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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
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
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
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
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
Summer Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Jefferies & Company.
Interview Details 1st Round - Phone interview. Pitch me a stock, why S&T, basic fit questions.
2nd Round - Flew out to NY office, interviewed with 5 different employees. A couple 2 on 1 interviews and a 1 on 1 interview. Asked questions about resume, some fit questions, some technical questions.
Interview Question – None, felt well prepared. Answer Question
Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through another source and the process took a day - interviewed at Jefferies & Company.
Interview Details Met three different people - one senior, one sales and one trader. Most conversations were pretty casual and the atmosphere was fairly relaxed. All in all, it took about one and a half hour. Good experience. The people seemed very nice and open, and took good time to explain their jobs and backgrounds.
Interview Question – How do you handle a client who is wrong, but think he is right? Answer Question
Summer Equities Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Jefferies & Company
Interview Details One interview. Interviewer seemed interested; thought I was doing well. Received communication from them once all the second-round candidates had been chose, which I thought was unfair; better for everybody to know all at once. Communication of rejection was made by someone other than the interviewer.
Interview Question – None, since I got the feeling that I was prepared... Answer Question
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