INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: JPMorgan, M&A, internship

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QUESTION: 

Why are you looking for an internship in Investment Banking?

ANSWER GIVEN: 

Firstly, I want to gain an extensive understanding of how to analyze financial statements and how to value companies. I want to be part of a specialist team helping companies with complex business strategy issues using our expertise in financial analysis. - I want a career where I have the opportunity to continually grow – in terms of personal and career developments through on-the-job trainings and learning from the brightest and highly driven colleagues. A career that shows belief in new recruits by providing them with immediate significant responsibilities within teams right from the very start, and a career recognises and rewards outstanding individuals as well as teams with greater responsibilities. - The internship is the last piece of the puzzle for me as it would enable me to receive unrivalled first-hand experience in the industry. I would gain invaluable inside knowledge of the structure of an Investment Bank. I am confident that my personal qualities, education and past work experience will enable me to make an immediate contribution to the bank and its clients. - Whether or not I am fortunate enough to pursue a career in IB, I know that the few months spent at JP Morgan as an intern at the forefront of the financial industry, would provide the greatest experience of my life and would prepare me to overcome any future challenges.

QUESTION: 

Why do M&As happen?

ANSWER GIVEN: 

Gaining a firm foothold in new markets, in terms of either product or geographic location or both; gaining new technology, know-how and experienced employees; purchasing brand name or capturing a niche market segment; gaining economies of scales and synergies, becoming a major player in the industry – and similarly to remove competition.

QUESTION: 

What are your 3 main strengths?

ANSWER GIVEN: 

I have shown great self-motivation in learning risk on my own, by planning my time carefully and putting in time and effort to learn and master the software on top of a heavy schedule. In the end, I achieved first class honours for the course. - I have demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills while working in my marketing project, by arranging informal meetings, such as lunch and dinner, on top of formal weekly meetings. In the end, I achieved upper second class honours for the course. - I have demonstrated excellent quantitative and analytical ability by achieving first class honours in both my Operational Research courses.

QUESTION: 

What is your greatest weakness?

ANSWER GIVEN: 

Sometimes I am guilt of trying to take on too much work and responsibility - rather I should delegate some tasks to colleagues and trust them more so that we work more efficiently and build better teamwork.

QUESTION: 

What motivates you?

ANSWER GIVEN: 

Being recognised for achieving success – knowing that all my hard work and efforts are valued and contribute to a successful end result. Exceeding people’s expectations. Knowing that I will be challenged and will continually grow - and have learnt a lot during my time spent at work.

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We cannot guarantee the authenticity of these questions nor the accuracy of the answers: they are what one candidate claims to have been asked by JPMorgan and have not been verified by the bank.

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