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Equity Trader Interview Questions

1. Tell me about a time you took a risk.
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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.
Source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Equity_trading

Equity Trader Interview Questions

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What are the US Equity Market Hours?

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I can say I took a risk of joining MBA course as my graduation marks were bit low.But that risk resulted into the most important and right decision as got an MBA degree without any hassle.
 
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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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#3 of 15

Why are you the best candidate for us?

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Because I will give my best to develop your company.
 
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I have good knowledge about my profession I am ready to accepting challenge,
 

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#4 of 15

Why should we hire you?

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I have good communication and technical knowledge.
 
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You may have many other options for this position to select. But I dont know about the rest. What I believe that I meet the minimum requirement for this position, but I am able to do my job at its best requirement. Apart from this my words cannot justify my actions unless I am give an opportunity to perform. So I will be privileged if you avail me this opportunity.
 

Education Requirements

A bachelor's degree is usually required to become an equity trader. Good majors for aspiring equity traders include business, finance, economics and related subjects. Earning a graduate degree in one of these areas can open up more job opportunities since many employers look upon advanced degrees favorably.

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#5 of 15

Why do you want to be a trader?

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I would like be a trader because is an interesting job. I am in the last face of my master and I am seeking for a challenging position which will offer me a prosperous carreer. During this year I have devoloped a solid background in economics and finance and I think that working as a trader is the ideal for me.
 
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Iam fresher, I have only therotical knoweldge,I don't have any experence,I want become financial anlysist .according my view this is the stong basment my carrer build in futuer.
 

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#6 of 15

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.
 

Work Environment

Equity traders work on the stock market buying and selling securities, or stock. Equity trading involves market analysis, strategic thinking and risk taking. Strong computer and communication skills are required, as well as a knowledge of finance history.

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#7 of 15

What previous experience do you have as an Equity Trader?

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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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#8 of 15

What are your career goals?

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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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I want to become finance manger.
 

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#9 of 15

Describe your specific skills related to this job.

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Best execution skill and enormous product knowledge.
 
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I can handle clients n having analytic views for stocks.
 

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#10 of 15

How do you handle stress?

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Well. Calm and collected. Breath First.
 
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relax. not panic.
 

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#11 of 15

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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#12 of 15

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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#13 of 15

Pitch me an equity trading idea that is purely based on macroeconomics.

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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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#14 of 15

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 yet to have experience as equity trader but I have 3 decades of equity investing.
 
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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.