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Updated Dec 16, 2014
Updated Dec 16, 2014
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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Houlihan Lokey.

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    I got an off-cycle first round interview by networking through a connection. Did well, got a call back for a second round in New York several weeks later. Not a single technical question in the second round although I ended up getting and taking an offer for the following summer, and have been told my experience was not typical.

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    Summer Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Houlihan Lokey in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process started with a phone screening. Invited to the firm's superday after about a week and went through 5 rounds of interviews with bankers of different levels. By far the most challenging technical interview process, really challenged the candidates' knowledge in valuation and financial modeling. Was encouraged to speak about my previous investment banking experiences in detail and many of the technical questions were derived from my experiences. Overall, a challenging yet meaningful interview process.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Houlihan Lokey.

    Interview Details

    First round - technical only. Full walkthrough of DCF, Enterprise value calculations, walking through debt effect on 3 financial statements, etc.

    2nd round - technical test which was accounting based. dinner and bar (fun). next day, interviews with everyone. some technical stuff again

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Houlihan Lokey in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very rigorous and lean interview. They are known for being very technical and are looking for candidates that know their finance and accounting. Personality and attitude are also a huge factor, given the firm's size. There is a reason why Houlihan is ranked #1 in more than half of Vault's categories; this is a very competitive firm with great people and a great attitude. Study for their written test, think of good questions to ask, and be honest.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the questions were what you would expect: valuation techniques, name some good ways to compare similar companies, how do certain transactions affect the BS/IS/CF. This being Houlihan, expect them to through out a number of teaser questions that have nothing to do with finance and instead shows them how strong your deductive and reasoning skills are.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Houlihan Lokey in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through my career services website. After about a week, I heard that I got an interview on campus. It was a skype interview and the first question asked was "Tell me about yourself - specifically, tell me something not on your resume" Some of the other questions included: "Why are you interested in Houlihan Lokey (I-banking)?" What are the ways to value a company?

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    • Walk me through a DCF model? Know the very detailed specifics on this. Also, "What is an LBO?"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Houlihan Lokey in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through our career services in my college. I received an email that invited me for interview. I was asking to come with a financial calculator. On the interview day, 30 mn interview face to face and 1h for a financial test: questions about the relation between the 3 statements, NPV , preparation of the pro forma of the 3 statements.

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    • The financial test was not too bad but I need more time.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Interviewing process was very straight forward and they got to the point when trying to make sure that i was the right fit for them. overall it was a great experience and i enjoyed it very much

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    FT Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Houlihan Lokey in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, applied through college, get a call back about a week or so later to have a phone interview. very technical question. make sure you know how three financial statement connected. question itself isn't difficult, make sure you ask time to prepare for it

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Houlihan Lokey in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went through my University, which included on-campus events (career fair & Info sessions) and received an interview a week after the last event. It was mainly technical questions that you would get at any investment banking interview with some behavioral. I realized investment banking was not for me and decided not to pursue anything after the initial interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Walk me through the complete valuation process of a manufacturing company (DCF, multiples, and past transactions with very detailed WACC/CAPM computation). Also asked questions off of process like what would lower WACC do to valuation.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Houlihan Lokey in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by HR and then had 2 interviews both behavioral and technical within 2 weeks. The process was not bad at all overall. I have no idea why I was not selected as I was not told.

    Interview Questions
    • Behavioural question about what I like to do in my free time   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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