Business/Consulting Sample Interview Questions

Here is a resource for those that are looking to interview for business/consulting related positions. These are taken from actual interviews! A couple of the “Thinking Questions” were asked during Google interviews. I will continue to add to this list as I hear feedback from interviewers! If YOU would like to add more questions, please do so

Business/Consulting Questions

  1. How do you value a corporation?
  2. When do companies typically buy back stock?
  3. Why would a company issue stock rather than debt to finance its operations?
  4. What are some reasons a company would issue debt rather than equity to finance its operations?
  5. Where did the S&P 500 close yesterday?
  6. Who is a more senior creditor, a stockholder or a bondholder?
  7. Explain how a swap works.
  8. What would you do if you weren’t going into investment banking?
  9. What do you know about the culture of this firm vs. other firms?
  10. What do you think an investment banker actually does on a day-to-day basis?
  11. How would you go about valuing this department for a hypothetical spin-off?

Thinking Questions: (Google is famous for asking questions like this)

  1. Why are manhole covers round?
  2. Given a barometer, calculate the height of this building.
  3. If you look at a clock and the time is exactly 3:15, what is the angle between the hour and minute hands? (The answer is not zero, it is 7.5 degrees)
  4. How many golf balls will fit in a bus?
  5. How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

Estimation Questions:

  1. Estimate how many shoes are sold in the US each year
  2. Estimate the number of gallons of gasoline a typical gas station pumps in a given weekday
  3. Estimate how the total industry wide sales of lipstick in the US
  4. Estimate how many tires are sold in the US every year.

Case Study Questions:

  1. The NBA is contemplating a bigger expansion into China. Should it?
  2. A copper mining company is losing money. The CEO asks you to figure out why, and what to do about it.
  3. A ski resort is having a poor revenue year due to light snowfall. Should it invest in snow making equipment? The CEO asks you to figure out why and what to do about it.
  4. For a gas station convenience store, what is the optimal layout for the different types of goods are arranged within the store.
  5. A steel manufacturing company is contemplating buying one of its competitors. Should it?
  6. A bank is considering offering loans to sub-prime borrowers. Should it?

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