Authentic killer questions used in financial services interviews
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Below, in no particular order, are the questions we’ve been sent so far. Click on the links below to read the answers, and the context they were asked in.
What do you struggle with most at work?
The interviewer didn’t ask me any questions at all! – Surely the most difficult question ever?
“I propose a game, you throw a dice just once, if you get a 1 I give you 1, if you get a 2 I gave you 2, … if you get a 6 I give you 6. What’s the fair value of this game?”
Define a moral dilemma ? Give an example of a time you have faced a moral dilemma? How did you know it was a moral dilemma and what was the outcome?
How many tennis balls are there in China?
A stock is trading at $100 and in a year’s time it will either double to $200 or halve to $50…
If a colleague had to give one of your worst features, what would it be?.
How would you react if I told you that your interview, so far, was badly at this point? And how would you rate me as an interviewer?.
Tell me why I shouldn’t outsource your job to India
How do you calculate VaR, and what are its parameters?
Have you ever had a disagreement with your boss over an issue at work? What was the outcome?
If you were an animal other than a human, what animal would you want to be?
Of the clients you said you might be able to bring with you, how many of them would you, using your mobile, be able to phone now and speak to directly?
You have a junior team and need to manage a project that is forecast to be unprofitable and that is not meeting the client’s expectations
Identify up to 3 of your worst business decisions and discuss what you learned from them.
If your friends, not your colleagues, were sitting round the table of this room, what would they be saying about you?
If your boss was asked to provide three criticisms of you, what would he say?
Where do you see yourself in three years’ time in our organisation?
Explain gamma to me as you would explain it to your grandmother.
What’s the difference between a UK/European Option and a US Option?
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