Jefferies & Company Investment Banking Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Jan 29, 2015
Updated Jan 29, 2015
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Investment Banking Analyst Interview

Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Declined Offer
Positive Experience

Interview

Very disorganized and rude during interview. VP was looking at his phone the whole time. First round was fine but the superday was overall a very bad experience and turned me off to accepting an offer.

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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Jefferies & Company in January 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewed for the Summer Analyst Program in SF. It was a pretty comfortable environment and the interviewer was really nice. First just a couple of behavioral questions: talk about your self, IBD, why tech and tech trends, etc. Then some pretty basic technical questions: Accounting, Valuation methods including LBO, some qualitative questions about the valuation multiples of specific tech sectors, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • If I were to talk to your previous manager, what would he say about your strengths?   Answer Question
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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Jefferies & Company (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Referred by an employee. First round phone interview then superday at their New York office. Two rounds of interviews with two Jefferies' employees. Heard back within a few days that I didn't get an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic technical questions asked (accounting, valuation methods). Some questions they asked merely to throw you off (What are your 5 greatest weaknesses, why don't you have a 4.0 GPA) so be prepared for that. Have a few stories where you showed teamwork, leadership, and being able to respond to senior management.   Answer Question
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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Jefferies & Company (New York, NY) in July 2014.

    Interview

    I was referred by an employee and then was contacted by an IB associate for an interview time. I was interviewed over the phone and the process took about 20 min. It was not very difficult and he was very pleasant over the phone. About a week later I was notified that they would not be moving on with my application.

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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Wasn't too hard. There were some technical questions, but they pretty much walked you through it and held your hand. It was more to see how you fit from a technical perspective. I met with all the senior bankers and never had a question that was like "how many marbles can fill an airplane, etc...". I thought it was more them trying to sell me than anything. But all in all, it wasn't too bad and was I left feeling very good about the job after I left. Got a call later that day that the job was mine.

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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Jefferies & Company (San Francisco, CA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    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

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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Jefferies & Company (New York, NY) in January 2012.

    Interview

    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.

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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Jefferies & Company (New York, NY) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Difficult interview. Was overall very prepared for the IBD interviews, but I was asked some bizarre questions that had no relevance to the position I was interviewing for.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the Yen trading at?   1 Answer
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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Jefferies & Company (San Francisco, CA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    I got a foot in with the interview process because of previous employer knew a managing director at Jefferies. I first went in for an informational interview with that MD and left really wanting to work at Jefferies. In OCR interviews, I was interviewed by someone I had met at the info session, so I was a bit relieved. That relief turned into anxiety as this person (one out of two) started with rapid fire in-depth technical questions. As for fit, there was the usual tell me about yourself, walk me through your resume, and why this firm.

    Interview Questions

    • If a firm with a lower P/E buys a firm with a high P/E, is it accretive or dilutive?   1 Answer
    • How do you calculate the WACC?   1 Answer
    • What function does the (1-t) play in the calculation of the WACC?   1 Answer
    • What if FCF's are negative in your terminal year?   2 Answers
    • Walk me through a merger model.   Answer Question

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