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Nov 21, 2010

Data Analyst at Capital One was asked...

Nov 8, 2010
 Case interview: basic business problem (if product X costs Capital One \$4.00 per unit, with a \$800 sunk cost, and we charge X amount of dollars along with a \$10 annual fee, how many do we need to sell to break even, etc). Followed by a longer discussion of more complex problems that the situation might entail. 5 Answers Mostly algebra, basic economics, and common sense. total cost= 4x + 800 total income= x^2 + 10x to break even: 4x + 800 = x^2 + 10x solving for x by evaluating the quadratic equation above, x ~= 25.45 To break even, 26 units must be sold Why is x^2? Show More Responses Erin - it probably shouldn't be. The Revenue side should be (unit price + 10) * number of units sold. Dapo has assumed that unit price and number of units sold is the same since the letter X is used to describe both variables. That might be correct, but it would be an odd quirk of the question - I'd bet that you can ask what the unit price is. very good if all 3 of you are interviewing, I can get the position. It doesn't say the annual fee is per product, so you have to assume or ask if it is the case, and if not the # of customer and potential customers estimation. And that x^2 Dapo, did you pass the online test?

Data Analyst at Enova was asked...

May 22, 2012
 If you have a 5*5*5 cubic, what is the outside surface area? 3 Answers The simplest answer will be 5*5*5-3*3*3=98 Its surface area...not volume .So answer should be 6*(5*5) Looking at the first answer makes me doubtful about what a cubic means. If its a cube only, then the answer should be 6*(5*5), as mentioned above.

Customer Service at Wells Fargo was asked...

Mar 20, 2009
 Pretend I need to buy a pen, and your company sells pens. Why should I buy your pen? 2 Answers I described the look and feel of the pen. How it was about the same price as the competition, but it was a better quality and would last longer and therefore save them money in the long run when they wouldn't need to replace it as quickly. While this pen is slightly more expensive, it is of higher quality craftsmanship. It will not blot or leak like other pens tend to do and is most comfortable in your hand.

Bank Teller at J.P. Morgan was asked...

Mar 4, 2011
 1. Let's role play, sell me a bank product..... 2. If im a customer and I declined what you are trying to sell me... 2 Answers 1. Hello, welcome to chase, how can I be of assistance to you today? I see that you're not enrolled in our chase dollar for dollar, would you like more info on that today? 2. Customer: no, I don't have time. Teller: Well, can I write down your info and have a personal banker call you later? I think this is where I messed up, saying this, lead the branch manager to thinking I was over qualified. She mentioned tellers usually don't want to sale people anything, they just want to do a transaction. I think you did a great job. Another way to handle it would be (re 2) "I understand. I'd like for our personal banker to provide you with more information. When would be a good time for them to call you"? Then obtain phone number

Quantitative Analyst at Morgan Stanley was asked...

Jan 21, 2014
 What's the best unbiased estimator for a series random variables? 3 Answers I guess it is just a Gaussian distribution (Normal dist.). Since it has the smallest uncertainty (from quantum point of view) or variance. I guess it is just a Gaussian distribution (Normal dist.), since it has the smallest uncertainty (from quantum point of view) or variance. It is the OLS estimator (with Gauss-Markov approximations and normality), by Fisher's theorem on Maximum Likelihood Estimators.

Teller at Wells Fargo was asked...

Oct 31, 2011
 How did you handle an irate customer? 2 Answers Listen to them, understand their questions or concerns and proceed accordingly. Yes you listen. Then relate back to them what they are concerned or upset about. Let them know you can help and if you can't personally, you would like to share their concern with someone that can help further to resolve their issue immediately.

IT Associate at Morgan Stanley was asked...

Jan 15, 2012
 25 horses in a race. 5 horses can run as a group. what's the minimum # of runs required to find the fastest horse. 2 Answers I think 5. Split the horses into 5 groups of 5 then compare the time of the winners of each group. If time comparison is not allowed, then I'd say 6 races i.e. get all the winners to run one last race. Here is a different version of the problem but the answer is here - http://www.programmerinterview.com/index.php/puzzles/25-horses-3-fastest-5-races-puzzle/

Fund Accountant at Brown Brothers Harriman was asked...

Nov 19, 2012
 How far apart is the hour and minute hand a 3:15? 3 Answers 7.5 degrees 360 degrees on the clock. Each number is 360/12 = 30 degrees apart from one another. at 3:15, the minute hand is at 3 while the hour hand is 15/60 = 1/4 away from 3. So (1/4) * 30 = 30/4 = 7 + 2/4 = 7.5 degrees The previous two answers are incorrect. If it is 3:15, the hour hand and minute hand are in the same orientation. Therefore they would be 0 degrees apart.