Houlihan Lokey FAS Analyst Technical Exam


I have a second round interview coming up for Houlihan Lokey FAS Analyst position and I have been told that I have to take a "technical exam". I asked the HR representative for what I should expect, however she just told me that it was going to be accounting and finance (we all know that that's a broad answer). Does anyone here have more details on what I should expect? If you do, I would appreciate it if you shared some insight with me. Please try to be as specific as possible. Thanks!!!

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Oct 4, 2010 - 10:39am

Welll.....I don't know about this exam in particular, but if I were going to make an exam like this here is what I would put on it.

1 - take about a dozen pyschometric tests where they have you add up numbers from a graph really fast or show you a bar chart and you have to estimate third quarter revenue from sales and expenses at a monthly level, that sort of thing.

2 - Read up on basic accounting - think what companies report to the SEC. Remember to know what a cash flow, income statement, etc. are. Forget what the third one is, but just know how all the columns add up, why they are important, etc.

3 - Know your very basic finance inside and out. You could memorize the greeks or black-scholes but they are unlikely to be able to ask you that on a multiple choice exam. Think time value of money, rule of 70 that sort of thing.

Try this:

"If Lisa is working as a bartender and makes $40 an hour in tips and works for 6 days a week, but makes $100 on Saturdays how many days must she work before she can retire with an annuity worth 50,000 a year until she's 95? Assume she can invest her savings in a savings account that yields 5 percent per annum and the inflation rate is 1 percent."

Nov 5, 2010 - 4:44am

Houlihan Lokey Finance & Accounting Exam (Originally Posted: 02/15/2011)

So I have my in-house interview coming up at Houlihan Lokey and they have said I should be prepared for a 1 hour finance and accounting exam. Does anyone know what this exam is like? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Nov 5, 2010 - 4:36am

Need Help Houlihan FAS Technical Exam (Originally Posted: 07/16/2015)

Hey all,

I have my 2nd round with Houlihan Lokey FAS coming up and I've seen that it's a 1 hr technical exam (finance and accounting). Looking through the threads there doesn't seem to be much solid info. around it. I've seen that it may give you an IS and BS and told to construct a CF statement, but I was wondering if anyone had recent experience here.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

"There's always money in the banana stand" - George Bluth Sr.
Nov 5, 2010 - 4:41am

The test was one hour. The first half was a mega question. They give you a scenario and last years 3 financial statements and they tell you to fill in this years financial statements.

The last half was a bunch of short answer questions covering valuation.

Oct 4, 2010 - 11:16am

i remember my friend going into hlhz corp had to take the same test too.

I think he said it was a lot accounting (debit, credit kind of stuff, and how things goes thru 3 statements)

some finance-> NPV, basic finance stuff.

I think the test lasts about 2-3 hours

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