PRESENTING: 11 Incredibly Tricky Wall Street Interview Questions

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Wall Street is notorious for the gruelling interviews they put potential interns and employees through.The questions asked are erratic, and range anywhere from complex industry questions to brain teasers to situation questions that may test your moral fibre.

So when the posters at the forum Wall Street Oasis posed the question “What’s the hardest interview you were ever asked?” we couldn’t help but be interested in what the posters had to say.

We found that most of the “hardest questions ever” were open-ended situation inquiries that had no right or wrong answer, so we threw together the best of them. Think you have the “correct” answer? Think again. And for more advice from the experienced Wall Street Oasis posters head to their conference on July 28th.

Q: What line on your resume is the most bullshit?

Asked by a UBS managing director.

Source: Clever Name on Wall Street Oasis

This might put you in a pickle.

Source: SFTechUES on Wall Street Oasis

Q: Do you view this as your dream career?

Of course you're supposed to say yes, but it's the follow up that's a killer.

Source: Dank Nugs on Wall Street Oasis

Q: If in two years, you receive an offer for more money on the buyside, will you turn it down because this is your dream career?

The killer follow up. This is what makes people freeze up.

Source: Dank Nugs on Wall Street Oasis

Q: Are you trying to f*ck us over?

This was asked by one interviewer during a 2-on-1 interview. When the candidate froze, the other interviewer asked him 'Why didn't you say no?!'

Be wary of mind games!

Source: BlackHat on Wall Street Oasis

Q: How did being a bullying victim during high school shape the way you viewed the world?

This was apparently asked at an interview for Ray Dalio's legendary Bridgewater.

Question is: Who said the candidate was bullied? The assumption throws people off guard. Be careful of that.

Source: chicandtoughness on Wall Street Oasis

The posters at Wall Street Oasis had some creative answers to this Goldman Sachs interview question, including 'I'd offer you my sister,' 'I'd rather you sleep with me,' or 'She doesn't do charity work, sorry!'

Source: Will Hunting on Wall Street Oasis

See below for the full question, but it boils down to — what do you do when you've really screwed up?

'You, the new guy, get tasked with bringing 3 copies of a deck to a client meeting. Being the forgetful dunce you are, you drive to the meeting place only to realise you forgot to pack that in the car. Meeting's in 5 minutes, you've got no time to jet back. What do you tell your MD?'

Source: BanditPandit on Wall Street Oasis

Asked by a UBS managing director.

Source: Clever Name on Wall Street Oasis

This is an infamous Goldman Sachs interview question.

Source: HuffPost on Wall Street Oasis

In finance, beta is the volatility of an asset compared to the market as a whole. Think you can apply this on a personal basis?

Source: frgna on Wall Street Oasis

Answering some of those questions could end you in an embarrassing predicament...

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