I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Stern Stewart.
Interview Details – On Campus interview. Accounting and Finance skills questions. Second round with back to back interviews, most of them technical and one fit interview. As a final round a valuation live case interview (you have to present your valuation prepared previously with data supplied by the company). It is intended to simulate a client/consultant meeting/presentation
Interview Question – Detailed technical questions, for example: Give detailed steps on how you would go about finding the optimal capital structure of a client. Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at Stern Stewart in January 2011.
Interview Details –
Three case questions for the retail industry (working capital management), an estimation case for a McDonalds store, and a short calculus case regarding investment options (return on equity).
Then second round, longer case study with presentation: you advise a city about an unused area that looks for third use suggestions.
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Stern Stewart in March 2008.
Interview Details –
- Shortened version of GMAT, with 32 minute time limit
Essentially to assess numerical and critical reasoning ability - not easy, and difficult to prepare for, but logical and sharp candidates should generally pass
- 1:1 interview (x2)
Usually an Associate and a Senior analyst. This is a mix of personality assessment and puzzle solving! I was asked general questions about my interests and a few questions about finance such as discount rate calculation and all of a sudden the Associate said "What is one divided by twelve" - cought me off guard but I got it. I think this won him over.
- Final interview with MD
Really a formality and a fit-check. If he is generally happy and you are competent with good conversational ability and business awareness, all is well!
Negotiation Details – Market related, not much wiggle room. Do some research.
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