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Portfolio Management Group-Fixed Income Analyst was asked...21 November 2010

You have a birthday cake and have exactly 3 slices to cut it into 8 equal pieces. How do you do it?

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Assuming the cake is square: slice 1: cut horizontally to create 2 equal pieces slice 2: cut vertically to create 4 equal pieces slice 3: line up all 4 pieces of cake side by side and cut horizontally to create 8 equal pieces. don't stack, it will ruin the frosting. Less

Cut each slice into 3 slices. Then eat one of them.

Slice it horizontally across the middle creating two equal halves top and bottom. Then simple two slice cross from above like normal. Less

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How many baby diapers are used per year in the UK?

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a Sh***t load

None - because they're called nappies in the UK.

I could give 2 answers to this and both are correct: 1 - Twice half the number or 2 - Don't know. 2 would be my preferred answer and I have answered 'don't know' to a lot of interview questions. If I don't know, I don't know and I am not going to spout BS. Lets get onto the next question. Less

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Morgan Stanley

What is GC.

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GC stands for Green Card, if you have a engineering degree and are techinical, you have to wait a lifetime to get it, but if you marry some kalli, then you can get it next day Less

oh, GC stands for Garbage Collection in the interview...

good coffee

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Susquehanna International Group (SIG)

5 people go out to dinner, all different ages, what are the chances they will sit around the table in age order in either direction>

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5*2/5! youngest can sit in any of 5 seats, then 2 ways of ordering people around him. total # of ways with order and positions on table distinct is 5! ways Less

1/12= 1*(2/4)*(1/3)*(1/2)*1

2/5!=1/60 2 ways of seating in the order of age: clockwise and counter-clockwise. 5*4*3*2*1=5!=120 ways of seating. Imagine the guests seat one by one, and the first person was to choose a seat. He has 5 choices. The second person can choose among any of the 4 remaining seats. Etc. You have 5! possible combinations. Less


If you had 100 million dollars to do whatever with it you like, what would you do? Would you invest it? If so, what would be your first trade?

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I would have a chain of liquor stores in poor neighborhoods, buy properties, put 10% in CDs, and look to invest in tech companies that deal with renewable resources (solar,wind, water). Less

Would Help Juanita expand her horizons! #1 Investment: Myself! (Get out of Debt! and go on vacation!) #2 Buying Foreclosures, Flipping them and Incorporating as a Rental Property Company #3 Investing Those Proceeds #4 Buy my own Land, Build my Own House to which will run on renewable resources! #5 Donate To many charities that support our environment, our animals, and nothing to do with humans! #6 Live Comfortably, Humbly, and Happily! Less

Oh Carlos, how boring. I'd buy 100 million shares of Enron, then move the rest to my bank account. Less

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First Empire Securities

What value could you provide to the firm?

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How much draw do you think you would need to get going?


Fidelity International

shl format questions for the online test

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do you mind sharing how the video interview was? I have mine coming up in a couple of days Less

Could you share about the video interview?


They asked me to calculate how many times I had to fold a piece of paper to get to the height of the Empire State Building.

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I said that based on the info provided there was no way to calculate the amount of times but that I would use exponential growth. Less


Morgan Stanley

How would you invest $1 million?

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While seemingly not a difficult question, it is important that you specify additional conditions: tolerable levels of risk, return objectives, etc etc. Once you've outlined the more specific objectives, you must be able to explain why you think each sector/security you would invest in would be a wise investment. Less


Describing your self and answering personality related questions

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It varies, Be as honest as possible. It's a personality test

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