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Investment banking interviews are often very technical, testing you on financial concepts not taught in the classroom. The Finance Interview Coach Resources page was created to offer candidates with additional resources to assist in preparing for their interview.

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What do you look for in an investment?

This question is testing your investment philosophy. The typical investment philosophy that is often preferred by investment bankers and private equity investors is deep value plays on companies with a sustainable competitive advantage trading at relatively undervalued multiples,similar to Warren Buffet’s style of investing.

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 […]

Why do you REALLY want to do investment banking?

Sometimes firms will ask this same question again to dive into your real intentions, especially in superdays. Stay calm, and explain your points perhaps in a different manner, showing how you’re hungry and eager to learn and that’s what drives you. You can be more honest in this answer, but once again, focus on what […]

Why do you think formatting is so emphasized?

Formatting is key to build your attention to detail. Consistent formatting is key to maintaining professionalism with clients and teaches analysts to build their eye to detail and to notice any minor matters that may be off.

Pitch me a stock.

Feel free to take 1-2 minutes with your answer. It’s important to avoid stocks that everybody knows, such as Apple, Netflix, Alphabet (Google), etc. This is because pitching these commonly known stocks might be interpreted as a lack of knowledge of the intricacies of the stock market. On the other hand, if you pitch a […]

Let’s say you just created a model in Excel. How do you check it?

The best way to check your model is to print it out and check if there are any errors. It may be overwhelming to look over a model you worked on very long on a screen and printing it out, will make it easier to synthesize the information. As well, you can put in formulas […]