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Apollo Global Management Interview Questions

To help you prepare for an Apollo Global Management job interview, here are 27 interview questions and answer examples.

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What software programs do you use in your current work and how adaptable would you say that you are in learning and using new programs?

How to Answer

Overall, your interviewer is simply looking to hear that you have a good grasp on programs to use to make you more efficient in your work and to do this, talk open and honestly about the programs that you currently use and talk about in what context that you use them. If at all possible with this role, try to research what additional programs you may have to learn if given this opportunity to join Apollo Global Management and reassure your interviewer that your computer skills are fluent enough to pickup quickly if needed.

Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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27 Apollo Global Management Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What software programs do you use in your current work and how adaptable would you say that you are in learning and using new programs?

      How to Answer

      Overall, your interviewer is simply looking to hear that you have a good grasp on programs to use to make you more efficient in your work and to do this, talk open and honestly about the programs that you currently use and talk about in what context that you use them. If at all possible with this role, try to research what additional programs you may have to learn if given this opportunity to join Apollo Global Management and reassure your interviewer that your computer skills are fluent enough to pickup quickly if needed.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

      1st Answer Example

      "In my current role, I currently use a program called Zendesk that is an interactive customer support tool. When we started to use this tool a little over a year ago, I was very quick to learn and utilize all of the great functions of the program and have since become a trainer for new staff that join our team. As well, I'm very fluent in the entire Microsoft suite of products and would consider myself an expert on the Outlook, Excel and Word programs."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

      2nd Answer Example

      "I consider myself very agile when it comes to using and appreciating the vast amount of software that is available to Financial Advisors today. In my current role, I solely use RightCapital as a financial advising tool with my clients. I really love its ability to help in the budgeting and comprehensive planning processes with my clients. I'm also very familiar with the MoneyGuidePro tool and have used it successfully in the past. If hired for this role, you can consider me an open book when it comes to learning and effectively utilizing any programs needed."

  • 2. Our customers rely on our services outside of normal business hours. Are you able to work a flexible schedule if hired for this position?

      How to Answer

      Because financial clients can be in need outside of the standard 9-5 business hours, this position with Apollo Global Management may require the need for you to be flexible with your schedule to accommodate the business needs of the position. Prior to applying for the position, Apollo Global Management should have posted the expected hours for position for you to have an idea of what will be expected. When answering this question, it is best to be open and honest about what particular needs that you have for expected work hours. As well, it is acceptable to ask follow up questions regarding the work schedule if you need further clarification.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

      1st Answer Example

      "I am able to work a pretty flexible work schedule and have been used to doing this in my current role for the past six years. If I understand the expected hours for this position correctly, it sounds like the standard hours will be 8:00am to 5:00pm on most days with a rotating schedule to help cover evening hours up until 8:00pm and some rotating Saturday coverage as well. Is this correct?"

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

      2nd Answer Example

      "Having worked a flexible schedule that included early morning hours and hours into the evening, I am very open to a flexible schedule for this position. The only clarification I would need is how a schedule is determined and when I would find out about upcoming schedules if hired for this position. We do have a young child that we would need to plan daycare schedules for and so my spouse and I could coordinate pick ups and drop offs from daycare. Can you shed light on how scheduling works for this position?"

  • 3. Here at Apollo Global Management, we are expecting someone with strong leadership skills to take this role. How would you describe your management style?

      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, try to take a long, hard look inside your skills and styles as a leader of others and prepare to present the best management style possible to your interviewer that fits the role that you are interviewing for with Apollo Global Management. Your answer should also involve solid research into the culture of Apollo Global Management and the details of the role you are interviewing for. Some important things to touch on are your ability to promote a team atmosphere and your ability to delegate responsibilities when necessary.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

      1st Answer Example

      "My overall management style is the belief in building a positive team atmosphere. I'm a firm believer that each person and role brings a specific skill set to the ocverall goals and purpose of a team and I promote a team based atmosphere by larifying everyone's role on the team, keeping every person's objectives clear, rewarding great performers on the team and holding people accountable for their actions. If hired for this role at Apollo Global Management, you can be assured that my promotion of a team based atmosphere would help achieve even higher goals than you have set right now."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

      2nd Answer Example

      "I think that it is crucial for a leader of others to be flexible in their style rather than relying on just one of the canned management styles. I'd like to highlight my abilities to lead as being a manager that works to grow and develop my staff to help them achieve their career goals and a leader who is able to provide direction and authority when the time for it arises. By knowing my team well and promoting our goals, I have the ability to assign work to the right people and follow through with my team on meeting all objective necessary."

  • 4. One huge philosophy that we believe in at Apollo Global Management is professional development. How have you worked to develop yourself professionally throughout your career?

      How to Answer

      In an ever-changing field like financial services, Apollo Global Management knows that professional growth and development is vital to them staying at the forefront of their industry. For this question, your interviewer is looking to ensure that your values surrounding professional development match the values of the company. Use this question as an opportunity for you to highlight the many ways that you grow and develop yourself to be the best that you can be in your career. Highlight any continuing education you have completed, any societies or groups that you belong to and any publications that you read on a regular basis that will prove to your interviewer that you aren't comfortable being stagnant in your career.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 5. What is your familiarity with debt-to-equity ratios and what would you consider a good debt-to-equity ratio?

      How to Answer

      For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you understand the basics of calculating a debt-to-equity ratio and why it is used. In your answer, be sure that you talk about the ratiosd importance in considering debt financing. As well, if you have familiarity with ifferent industries and what is considered a reasonable ratio for each industry, be sure to talk about that as well because what is considered reasonable can differ widely between industries.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 6. If you were having an interaction with a client here at Apollo Global Management and you weren't able to answer their question or solve their problem on your own, how would you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      As the forward facing client services representative with Apollo Global Management, you may be asked serious financial or market related questions that either don't know or aren't qualified to answer. In those situations, you will be expected to explain to the customer how that question will be answered and then deliver a timeline on when it can be answered. In the end, the customer wants to know the clear path to ease their mind and it will be your job to do just that.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 7. Here at Apollo Global Management, we are often brought in to consult with clients on ensuring accounting accuracy in their practices. What tricks, tips and tools will you be able to bring to our clients to help them ensure accuracy?

      How to Answer

      In looking to join Apollo Global Management as an accounting expert, their clients will be looking to you to help alter their accounting practices to ensure the best accuracy possible. While there are many ways you can answer this question, ensure that your interviewer walks away knowing that you can bring a unique expertise to the team at Apollo Global Management by highlighting some ways that you've helped businesses become more accurate in their accounting practices in your past. As always, keep an open mind to perfecting your craft and learning new things along the way as well.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 8. Apollo Global Management strives for client loyalty to keep us running strong into the future. What do you feel are the keys to retaining clients for the long haul?

      How to Answer

      Businesses in financial advising are constantly pushing the limits to ensure that they retain clients and Apollo Global Management doesn't take client retention lightly. One slip up and a high profile client will be taking their business to a competitor. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you understand your role in the customer retention equation and how you take pride in that in your everyday work. Make sure to hit on the point that doing the small things, like prompt communication and follow up, go a long way towards keeping clients happy.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 9. At Apollo Global Management, your job as a Risk Analyst would entail keeping a close eye on interest rates for our clients. How do you think interest rates will trend in the next year?

      How to Answer

      While your interviewer knows that predicting this question isn't an exact science, they will be looking to hear that you consider all variables possible in your answer to make the best determination possible. To be successful in this role with Apollo Global Management, your future clients will rely on your ability to forecast interest rates at times and you need to have the ability to do so with the right knowledge in hand. When answering, make sure that you use a methodical approach and explain each step in the process.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 10. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

      How to Answer

      You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.



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  • 11. We want our advising team at Apollo Global Management to be happy and healthy. How do you manage the day to day stress of being a financial advisor?

      How to Answer

      The daily stressors of a career in financial advising can be burdensome, overwhelming and lead to burnout on the job. To get a sense that you can handle stress in a safe and healthy manner and be able to come to work each day with a clean slate, your interviewer is looking to delve into your personal life a bit to see how you manage stress. When answering, you can certainly talk about the things you do on the job to keep as stress free as possible, but also be sure to talk about the things that you do outside of work to avoid burnout. Point out that you have the resources and ability to care for yourself to keep you at the top of your game on the job.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 12. Think back over your career up to today and tell me about the most difficult day on the job you encountered. What made the day difficult and how did you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      We've all had our share of difficult days on the job and how we handle those days in particular can really make or break where our careers go in that position or with that company. Think of a particular day ahead of your interview that really outlines your ability to handle adversity and proves that you were able to handle it with grace rather than turning your uniform in and heading home for the day. Another important piece of your answer should be discussing what lessons you learned from that particular day moving forward that you still carry with you to this day.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 13. At Apollo Global Management, we pride ourselves on providing the best overall customer experience. Talk about your customer service experience and explain why it will help our clients here.

      How to Answer

      In the financial services industry, overall client experience is a major predictor of business growth and the team at Apollo Global Management takes the overall client experience seriously. For this question, your interviewer will be looking for you to expand upon your customer service experience past what they can see from your resume. To seal the deal for your interview, try to talk about times that you have went above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best service possible for a customer.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 14. The day-to-day life at Apollo Global Management can be hectic and stressful at times. If hired for this role, how would you keep yourself motivated when working with stressed colleagues and pushy clients?

      How to Answer

      The daily life at Apollo Global Management is naturally very fast paced and because of that, both the colleagues and the clients that you may be working with have potential to be stressed, needy and downright mean at times. For this question, your interviewer is looking to get a sense that you would be able to work in this type of environment. In your answer, talk about the fact that you are cognizant of what this job entails as far as personal interactions go and talk about times where you have worked successfully through situations like this in the past. As well, don't hesitate to talk about your own personality traits that help you thrive in these types of situations.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 15. At Apollo Global Management, we expect our accounting professionals to be adaptable to working with clients across many different businesses and industries. Why would you say that you have the ability to adapt your knowledge and skills across different i

      How to Answer

      Throughout your career up to this point, you may have experience that falls within one specific industry or your experience could span across many different industries. Your interview has a very good sense of your background based on your resume, so they're ideally looking to hear you explain how your experience can be applied to accounting departments across all different businesses and industries that you'll potentially be working with in this role. Prior to your interview, be sure to do your homework on Apollo Global Management and their clients and be able to talk about your ability to work with those clients effectively.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 16. At Apollo Global Management, our clients look to us to help find new and creative ways to save tax dollars. Have you ever had a unique situation where you helped an organization save tax dollars through your work and insight?

      How to Answer

      Apollo Global Management is a trusted advisor to their clients on their corporate and small business taxes and your potential work in this position will put you in a position to be creative with your clients. Prior to your interview, think of a time in your work history where you can demonstrate the situation for the organization and came up with a creative tax savings solution for them. Upon answering this question, make sure that your interviewer walks away from your time together knowing that you have the ability to create solutions for clients that make a real difference.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 17. If you joined the team here at Apollo Global Management, how would you build relationships with those that you would be working closely with?

      How to Answer

      For this question, your interviewer will be looking to get the sense that you would be proactive about getting to know your colleagues and fitting into the culture of the organization. Use a personal approach to talk about ways that you have done this in the past and how you would do it if hired for this position. Talk about the importance of relationship building in your line of work and how it helps the overall good of the organization if you take the initiative to do this.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 18. As a consultant here at Apollo Global Management, you will have the opportunity to work with many accounting departments on tax filing for their business. When called upon, how would you go about verifying the accuracy of an accounting department?

      How to Answer

      No matter the size of the business and their accounting department, human error can lead to costly mistakes down the road if accuracy is not verified on the financial statements and books of a company that you would be consulting in this role. In your answer, talk specifically about your methods for verifying data entry and make it clear to your interviewer that this a step that you do not take lightly or overlook.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 19. We pride ourselves on our interdepartmental teamwork here at Apollo Global Management. If hired for this role, what kind of team player could we expect you to be?

      How to Answer

      In the financial world, teamwork at an organization is the key to success and life at Apollo Global Management is no different. As you talk about your abilities and experiences in being a great team player, try to highlight certain themes like building trust, gaining respect and being a subject matter expert as part of a larger team. Don't hesitate to show flexibility in your ability to both lead others and be lead by others and use examples of times that you've done both. To seal your answer for this question, talk about your desire to work as part of a team and do your research on this position to find out what types of colleagues you will be working with.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 20. Take a couple of minutes to sell this notepad to me.

      How to Answer

      To be successful in the financial advising field, one top key to success is your ability to sell your service to your clients. For this task, your interviewer will slide a notepad (or other item) to you across the table and ask you to sell it to them. First and foremost, your interviewer will be looking for you to project confidence in your pitch and your ability to find their own needs in what they're looking for in a notepad while you give them your pitch. As you sell them the notepad, be sure that you are confident, creative and that you ask questions of them. Overall, see this question as a fun opportunity to show your advising skills in a very nontraditional way and it will be a success for you.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 21. To help us understand your need for initial training and orientation in this role with Apollo Global Management, can you tell me what financial software you have familiarity working on?

      How to Answer

      Financial software, in particular software geared towards financial analysis, is widely available to the industry with many options available for use. While this won't be a make it or break it question to see if you are experienced with the program that Apollo Global Management utilizes, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have experience on some of the available systems and that you are ready and willing to take on the challenge of learning something new if hired for this role. In the end in answering this question, make sure that you reiterate that you have the ability and the desire to learn a new program if needed to be successful in this role.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 22. Accuracy is important to us at Apollo Global Management. Do you always double check or proofread your work?

      How to Answer

      Double checking and proofreading are essential parts of a job well done. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to submitting good, clean, work.

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  • 23. If hired to this role here at Apollo Global Management, what do you see as one initial hurdle you will have to overcome in your first weeks on the job?

      How to Answer

      At the heart of this question, your interviewer is asking you to take an honest look inside of yourself to discuss what you feel is the biggest learning curve you will have if offered this position. This will give your interviewer a sense of how to handle your onboarding process if hired for the position and give them a sense that you have the ability to see what your biggest need would be. Similar to the what is your greatest weakness question, the key to answering this question is humbly pointing out a flaw that you may see and making a plan for how you will overcome that flaw.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 24. What types of compensation structures have you worked under in the past and do you have any expectations for this role with Apollo Global Management?

      How to Answer

      Compensation for Financial Advisors can vary from a straight salary, straight commission, salary plus bonus or a fee-only structure. You can speak openly and honestly to your interview about the types of compensation you have received throughout your career up to this point, but it is always important to do your research on Apollo Global Management and how they pay their advisors when you elaborate on the compensation model that suits you best. In the end, it is important to match your expectations with the compensation structure of Apollo Global Management.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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  • 25. How do you believe your coworkers would describe you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how you are seen by your colleagues. Select approximately three words that truly define who you are. Be sure to choose words that radiate positive thoughts!

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  • 26. When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?

      How to Answer

      It is a great skill to have when you can approach a problem in a new way. Discuss with the interviewer your ability to approach a problem using modern methods.

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  • 27. A key task in this role with Apollo Global Management is assessing an organization's weighted average cost of capital. Are you familiar with WACC calculations and when have you used them in the past if you are?

      How to Answer

      Whether you have direct experience with WACC calculation or not, the first important thing that your interviewer will be looking for is that you understand all of the values that are used to calculate it and why it is important to calculate. Be sure to explain your understanding of the calculation. Then, if you do have experience, talk about the context of the work that you did surrounding utilizing WACC calculation and what resources you used to ensure that accurate data was used in the calculation.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on April 22nd, 2020

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