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Finance Interview Questions and Answers

Finance Interview Questions and Answers

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Finance Interview Questions and Answers
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Finance interview questions and answers
Some of the most common interview questions for an investment banking interviewinclude (some are a bit on the tough side but they DO come up very often, increasingly asa means of trimming down the candidate lists as the finance graduate job market getsharsher):1.How many degrees (if any) are there in the angle between the hour and the minutehands of a clock when the time is a quarter past three? [Typically asked duringinvestment banking interviews for entry level investment banking graduate jobs]2.Find the smallest positive integer that leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by 2,a remainder of 2 when divided by 3, a remainder of 3 when divided by 4,... and aremainder of 9 when divided by 10 [Asked during interviews for quantitativefinance jobs]3.Two standard options have exactly the same features, expect that one has longmaturity, and the other has short maturity. Which one has the higher gamma?[Typically asked during interviews for bank derivatives trading jobs]4.How do you calculate an option's delta? [Asked during investment bankinginterviews for derivatives trading jobs]5.When can hedging an options position make you take on more risk? [Typicallyasked during interviews for trading jobs]6.Are you better off using implied standard deviation or historical standarddeviation to forecast volatility? Why? [Asked during interviews for quantitativefinance jobs]7.Describe "duration" and "convexity". Describe their properties and uses[Typically asked during investment banking interviews for graduate investment banking jobs]8.Two players A and B play a marble game. Each player has both a red and a bluemarble. They present one marble to each other. If both present red, A wins $3. If  both present blue, A wins $1. If the colors do not match, B wins $2. Is it better to be A or B, or does it matter? [Asked during interviews for quantitative finance or derivatives jobs]9.How do you "value" yourself? Here "value" means in financial terms [Typicallyasked during interviews for MBA finance jobs or experienced banking hires]10.What distinguishes you from other candidates we might hire? [Typically askedduring investment banking interviews for graduate investment banking vacancies]11.If you could go on a cross-country car trip with any three people, who would youchoose? Why? [Typically asked during interviews for corporate finance / mergers& acquisitions banking jobs]12.Tell be about a stock you like or hate and why [Asked by job interviewers for anyaccounting, finance or job!]13.What is the difference between default and prepayment risk? [Typically askedduring interviews for credit jobs / risk management jobs]

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