Risk analyst Interview Questions

Banks and insurance companies hire risk analysts to derive risk from financial circumstances and documentation. Interviewers will probably pose targeted questions to discern how well you are able to maintain your objectivity. You may also be asked about your experience with financial software as the field is constantly evolving.

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Top Risk Analyst Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three of the most frequently asked risk analyst interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: Which strategy do you use for preparing risk analysis reports?

How to answer: This question is a practical question that the interviewer asks to gauge your ability to write a report. Start by confirming the importance of submitting a clear and detailed risk analysis report. Explain the outline you use to structure the document and how your strategy accurately conveys the content to the reader.

Question No. 2: When assessing the financial health of an organisation, which factor do you believe is the most important?

How to answer: The interviewer is interested in your theoretical approach to financial assessments. Confidently explain the factor you choose and link it to your experience by providing examples of how you have depended on that factor in previous situations.

Question No. 3: How do you gather data, and how often do you update it?

How to answer: This is a question that the interviewer poses to determine whether you possess strong research skills and whether you revise your risk analysis when new information comes to light. Describe the data that you collect and its source. Your answer should reflect different updating frequencies for different data categories.

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Amazon
Transaction Risk Investigator was asked...15 September 2015

How did you solve the problem with a customer whose product has not delivered on the expected date which he has ordered for his friend's b'day?

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50% cash back in his Amazon wallet. That way that 50% money that he got has to be spent on Amazon itself and Amazon just sold two items instead of one. Less

By giving him a consolation gift which would include specialised wishes from amazon. Less

If possible through amazon policy, we can extend the no. of replacement days that is normally 10 to the days the product got delay +10 or we can provide same day/ next day delivery option free of cost on his next purchase. Less

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TD

How do you get a plastic ball out of a cup without touching the cup.

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Fill it with water until it overflows... :)

Fill it with mercury until it overflows...

Using telepathy, push the cup over.

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Goldman Sachs

Brain Teaser: A snail goes up 3 feet during the day and falls 1 foot at night. How long does it take him to go up 10 feet?

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It doesn't say how long does it take him to make it ten feet up the wall. It just says, how long does it take for him to move up ten feet. That's 3 1/3 days (assuming equal movement throughout the day). Although he will have moved "up" ten feet, he will have also fallen back and will not be ten feet up the wall. Of course, you can also interpret it as the other answers suggest. Less

4 days and 16 hours 16 hours because by the end of the 4th day, it is 8 feet up on the wall and only needs to climb up 2 feet. Well, assuming that the snail travels 3 feets uniformly throughout the day, then it needs to travel an additional (2/3)*24 = 16 hours for it to climb up that extra 2 feet for it to be at the height of 10 feet. Less

4 days and 8 hours, assuming the day is 12 hours long and the night is 12 hours long. Almost agree with the >4 days answer above, however not quite agree with the (2/3)*24=16 hours part. The snail climbs 3 feet in the day, which would definitely be shorter than 24 hours. If we assume the day means 24/2=12 hours. on the 5th day, the snail took 2/3*12=8 hours to reach 10 feet. So that would be 4 days and 8 hours, assuming the day is 12 hours long and the night is 12 hours long. Less

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Deloitte

Tell me about a time where you negotiated with someone.

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By using samples and Guarantee trust I’ve not only secured clients but also maintained their loyalty by providing extra than what others provide. Less

Negotiating deals with intelligence, smart and trickery a bit

I also always make sure I beat the competition in terms of value for money. My services are always worth the price I charge and my competitors find it hard to provide the best for a price so fair but also beneficial to me and my organization! Less

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J.P. Morgan

What is the angle between the minute and hour hand of a standard clock if the time is currently 3:15

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yup... http://brainteaserbible.com/interview-brainteaser-puzzleclock-three-angle Less

yup... http://brainteaserbible.com/interview-brainteaser-puzzleclock-three-angle Less

Acute angle

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Deloitte

WHAT IS YOUR AGE??? - A totally prohibited ground in HR context.

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Look at the question: "What is your age?" That's different from "How old are you?" Answer accordingly. Less

I was asked this question by the CEO of a company during my telephonic interview. Even though I didn't ask, told me his age. That just seemed weird and not very professional. This wasn't Deloitte. Less

So many ways to find this information - in a, sort of, sneaky way. Has no-one noticed that now you not only being asked for your degrees but what year you obtained them - easy enough to extrapolate in the majority of cases... Less

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Barclays

Tell me the different ways that you can calculate VaR (Value at Risk).

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Typically there are 3 ways in the industry to calculate VaR: 1. Historical (by far the most common, IME) 2. Parametric (not very useful, as returns tend to not be normal, unless you use EVT) 3. Monte Carlo (more often used in fixed income and other credit/debt portfolios than other asset classes) Less

I think I said Monte Carlo, delta, gamma and Black-Scholes.

Goldman Sachs

gambling question, whether it makes sense to gamble, if the chances are very small. Calculate the odds someone will take the grand prize if one million people goes, and odds are 1 in 1 million for each entry.

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Odds are: 0.3678792572210609 that no one wins, i.e. 0.632120742778939 that someone wins. The number e is not related to this problem; it is the limit of (1+1/n)^n. Here we have odds of (1-1/n)^n that no one wins. Less

poisson as limiting cxase if binomial distribut5ion. Large number of trials with small prob. Thus Lambda = 1. find prob n = 0 in poisson with lambda = 1 = 1-1/e. Less

1/e = 0.3 1/1000000 is very small, so actual odd approaches the limiting case of 1/e. Less

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Goldman Sachs

what is BL model?

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what is hull's book?

what is hull's book?

this is a tec. question. read Hull's book and heard on the street more.

Schroders

What does the risk team do? Name 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses you have. Name some interests and how you pursue them.

4 Answers

hey have you had a reply after the personality questionnaire yet?

no, they said i had passed the video interview stage but nothing after the personality questionnaire. I think they might be just arranging assessment centres because on the interview stage they said the next stage is assessment centre? Less

Yeah, good point. Don't suppose you've heard anything yet have you? No one I know seems to have done Less

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