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Financial Analyst
January 21st, 2017

A financial analyst is responsible for researching the financial health of a business and making recommendations to their clients on how they can improve their current financial strength while minimizing areas of risk.

A financial analyst should have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree although a Master's degree is often preferred. Depending on your State, license requirements will differ.


A financial analyst, securities analyst, research analyst, equity analyst, or investment analyst is a person who performs financial analysis for external or internal clients as a core part of the job.
Financial Analyst Interview Questions
2 of 25
Which financial statement would you analyze if you could only choose one?
 
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Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, reco's, or preperation of MIS.
 
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I will be choosing balance sheet as my financial statement to analysis current liabilities and current assets as well as we can check financial position as on particular day.
 
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3 of 25
What are your weaknesses?
 
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Sir I belive that I dont have worst qualities.
 
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Allowing others to use my help instead of guiding them to other people for training.
 
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Describe the attributes you possess that will make you successful in this position?
 
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I am very analytical and am an excellent communicator and team player.
 
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Focus, analytical skills and ambition to succeed.
 
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5 of 25
Do you have experience in annual planning processes?
 
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Yes, I manage the annual budget preparation process. I send out a template to each department heads requesting their budget numbers for the next fiscal year. Once I get all budget requests back, I compile the information into one document and conduct a meeting to review each budget with the CEO, CEO, director of Operations and each of the department heads. Then compile the final numbers and together with the CEO, ratify the budget.
 
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Yes, at the beginning of the year we look at the financials of the previous years to help us plan out the next year allowing for inflation and fluctuations that may occur in the year.
 
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6 of 25
When did you start following the stock market?
 
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Age 20, recently and knowing the market seems to be very new and complicated.
 
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2007 sophomore year in college. Professor assigned each students 3 companys to research and follow during the semester and prepare the entire business analysis as final project grade.
 
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7 of 25
Pick one financial concept and explain it to me.
 
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Break even point, this would be the analysis to determine the point at which revenue received equals the costs associated with receiving the revenue.
 
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Gross margin is revenue minus cost of goods sold, and before any related expenses and taxes.
 
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8 of 25
Tell me about a time when you presented an oral report on a specific industry or corporation.
 
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It was a nice experience and help me to understand about demonstration skills.
 
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My strength is heading up seminars for sales explaining the requirements of the credit department in the paint industry. I first took a quick survey from the sales staff asking question regarding their concerns about our credit department and took that information back to management.
 
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9 of 25
Describe a situation where you had to meet a tight deadline.
 
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Out of the box thinking, maybe good skill on the computer and excel, new ways to think analytically.
 
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Gathering of information from trade and bank references. Review the current account if it is a current client and compare financial statements.
 
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10 of 25
What frustrates you?
 
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Slow computers and being bored.
 
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Nothing actually frustrate me, when my financial analysis does not go down well, I exploit all technicalities to arrive at convincing analysis.
 
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11 of 25
How is the current monetary policy affecting your decision making?
 
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I dont know, need to review.
 
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First of all find out cash inflow after that discounting it by discounted factor. whatever value we got is present value tnan deduct investment frm it.
 
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12 of 25
Why do you want to become a financial analyst?
 
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I enjoy working with data and excel.
 
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13 of 25
Tell me about a time you failed.
 
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I never failed in any group but as an individual I failed in doing a cube and left handed writing.
 
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I was put in a group one time in school for a project, and some of our members did not mesh well with others, as such, they did not help towards the project, and ultimately the quality of the project ended up being poor because others had to over compensate.
 
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14 of 25
What profitability models do you find most accurate for forecasting?
 
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I wish to know many models, learn from them, and modify in a much better way.
 
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It Tottally depends what type of forcast we are doing.... And what is the purpose I.. E if we want accurate forcast with no errors than we need to go with expert panel method and nned to analyse market senarios.. And this method also work in case there is no historical data available w. R. T a new product.. There is a General method used Trend analysis and historical Data sheets to get close to most accurate data forcast.
 
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How do you interpret data concerning investment programs?
 
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Investment programs data has to be in line with the current financial market position and interpreting it is more dependent on the macro economic factors and lesser on the competition driven factors.
 
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Review it completely and apply.
 
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How do you ensure accuracy when making projections based on financial data and performance?
 
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The most complex assignment would be to analyze the energy production and relating it to the over all manufacturing cost of a textile unit and presenting the data in an integrated report with short falls in electricity production and requirement of a make to order facility.
 
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I was new to a training and development team that was in the process of documenting business operational procedures for conversion to a new SAP system. I was assigned to create a presentation on the benefits of converting to the new system for the deployment Director. I was given little information on what the Director actually wanted and minimal direction on who to contact to capture details on the system. Action:I created an outline of what
 
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Which is more beneficial, increase price by a percent, or increase customer base by a percent?
 
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Increase customer base by a percent.
 
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Increase customer base by a percent.
 
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18 of 25
What process do you follow to create reports?
 
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In the past I have used Peachtree and I am currently using QuickBooks. I am always willing to learn a new software package.
 
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Analyzing the data, talking the data over with colleagues, and finally formatting the reports.
 
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What are your long term career goals?
 
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My father used to operate a small manufacturing unit.
 
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I want to eventually have a higher degree, and eventually with as a due diligence analyst.
 
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20 of 25
What are your thoughts on the recent mortgage crisis?
 
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Recent mortgage crisis can be avoided by using more stringent banking regulations and policies.
 
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The mortgage crisis is a product caused by financial engineering. While it is wonderful to create products for shareholders, we also need to create an environment where all stakeholders can benefit. So, the mortgage crisis pains me.
 
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21 of 25
How do you feel about travel?
 
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The income statement gets affected by the fluctuations through changes in cost of sales and then finally more working capital requirements that in turn may effect the overall revenue and thus the profitability.
 
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I love travel. It's my dream to see more sights and visits.
 
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22 of 25
What other factors should you consider besides NPV when selecting a project?
 
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Detailed study about the project.
 
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Period of project, incoming fund flow and cash out flow, market condition, work certification procedure and payment period, client reputation, forex flatuation chances, etc.
 
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23 of 25
How do you see Greece's economy unfolding in the next few years due to their recent financial crisis?
 
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If the political scenario in greece get stabilized with the structural reforms there is possibility of coming out of the crisis after the bail out is provided otherwise it seems difficult at the moment.
 
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Its gonna go further down due to heavily imposed taxes etc. Investors may loose likings to go there.
 
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24 of 25
Give me a time when you suggested an improvement at work and it was successfully put into practice.
 
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Making pricing decision for one of molecules we sale. They overpriced it, I concentrated on Contribution level.
 
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Management was looking to make a change in the company they were using for their uniforms. Upon analyzing the new potential contract it was going to cost us more in the long run by changing companies so they decided to stay with the current uniform company.
 
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25 of 25
In your spare time, what magazines, newspapers, journals, do you read?
 
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Spare time is mostly concerned with geo polictics and sports journals.
 
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Moneycontrol, Daily news paper.
 
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