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

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

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

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

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

### What is GC.

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

### 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&gt;

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?

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

### What value could you provide to the firm?

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

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### shl format questions for the online test

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.

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

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### How would you invest \$1 million?

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

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

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