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How would you determine an equity value of firm with debt exceeding the enterprise value?

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First step: Make sure you ask whether there is cash. (its added back to get from EV to Equity Value) Even though company's equity is negative it still has value as there is probability that the company will recover. Thus equity can be estimated using a put option analysis because a company with negative equity is similar to an out of the money call option.

Well the second interview managed a hedge fund prior to coming to PwC, so the first thing he asked was a cryptic question regarding the current state of the capital markets and why I think it would be a good time to be a consultant in that industry.

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State a time when you used your abilities outside of work to accomplish a sale/achieve new business .

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How many traffic signals in NYC?

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Case study. They give you a case in real world financial situation. And they expect you to answer the questions regarding that.

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How to estimate number of people riding the subway every day without any information.

Given several numbers quickly, how do you get to Cash Flow from Operations? (Know accounting, especially cash flows statement)

Tell us about your most recent conflict resolution.

Why should we hire you for this group? Mainly the interview was about your specific background and experience.

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Talk about a time you dealt with a conflict between your personal and professional life. How did you prioritize the issues?

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