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I have only heard standard cookie cutter answers before, and I am curious how best to answer this investment banking interview question.


of course, your desire to stand out and leave a strong impression is justified. Interviewers have more applicants than they know what to do with. And yes, they're looking for people that display intelligence, confidence, and certainty in their future career path. But sometimes it's best to stick to the safe answers and just go with what works.

Here is a collection of the best standard responses to this common question from WSO users.

  • Compbanker-私募股权副总裁: Stick with cookie cutter -- Don't try to be special or unique; stick to logic and passion.
  • WSO用户:陡峭的学习曲线。结果驱动的环境。享受压力下的工作。重大责任。
  • Ideating - WSO User: The best answers would typically be some combination of experience working on big deals, the caliber of your colleagues, gaining a strong financial foundation, and a strong interest in finance.

Detailed Why IB Answers?

While cookie-cutter responses are safe, sometimes a little more substance is appropriate/appreciated.

I want to work in investment banking because I understand it has a steep learning curve and will allow me to establish a strong foundation for valuation, Excel modeling skills, and understanding the XXX sector. I know the hours will be long, but the time spent understanding and learning about XXX space would give me the opportunity to remain in finance over the longer term.

This answer does a few things:

  1. 你把他留给他“诱饵”。现在他会问:“哦,真的吗?那么您期望什么小时?”因此,如果有很多事情,您只需回答80个低端和100+即可。
  2. By mentioning valuation/Excel, you're showing you know what you'll be doing, and you have pitched why it is valuable 'a strong base of skills for *future* on Wall Street'.
  3. 因为您从不希望面试官认为您对银行业以外的任何事物感兴趣。”



  • Answers that somehow indicate you are going into the profession to earn large amounts of money or because you eventually want to go to business school/private equity/hedge funds. Even if this may be true, you want the interviewer to think that you are committed to the industry even though he/she knows that, more than likely, you'll decide to leave after two years of service.
  • MARCUS_HALBERTRAM-行业首席执行官: Don't say anything about client interaction. Period. Any interviewer that's said anything about 'CEOs, executives, clients, management teams, and (cringe) the C-suite' are immediate 'this kid doesn't know what we/he will do here' dings.

What If You Are a Non-Business Major?

伟大的关注skill-buil回答这个问题ding, networking, and a love for difficult challenges. You want to emphasize that:

  • 作为非企业专业,你是excited to learn the complex accounting and finance skills involved on the job and eventually transform into an analyst that has potential to significantly impact the group.
  • 您很高兴能与有驱动,聪明和积极进取的同事一起工作,并期待从工作的角度推动您的限制。
  • 您最终想成为一种积极的“ Go-Goter”类型。”

Law to Investment Banking

jbarret34 [第二年企业合伙人]概述了为什么从投资银行的大法万博app网页版makes sense for him:

  • I know thatI love transactional work, like working in a fast-paced, demanding environment, don't mindlong hours, and eventually want to be the one making the deals,而不是仅仅促进他们的律师/银行家。

  • 万博app网页版投资银行是有道理的,因为我可以发展估值/投球/建模技巧。


"WallStreetOasis.com" noted the following if coming from consulting.

  • 如果您正在面试入门级初级角色,那么您对这个问题的回答可能是:“尽管我在咨询方面获得了一些很棒的经验,可以很好地转化为投资银行业务,但我觉得我可以学到更有用的技术万博app网页版在[XYZ公司]进行实时交易的投资银行的技能设置。”

  • For those trying to get into more senior roles post-MBA, a more appropriate response would be, "I like long projects and getting to know clients; however, the transactional nature of investment banking is very appealing to me because you see the results of your work much more quickly. Whereas consulting engagements can last for years, especially when implementation is involved, the average investment banking mandate typically lasts for several months, so you are getting exposed to more scenarios and the learning curve is faster.


onemanwolfpack [Investment Banking VP] Gives those coming from abackground in commercial bankingsome solid advice:

  • 证明你属于。鉴于您的“非典型”背景,与您可能已经在其他IBS工作并寻求横向的面试同龄人相比,您将不得不尝试更加努力地表明您属于您。

  • Read up on the latest M&A deals, know your technicals frontwards and back, and show an over-the-top eagerness to break into the industry.
  • 响应“为什么要从CB转换为IB?”问题,我回想起回答:“因为我在下午5点环顾四周,看到每个人都驶向出口,而且我知道我还有更多的东西可以提供,并且希望从我的职业生涯中提供更多的东西。”回想起来可能很俗气,但我相信那是我赢得面试官的时候。”

Asset Management to Investment Banking

Started your career in AM and want to make a move to IB?Here's some insight on whether or not it's the right choice for you, and if so, how to convince a potential employer you'd be a fit.

  • Mandaisokay [万博app网页版投资银行分析师:如果您不觉得自己对AM充满热情,我会转向IB,因为它会提供更广泛的退出OPP。如果您实际上很喜欢在AM的工作,并且可以长期从事这项业务,那就留下来。

  • Wallstreetoasis.com [WSO首席执行官]:在AM的背景下,对“为什么”问题的反应都有很强的回应,尽管资产管理使我能够分析公司和财务公司,并基于该分析进行交易,我真的认为我会长期与这些公司和交易工作更直接地合作。

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Patrick Curtisis a member ofWSO编辑委员会which helps ensure the accuracy of content across top articles on Wall Street Oasis. He has experience in investment banking at Rothschild and private equity at Tailwind Capital along with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is also the founder and current CEO of Wall Street Oasis This content was originally created by membernickleesonand has evolved with the help of our investment banking mentors.


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Comments (395

2009年2月11日至11:00 pm

这个问题有很多非常糟糕的答案和一些安全的答案。坚持使用曲奇切刀 - 它们是曲奇切割器,因为它们可以工作。


2009年2月11日- 11:08pm

我总是选择:“三个原因:工作 - 这是我喜欢的东西类型,经验 - 两年来比其他任何地方学习更多的东西,您可以在任何地方和环境中享受您的经验 - 我在Fast-中表现出色 -节奏,竞争激烈,强烈的环境。”它运行良好。

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2009年2月11日至11:53 PM



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-K上尉 - “声望就像是一块强大的磁铁,甚至扭曲了您对自己喜欢的东西的信念。- 保罗·格雷厄姆(Paul Graham)
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Feb 12, 2009 - 2:45am


Jack: They’re all former investment bankers who were laid off from that economic crisis that Nancy Pelosi caused. They have zero real world skills, but God they work hard.

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2009年12月11日 - 下午6:32

It might help to tailor your response to the specific group you're interviewing with. For example, I was aCS少校并对我的科技银行业务采访表示了对科技公司的兴趣。这与行业团体配合得很好。

2009年12月11日 - 下午6:54

Answering "why investment banking?" in an interview if you're a liberal arts major((originally Posted: 02/17/2012

In today's blog, I wanted to share our take on answering this question if you are a liberal arts major. As always, we'll follow a simple template: 1) a brief description of how to think about these questions, 2) what represents a poor answer, 3) what represents a good answer, and lastly, 4) an actual example of a great answer.

I see that you are an art history major, so why finance?




伟大的关注skill-buil回答这个问题ding, networking, and love for difficult challenges. You want to emphasize that being a non-business major you are excited to learn the complex accounting and finance skills involved on the job and eventually transform into an Analyst that has potential to significantly impact the group. You also want to relay that you are excited to work with driven, smart, and motivated colleagues and are looking forward to pushing your limits from a work standpoint. You ultimately want to come off as a positive, "go-getter" type.

Sample great answer


Specifically, banking interests me because it presents an opportunity to develop substantive analytical skills, while developing a close network of colleagues. While working long hours is scary to some, to me, it is in a strange way exciting. I have a very strong work ethic and I am excited to be involved in work that helps companies be better off strategically and financially."

马坦·费尔德曼(Matan Feldman)创始人华尔街准备学习财务建模
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十二月11, 2009 - 7:37pm


Hey guys


I am now about to graduate and am in final round interview at aBB


So far I have got the following points:

  1. 咨询会使您获得更高的交易流量
  2. Advisory allows you to build a broader foundation in finance.

Please help me for a few more.

十二月11, 2009 - 7:42pm

为什么有人会选择投资银行而不是咨询?万博app网页版((originally Posted: 09/18/2007

除了较高的薪水外,还有什么理由选择i-banking而不是咨询?如果我没记错的话,他们都被认为是“财务”职业,因此需要类似的技能,尽管顾问需要更多的领导能力,而分析师只是bit之以鼻,整天都在处理Excel Monkey Tricks。和咨询提供更好的生活质量,更好的退出OPPS,并有更好的机会进入顶级MBA程序。高层咨询公司也比顶级银行公司更难进入,因此在某种程度上更有声望。


十二月11, 2009 - 7:52pm

为什么要银行?- 如何回答?((originally Posted: 08/17/2011

Guys, I have been preparing forib访谈并准备好适合问题(我认为是这样)。...但是,每次采访的基本问题是为什么IB?



Thanks monkeys

十二月11, 2009 - 8:19pm

可怕的...“为什么要仓库?”问题((originally Posted: 02/08/2008

伙计们,我被这个问题所屠杀...我的工作实验包括我创办的一家成功的公司(在3季度经营200,000美元的Revneues),并从事另一家公司的扩张过程(通过Angel Investors和全州贷款)。这是我总是得到的问题:


followed by



什么是comp回答问题的好方法吗letely set the interview back on the right track? The standard "I want to learn a lot," "I like the fast-paced environment," "I'm in it for the excitement" answers haven't been working well. Could you guys aid me tailoring an answer that dominates?


2009年12月11日 - 晚上8:24

Why Middle Market Investment banking((originally Posted: 11/06/2007

This is for folks who want to be in or in banking:


选择的人BBor Middle Market or vice versa, why did you make or want to make that descision?

All constructive comments are welcome..

十二月11, 2009 - 8:50pm


Hey Guys,



十二月11, 2009 - 9:02pm

你们如何回答为什么在投资银行业务中的问题?万博app网页版((originally Posted: 02/27/2013


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十二月11, 2009 - 9:25pm

Best answers for 'why I-banking?'((originally Posted: 12/05/2007

Clearly, "i'd like to make a ton of money" isn't gonna hack it. I'm wondering what some of the best you guys have heard are.

Thanks in advance and regardless,


十二月11, 2009 - 9:55pm

为什么要银行 - 如何回应?((最初发布:2010年3月25日

When you are asked in an interview why you chose investment banking and/or a specific niche in investment banking what do you say? Or when asked by friends or casual acquaintances, how do you respond without sounding like you are full of yourself?

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