June 1, 2018

Sreekanth B

Financial Analyst Advanced Interview Questions And Answers

Who Is Financial Analyst?

A financial analyst is a person who performs financial analysis for external or internal clients as a core part of the job.

Tell Me About Your Biggest Weakness That's Really A Weakness, And Not A Secret Strength?

I am extremely impatient. I expect my employees to prove themselves on the very first assignment. If they fail, my tendency is to stop delegating to them and start doing everything myself.

To compensate for my own weakness, however, I have started to really prep my people on exactly what will be expected of them.

Tell Me Are You Better At "managing Up" Or "managing Down"?

If you aren't good at "managing up," you rarely get the opportunity to "manage down." Fortunately, I've always been quite good at self-management. I've never had a deadline that I didn't meet.



Tell Me How Many Hours A Week Do You Usually Work, And Why?

I work pretty long hours most of the time. With the extra time, I try to find ways to "add value" to each assignment, both my own and the firm's. When our clients read our reports, I want them to think that no one else could have possibly written them, except for our company.

Tell Me Because You Have Changed Careers Before. Why Should I Let You Experiment On My Nickel?

As a career-changer, I believe that I'm a better employee because I've gained a lot of diverse skills from moving around. These skills help me solve problems creatively.

What Types Of Analyst Positions Are Avail?

Analysts are hired by banks, buy- and sell-side investment firms, insurance companies and investment banks. Of these specialties, three major categories of analysts are those that work for 'sell-side' investment firms, those that work for 'buy-side' investment firms and those that work for investment banks.

What Opportunities Of Advancement Is For Financial Analyst?

As interoffice protocol goes, analysts interact with each other as colleagues while they tend to report to a portfolio manager or other senior in management. A junior analyst may work his or her way up to a senior analyst in a period of three to five years. For senior analysts who continue to look for career advancement, there is the potential to become a portfolio manager, a partner in an investment bank or senior management in a retail bank or an insurance company. Some analysts go on to become investment advisers or financial consultants.

Tell Me Will You Be Out To Take My Job?

Maybe in about twenty years, but by then, I suspect you'll be running the entire company and will need a good, loyal lieutenant to help you manage this department.

Tell Me What If You Work Here For Five Years And Don't Get Promoted? Many Of Our Employees Don't. Won't You Find It Frustrating?

I consider myself ambitious, but I'm also practical. As long as I am continuing to learn and grow within my position, I'll be a happy camper. Different companies promote people at different rates, and I'm pretty confident that working for you will keep me motivated and mentally stimulated for several years to come.

From Your Resume, It Looks Like You Were Fired Twice.tell Me How Did That Make You Feel?

After I recuperated from the shock both times, it made me feel stronger. It's true that I was fired twice, but I managed to bounce back both times and land jobs that gave me more responsibility, paid me more money, and were at better firms.

The morale here is very high. I've been exposed to the "seamy underbelly" of this business, but I'm still passionate about working in it.


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