Security Analysis and Investment Management Interview Questions & Answers

  1. Question 1. What Is A Typical Job Description For An It Security Analyst?

    Answer :

    Securities analysts explore and evaluate securities markets and trends to identify high yielding securities to enable the company’s financial managers to maintain a reasonably profitable inventory of marketable securities instead of idle cash lying in low yield bank deposits.

  2. Question 2. What Are The Prerequisites To Be A Fund Manager Junior Or A Security Analyst?

    Answer :

    The securities analyst job is the pathway to a fund manager position. With your degree, the only job you’ll be considered for is as a fundamental analyst. That means your accounting skills need to be very sharp. Good accounting skills really translate to your ability to be able to work with k’s and q’s.

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  4. Question 3. How Do I Become A Security Analyst In It Field?

    Answer :

    You don’t need the A+ or the cisco certificates to get started. A network security analyst and a security analyst have their differences. If you want to get into the security field then go for the CISSP.

    In reality, people usually study whatever it is that they are trying to protect.

  5. Question 4. How Much Does A Network Security Analyst Make?

    Answer :

    To check salaries for any position

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  7. Question 5. What Is A Security Ops Service Desk Analyst?

    Answer :

    You and me both. Unfortunately – there is no standard definition for these kinds of jobs. Each company makes up a definition that makes sense to their own IT/HR/CxO types. AND, you can expect some “job creep”, in any IT job, your responsibilities will change or evolve over time.

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  9. Question 6. What Can I Expect On An Entry Level Technology Interview For A Security Analyst Position?

    Answer :

    They will ask you about your experience and education and about things that are relevant to the job that they deem important.

  10. Question 7. Common Skills Between Programmers And Security System Analysts?

    Answer :

    If you want to be a security analysts, you have to know all that what normal programmist, especially knowledge like about xss scripting, code injections, osi model etc.

    You have to know how to hack something, how use bugs and how to fix them all.

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  12. Question 8. What Certifications Should I Get For A Security Analyst Job?

    Answer :

    First off understand that most certifications are cash cows and not good for much else. You will pay thousands of dollars, then have to pay more to keep your certification in good standing, take expensive classes for ‘points’ towards your next level , and so on. Some are even as bad as ponzi schemes.

  13. Question 9. What Is Being An Information Security Analysts Or Having A Cyber Security Job Like?

    Answer :

    I do have information on salary. Information Security Analysts are paid between $45,422 – $102,943.

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  15. Question 10. Does Serving As An Intelligence Specialist In The Marines Help Get A Job Ad A Business Intel Analyst?

    Answer :

    Eh not really. However you would be competitive for a job doing intel analyst work for a government agency or private contractor though. Make sure to work on a degree while you’re in the marines. DON’T WAIT TIL AFTER. If you were really interested in business analyst work pick up a business degree while enlisted.

  16. Question 11. Looking For A Job As An Security Analyst. How Hard To Find During Recession?

    Answer :

    You can get started in this field if you are willing to “freelance” for a while. You would work at a company for 1 week or 1 month as they needed you. Apply at the investment houses..

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  18. Question 12. How Do You Get Into Investment Banking As A Security Analyst?

    Answer :

    Well you need to work up the ladder from Analyst –> security.. and then onto. it depends mass on your experience, you just need to match up your IT experience with what they are looking for it, doesn’t need to be an exact match.

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  20. Question 13. If I Want To Be A Computer Security Analyst, What Job Should I Start Off As 2 Build Up To That?

    Answer :

    Ignore Lord Garth he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. Every different subject he gives an answer to he puts that he’s an expert. LOL. People shouldn’t be dishonest.

  21. Question 14. How Would You Become A Systems Security Analyst?

    Answer :

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  22. Question 15. Common Practice To Evaluate P/e Ratio To Determine If A Stock Is Cheap. If You Had No Comparable Companies For A Stock, How Can You Evaluate If A Stock Is Cheap?

    Answer :

    The inverse of the P/E is the earnings yield of the company. You can compare the earnings yield to fixed income yields and/or dividend yields to get a feel for how cheap the stock is. So a P/E of 50 can be interpreted as an earnings yield of 2%, while 8 can be interpreted as 12.5% earnings yield.

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  24. Question 16. How Would You Justify The Price That Xyz Paid For Abc? Do You Expect Xyz To Be A Good Investment In Light Of These Acquisitions?

    Answer :

    This is essentially a valuation question.

  25. Question 17. What Makes A Stock A Good Investment?

    Answer :

    Make sure you know what the firms investment strategy is before answering this question. It’s not a good idea to tell about value techniques to a firm that is growth or momentum oriented. With that said, both growth and value stocks are better investments when they have a sustainable competitive advantage. I recommend a discussion of basic M&S D30 concepts.

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  27. Question 18. Do You Invest In Stocks Or Companies?

    Answer :

    A tricky question…be honest and be prepared to defend your position. There is not universal agreement out there on this question. Many successful investors (including Warren) say that you are an owner in the business. But many others including Strong and American Century believe you buy stocks…not companies. Momentum shops will definitely tell you that you buy stock. Growth and value analysts and firms may say either. Firms with a short term focus will probably say you buy stock, while firms with a longer term focus will likely say you buy companies.

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  29. Question 19. If You Had To Put All Of Your Money In One Stock And Leave It There For 10 Years, Which Stock Would It Be And Why?

    Answer :

    This is an open invitation to give a stock pitch. I said Lucent and told them why…no call back! Good luck on this one.

  30. Question 20. Why Are High P/e Stocks More Susceptible To Major Declines When Interest Rates Increase?

    Answer :

    You can go with the cheap versus expensive argument, but that’s limited. A good way to explain this is growth and cash flows. High P/E stocks are high growth rate stocks. High growth rates usually mean that there are large cash flows out in the future (ignore the no income internet companies growing sales at 100%). To value the company these cash flows have to be discounted back to the present. When interest rates go up, the discount rate goes up and the future cash flows are worth less. A low P/E stock has more of its cash flows in the near term. For those of you with a fixed income background, this is identical to the logic of duration. High P/E stocks have a longer duration and thus decline in value when interest rates go up.

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