# Equity research analyst Interview Questions

Equity research analysts offer information and analysis to clients to help them make decisions about investments. In an equity research analyst interview, employers might ask specialized questions about stocks to ensure you can predict trends and analyze data to offer reliable recommendations.

## Top Equity Research Analyst Interview Questions & How To Answer

Here are three top equity research analyst questions and how to answer them:

### Question #1: What is the difference between enterprise value and equity value?

How to answer: This question tests your understanding of a basic investment concept. Explain that enterprise value captures a stock's current value to shareholders, while equity value is the market value and net debt. An ideal answer might also explain how these two values are found and how they could help you and your clients make decisions.

### Question #2: Describe an equity research report.

How to answer: Equity research reports are a commonly used tool. Aim to show the interviewer that you are skilled in creating these reports. Explain that this is a report delivered to a client where you recommend that they buy, hold, or sell a stock and justify each recommendation. Detail all of the information included in the report, including the industry overview, company financials and ratio, valuations and projections, management overview, and finally, the recommendation.

### Question #3: Pitch me a stock.

How to answer: With your answer, showcase your sales skills. Speak to the interviewer the way you would speak to a client. Choose a company, and reference the information you would include on an equity research report. Prove that you stay updated on the latest news in stocks.

### What has been your experience in handling teacher evaluation issues?

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My first responsibility is to protect the school's best interest, which is often making sure that the teacher is well taken care of. If a teacher is receiving bad evaluations I would investigate to make sure that the bad reports are not ot of the teacher's control and then address the issue to solve it either way: teacher's fault or not. Less

### If the clock is at 9:30, what angle is it at?

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Isn't it 90 + 15 = 105 degrees?

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Yea its 105 degrees

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It's 90 degrees between 9 and 6 o'clock but the hour hand will move half way towards 10. Since there's 3 hours between the 9 and 6 we can say 1 hour = 90/3 = 30. The initial 90 degrees + the additional (1/2)*30 = 105 degrees. Less

### Pitch a stock with your following rationale

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If margins remain the same, earnings should come in closer to last year's .26 vs estimates of .20. Less

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NSSC is the little stock that should and will at some point. It has produced a double digit earnings surprise in each of the last 4 quarters. It will in the coming quarter as well, as management assures that they will produce flat revenues for the coming quarter of Less

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NSSC is the little stock that should and will at some point. It has produced a double digit earnings surprise in each of the last 4 quarters. It will in the xoming quarter Less

### How to calculate the market capitalization from the market share of a company

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total market cap of sector x market share

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market share price * nb of shares

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I was at my second year of university, and I didn't thought about the possibility of tricky questions, so I spent my time trying to find a solution and at the end I answered: "I don't know!" (How stupid I was) Less

### You have a fair penny. It takes a dollar to play and to win, you must flip 4 heads in a row for 10 dollars. Should you play?

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Expected Payoff: ((1/2)^4)*10 = 0.625 Cost = 1 ==> No

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I will consider 2 cases. First case: we pay a buck to flip the coin 4 times and if we don't get 4 heads, we again pay a dollar to flip the coin 4 times and the results of the first round do not count (i.e getting THHH for the first round and HTTT for the second won't do).So here we pay 1 dollar for 4 flips. In this case we would expect HHHH to happen once in 16 rounds (since the probability of having HHHH is 1/16). Then expected value of this game = -16 (the cost of playing 16 rounds) + 10 = -6. Hence, we shouldn't play. Second case: we pay a dollar to flip the coin 4 times and if we do not get 4 heads we pay another buck for ONE more flip until we get 4 heads in a row. Let us work out the expected number of flips to get 4 heads in a row. Let Ei = expected number of flips to get i heads in a row. Then E4 = 0.5 * E3 + 0.5 * E4 + 1 (since if we get a head then the problem is reduced to finding the expected number of flips to get 3 heads in a row (ie E3), if we get a tail, then we start from scratch (ie E4)). Similarly, E3 = 0.5 * E2 + 0.5 * E4 + 1; E2 = 0.5 * E1 + 0.5 * E4 + 1; E1 = 0.5 * E0 + 0.5 * E4 + 1; E0 = 0 since the expected number of flips required to get 0 heads is simply zero. Solving these equations, we get that E4 = 30, ie we expect to flip the coin 30 times until we get 4 heads in a row. Remember that the first 4 flips cost us a dollar and EACH subsequent flip is an extra dollar. So the cost of this game would be 1 + 26 = 27. So the epected value of this game = - 27 + 10 = - 17. Therefore, we shouldn't play this game. Less

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EV is -3/8

### Relation of cement sector companies profitability with the fall of INR.

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Import of coal ...fuel...cost more.

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depends on exim policy as well

### please do a stock pitch

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I don’t know if you’ll see this but what else were you asked? and when was this interview? Also, was it really technical or more behavioral ? Less

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It happened in Oct 2020. Some other questions are pretty basic such as 'tell me something about your work experience','why would you like to work in equity research' . Less

### If you have 8 marbles and one is lighter than the rest, using a scale how would you figure out which one it is in two steps?

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Step 1: Select any 6 marbles. Place 3 marbles on each side of the scale. If one side goes up, go to Step 3. If they balance go to Step 2. Step 2: Place the two remaining marbles on the scale. The marble that goes up is the light marble. vStep 3: Using the 3 marbles that went up in Step 1, select any 2 marbles. Place one marble on each side. If one side goes up, that is the light marble. If they balance the other marble is the light marble Less

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pick 6 at random and measure 3x3. If both groups eqaul, then lighter marble is one of the two remaining. Measure those to get your lightest. If 3x3 are unequal, take the lighter group, withdraw one at random, and measure the remaining two. If they equal, then the wothdrawn one is the lightest, if not, the lighter one will be on the scale Less

### Questions related to ratio analysis. Financial statements.

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what kind of interview will be there with client?

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Hi can you tell the what questions for the tests were?