In our recent informal survey, being an equity research analyst was ranked as one of the most stressful jobs on Wall Street, finishing just behind the ranks of investment bankers, traders and compliance officers. The interview is no picnic either. Whether on the buy or sell side, expect a wide range of questions that will touch on market specifics and a number of hypotheticals. You should also expect an inquiry or two about your grandmother, apparently.
Below is a list of questions asked of full-time and internship equity research candidates on both the buy and sell side. They were asked of applicants over the last two years.