Jefferies & Company Investment Banking Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Sep 18, 2014
Updated Sep 18, 2014
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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 weekinterviewed at Jefferies & Company.

Interview Details

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
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult 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 5 daysinterviewed at Jefferies & Company in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    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.

    Accepted Offer
  3. 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
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    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+ monthsinterviewed 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 dayinterviewed 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
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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 college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Jefferies & Company in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 2 people 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 weeksinterviewed at Jefferies & Company in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    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?   View Answer
    • How do you calculate the WACC?   View Answer
    • What function does the (1-t) play in the calculation of the WACC?   View Answer
    • What if FCF's are negative in your terminal year?   View Answers (2)
    • Walk me through a merger model.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult 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 online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Jefferies & Company in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online from my college and was given a phone interview. I was relatively inexperienced in phone interviews and simply was too informal in my mind. They asked typical questions such as strengths and weaknesses, what is investment banking, why do I want to do investment banking.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    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

    The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Jefferies & Company in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    2 Rounds

    Rd. 1 with Global Head, VP, and Assoc.
    Rd. 2 MD

    High level questions with expected technicals. No brain teasers.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you value a bank compared to a widget company?   View Answer
    • Why JEF and why this particular group?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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