FBR Interview Questions

Updated Jun 28, 2015
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at FBR (New York, NY).

    Interview

    2 weeks start to finish. Spoke to handful of bankers/MDs. Process was unorganized and haphazard. HR is a mess and mostly worked directly with hiring group. Had more than 1 in person meeting in different locations. Focus was really on fit and background, not technical. No negotiating with offer...just a taste of how they value their employees.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at FBR.

    Interview

    1st round on-campus interview. Interviewer was a sr. ER analyst. Very friendly and relaxed. Lasted about 40 minutes. Offered on the spot to have me in for a second round interview down at their DC office. I believe they make most candidates take some sort of financial aptitutde test to see how closely you have actually been following financial markets (if at all).

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    • What do you think about equity valuations right now in general?   Answer Question
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    Summer Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at FBR (Arlington, VA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    My interview was with two full time associates. The interviews were conducted over the phone and the selection process was quick. The interview did not contain any random questions and was that I expected for the position. The two associates were polite and were straight forward to what the job entail in regards to what work I would be doing and the expected time commitment.

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    • What is a stock that you follow and why does it interest you?   Answer Question
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    Sales Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Interviewed in person at the FBR office this past summer. Friendly atmosphere, interesting variety of characters - did seem a little desolate with something like 25 desks/computers and only 6 or so employees.

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    • Where do you see the stock market moving in the next few years?   Answer Question
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    Sales Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at FBR (Arlington, VA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    This was an on campus recruiting process. The on campus interview was very conversational, went very smoothly. I was called up to the DC headquarters for a final round interview. This was a series of 6 interviews with various levels of the Sales and Trading Team including 3 MDs. That day there was an online Wall Street Assessment test administered however no mention of that was made after.

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    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at FBR (New York, NY) in January 2012.

    Interview

    phone call followed by invitation to come to ny. modelling and discussion

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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at FBR (New York, NY) in April 2011.

    Interview

    First round was just a phone interview. Very basic- mostly fit questions, walking through resume, why banking, what can you tell me about FBR, etc. Final round was series of 1:1 interviews at their new york office. most of the analysts were really friendly. asked all of the basic technicals (dcf, wacc, other ways to value a company, balance sheets,etc). One lady was exceedingly rude, however, and was trying her best to belittle everything I said. But I'm guessing this was just an act to throw me off.

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    Sales Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at FBR (Arlington, VA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Very unorganized and arbitrary. Received an offer but it seemed like little effort went into the diligence process. Some of the questions were very odd and there was also a very random 20 minute plus dance performance that seemed impromptu.

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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at FBR (New York, NY) in March 2010.

    Interview

    7 Interviews. 1 consisting of a SVP as well as a Group Head/SMD and was by far the most challenging.

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    • $10 change in depreciation. How does it flow through Income, BS, and Cash Flow statements   Answer Question
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    Sales Trader Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at FBR (New York, NY) in March 2010.

    Interview

    A headhunter set it up. They are looking for "whale" producers. Just met with a desk head, we didn't "click". They have some ambitious goals but I don't perceive it as a place that has any significant differentiating factors from the many other mid to low tier shops. The office is a large trading floor that is half-empty at the moment. For me, nothing about the place or management's vision sounded exciting.

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