Quiz: 10 Brain Teaser Questions from Investment Banking Job Interviews

Next time you get brainteaser questions in a job interview, will you be ready? Start preparing with this quiz that can prepare you for the unexpected.

The final and arguably toughest gateway into a lucrative finance career is the grueling interview process. It’s a bit like passing the bar to become a lawyer, or defending your dissertation to get a Ph.D. After years of studying, it’s time to see if you can actually think on your feet and apply your knowledge in a real world, high pressure situation.

Finance job interviews contain a few kinds of questions — mainly culture fit, technical, and brain teasers. Last month we looked at technical questions, with a set of 10 financial modeling problems. Now we’ve pulled together brain teaser questions that various sources have reported to pop up in interviews. Some of them are easier than others, and, frankly, some are so common that you might end up getting one of these exact questions in an interview. See how you do, and when you’re done, remember to check out some of our financial modeling resources, and advice guides for deal-making professionals on everything from surviving an acquisition to drinking with clients.

Sources: Wall Street Oasis, IBankingFAQ, Business Insider, Brainteaser Bible, Brain Food.


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