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# Financial Analyst Interview Questions in San Jose, CA

Interviewers will expect financial analyst candidates to be well-versed in financial markets, modeling, and analysis. Make sure you are comfortable with both micro and macroeconomics. In addition to highly technical questions, be ready to answer a few behavioral questions that will show off your communication and collaboration skills.

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Oct 4, 2012
 No questions were really that difficult. The only brain teaser that was a bit challenging and threw me off a bit initially: 5 stacks of coins that looks identical. each stack has 5 coins each. 4 of those stacks weigh the same, 1 stack has coins that weigh exactly 1 pound less. using a digital scale once, find out the position of the stack that is less weight.3 AnswersDo they give you the weight of the normal sack or the total weight of all sacks?Call the expected weight of a coin x. You know that four stacks have 5 coins that each weigh x, so each stack weighs 5x. One stack has coins that weigh y, where y < x, so this stack weighs 4y. You can take one coin from the first stack, two from the second, ..., five from the last. The expected weight of this stack is 1(x) + 2(x) + 3(x) + 4(x) + 5(x) = 15x. Your scale will give you a smaller number, and the difference between 15x will tell you which stack has the light coins. For example, if x = 1lb and y = 0.9lbs, and your scale tells you 14.6, you know that you must account for 0.4lbs. If each light coin has a 0.1 deficit, you know there were four of those coins, so stack 4 has the light coins.Should have specified that all the coins in the special stack weigh 1 pound less, not just some of them.

### Financial Analyst at Cisco Systems was asked...

Feb 25, 2009
 If you were a Cereal what kind of Cereal would you be?5 AnswersWheaties all the way baby!I'd be oatmeal, cuz i'd fill you upWhatever you say, just don't answer "Fruit Loops"!Show More ResponsesCheerios because I can lead to a healthy heartUnless the inteviewer has a PHD in psychology and cant even begin to understand what could actually be learned that is relevant from such an idiotic question. If someone asked me this question I would laugh and ask if they were serious. I probably would excuse myself from the interview.

### Business Analyst Or Financial Analyst (Consulting) at WalkWater Technologies was asked...

Dec 13, 2012
 Do you know what ERP is? 2 AnswersNo, I do not know much about it. I believe that it stands for Enterprise... something. - I was told not to worry about that. They will train me. The truth is, I do not have an IT background and I am not interested in a career in IT. I do not want to train in a new field that I do not have a personal interest. They never asked if I wanted to become a IT person.Enterprise Resource Planning

Feb 21, 2010
 How much does a new york cabbie make in a day?2 Answersassuming 12 hour shifts, he needs 2 tanks of gas (\$100 in NYC). He needs a take home of \$20 / hour (\$140). \$10/h for the car, insurance, damage and other vehicle-related costs (\$120). Another \$100 for miscellaneous costs (referrals, wasted time / loss, etc.). So, he'd have to at least make \$460 just to cover his costs and with a margin of error of about 10%, that's somewhere between \$400 and \$500 per day. Does anyone know how much a cabbie in NYC actually makes?Briefly drove a cab in NYC. Your figures are close. Here are expenses: 1. Lease - \$100 for a twelve hour shift (2 years ago. Different now? Don't know) Bear in mind that you can only drive for 11 of those twelve hours. Gotta figure in breaks and paperwork and getting gas etc. 2. Gas - You only need one tank of gas in my experience. That's about \$40. So total expenses are about \$140 per day. The average fare you will receive is about \$9.00. You can average about 3 fares per hour. That's 33 times 9 coming in. So your daily revenue is about \$300. 300 - 140 gives 160. These are fairly optimistic numbers. The average is probably more like \$100 per day and it's hard work. I did not enjoy it, so I quit after a couple of months.

### Financial Analyst Staff at Coherent was asked...

Jan 19, 2012
 How would you handle a circumstance when you had a routine project from your manager (who is out of town), but received a request for assistance to complete a project another team is working on?1 AnswerI would assess my ability to contribute to the project and work on both, helping the other team complete their project while continuing to make progress toward cimpleting the work I was tasked with from my manager (who is out of town).

### Senior Financial Analyst at Molecular Devices was asked...

Jan 21, 2013
 Most of the questions were job related to my previous experience in Financial Planning and Analysis, forecasting and budgeting. Asked about the process of performing those responsibilites in my previous companies, what financial and ERP systems used, described experience in working with other team members, business partners, etc. Specific questions about my overall system skills and skills in Hyperion Enterprise as the company is using Hyperion Enterprise financial system.1 AnswerMy responses were very positive as the job requirements were good match with my qualifications and background; I also possess very strong system skills as I used various financial systems before.

### Financial Analyst at Yahoo was asked...

Oct 12, 2011
 What would your best friend say about you? Can you tell me a joke?1 AnswerThese were part of the behavioral section and were part of a series of questions like this.