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What makes a good model?

A good model is one that is thought through with great detail and logic. Any model that deals with intrinsic valuation such a DCF is based off numerous assumptions and the modeler must be able to back up their assumptions and logic when asked. A good model is one that can be explained with sound [&h...
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Why not private equity?

Although some candidates may be interested in private equity, it’s important to speak to your interest in investment banking. The focus should be talking about all the advantages of investment banking, rather than talking about the disadvantages of private equity. For example, maybe you enjoy the ...
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Why shouldn’t we hire you?

This is a trick question to test your confidence in being hired. Rather than making up reasons you shouldn’t be hired, you should say “there’s no reason you shouldn’t hire me.” Then you can list the reasons why they should hire you, similar to the answer above, and give examples for each o...
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