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Piper Jaffray Interview Questions

Updated Sep 24, 2014
Updated Sep 24, 2014
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  1.  

    Equity Research Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Recruiter contacted me relatively late while I had another offer lined up, however I did decide to interview. I had three interviews: phone, face-to-face with analyst, and final round with senior analyst on the phone.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Fixed Income Sales, Trading, Underwriting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Piper Jaffray in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Called after about 2 weeks I applied from recruiter asking some brief questions then introduced me to interview process. Had an hour long interview - first half hour with sales assistant and the second half hour is with an underwriter. Talked to me about the culture and my responsibilities. The "test" was a written question regarding a bond amortization schedule. I completed that in about a day and handed it unsure. I was then told that I had a phone interview with upper-level management and he asked me the basic questions of "Why Piper" and "Why this industry".

    Interview Questions
    • I was given a written "test" on amortization schedule for bonds. Even employer said that not many people get it right at all.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Flat rate for all interns.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Fixed Income Sales Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at Piper Jaffray in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I began talking to the firm about a year ago and shadowed the firm. I sent in the application in December and and interviewed with the firm in February. I accepted the job on march 6th. The interview process was pretty simple. A VP game in and we went through my resume, and talked about why I want to be in fixed income and how I would be a good fit.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you think you would fit in here in Fixed Income?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Piper Jaffray.

    Interview Details

    Interviewer was late two times and canceled. Was not notified until at least two hours after each interview time. Recruiter apologized and when I had the final interview, it seemed rushed. They spent maybe fifteen minutes going over very common questions. Considering the fact that they are considered a prestigious company and they definitely have an air of elitism, I found the interview process ridiculously simple and easy. You would think they have some sort of skills and aptitude test to further determine abilities, especially in the technical sense (Excel, Access, etc). Additionally, though the environment at Piper Jaffray may be quick, it is rushed, hurried, and inefficient. The interview process should shed a lot of light on the results-oriented environment at Piper. Funny thing is, that result seems to be rarely reached.

    Interview Questions
    • None. Maybe what is your weakness? Since they are such a fast paced company, I went with the answer "I can't relax, I feel like I always have to work more." yadda yadda   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Better job offer elsewhere.

    Declined Offer
  6.  

    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Interview Details

    Very friendly process. I had practically no finance experience and Piper was my first finance interview of the banking recruiting process. I learned a lot in their process, actually, since each interviewer asked similar questions to his or her predecessor. The advantage was that if I screwed up in one interview, I would know the right answer in the next. They're completely okay with you making mistakes so long as you're open to learning. Personality mattered a ton -- I really, really liked those folks.

    Interview Questions
    • One of my interviewers was a former economics PhD student, and we went way into the theory behind the risk free rate   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Offer from a bulge bracket

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Piper Jaffray in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone call followed by standard superday. Pretty conventional

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Piper Jaffray in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Straight forward, just a few rounds and focus. kinow your resume inside and out and enjou the process as it goes by.Be sure to have fun and dont let it control you if you feel you are doing badly; It is jsut part of the experience to jump through highly presured hoops and once it ends you will see the light.

    Interview Questions
    • Walk me through your resume. Then asking ridiculous questions. Why Piper Jaffray and why in the middle market. What opportunities do you see here and where do you see yourself in 10 years. What are some interesting deals you have heard of involving us and what would you do the same   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Straight forward. Not too much to negotiate as it is banking and pretty standard across the board
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Piper Jaffray in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Phone Interview is mostly about your background.
    Each interviewer in the group will ask about each certain aspect of required skills.
    Advices:
    Be honest!
    Employers do not expect you to know everything but to learn everything. Therefore, they'd like to know your willingness and ability to pick up things.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the fun questions is that there are 9 balls. How to pick up one with odd weight in just 2 comparisons?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Piper Jaffray in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    3 Interviews - 1st phone interview with HR, 2nd interview met with Administrative Manager in person, then final interview to meet with the group.

    Negotiation Details
    Declined 1st offer as it was too low, didn't think they would come back with a higher offer but they went up $7k more on base salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Got in contact through campus recruiter...first round phone interview, basic fit questions (why banking etc...). 2nd round super day, 4, 2v1 interviews at office. Mostly fit questions, a couple techs.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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