FBR Interview Questions

Updated Mar 8, 2015
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    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).

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think about equity valuations right now in general?   Answer Question
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    Sales Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    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.

    Interview Questions

    • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

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

    Interview Questions

    • $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
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a 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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    Sales Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    The process took a weekinterviewed at FBR (Arlington, VA) in August 2008.

    Interview

    Very straightforward. Mostly personality-driven interview to see if I could be an effective salesman. I did not have any prior financial experience so it is probably a good thing they didn't ask me too many technical questions or make me do any mock pitches. Be prepared to prove your level of interest in finance/economics if going in for an entry-level position like this; not necessarily prior knowledge.

    Interview Questions

    • How does your background make you a strong candidate for this position?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    First year job has firm pay structure. It is non-negotiable. Commissions are at the discretion of senior brokers and dependent upon performance. Do not count on them as part of the package first year.

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    Technical Lead Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at FBR (Arlington, VA) in January 2008.

    Interview

    Good technical questions asked with live examples to solve. Interviewer was great and very knowledgeable.

    Interview Questions

    • Solving a problem on the fly. Had to take a program test on the computer.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They negotiate for a very low salary promising bonus but bonusses are very low.

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    Equity Research Associate Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at FBR (Arlington, VA) in June 2007.

    Interview

    much more of a personality fit test than anything

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    Negotiation

    not much room for negotiation due to the current market conditions

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