If you have a phone interview or attend a super day, you will 100% be asked multiple quantitative questions. These will include brain teasers, finance questions, and general math questions.
You need to learn the common questions that will be asked. It is important that you do your best and try to get as many right as you can. Click on the picture to the right to download a list of quantitative questions you might be asked.
The answers to many of the questions can be found in the links below and online. There are also some helpful sites that help in preparing and learning the questions. If you have any questions after searching the internet or using one of the links below please contact us and we may be able to answer a question or provide materials that can help you. Our advice below does not dive into a specific question (there are plenty of resources that already do that), rather it helps guide you on how to answer the questions.
1. Walk Through The Question
Technical questions are designed to see how you think and work through a problem. Remember in high school when your math teach wouldn’t give you credit if you didn’t show your work? Same thing applies in interviews. Talk through each step of the problem. Say, “We have these parameters and need to find X. This means that you first do this and then you do that and finally you get to this value.” Even if you get the question wrong, stepping through the problem will show the interviewer how you problem solve.
2. Getting A Question Wrong is OK
We can’t emphasize this enough, getting a question wrong is not the end of the world. In the interviews for the jobs we currently have, we made mistakes on technical questions. All of our friends can say the same thing. Companies are looking for well-rounded people that are smart, hard-working, and motivated. 1 or 2 wrong technical questions doesn’t change the perception of you, as long as you walked through the question and were not combative.
3. Ask Clarifying Points
It is completely acceptable to ask clarifying questions. Nobody expects you to fully understand everything or know every single finance term or question. Feel free to ask 1 or 2 clarifying points, but don’t go overboard. People want to see that you are curious.
4. Be Confident
Confidence is key for answering any type of interview question. You might be completely wrong and have no idea how to do something, but if you say it with confidence chances are you will most likely be okay.
5. Don’t Be Combative
The last thing you want to do is be combative with questions. Don’t be a know-it-all and don’t correct the interviewer. That is a one way ticket to getting kicked out of an interview and never being asked to come back. Be humble. Be nice. Be curious.