Fixed income analyst interview questions shared by candidates
You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?
Cut in half, stack, cut in half, stack, cut in half. All you have to worry about is the 45 degree rotation of one of the 4 pieces after the second cut. Blade can be kept in place, like a paper cutter, as to minimize the margin for error.
Slice it horizontally across the middle creating two equal halves top and bottom. Then simple two slice cross from above like normal.
Cut each slice into 3 slices. Then eat one of them.
Normal questions really. They weren't interested in prior employers investment process. An informal presentation on a company was required. You use their template, investment memo. They really a lot on excel spreadsheet models. Lots of reconciling numbers. They are NOT into the 80/20 rule. They aren't looking for a seasoned candidate that can bring new perspective(s) to the group, so don't try to impress them too much, especially with the trading of bonds and/or market technicals. Unlike other shops they aren't opportunistic. Very risk averse so don't go out on a limb and recommend a risky company that offers excellent relative value.
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