Investment Banking Analyst Interview (2020) Questions and Answers

Behavioural Questions:

Q1 Tell me about yourself? / Walk me through your resume? ******

Don’t repeat what is stated on your resume.

Tell them things like:

Q2 Why do you want to be an investment banker? ******

Step 1: Your background

Step 2: Investment Banking Spark (how you get interested?) eg. was it a lecturer, you have relative working as one, you attend an event/talk

Step 3: Your follow-through actions eg. did you read IPO, keep up with M&A news, networking, learn financial modelling

Technical Questions:


Q3 Walk me through the 3 financial statements

Q4 If depreciation increase by $10, walk me through the changes


Behavioural Questions:

Q6 Why do you want to work for this firm? ******

To ace this question, you need to do research on the company and stand out from other interviewees.

eg. if the company is a car company, you can say you like cars…

Tips: Always finish your answer with “I really want to work in investment banking, because I network with other investment banker and I get along with them really well and my personality fits in with them”

Sample answer

Technical Questions:


Q7 What is EBITA?

Q8 When calculating company EV, do you use Book value or Market value?

other questions on capital structure

Behavioural Questions:

Q9 Tell me about your weaknesses

example answer
example answer

Technical Questions:

Q10 technical question

Behavioural Questions:

Q11 What do you think an important trait to have to be successful in this role?/what is your greatest strength?

example answer

Technical Questions:

Q12 Merger and Acquisition

Behavioural Questions:

Q13 Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Q14 What other banks you are applying for right now?

Employee want to see how attractive is this candidate. If you are applying for a large bank then say other companies that are also large banks. vice versa for boutique bank.

Technical Questions:

Q15 Capital Structure

Must know how companies finance its operations

Behavioural Questions:

Q16 What other industries or companies are you looking at?

You should say something related to the same field to show your interest is only in investment banking.

Technical Questions:

Q17 LBO (leverage buyout) model

Behavioural Questions:

TMT-(tehnology media telecom)

Brain Teasers Question

Last Part

Do you have any questions for me?

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If you dont know 50% of the answer to the question, ask the interviewer for the answer.

If you dont know 100% of the answer to the question, then dont ask for the answer as it will show you are not prepared.

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