Can You Ace a Wall Street Interview? 10 Sample Questions
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By Linette Lopex And Lisa Du,
Business Insider
February 24, 2012

As internship recruiting season wraps up around college campuses, we decided to revisit the nerves and nightmares of the interview session.

We surveyed some current analysts about the classic and ridiculous questions they were asked when applying to the Wall Street internship that got them to their current position.

Don't take the standard questions for granted. Something as simple as, "what is investment banking?" can back you into a corner if you don't stay cool and confident. (Note: if you get that one, explain i-banking is a service that provides advice to clients on capital raising and M&A).

As for the ridiculous questions — just get ready for anything.

1. How would you fight a bear?
This is an example of an absurd situational questions, here's your shot to be a problem solver.
Source: Investment banking analyst

2. Baye's theorem
One asset management analyst gives us this question:
1) We are playing Russian roulette, with a standard 6-chamber revolver. I put two bullets in adjacent chambers, spin, point the gun at my head, and pull the trigger. Click. I'm still alive. It's now your turn, and I hand the gun to you, and give you two choices.

Would you rather, assuming you want to live,

a) Re-spin, aim at your own head and pull the trigger.
b)  Do not spin, aim at your own head, and pull the trigger.


Source: Investment management analyst

3. Sell me my blackberry
This an example of a Pitch Question, it's your chance to show you're a good salesman
Source: S&T analyst

4. My bank wants to send me to Shanghai, but my wife refuses to move there. Pretend I'm my wife, sell the new position in Shanghai to me and convince me to move to China.

While this may seem random the analysts and interns told BI that they were often prepared for the standard questions by their career centers and mentors, so don't be afraid to ask for advice.
Source: S&T analyst

5. How would you kill a giraffe?
Sorry, PETA.
Source: Investment banking analyst

6. There's a 10x10x10 cube made of 1,000 1x1x1 cubes if you get rid of the outer layer of cubes how many do you have left?

Remember, you're only getting rid of cubes on the outside layer.

Source: Former M&A analyst