NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Before every Wall Streeter made it into the limelight of a trading floor or investment banking suite they had to correctly answer questions like these:
How many ping-pong balls can you fit in a Boeing (BA) 747 jet? What angle is formed between an hour hand and a minute hand on a nondigital clock when it reads 3:15?
The brainteaser - one of the rites of passage for anyone seeking entry into a banking or sales and trading analyst program -- can be a make or break moment for an aspiring banker depending on whether one screws up.
TheStreet faced quick-answer interview questions in past lives on Wall Street, such as what is 29 x 19? Calculate the number of fire hydrants in New York City... and how many gas stations are there in America?
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