COVID-era interview questions at banks and hedge funds


By Sarah Butcher | eFinancial Careers

Investment banks might be hesitant about hiring too much experienced talent right now, but junior recruitment is proceeding as normal. Hirevue interviews have been underway since late July and virtual super days and Zoom interviews abound.

For the most part, the interview questions being asked are the same as usual: if you’re applying for a markets role you’ll almost certainly need an opinion on how to invest $1m+; if you’re applying for a corporate finance role you’ll need to know how to explain a DCF to your 80 year-old grandmother.

Peppered in among the questions students say they’re being asked at banking interviews this year, however, are questions specifically related to the pandemic. As we noted in May, you’ll also need a good story about how you’ve handled the pandemic personally and have used it as a chance to ‘grow’ etc etc.

You might also want to prepare answers to the questions below, which recent interviewees claim to have been asked in postings on Wall Street Oasis and Glassdoor. As ever, some of wildest/most philosophical questions are being asked at hedge fund Bridgewater, where some people have been working in the woods since the pandemic began…

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