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Manager of Finance was asked...November 9, 2011

### If a customer asked you how much paint we sell in a year and you had to calculate it on a napkin during a meeting, how would you do that?

I'd dip (dunk) that napkin in my glass of wine and ask the interviewer if that was close enough to the truth... Less

I don't understand why a customer would need to know this, nor is it their right/ business to know. And without knowing the cooperate policy, I would direct them to speak to a manager. (Now I'm curious what this scenario constitutes 'paint') Less

A lot

### How have you used microsoft excel in to help solve a problem.

Kept my hours when doing privated contracting. Also, kept items expenses.

### If you could know for sure either the Sales, Costs, or Advertising Costs associated with launching a new product which would you choose?

I 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. Less

### 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?

The 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 Less

Hands off. Let the subordinates do their jobs while overseening process. I do not micro manage. Less

### Tell me about a time when you were working in a team and your opinion was challenged.

I 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. Less

### What would you do, if you are in a situation where in you are requesting for a certain input from a very senior person in the management and he is not replying back to your emails, phone calls etc. And this input is crucial for you to meet a deadline.

to know the right way

Convey to the right chanel

I would start with emails, if that does not work, I would personally try to catch the supervisor and make sure I explain the situation or possible get the right advice I seek. Less

### At a party everyone shakes hands, 66 hand shakes occur, how many people are at the party?

12

You 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. Less

n(n-1)/2=66 so n=12