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You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?

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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.

If you had 100 million dollars to do whatever with it you like, what would you do? Would you invest it? If so, what would be your first trade?

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After just about 5 minutes into the interview they jumped right to how much I would like to make at the position.

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Prior salary

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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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How deep is the deepest part of the ocean? If you were to drop a bowling ball from a boat over the deepest point in the bottom, how long would it take until it hit the bottom?

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What is your favorite class that you've taken that did not have to do with your major?

What did the 10 year T-note close at last night?

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Why are spreads so compressed in Investment Grade?

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