“Tell me about the pharmaceutical market.”
“What do you know about the oil & gas industry?”
“Which companies in the tech industry are exciting?”
They’re some of the most common questions in any finance interview.
You can find reasonable guidelines for how to discuss an industry, but hardly anyone explains how to learn an industry in the first place.
And what good is the perfect structure for your answer when you don’t have an answer?
A lot of the conventional “wisdom” about this question is wrong and misleads students and professionals.
So here’s my take on how to learn an industry well enough to discuss it intelligently – in a time-efficient way:
Why Does This Question Matter?