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Behavioral Interview Guide
Preparation for Finance Interviews
Second Edition

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Table of Contents
BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWS...................................................................................................................................................... 3 GENERAL TIPS ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3 PREPARATION...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 THE ONE QUESTION YOU WILL GET... GUARANTEED ....................................................................................................... 8 INDUSTRY ...................................................................................................................................................................................10 ABOUT YOU ................................................................................................................................................................................19 SITUATIONAL ............................................................................................................................................................................37 TRICKY ........................................................................................................................................................................................48 OTHER .........................................................................................................................................................................................52 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR INTERVIEWER .........................................................................................................................54

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Behavioral Interviews
General Tips
Most candidates approaching finance interviews stress over the technical questions. However, answering a behavioral question in a “less than desirable way” or fumbling around without a legitimate answer can do even more damage than missing a technical question. Analysts will spend 80+ hours per week with their co-workers, so proving you are someone they will enjoy being around is more important than proving you know how to work your way through a discounted cash flow model. That does not mean that we suggest you not thoroughly prepare for the technical aspect of the interview as well! Once you get the job, your firm will put you through a rigorous training session. Your company will assume you have little prior financial knowledge so they are not looking for the next finance wizard or CFO — they are looking for someone they will be comfortable working with for the next two years and who will be able to handle the demands of the job. First impressions are crucial so as you walk through the door and give your interviewer a firm handshake, make sure to wear a friendly smile and relax if you are nervous. You won’t die, we promise. Try to turn any nervousness into positive energy that can be interpreted as enthusiasm for the position. The person across the table could be sitting there for eight straight hours interviewing 16 kids in a row. He/she will get bored if there is no passion in your voice and no conviction in your speech. This is not the time to blend into the crowd. Interviewers...
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