ING Corporate Finance ECM Internship final round interview

by Mai Le | Sep 23, 2019

Report on ING interview questions from a Cover Letter Library member’s experiences. This is based on ING  Corporate Finance – ECM Intern, ECM final round interview in Amsterdam on 27-01-2019.  There may be some variations depending on the offices or other new updates to the recruitment practice – so please use this for reference/preparation purposes only.

Who’s the lucky company?
For which division?
Corporate Finance – ECM
And for which office?
What’s the formal title of the position you applied for?
Intern, ECM
When did you apply?
When was this interview?
How were you informed of this interview?
HR emailed
Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?
And this interview was therefore…
In the morning
Was this a … ?
in-person interview
Which stage was this interview?
final round interview
How many interviews in total were in this interview?
There were two interviews in total. The first with more senior people (VP) and second with a VP and analyst with whom I would work
How many interviewers were in each interview ?
There were two interviewers in the first interview and two in the second.
How long did this interview process take in total then?
This means that the whole interview process took two hours in total.
Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
Walk me through your CV.
Why did you decide to go to that school?
Why are you applying for this position?
What do you do in your free time? (expected a lengthy explanation, not just a few words)
Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
What did you learn in this class (talked about one class from my curriculum that was unrelated to the position I applied for, just to check my overall level of knowledge)
What would you do if you were facing multiple deadlines for tomorrow 17 P.M, and not enough time to finish the tasks at hand?
Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
What are the most important market related events in Europe right now? How will they affect the Dutch market?
What is the most interesting article that sparked your attention recently?
What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
What would you put on a chart showing a company’s share price? (apart from the share price, of course).
I recalled the usual Yahoo finance price chart and said liquidity (trading volume). Went on to talk about the importance of liquidity.
Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
How efficient are you with Powerpoint?
All other questions were mentioned above. Summary: they really want to see your interest and track record in following equity markets.
What was the most unexpected thing about this interview or whole process?
I really did not expect interview to be this long and the questions to be so detailed. I guess that was because they liked my answers and really wanted to learn more about me.
Did you get the offer?
How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about your offer?
2 weeks
Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to applying to this company?
Read news (e.g. Financial Times) inside out every day while preparing for the interview. Be able to talk about relevant events. Read about IPOs. Have some story about your investment experience (your are interested in equities, right?)
Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience applying to this company?
Finally, before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates get the offer here like you did?
Good grades. You will not get invited if you do not have good grades.
Also, online assessment procedure is part of the process (quant, verbal, logical). You can prepare for that.



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Written By Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate. When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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