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Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in December 2013.
Interview Details They were really nice, they asked very general questions and some technical questions (nothing too hard general stuff about M&A), I came from a non-finance background, they matched nterviewer(s) very carefully (in accordance to your background) - made me feel very comfortable and welcome.
Interview Question – Nothing that I can think of, very general questions Answer Question
Summer Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
Interviewed at Jefferies & Company
Interview Details First round: numeracy and verbal reasoning tests, the usual SHL stuff. Then two interviews, very conversational, relaxed, touched on a tiny bit of technical stuff with regards to valuation but that was all.
Second round: Three interviews then group exercise and presentation. Two of the three interviews again very conversational, they just want to know why Jefferies, why IBD, why not a bigger firm, which department are you interested in- the usual questions. Then there was the technical interview and you have to make sure you direct it to your strengths-what you know about otherwise they will probe and probe at a particular aspect of valuation. The interviewer got very detailed in his questions.
Interview Question – A curveball was thrown in one of the interviews: what is Jefferies's share price? View Answer
Summer Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Jefferies & Company
Interview Details Contacted me for a phone interview and spoke within two days. Spoke with a young analyst who had been with firm for just over a year. Standard questions, just going over different aspects of resume. Specifically asked about most important/hardest courses taken thus far and which parts of my leadership and community experience were most important
Interview Question – Pitch a stock. Answer Question
Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in February 2013.
Interview Details Approached by agency. London people enthusiastic and process quick. New York process slow and people seemed more lethargic.
Interview Question – Nothing too challenging. Hardest was, 'What have you got to offer that makes you unique?' Answer Question
Summer Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in November 2012.
Interview Details Two 40mins interviews. The first one was technical such as valuation model, what companies do with extra cash, something about special dividends. The second was motivational, just normal behavioral questions, nothing special. Then we were directed to a room to complete numerical and verbal reasoning tests which were exactly the same kind of questions as other online tests.
Interview Question – How are you going to invest with 100 million dollars? Answer Question
Trader Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Jefferies & Company.
Interview Details Initial round of interviews was pleasant and succinct. Met with most members of the team in the course of a 3 hour afternoon session. Second round with management was also brief, but less enjoyable. In hindsight, it gave an excellent indication of the uninspired manner in which the overall company is run.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult or unexpected. Answer Question
Vice President -- Risk Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Jefferies & Company.
Interview Details Phone, in-person interviews (3 rounds). Final round was meeting the seniors. Mediocre interviewers, so no need to worry too much. Most of the interviews were just talk-talk, nothing very serious.
Interview Question – Salary negotiation. They always try to low-ball you. You need to stay firm, and push back! Answer Question
Investment Banking Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Jefferies & Company
Interview Details Wasn't too hard. There were some technical questions, but they pretty much walked you through it and held your hand. It was more to see how you fit from a technical perspective. I met with all the senior bankers and never had a question that was like "how many marbles can fill an airplane, etc...". I thought it was more them trying to sell me than anything. But all in all, it wasn't too bad and was I left feeling very good about the job after I left. Got a call later that day that the job was mine.
Equity Research Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Jefferies & Company in January 2014.
Interview Details Initially there was a phone interview where we went over very general questions to affirm that I was a good candidate for the position, and that I was interested in the specific role. Then we planned an in-office interview for the next week. They were friendly and respectful throughout the entire process.
Interview Question – Most difficult question that I received in the interview was them asking for a complete stock pitch Answer Question
Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Jefferies & Company.
Interview Details Applied through an employee referral. Interview process consisted of two phone screens and a Super Day. 1st round interview was very straightforward and interviewers were nice. Asked standard questions about the main valuation methodologies and walking through DCF. not too hard.
2nd round interviewers asked similar questions but with more of a markets focus. No accounting questions were asked. interviewers lacked energy.
Interview Question – you don't have the same pedigree as the other candidates. why should we hire you? Answer Question
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