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Sample Interview Questions

How did the credit crisis happen?

Although this can't be summed up in a sentence, paragraph, chapter, or even a book, there were a number of important events that caused and/or fueled the crisis....

How do derivatives work?

Derivatives are financial instruments that derive their value from other more fundamental variables, such as the price movements stocks, bonds, or commodities;...

How many gallons of white house paint are sold in the United States every year?

The "Start Big" approach: If you're not sure where to begin, start with the basic assumption that there are 320 million people in the U.S. (or 30 million businesses,...

How many square feet of pizza are eaten in the United States each month?

Start with the rough figure of 300 million people in America. How many people eat pizza? Let's say 200 million. Now let's say the average pizza-eating person eats...

Sell me something in this room.

The “sell me” question is a popular one on Wall Street, especially in sales and trading interviews. For this one, try picking something other than a pen, which is...

Tell me about a time you failed and what you learned from it.

This is not a fluff question meant to trip you up by surreptitiously getting at some weakness of yours. Instead it's used to find out if you really do learn from...

Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a co-worker and how you dealt with it.

The answer to this question is not, “I’ve never had a conflict.” Inevitably, conflicts arise in the workplace, and employers want to know that you will be able to...

Tell me about a time you were on a team and team member wasn’t pulling his or her weight and how you addressed the situation.

One way to begin this is answer is by saying that you’ve gained a lot of experience leading teams and groups in college and in your past jobs, and have encountered...

Tell me about one of your weaknesses.

This is one of the most difficult questions you may face in a job interview. This question is hard to answer for several reasons. For starters, it’s hard for people...

Tell me about your passion(s).

First, it's important to understand why interviewers often pose this question to job candidates. Here are three possible reasons: 1) To get to know you better and...