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# Finance Interview Questions

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Nov 9, 2011

### Associate Finance Manager at Unilever was asked...

Mar 20, 2010
 If you could know for sure either the Sales, Costs, or Advertising Costs associated with launching a new product which would you choose?2 AnswersI chose Costs thinking if you knew the marginal costs going forward you could work around the rest. Asked some classmates their thoughts some agreed others thought Sales would be better to know. One or more comments have been removed. Please see our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service for more information.

### Accounting/Finance Intern at ConocoPhillips was asked...

Oct 17, 2012
 How have you used microsoft excel in to help solve a problem.1 AnswerKept my hours when doing privated contracting. Also, kept items expenses.

### Finance Analyst at Morgan Stanley was asked...

Apr 3, 2011
 3. Stock A has a volatility of 20%, B has a volatility of 30%, and their correlation coefficient is 50%. They have the same expect returns. Suppose we can buy x share of A, and 1-x share of B. Then what the x should be for us to invest to make our portfolio has the minimum volatility? 1 AnswerThe vols add in quadrature, with the caveat that the interference term has the correlation factor in there. So: sig(port)^2 = x^2*sig(A)^2+(1-x)^2*sig(B)^2+2*x*(1-x)*sig(A)*sig(B)*rho(AB) Take the partial with respect to x and set that equal to zero. Solve for x and get: x = 6/7

### Senior Finance Manager at ACN was asked...

Aug 25, 2009
 Tell me about your management style.1 AnswerHands off. Let the subordinates do their jobs while overseening process. I do not micro manage.

### Finance Controller Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs was asked...

Feb 18, 2013
 Tell me about a time when you were working in a team and your opinion was challenged.1 AnswerI asked the team member to explain their opinion. No one is perfect, so keeping an open mind when listening to a team member’s response is key. There were times a team member could convince me they were right and other times when I could explain why my opinion may be the better option.

### Manager Finance-Financial Planning and Analysis at Honeywell was asked...

Feb 13, 2013
 Tell me about a time when you received poor feedback on your performance. What was it and how did you handle it?Be the first to answer this question

### Quantitative Finance Summer Associate at Morgan Stanley was asked...

Aug 5, 2010
 At a party everyone shakes hands, 66 hand shakes occur, how many people are at the party? 9 Answers12requires explanationit's not 12, it's 11Show More Responses12sum of the series 66= n/2( 2*1 + (n-1)*1) n=12You can suppose there are n people in the room and think of them in a row. The first one has to shake hands with (n-1) people (because he doesn't have to shake hands with himself). The second one has already shaken hands with the first one, so he has (n-2) shakes remaining... and so on. So you have to sum: (n-1)+(n-2)+(n-3)+...+1= (n/2)*(n-1) Then you have to solve (n/2)*(n-1)=66 and you get n=12.n(n-1)/2=66 so n=12You can think of this problem as a combination problem: (N choose 2) = 66, and then solve for N. That is, N! / (2! (N-2)! ) = 66. Simplifying this equation leads to N(N-1)/2 = 66, and the integer solution to this problem is N = 12.66=x!/((x-2)!*2) which gives 12