant for individuals looking to prepare for finance interviews and.
— - Junkbondswap
I have purchased the Technical, Behavioral and Networking guides. All of them are great! I bought the Vault guides for $25 or $30 or whatever, but I think these guides are actually better.
The WSO Technical Guide has been extremely helpful. It's written in an easy-to-read format with plenty of examples and simple explanations. Being from a non-target with minimal background in finance, the guide acted as my bible throughout the SA recruiting period. Without it, I would not have been able to land the offers I did. It was instrumental to my success.
— Arnav G.
I just wanted to commend WSO for producing such a great product. I bought the WSO technical interview guide for finance interviews and it was easily the best 30 dollars I have spent in a long time. I attend a liberal arts school and was able to land a job withFixed Income Investment Management, who usually only hires finance/accounting majors.
My sister gave me you technical interview prep guide when I was a junior at Lehigh - coming from a "non target school", I blew away interviewers with what I'd learned and got an internship (and subsequently a full time offer) fromas a high yield desk analyst.
IB Prep Pack includes the Technical Interview Guide, Behavioral Interview Guide and Wall Street Networking Guide.