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Banking interview questions

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:51 pm
by JohnV
I found these interview questions asked on the Kent University website which people might find useful. They have been asked in previous banking job interviews.

What do you know about us? (Morgan Stanley and Citibank)
What attracted you to us? (Morgan Stanley)
Why do you want to work for us? (J.P. Morgan and Citibank)
What would you say is the most important aspect of our work culture? (Morgan Stanley)
What does the Operations and Finance division do? Who are our clients? What is the main function of an investment bank? (Morgan Stanley)
Tell me what you know about the investment banking industry. (Morgan Stanley)
Why do you want to work in investment banking? (J.P. Morgan)
Why have you applied to Global Credit Risk Management rather than trading? (J.P. Morgan)

Hope these seem useful. They are rather generic but I guess every little helps. I might be looking to join one of the banks and have found that the interviews are quite difficult, especially at the moment with the problems with the financial markets which seems to have reduced the number of jobs available.

Re: Banking interview questions

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:34 pm
by simonwallace
There are a few banking jobs listed on the web site for HSBC at

If you can spare a minute please help out the site by sharing some of the interview questions you face during banking interviews.

Re: Banking interview questions

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:10 pm
by Greeny
I always found that banking interviews could vary a lot depending upon the interviewer and the position you were going for.

I would suggest that it is definitely a good idea to read the FT or Bloomberg website for the few weeks leading up to the interview. Know basic facts such as what the central bank base rate is currently set at...

Re: Banking interview questions

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:14 pm
by simonwallace
Useful sites for financial and economic information include:

It is also worth looking into the government national statistics department in the country where you are looking for work. This will generally have some interesting data and research.

In Europe the statistis office is called Eurostat - Eurostat

Re: Banking interview questions

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:53 pm
by Greeny
That's a good list Simon...I've always liked the Bloomberg website as it is very comprehensive, updated regularly and doesn't have many adverts.

I also like the BBC news website for something quick and easy on the world of business and finance. Its generally well written and easy to understand. I sometimes think they have a bit of a negative bias at the moment though. They seem to highlight when oil prices rise much more than when they this an environmentalist agenda or am I just paranoid :)