Jefferies & Company Interview Questions

Updated Sep 1, 2014
Updated Sep 1, 2014
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    it was first round phone...very technical. first resume/fit questions, then a bunch of technicals.

    Interview Questions
    • They had me pitch a stock and then relay many of the current levels.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2.  

    Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough, 6-9 interviews. A mix of fit and analytical interviews. Mostly fit though.

    Interview Questions
    • How many golf balls could fit on a 737 jet?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Operations Summer Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online - interviewed at Jefferies & Company.

    Interview Details

    I applied via my school's career services recruiting site. I was notified via email that my application had been accepted and the next step was a phone interview. The questions were all behavioral and personal, like "tell me about previous work experience," and "why Jefferies?" I really hit it off with the interviewer and our convo lasted about an hour. I was then invited to the superday, and the questions were also behavioral..questions like "tell me about a very hard decision you had to make as a leader." The whole process took a few short weeks. Everyone I spoke with during the interviews and throughout the internship treated me with a lot of respect and I ended up acquiring a job with them upon graduation.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    OCR

    Interview Questions
    • How many deal toys do we get in one year if we make 1.25B in annual revenue, an average deal is 10M, everyone on the deal team gets a deal toy, there are on average 5 ppl per deal team?   View Answer
    No Offer
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Got an interview through my campus recruiting system. It was for the Energy I-Banking division. There were two people from Jeffries conducting the interview. It wasn't bad at all, they mostly asked about previous job experiences and only a few technical questions.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult thing they asked was to discuss differences in the cost of capital that different types of companies in the energy industry face   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 2 months - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Submitted resume through an alum. Received a call from HR regarding a phone interview about 3 months later. Had a phone interview with an Associate in the group who asked about interests, resume, experience, and a few technical questions around merger analyses and valuation. Invited to Superday where I had 6 back to back 2:1 interviews with SVPs, VPs, Associates and Analysts. Very technical interview as it was for a lateral hire. Needed to understand valuation methodologies (DCF, LBO, comps, etc) inside out. Also made the questions very tough so that you would stumble and see how you would react under pressure.

    Interview Questions
    • very detailed questions around DCF. how to adjust present value factors including mid-period convention when transaction occurs as of a certain date.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interview questions varied but were pretty basic. Some that were asked included: what are the three financial statements, walk me through a DCF, explain how depreciation flows through the three financial statements, what valuation method would use for a mature company and what would you use for a newer (fewer than 5 years old), how do you calculate the risk free rate, what is enterprise value and explain the significance of each of it's components (esp minority interest).

    Interview Questions
    • Just prepare for the basics and you will be fine. Good luck.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I received another offer from another bank.

    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Equities Sales & Trading Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    On-campus first round with a VP - asked general fit questions, why equities S&T, tell me about the market, and asked for a stock I would pitch. Very friendly woman and not intimidating at all. Final round in NY office - 3 rounds with two employees each. All asked mostly fit questions, walk me through your resume, etc., and then my final round I was asked to pitch a stock for about 10 minutes or so.

    Interview Questions
    • How many non-white washing machines are in New York City? (More of a consulting question but they asked anyway - market sizing and thinking process)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer 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 weeks - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    On-campus recruiting with Jefferies & Co was relatively painless compared to other investment banks that I had interviewed with.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain the major triggers of the current financial crisis, and it's impact on the financial markets.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Operational Summer Internship( Either FX Or EQ) Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 12 months - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    I got an email informing me with congratulations that I was selected for a 2nd round of phone interview for the Summer Internship. The phone interview then was conducted within 2 days. I picked the time of the following day. It's shorter than 30 minutes talk

     resume questions such as

    Tell me your work experience
    Tell me a project you do
    Tell me what you understand about operational roles? why you have tech skills but are willing to do operational work?
    Why you choose Jefferies

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a project you do at your college   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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