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Top 30 Financial Analyst Interview Questions
Question 1 of 33
If you could analyze only one type of financial statement for your clients, which financial statement would you choose?
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Question 1 of 33
If you could analyze only one type of financial statement for your clients, which financial statement would you choose?
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"From a logic standpoint, the Statement of Cash Flows makes the most sense if you had to choose just one financial statement type to analyze. The cash flow statement would tell me the ins and outs of cash movement, current liabilities, investments, and operating needs."
The interviewer is looking for your personal preference. Technically is no right or wrong answer; however, be sure to think about the job description. You should recall if there was an expressed preference on the type(s) of financial statements they want you to be well versed in. Once you state your preference, explain why you chose that particular statement over the others. Choose from the four main types of financial statements: - Balance Sheets - Income Statements - Statement of Cash Flows - Statement of Changes in Equity
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Question 2 of 33
Tell me about your experience with annual planning processes.
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"I was hired last year by a local software startup to create an annual corporate plan. The plan helped them to define their scope, which in turn gave them a better perspective on what customers they should be targeting. My goal was to help them increase their profitability. Over the next year their sales increased by 120%. I use an annual plan process that included considerations such as market changes over the past 12 months, what business characteristics gave them an edge over competitors, any potential threats to the business, the strengths/weaknesses of the business, as well as a SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time driven) objective."
The interviewer wants to know that you understand the process of annual planning. Giving a detailed example of a process you followed and the results you achieved will make your skills and knowledge more tangible for the interviewer. Be sure to give an example of a time when your assistance attributed to a clients' success!
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Question 3 of 33
When did you start following the stock market? Have you had success?
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Question 4 of 33
Explain one financial concept to me.
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Question 5 of 33
Tell me about a time when you presented an oral report to a client or employer. How did you ensure the information was absorbed?
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Question 6 of 33
How does the current monetary policy affect your decision making?
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Question 7 of 33
In your opinion, what profitability models are most accurate for forecasting?
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Question 8 of 33
When reviewing investment programs, how do you interpret data?
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Question 9 of 33
Accuracy is very important when making projections based on financial data. How do you ensure accuracy?
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Question 10 of 33
In your opinion, which is more beneficial: To increase price by one percent OR To increase customer base by one percent?
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Question 11 of 33
Tell me about the process you follow to create reports.
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Question 12 of 33
Share with me your thoughts on the recent mortgage crisis.
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Question 13 of 33
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
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Question 14 of 33
When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.
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Question 15 of 33
How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team?
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Question 16 of 33
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Question 17 of 33
As a Financial Analyst, accuracy is of utmost importance. How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Question 18 of 33
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 19 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 20 of 33
Tell me one thing about yourself that you would like to improve upon.
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Question 21 of 33
Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
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Question 22 of 33
Where do you see your finance career, five years from now?
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Question 23 of 33
When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
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Question 24 of 33
When looking at the profitability of an investment, what other factors do you consider besides Net Present Value (NPV)?
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Question 25 of 33
What finance related magazines, newspapers, or journals do you read?
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Question 26 of 33
What are the most important factors to consider when processing a loan application?
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Question 27 of 33
How would you explain your job as a financial analyst to someone with no financial background?
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Question 28 of 33
In your opinion, what are the most important metrics when dealing with investors?
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Question 29 of 33
Walk me through your finance related education. Which courses were your favorite? Where did you struggle?
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Question 30 of 33
The financial industry is large; however, it is close knit. Describe your reputation in our industry.
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Question 31 of 33
How do you evaluate the financial health of a company?
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Question 32 of 33
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 33 of 33
What unique qualities about yourself would you bring to our company?
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