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interview questions - TheNewYorkTimes 4/4,2007

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The New York Times 4/4, 2007 Answering the Unanswerable: Tips for  That First Interview  By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED FEW investment-bank careers today begin like that of Michael Lewis, as  he described it two decades ago in his book “Liar’s Poker”: a dinner with  British royalty, “wet scrambled eggs” with a director of recruiting and a  London job offer given sotto voce.  Most graduate business school students today need to run a gantlet of  interviews with recruiters, a process that has not gotten easier over the  years. Officials at several business schools said they began preparing  students for the recruiting method even before they stepped on campus.  Much of a business student’s life is consumed with networking at cocktail  parties, poring over the histories and specialties of the different banks  and visiting scores of headquarters to observe the daily rituals of each  firm. But the focus for students remains the interview, generally a 45- minute session with a recruiter that has been known to provoke a few  anxiety attacks. Questions can be divided into two broad categories. One is technical:  “Organize these three companies by their betas,” or “Walk me through  how you would value this company in a prospective strategic merger.” The other assesses personality. Maryellen Lamb, Wharton’s senior  associate director of M.B.A. career management, calls it “the airport  test.” That is, would a banker feel comfortable spending hours in a 
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