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# Analyst/Senior ANalyst Interview Questions

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### Senior Data Analyst at Capital One was asked...

Apr 28, 2011
 case study: credit card insurance profit per customer cost of mailing \$0.5, response rate 1%, average balance per month \$1000, insurance charges 1% of average balance monthly, customer claim rate 5% (once insured customer files a claim, the balance will be wiped and C1 lose \$1000). Question: profit per customer, graph claim rate vs response rate, graph profit vs response rate and find the response rate for maximum profit (r=1%) 3 Answers Can you write the profit equation for credit insurance case. Shouldn't it be P = Rev - Cost = x*(1/100)*1000 - x*(y/100)*1000 - 100*0.5 Where x- response rate, y - claims rate (assumption 100 mails sent) How are u getting the response rate for max profit as 1%. Isn't profit always negative here. this case is so common that I've seen it more than 4 times on Glassdoor. Aspirant you are wrong because premiums are paid monthly, while loss is assumed yearly. This has already been a "must case" for analysts interviews. If you are tested on this at year of 2013, 2014 and have no idea how to solve it, shame on you. btw, there is no enough info to determine response rate vs claim rate here. they appears independently in the question. I guess you have to clearly ask for info here.

### Senior Financial Analyst at Groupon was asked...

May 21, 2012
 If it is 3:15. how many degrees are between the little and big hand? 5 Answers 7.5 degrees 7.5 degrees 7.5 degrees For every 360 degrees the little hand moves, the big hand moves 30 degrees; therefore, when the little hand moves 90 degrees (to the 15 minute mark), the big hand moves 7.5 degrees. Show More Responses At quarter past the hour, the minute-hand is exactly at 3:00 but the hour-hand has moved 1/4 of the way between 3:00 and 4:00. Therefore 1/4 times 1/12 = 1/48 of the clock. With the clock having 360 degrees, 360/48 = 7.5 degrees. 90 degrees

Dec 5, 2011
 Anti-freeze: planning to buy a company with 12.5 in cash, 10% bonds for the remaining amount. Total worth of the company \$137.5. assuming there is no discount rate. When will u break-even. And is it a good buy? Part(2) - Anti-freeze is currently priced at \$8, with 60% market share; there are other products in the market(A) priced at \$7 with 15% market share, (B) at \$7 with 7% market share and (c) with \$5 and 10% market share. Should we consider decreasing our price by \$1 or NOT? 3 Answers Hi, do you mind post the answer as well? Appreciate it. What are we breaking even with ? The 12.5 cash investment ? How much cash flow does the new product generate ? breakeven: you paid 12.5 today, and 137.5 in future, and no interest rate, so you have to make 150 to break-even. pricing: have to have cost and volume, and historical data of price elasticity. If not, use breakeven analysis. assuming total market volume remains as price drops, and that this price elasticity takes into consideration of all factors including dynamics of market share rebalance and volume change to this company only, set price elasticity to be x, cost to be c, total volume to be V, we have (8-c)*0.6V = (7-c)*0.6V*(1-x/8), x=(c-7)/8, if absolute value of price volatility is larger than this, we decrease price.

### Senior Analyst at FedEx was asked...

Aug 29, 2012
 You are the project lead on a plan to roll out a new product in China. What factors would you need to consider and what questions would you need to ask in evaluating the potential for success or failure? 4 Answers Remember your SWOT analysis from school? Here's where that comes in. Trustworthiness, perseverance together with faith in God that you can do the best you can. What will encourage you most to do the job well and how will you be a role model to your position. I will touch the deepest emotions of the Chinese people so that they feel like the product, I realized art will understand. this is the most humane way to me. Show More Responses Communication with team members is one of the most important aspects to succeed. Making sure the execution of the plan is in writing and all team members are aware of their duties. Research the market and their needs and make sure these needs are met with your new product. Perform analysis and financial forecast with the costs and revenues to calculate profit margin and future growth.

### Senior Operations Analyst at Capital One was asked...

Aug 31, 2011
 CASE: Recovering Written-off Past Due Balances 6 months past due, avg \$2000 balance, 15% pay in full, profitable? If introduce settlement option for 60% of balance, 10% pay settlement but 5% of them dont pay in full, better choice? With new model, now 9% pay in full, but with settlement option now 10% take settlement but a third of original payers dont pay in full, better? etc. (poorly worded and confusing case. unhelpful vague interviewer, arggg, cost me the job). 3 Answers make sure to clearly differentiate and calculate the "no settlement" and "settlement" scenarios in each variation, and understand the relationships between the two. Hi Sir, Can you explain the no settlement/settlement scenario for one of variations. I am not able to understand the question. Assume 100 people own a loan For 1st Variation - Avg 2000\$ balance, 15% pay in full Payment Received = 15*2000 = 30000\$ Loss = 85*2000 = 170000\$ How can i tell if its profitable (compare to what) with this info ? For 2nd variation With Settlement - 60% of balance = 2000*0.6 = 1200\$ Payment = 10*1200 = 12000 \$ 5% don't pay in full ? Does it mean they pay some % of settlement amount (1200) ? Also for no settlement option for this variation, whats the data ? For new model (is it same as 2nd variation - 60% of balance?) without settlement - 9 % pay in full = 9*2000 = 18000 with settlement - 10% take settlement = 10*1200 = 12000 3rd of original payers = 3rd of 9% = 3% don't pay in full (what does this mean, do they pay less than 1200\$ for each of them or zero dollars) If you could guide with one of the variations, i would be able to understand the problem. one third of original payers i.e. 33.33 payers, assuming that there are 100 payers in all.

### Senior Financial Analyst at Whirlpool Corporation was asked...

Jan 18, 2012
 Why do you want to work at Whirlpool? 2 Answers Obviously there's no one right answer, but affirming the firm's self perception that it has great people and great leadership development is probably worth mentioning (for what it's worth, I think that's an accurate self perception). "Whirlpool is attractive to me for many reasons, and I will focus on the two most important. First and foremost, I love what I do. Every day, I wake up excited about the challenges that await me. I find the development and realization of new ideas through the collaboration of a skilled team extremely rewarding. Some days, I can’t believe I get paid to do what I do! I know that Whirlpool will present me with unique opportunities to use my skills everyday. Secondly, I greatly admire Whirlpool’s culture of growth and personal development. I love to learn and apply new skills, and I know that there is no lack of investment by Whirlpool in their people. This investment speaks well of Whirlpool and their ability to endure as a company far into the future."

### Senior Financial Analyst - Fulfillment Center at Amazon was asked...

Aug 15, 2013
 Nothing difficult or unexpected, I just did not have answers to all of their "tell me a time when" questions, because in some instances there was no "time when" I am a career financial analyst, I do not have managerial experience. If I had a managerial background I would be writing a review about how well I did and how I got a job offer. Be honest with yourself, they miss a lot in the phone screenings. 2 Answers Hi, did they let you know when there is no offer? how long it took? thank you. Yes they are very good about letting you know within 3 days. But honestly I think you will know before you leave your interviews in your gut if you got it. If you got it they will let you know even sooner.

### Senior Financial Analyst at Capital One was asked...

Apr 28, 2012
 How many angels fit on the head of a pin 3 Answers 10 hey! I don't even understand this question!! Native English speakers, "angels" in the heaven? "pin" to use on the paper? Makes no sense to me. It's a question without an answer that you would reasonably know. Like, "How many ping pong balls can fit in a bus?" The point is to see how logically you work through the answer.

### Senior Financial Analyst Planning at Capital Group was asked...

Jan 20, 2010
 Why do you want to work at Capital Group? 2 Answers Recruiter is listening for key words here; do your homework on the company's mission statement, etc. there is no mission statement. be aware of the culture - they lap that up. focus on consistency, integrity, respect for the individual, the focus on service to customers that the company has. and how they have low turn over, so clearly this is a place people feel comfortable staying for the long haul. this might change now, given that they have laid off 1300 people in the last 18-24 months...
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