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Investment Banking Interviewing

Posted 11.1.2007

LIVE from Weatherhead School of Management, It’s a Mock Interview

Are you prepared for your Investment Banking interview?

The MS Finance group organized an event in October during their Professional Speaker Series to host a Live Mock Interview.  During the live mock interview, two employers from the Cleveland area investment banking community interviewed two MS Finance students in front of their peers and invited guests.  The learning experience was vividly seen by all who attended and prompted us to share some of the questions asked.

  • Why are you interested in investment banking?
  • Tell of a situation where you applied your course work to a work situation?
  • Identify some challenges in determining the value of a company?  What was the result of the pitch?
  • Walk us through how depreciation shows up on the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statements.
  • What is the most interesting M&A deal you have seen in the market recently and why?
  • What are your expectations of the job as a first year analyst/associate?
  • How much time do you think you’ll spend on writing?  What experience do you have in business writing?  Do you have a sample of your writing?
  • Give us an example of a high stress time in your life and how you handled it?
  • Do you read the Wall Street Journal?  What other materials/publications do you find useful?
  • Why would a company go public? Private?
  • How might a credit crunch have an impact on M&A business?
  • What would the effect to a buyer be if a company puts more equity into a deal?
  • How do you calculate working capital?

The students did a fabulous job under the pressure of interviewing in front of an audience.  Once the two 15 minute interviews were complete, the employers offered their constructive feedback and comments to the students:

  • Be succinct and clear about why you are interested in investment banking
  • Be concise and able to articulate your answers
  • Have 1-2 points for each answer and deliver in 2-3 minutes
  • Have plenty of prepared questions to ask the interviewers
  • Find a way to get your 2-3 selling points across to the employer

Please remember the interview process is one for both the interviewer and the interviewee.  The organization must be as much of a fit for you as you are for them.

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