Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers the questions, “How would you fight a bear,” and, “How would you kill a giraffe?”Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers the questions, “How would you fight a bear,” and, “How would you kill a giraffe?”

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Today, I want to talk with you about 2 of the 2 of the tough interview questions I get asked on Wall Street by hedge funds, investment banks, and other organizations of people at different levels for different kinds of roles. Hedge funds, in particular, have a reputation for asking tough/obnoxious interview questions. Today, I thought I would start off with "the 2 animal questions."

The 1st 1 is, "How would you find a bear?" What this has to do with being an investment banker, I have no idea. However, I think symbolically, the question is so out of left field they want to watch on your face response and how your body responds to the stress of dealing with something that has nothing to do extensively with the job but has everything to do with them understanding your personality makeup.

The correct answer to how you would find a bear is climb up on the Bears back and grab it by the neck so that the pause couldn't get at you. It's pretty obvious; you wouldn't punch in the mouth, would you? You try to get on its back and find it. From that position where paws can get out you.

The 2nd 1 is, "How would you kill a giraffe?" Again, ostensibly it is a question is nothing to do with the job. However, it is so bizarre they want to watch how you think. The correct answer to that one is you try to get on the back, climb up the neck until your weight snaps the giraffes neck and takes it to the ground. Horrible death of giraffe.

The answer isn't in your answer; it is about how you appear to be processing the answer.

What you need to be doing is using a little bit of acting again. You might just simply pause, smile (these firms love arrogance) and go, "Great question! What I would do is..." And you go right into the answer.

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3 Responses
  1. Prescription0lmg

    i am in higb school in california and i want to become a hedge fund
    manager. what colleges should i go to and what would be my major. good
    vifeo by the way

  2. Prescription0lmg

    i am in higb school in california and i want to become a hedge fund manager. what colleges should i go to and what would be my major. good vifeo by the way

  3. Prescription0lmg

    i am in higb school in california and i want to become a hedge fund manager. what colleges should i go to and what would be my major. good vifeo by the way

  4. Prescription0lmg

    would i have to work for wall street as hedge funder,or can i work in
    california. wall street is my top priority.

  5. Prescription0lmg

    would i have to work for wall street as hedge funder,or can i work in california. wall street is my top priority.

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    would i have to work for wall street as hedge funder,or can i work in california. wall street is my top priority.

  7. Jeff Altman

    Your grades are important now because you want to get into a great school,
    not just a good school. Look for great schools in the US for math programs,
    for business programs . . . but target math. Once in college, you work for
    great grades not average grades. The top firms want to hire the top
    students from the top schools.

  8. Jeff Altman

    Your grades are important now because you want to get into a great school, not just a good school. Look for great schools in the US for math programs, for business programs . . . but target math. Once in college, you work for great grades not average grades. The top firms want to hire the top students from the top schools.

  9. Jeff Altman

    Your grades are important now because you want to get into a great school, not just a good school. Look for great schools in the US for math programs, for business programs . . . but target math. Once in college, you work for great grades not average grades. The top firms want to hire the top students from the top schools.

  10. Jeff Altman

    Where are these firms located? Anywhere in the world. Right now, New York,
    Chicago are the major homes but you may choose other locations for related
    industries like alternative investment firms, private equity and the like.
    Remember. Great grades from great schools.

  11. Jeff Altman

    Where are these firms located? Anywhere in the world. Right now, New York, Chicago are the major homes but you may choose other locations for related industries like alternative investment firms, private equity and the like. Remember. Great grades from great schools.

  12. Jeff Altman

    Where are these firms located? Anywhere in the world. Right now, New York, Chicago are the major homes but you may choose other locations for related industries like alternative investment firms, private equity and the like. Remember. Great grades from great schools.

  13. Gagandeep Singh Dhillon

    How about:
    1. “I would not. I would play safe, stay still, and try to escape”. Or try
    a funny answer “With a Bull”.
    2. “Using a sniper with one shot to its heart. It will be quick death, and
    most importantly I will remain anonymous.”

  14. Gagandeep Singh Dhillon

    How about:
    1. “I would not. I would play safe, stay still, and try to escape”. Or try a funny answer “With a Bull”.
    2. “Using a sniper with one shot to its heart. It will be quick death, and most importantly I will remain anonymous.”

  15. kamatmehbro

    Kill a giraffe question – its got a higher centre of mass, which means, there is more pressure on its legs to stabilise itself. You approach from its blind side, take out its legs, watch it fall then attack…

    (this was hard to type as I love animals)

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