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Top 10 Equity Trader Interview Questions
1. Why do you want to be a trader?
Equity Trader
November 26th, 2014

In finance, equity trading is the buying and selling of company stock shares. Shares in large publicly-traded companies are bought and sold through one of the major stock exchanges, such as the New York Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange or Tokyo Stock Exchange, which serve as managed auctions for stock trades. Stock shares in smaller public companies are bought and sold in over-the-counter (OTC) markets.
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Equity Trader Interview Questions
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
 
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I have good knowledge about my profession I am ready to accepting challenge,
 
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Since an equity dealer need to have good communication skill I think I posses it well.
 
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Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
 
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Well entering the field as an equity trader is one of the tough decisions that I have given a lot of thought. I understand that this is a tough environment and success is everything in this business. However, this is something that I love to do, and I do not want to regret later on in not taking a chance and cotamplating what could have been.
 
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While changing the previous company.
 
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What are the US Equity Market Hours?
 
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According to indian time frame its open 12:30PM to 1:30Pm and colse about 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
 
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What previous experience do you have as an Equity Trader?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am fresher but has a basic knowledge about how trading happens, because I have done internship at BMA wealth creators for the period of 3 months.
 
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Well I have studied technical analysis and everything about trading on my own. I have opened a brokerage account with Optionhouse and I began to trade my sophomore year, I have to be honest it wasn't successful in beginning but recently I have devised an entry and exit plan for myself and I have been testing the strategy.
 
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What are your career goals?
 
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I want to become finance manger.
 
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First to got the experience in particular stock market company and to enhance the knowledge of stock market and then achieve the higher position..
 
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Tell me about a time you took a risk.
 
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While for a presentation at post graduation level, was given only 33 minutes to make one & organize team for the presentation.
 
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I took risk when I first selected a stock to buy.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Because my educational field is as per your job requirment.
 
2.
Adaptable and enthusiastic to learn.
 
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Describe your specific skills related to this job.
 
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I know different types of charts & to analyse their performance, I also hold certifications related to this job.
 
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I am an investor, I do invest in mutual fund. I have an idea how mutual fund and stock market is interrelated.
 
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How do you handle stress?
 
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Completing my targets according to priorities of time.
 
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Pressure leads to stress, so firstly I ll try to avoid pressure by completing the work on time.
 
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What company do you want to work for?
 
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I would like to work for a company that is not too far from the place of residence, where I have similar interests to that of my colleagues and where I can do what I love to do, which is to trade. A place where I can exchange ideas and where people accept me for who I am.
 
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Define risk. What is the riskiest thing you've ever done?
 
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Risk is the possibility of an event occurring that is opposite of what one expects it to be. The biggest risk that I have taken was my sophomore year when I invested in couple of risky stocks. Unfortunately this was during the debt ceiling crisis and I lost $800 in the process. However, I think it was a positive experience because I ended up experiencing and knowing the importance of risk and that one always needs to protect their position before thinking about potential gains.
 
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Pitch me an equity trading idea that is purely based on macroeconomics.
 
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Well never fight the Fed. During the easy money policies when interest rates are low, it is good time to invest in small cap stocks because they tend to outperform the large-cap stocks.
 
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An equity trading idea that is purely based on macroeconomics?
 
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How are your communication skills?
 
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I believe that I have excellent communication skills. One of my management professors taught me the importance of communications. One great trick is to ask a questions about the directions, or when someone gives you orders, you retell the orders to the person to make sure that none of the details are missed.
 
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Do you have previous experience as an Equity Trader?
 
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I have a small amount of experience when it comes to equity trading. Everything that I have learned and any knowledge that I have accumulated was mostly on my own. However, I want to know more and I am eager to learn and apply my knowledge to the financial markets.
 
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I yet to have experience as equity trader but I have 3 decades of equity investing.
 
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