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Unformatted text preview: What Questions To Expect Students who responded to our survey suggested preparing for the following subjects and questions: Your view on the direction of the market Stories in that days Wall Street Journal Levels of major market indices, macroeconomic factors, key commodities (DOW, NASDAQ, interest rates, oil price) Stock picks (one to buy, one to sell) What is the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model? How to value a company, using: DCF, public comparables, acquisition comparables. Great website: http://www.netaxs.com/~bps/business_valuations.htm What does an investment banker/trader/salesperson do? Recent mergers and acquisitions. Why: Duke? Your major? Finance? This job & position? Our firm? What is our firms current stock price? Brainteasers, e.g., Why is a manhole cover round?, How many gas stations are there in the United States?, How many golf balls would you need to fill this room? (Its hard to prepare for these. Hint : think out loud.) Questions about anything & everything on your resum. What questions do you have for us? The Hardest Question We asked students for some of the hardest questions they received. Here are some responses: Why do you want to be an investment banker? Give an example of when you worked well in a team / demonstrated innovative thinking What are your greatest strengths? And weaknesses? Why arent you an economics major? or Why did you major in Economics? What do you get if you multiply 27 x 33? Its TimeThe Interview Itself Dress professionally, and conservatively: suit, dress shoes, appropriate length skirt. Bring: a portfolio with notepad (purchase at bookstore); copies of your resum; pen. Dont be afraid to say I dont know. Be sure to get your interviewers names. Be yourself. Within 24 hours of the interview, send a short, polite thank-you note to your interviewers. Email is usually fine for this....
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- Spring '06