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Finance Interview

32 Questions and Answers by Bobbi Witt

Updated July 19th, 2018
Question 1 of 32
If you were the CFO, what would keep you up at night?
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How to Answer
This is one of the standard finance interview questions and can be given at any finance job level. Step back and give a high level overview of the company's current financial position. Highlight something on each of the three financial statements. Income statement: growth, margins, profitability. Balance sheet: liquidity, capital assets, and credit metrics. Can flow statement: short term and long term cash flow projection, and need to raise money or return capital.
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Question 2 of 32
If you could pick one stock, which would it be and why?
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Even if you don't have a preferred stock, you've likely discussed various stocks and their performance during economics classes or at a previous internship. In order to make sure that you give a comprehensive answer, pick a stock that reflects something about you. For example, if you have high-risk tolerance, mention this and explain why it's a key factor in your decision-making process.
Question 3 of 32
What is deferred tax liability and what is its purpose?
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On a balance sheet, a tax that a company will owe on its income, but that has not yet been assessed. Because of differences between tax regulations and the GAAP, income may be recognized on a balance sheet for accounting purposes, but not for tax purposes. However, that income will eventually be recognized for tax purposes and income tax will then be assessed. This tax is called deferred income tax, and is recorded as a liability on the balance sheet.
Question 4 of 32
What is the difference between cash base accounting and accrual accounting?
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Give a brief definition in your own words of cash base accounting and accrual accounting.
For Cash basis accounting, revenue is recorded when cash is received from customers, and expenses are recorded when cash is paid to suppliers and employees. For Accrual basis, revenue is recorded when earned and expenses are recorded when consumed. The timing difference between the two methods occurs because revenue recognition is delayed under the cash basis until customer payments arrive at the company. Similarly, the recognition of expenses under the cash basis can be delayed until such time as a supplier invoice is paid.
Question 5 of 32
Explain to me what Beta is in your own words? Why is it so important?
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Give the definition of Beta in your own words:

1. The beta of a company measures how the company's equity market value changes with the change of market overall. It is used in the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to estimate the return of an asset.

2. Beta is an expression of how volatile an investment is compared to the overall market.
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Writers for Finance Answers and Questions

Bobbi Witt
Bobbi Witt, has been a finance manager for over 15 years, with direct recruiting and hiring experience in her field. Additionally, she helps young graduates prepare for their job searches by reviewing resumes, doing mock interviews, and providing guidance.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 05/31/2018
Last modified on: 07/19/2018

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