Interview Question: Are you a quantitative or persuasive person?

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Retrospectively, I think I should have said that I currently have a comparative advantage in persuasion, but my passion is for quantitative areas of corporate finance, esp. QRM.

Is this a good response if they are looking for a quantitative person?

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Mar 24, 2013

Or you could say: I don't think the two are mutually exclusive.

Mar 24, 2013
bengigi:

Or you could say: I don't think the two are mutually exclusive.

Like above stated, the best answer is both.

Mar 24, 2013
bengigi:

Or you could say: I don't think the two are mutually exclusive.

Good answer, but they repeat the question.

Mar 24, 2013

start off an interview answer with retrospectively if you want to get thrown out a window

Mar 24, 2013

For Investment Banking:

Quantitative means you will excel during the first few years in banking, but persuasive means you will excel at the senior level.

I don't think you want to choose a single one, because the question that follows could be a dinger... (ie: a technical curve ball, or high stress sales pitch situation)

Mar 24, 2013
BTbanker:

For Investment Banking:

Quantitative means you will excel during the first few years in banking, but persuasive means you will excel at the senior level.

What if I answered by reiterating the above statement followed by: "I'm the person you should hire if you are looking for a leader."

Mar 24, 2013
John Daggett:
BTbanker:

For Investment Banking:

Quantitative means you will excel during the first few years in banking, but persuasive means you will excel at the senior level.

What if I answered by reiterating the above statement followed by: "I'm the person you should hire if you are looking for a leader."

What if they aren't looking for a leader?

I'd just say, "I'm whatever kind of person you want me to be."

Mar 24, 2013

How is this even a question? What is it to even be one type of such a person? You should hope to be persuasive enough to get the interviewer to stop asking such inane, idiotic questions.

"...all truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

  • Schopenhauer
Mar 24, 2013
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