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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Stern Stewart.

    Interview

    The recruiting process was divided into 3 parts -- the first is the CV screening, next two interviews with a senior consultant and later on with an associate. They basically evaluate your finance and accounting skills. Questions like 'how do you do a valuation of a firm?' or 'how do you estimate the cost of capital curve for a public-listed company?', etc. Finally, a business case presentation to the managing director and VPs.

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    • The hardest part is the final interview, which is a business case presentation to the Managing Director and VPs. They ask you questions about the assumptions and criteria you used to do a firm valuation. You can expect any sort of finance, accounting and corporate governance question.   1 Answer

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Stern Stewart.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Detailed technical questions, for example: Give detailed steps on how you would go about finding the optimal capital structure of a client.   Answer Question

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Stern Stewart in January 2011.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • How much would you pay for a major McDonald's store licence?   Answer Question
    • On which kind of products are consumers in retail more price-sensitive?   Answer Question

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Stern Stewart (Johannesburg (South Africa)) in March 2008.

    Interview

    - 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!

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Market related, not much wiggle room. Do some research.


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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Stern Stewart (Munich, Bayern (Germany)).

    Interview

    1. Runde: 3 Interviews; bei Weiterkommen zusätzliche Präsentation sowie Partnergespräch

    Der Tag beginnt mit einer Unternehmenspräsentation, danach werden drei Gespräche durchgeführt.
    Laut offizieller Homepage sind es Case Interviews, bei mir wurde jedoch überwiegend Finanzwissen abgefragt (Gemeinsamkeit Bilanz-GuV, Unterschied Rückstellungen-Rücklagen, Forderungsmanagement usw.) - relativ ungeschickt, da ich keinen Finance Hintergrund habe.
    Entsprechend kam ich auch nicht in die nächste Runde.
    Die Atmosphäre war insgesamt nicht angenehm, die Berater schienen nicht wirklich an der Person des Bewerbers interessiert, es wurde auch kein Austausch zwischen den Bewerbern ermöglicht.

    Interview Questions

    • Sie dürfen sich eine einzige Zahl aus dem Jahresabschluss eines Unternehmens heraussuchen um zu beurteilen, ob es sinnvoll ist, eine halbe Million Euro in das Unternehmen zu investieren. Welche Zahl würden Sie wählen?   Answer Question

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