Why Finance Interview Questions | How to Give a Great Answer! finance interview questions

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I give you four different ideas for how to answer WHY FINANCE interview questions for: investment banking, corporate finance, a general answer, and my personal answer.

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If you don’t know me already, my name is Eric and I’ve worked in finance for the last eight years starting as an intern and now working in executive roles, so I’ve both interviewed candidates and been interviewed for finance roles many times.

Let’s get to it.

“Why finance” interview questions are hard to answer.

For some reason we just aren’t ready for someone to ask us, “why are you interested in finance?”

The reason these questions are so hard to answer is because many people go into finance for the money – and that is a pretty boring answer (and also a boring reason to work in a field)!

Fortunately for us, finance is an exhilarating and dynamic field. I could give you a MILLION reasons why I work in finance that have nothing to do with money.

In this video I give you ideas on how to answer four of the most common versions of this interview question.

FOUR POSSIBLE “WHY FINANCE?” INTERVIEW QUESTION ANSWERS:

0:28 why finance interview questions (general answer, any role)
1:32 why investment banking interview question (investment roles)
2:45 why corporate finance interview question (operational roles)
4:15 BONUS: why are you interested in finance (my personal answer!)

DISCLAIMER: This is how I would answer these questions, but it doesn’t mean that it is the best or the only way.

At the end of the day, all finance people help to allocate capital, however, they do so in very different contexts.

Answers to “why corporate finance” interview questions should revolve around an interest in operating and building companies – especially with startups.

Answers to the “why investment banking” interview question should revolve around interest in structuring transactions, creating liquidity, and building value that way.

Responses for an MBA candidate would just depend on the interests of the person, but could be a blend of all of these answers, or something else entirely.

Hope this helps you crush your finance interview!

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11 comments

Eric Andrews 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

🚨 Who's interested in being a part of my Finance for Startups program that's launching November 14th? There will be limited space. Join the early-bird waitlist to get access before the general public here: https://www.startupfinancecourse.com/earlybird-opt-in

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Yash Agarwal 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

Awesome video Eric, thank you for such good content.

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yash arora 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

thanks Eric! Helpful 🙂

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sharda bharati 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

Thank you 👍 Eric

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Cinthia Sabillon 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

This is awesome! Thanks for these helpful videos Eric 🙂

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Eric Andrews 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

Been getting a lot of comments asking about case studies in finance interviews 😎 so I just released a lesson on Solving a Finance Case Study + Making a Recommendation ► https://youtu.be/qURd_jDrQsI

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Carlos Calderon de la Cruz 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

Hi Eric, great videos, really useful and easy following your explanations. Thank you for that. Do you have a B2B model or B2B2C. For example, A Credit Card company provides credit Cards to employees of a company. Thanks!

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dees900 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

I just watched for 1.33 mins and then click subscribe. Then I clicked the play button !!!

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Duncan Mahood 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

Reminds me of some of the things people like Chamath Palihapitiya talk about – ethical capital allocation and taking the long view to solve hard problems for society. Very helpful perspective, thanks Eric!

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Angélica Hernández 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

Hey Eric, like always this is really helpful. I also love the study guide!!. Thanks

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Eric Andrews 24/11/2021 - 3:44 Sáng

Curious – why are YOU interested in finance? What is your unique vision?

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