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  2. I got this question in an internship interview recently. I listed a potential recent lawsuit, the general economic differences in each respective country and a recent earnings miss by the lower valued company as possible reasons. I personally think that t ...

    +3 27 comments19 May 2019 -

  3. Hey guys, just had a question on how to answer when they say "What other banks are you interviewing with?" After saying that I'm interviewing with XX other banks, should I do my plug for why THEIR bank is my #1 choice? How long should I go ...

    +3 76 comments21 Mar 2017 -

  4. 25 weirdest interview questions

    Investment Banking

    I haven't seen anybody else post this, so here is an article my buddy just showed me on the top 25 weirdest interview questions of 2010. 25 Weirdest Interview Questions of 2010 ...

    +14 222 comments24 Jan 2011 -

  5. minibar's blog Cultural fit is one of the reasons many cube monkeys stay where they are- unengaged in what they do but at the end of the day it pays the bills. During your interview, the interviewer did their best to make it seem like this would be t ...

    +7 43 comments9 Sep 2012 -

  6. During the technical interview portion, I was asked how a PIK note would flow through all the statements. Let me know your opinion on the below answer. Let's assume that it is a $100mm note with 10.0% interest. Paid In Kind Interest Impact on the 3 F ...

    +1 34 comments12 Apr 2019 -

  7. Gain/Loss on Sale of Asset

    Investment Banking

    Say you sell an asset for $100 that had a book value of $80, how would that affect the 3 statements? (40% tax rate) Thanks Gain on the Sale of an Asset Affect to the Financial Statements Overall, the impact can be summarized by the below picture which we ...

    +2 24 comments22 Dec 2017 -

  8. "Tell me about a time you..."

    Job Search Advice

    I'm prepping for interviews and trying to get a feel for the standard fit questions. Besides the basic "tell me about yourself" and "why this firm" questions, I expect many "tell me a time you___" questions. I'm com ...

    33 comments17 Jan 2013 -

  9. How did you hear about us?

    Investment Banking

    How did you hear about us? The interview question that pops up from time to time and one that I cannot seem to master. Truthfully I found out about most banking firms and also which ones are fantastic (Piper Jaffray) from WSO, not the vault guide, WSJ, or ...

    17 comments26 Feb 2017 -

  10. Greetings! I have several interviews lined up after a 2 year stint at a consulting boutique. Most of them are firms like A.T. Kearny/Oliver Wyman. I'm pretty sure there will be a question like: Why do you wan't to leave your current firm? For me ...

    14 comments19 Mar 2013 -

  11. What are interviewers trying to figure out about you when they ask this question? And what answers do they want to hear? Interview question ...

    13 comments11 Jun 2013 -

  12. Hey guys, Trying to get insight into solving the interview question below. How does one go about solving it? Thanks for the help! After a having expensed in past periods an estimated $5,000,000 in research and development for a new product, the Widget Com ...

    +2 8 comments21 Jan 2018 -

  13. I had a thought this morning that I will not disclose. Immediately thereafter, I had a 2nd thought- "That previous thought was the dumbest thing I have thought so far today." Then I had a 3rd thought- "How many times a day does thought #2 a ...

    14 comments16 Jul 2010 -

  14. All equity vs debt-equity firm

    Investment Banking

    hey guys, just wondering: if you have two identical firms with different asset structures- one is all equity whereas the other has both debt and equity, which one would you invest in and why? my answer: in good times, invest in the debt-equity firm becaus ...

    +1 14 comments23 Jan 2009 -

  15. Does anybody want to practice mock interviews for ibanking? It can be either over the phone/skype or meet in person if you live in NYC. PM me if interested. Interview Questions interview Model interview topics Interview Info modeling Interviews Interview ...

    11 comments25 Aug 2011 -

  16. How would I value the equity of a non-public company? Do you just take its enterprise value then add cash and subtract debt? Interview question No Yes 351446 149071 212317 440471 164859 ...

    10 comments21 Oct 2011 -

  17. PE Interview question

    Private Equity

    I have faced this question in a couple of PE interviews now and wanted to check out what the forum thinks the best way to tackle this would be? Essentially the question is "how do valuation multiples vary across sectors". the question came in di ...

    9 comments13 Jun 2010 -

  18. What is trading to you?

    Sales and Trading

    I had an interview last fall and this was one of the questions I got. I completely bombed it but I'm just curious what you guys would answer with. I'll post later with what he was looking for. trading Interview question No Yes 413693 349286 2062 ...

    9 comments13 May 2009 -

  19. Just got off the phone with a managing partner of an international investment bank. The follow is what he asked me: Let's say an acquirer wants to purchase a target company with cash, why would the acquirer want to purchase the target's assets/l ...

    7 comments22 Apr 2016 -

  20. I got the following question in my interview and I'm stumped trying to think of the correct answer. If two companies A and B with market cap 1bn merge, what is the resulting market cap if company B's shares are valued at a 50% premium? I was thi ...

    6 comments21 Nov 2014 -

  21. Looking for some insight into this question. I am curious to see what other peoples thoughts are on the owner/operator vs franchise model. "Take two companies- one is an owner and operator of 300 fast food restaurants and other is a franchisor of 300 ...

    +1 6 comments4 Nov 2014 -

  22. This was an interesting two part question that I go in an interview that I probably could have answered better, but definitely could have answered worse. I'm just curious how others respond. 1) If you could see into the future and know any single pie ...

    6 comments7 Mar 2011 -

  23. Hey!- PE question

    Private Equity

    Hi, When they ask the why Private Equity question, is it ok to say because I like to fire people? thanks! Interview question No Yes 150955 204293 349916 361603 336045 ...

    +1 5 comments21 Apr 2016 -

  24. I have been emailing banks asking for internships and I received an email from the bankers assistant saying they want to meet me... Is this an interview??- Im going to wear a suit but was wondering if I should bring a folder with resumes and everything as ...

    4 comments12 Nov 2015 -

  25. 1. What is firepower in M&A? 2. How do you calculate the firepower of a company exactly? M&A acquisition Interview question cash firepower ...

    4 comments1 Dec 2014 -

  26. A day ago I had an interview for an IB position and was asked the following question, which in general is simple, but some details got me confused: A piece of equipment was bought 5 years ago for 100k. Annual depreciation is 10k. In the middle of this fis ...

    4 comments1 Nov 2014 -

  27. Wanted to gauge some responses on an interview question I heard. The interviewer gave about 30~45 mins to work through a potential credit opportunity. The given company is a paint distributor (highly cyclical) and had recently gone through bankruptcy 3 ye ...

    4 comments20 May 2014 -

  28. For a bank research role i was asked to value only this part of the business. Just curious if someone knows how you would go ahead and perform this valuation? I was given no more instruction, I was just ask to come up with a price for this business segmen ...

    4 comments26 Sep 2012 -

  29. Interesting interview Question

    Investment Banking

    I was asked this question- A hypothetical company is like a black box. The blackBox guarantees an inflation adjusted Free Cash Outflow of $100 per month for the next 5 years. There is absolutely no uncertainty around this FCF. What is the EV of the blackB ...

    4 comments6 Apr 2009 -

  30. I have an upcoming interview with G.X. Clarke for full time for a fixed income sales position. They are a fixed income dealer based out of Jersey City. Has anyone interviewed with them or know anything about the firm? Interview question No Yes 161313 3622 ...

    4 comments20 Sep 2008 -

  31. I was hoping if I could look for some advice on this particular question. When asked this question by the interviewer, what kind of distinction can you name that separates the Asset Management Firm that you're interviewing versus all the other ones t ...

    3 comments10 Oct 2016 -

  32. Basic ratio questions?

    Investment Banking

    Two variations on a theme here: 1. Ceteris paribus, will two companies with the same P/E have different EV / EBITDA if one is more highly levered? In which direction? (It's tricky because if the levered company will have a higher EV (same equity valu ...

    3 comments7 Feb 2015 -

  33. Hi, Say for example a Company takes on a lease obligation of $500,000 for 10 years, with an interest rate of 10%. The company must make 10 payments of $81,372.70 (I pulled this off the internet) How do you calculate the payments? And what shows up on the ...

    3 comments11 Sep 2011 -

  34. quick interview question

    Investment Banking

    hey guys, ive been networking real hard for an i-banking SA position for 2011 (sent over 400 emails). two of the emails i sent friday were to MD's from the same boutique in NYC. both replied monday asking me to come into the conference room at their ...

    3 comments30 Nov 2010 -

  35. Interview Question about P/E

    Investment Banking

    Not sure how to answer this question, seems pretty basic but maybe I am overthinking it. Question is "if I had 4 companies, 3 had 10 P/E and 4th had 20 P/E, what's the first thing you would ask?" I know various things can affect the P/E lik ...

    2 comments16 Apr 2016 -

  36. Not sure if this is posted anywhere, but my question is as follows Say Company A acquires 100% of Company B, on Company's B's book, there is a NCI item (which means, B consolidates a company without owning the majority interest of it). When B is ...

    2 comments11 Mar 2016 -

  37. How would you answer this question: How are the markets currently doing? Please explain your answer from a Macro and Micro perspective. Also, what is the yield curve looking like? I know for a fact, I'm going to get asked the above mentioned question ...

    2 comments12 Jan 2016 -

  38. Has anyone ever been asked this? I'm trying to think of a personal example but I can't pinpoint one. Interview question ...

    2 comments10 Mar 2013 -

  39. Interesting Interview Question

    Investment Banking

    So, I just received my FT offer, but I wanted to reflect on some of my interview questions that I received from various banks. Specifically, I wanted to ask your thoughts on this scenario. For a top MM firm, a director asked me to stand up, walk over to h ...

    2 comments16 Oct 2011 -

  40. Hi, I was asked how I would quickly compare two air plane companies (ie Air Canada, Air Transat, etc). One company owned there fleet and the other rented their fleet. I suggested comparing the Company who owned their fleet's EV / EBITDA to the other ...

    2 comments11 Sep 2011 -

  41. FI Sales Interview

    Job Search Advice

    Have an interview for a job in Fixed Income Sales. The role is selling short term fixed income (govi, agency, corp, certain tax exempts) to institutional clients. What kind of questions can I expect? Am I looking at general questions like what is 30 day L ...

    2 comments9 Jan 2011 -

  42. I recently read that if the percentage of EPS accretion/dilution is constant and if you change how you finance the deal (i.e. less debt or more debt used), your interest rate doesn't need to change either. How does that work? The math behind it works ...

    +1 1 comment3 Jul 2019 -

  43. So, I applied to the position about a week ago, and they just got back to me. They told me my resume matched their qualifications but would like me to take a Math Challenge test. I was wondering how difficult it was, and if there are different sections I ...

    +1 1 comment9 Jan 2019 -

  44. Let me shed a bit of light on my question with two examples below: A year ago I interviewed at one of the big boutiques and was handed a BS, the IS and CFS with a basic case study. If I recall correctly, I should evaluate if the company could do an acquis ...

    +1 1 comment10 Dec 2018 -

  45. How would you answer?- Interview Question

    Investing, Markets & Macroeconomics

    You can prepare for hours and days for important interviews, but it's possible to be presented with a question which you don't know the answer to. When this happens, what's the best way to answer? For example, I was presented with the follo ...

    19 Nov 2016 -

  46. Credits to an unknown author (found this stuff on a random FB page). Edit: looks like it's from www.thepoke.co.uk Enjoy. 1. Intro 2. Belching 3. Eye contact 4. Subtlety 5. Facebook photos 6. Interviewer's name 7. AppliCAN 8. Delegating 9. Leader ...

    +3 1 comment15 Jun 2015 -

  47. A firm's Cost of Equity=Rf+Beta*Market Risk Premium. Treasury bill is low risk investment, does Rf decline during recession? Is this firm more sensitive to market change in recession(Beta)? How about Rmarket? I think Market Risk Premium should be low ...

    1 comment7 Apr 2015 -

  48. For this interview question, would it be okay to mention my experience as my senior patrol leader in my boy scout troop? I'm 22 now, and this experience would have happened when I was 15-16. While I know it's bad sometimes to use high school exp ...

    1 comment21 Feb 2015 -

  49. So I had an interview yesterday for an internship opportunity. This interview was a result of a cold call. I believe the interview went very well. I answered all the technical questions, fit questions and felt like I did well on the excel test I took. The ...

    1 comment16 Mar 2016 -

  50. Gents, Have an interview coming up for a real estate hedge fund investing in SFH. Was hoping to get some input on a few questions that could be asked. What factors do you view as most impactful to the valuation of RE assets? What type of market data are y ...

    5 Nov 2012 -