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Financial Analyst Test

About the test:

The financial analyst test evaluates a candidate’s ability to understand financial statements, calculate and interpret financial indicator ratios and predict future results. This pre-employment test helps recruiters identify candidates with strong accounting and compliance backgrounds.

Covered skills:

  • Balance Sheet Reconciliations
  • Endowment
  • Chart of Accounts (COA)
  • Equipment management
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Financial Analyst Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Financial Analysts



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Financial Analyst Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes and helps in taking objective hiring decisions.

Financial analysts are responsible for evaluating markets, understanding company financials, and analyzing investment decisions.

The financial analyst test screens candidates for:

  • Knowledge of ratio analysis, financial modeling, financial valuation techniques, accounts payable or receivable, Capital Asset Pricing Model, Cash flow analysis (CFA), Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) and Free Cash Flow (FCF)
  • Ability to use financial statements & reports to evaluate the viability and profitability of a project
  • Understanding of systematic, unsystematic, alpha, and beta risks
  • Strong financial modelling & Excel modelling skills
  • Understanding the effects of currency depreciation
  • Understanding of macroeconomic developments
  • Financial reporting skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

The Financial Analyst Test is ideal for helping recruiters identify candidates who have the skills to do well on the job.

Reason #2

No trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

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Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Financial Analyst Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

Comprehensive income
Solve
ProCoder Inc. reported the following information on Dec 31st. If we ignore income tax, what should ProCoder report as comprehensive income as of Dec 31?
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Medium

Inventory exchange transaction
Solve
Penny Inc. and Vamos Inc. exchanged inventory in a transaction without any commercial substance. Each company had fair values that exceeded costs by 25% Vamos' inventory being more valuable, Penny gave cash to Vamos for the difference. Will anyone recognize a gain, and if yes, who?

Medium

Net cash receipt on issued bonds
Solve
Gajni Inc. issued 2000 $100 9% bonds on May 1 (year 1). These bonds are issued at 103 plus accrued interest. The bonds are dated Jan 1 (year 1) and mature on Jan 1 (year 5). Interest needs to be paid twice a year (Jan 1 and July 1). The cost of issuing the bonds, $5000 was paid by Gajni Inc. to the investment bank. What would be the net cash receipt realized by Gajni Inc. from the issuance of these bonds?

Easy

Hedge risk using derivates
Solve
Phenomenal Pte. Ltd., a Singapore based company secured a new client in Germany for their SaaS business, and is expecting to receive a payment of EUR 1.3 million after 6 weeks. They want to be certain of the amount they receive and plan on using the derivates market to hedge the risk. What action would you recommend?

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
Solve
Some friends live in adjacent apartments in a building in Central Perk, New York. We want to write a function to search the apartment number by name. Which of the following functions should we use?
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Medium

Organization data
Data transformation
Solve
We have two Excel files with organization data. One file has Organization ID and Organization Name fields, whereas the second file has Organization ID, Organization Name and Country fields. We wrote a query to retrieve the data from both files. Here’s a sample of the data retrieved:
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We want to ensure Organization ID field is unique. Which of the following is the ideal solution that ensures Organization ID field is unique while retaining Country data?

A: Select the Organization ID and Country columns, and then click Keep Duplicates.
B: Select the Organization ID and Country columns, and then click Remove Duplicates.
C: Use Group BY function to group the rows by Organization ID. Specify output columns for Organization Name and Country using MAX operation.
D: Select Organization ID column and then click Remove Duplicates. Then specify output columns for Country using MAX operation.

Medium

Student scores
Data formatting
Solve
Here’s a sample Excel data source:
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Here’s the expected data format: 
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Which of the following is the correct way to transform the data from the query editor to achieve the result?

A: Columns to Select: Student Only
B: Columns to Select: Student and Student ID
C: Columns to Select: Primary and Secondary
D: Command to Use: Pivot Column
E: Command to Use: Reverse Rows
F: Command to Use: Unpivot Columns

Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor
Solve
We are looking to find the contact number of the only blood donor with blood group O-. Which function should we use to look up the correct contact number? Here's the documentation for VLOOKUP: =VLOOKUP(lookup value, range containing the lookup value, the column number in the range containing the return value, Approximate match (TRUE) or Exact match (FALSE)).
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A: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 3, TRUE)
B: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 3, FALSE)
C: =VLOOKUP("O-", D1:D10, 4)
D: =VLOOKUP("O-", D1:D10, 3)
E: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 4, TRUE)
F: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 4, FALSE)
G: =VLOOKUP("Kane", A1:E10, 4)
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

Comprehensive income
2 mins
Accounting
Solve

Medium

Inventory exchange transaction
2 mins
Accounting
Solve

Medium

Net cash receipt on issued bonds
3 mins
Finance
Solve

Easy

Hedge risk using derivates
2 mins
Finance
Solve

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
2 mins
Excel
Solve

Medium

Organization data
Data transformation
3 mins
Excel
Solve

Medium

Student scores
Data formatting
2 mins
Excel
Solve

Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor
2 mins
Excel
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Comprehensive income
Accounting
Medium2 mins
Solve
Inventory exchange transaction
Accounting
Medium2 mins
Solve
Net cash receipt on issued bonds
Finance
Medium3 mins
Solve
Hedge risk using derivates
Finance
Easy2 mins
Solve
MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
Organization data
Data transformation
Excel
Medium3 mins
Solve
Student scores
Data formatting
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
VLOOKUP blood donor
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

Brandon

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!


Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Financial Analyst Test in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Financial Analyst Test from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & comparative results

Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


What roles can I use the Financial Analyst Test for?

  • Financial Analyst

What topics are covered in the Financial Analyst Test?

Use it to verify the accuracy of the balance sheet by comparing the numbers present in General Ledger to the other forms of documentation

Balance Sheet Reconciliations

An index of all possible financial accounts in a company's General Ledger

Chart of Accounts (COA)

Donation of property or money to a non-profit to be used for specific purposes

Endowment

Management, maintenance, and monitoring of motorized and non-motorized assets

Equipment management

Is the cut-off of financial activities of an organization to generate financial reports for stakeholders

Fiscal closing

If people or entities cannot repay debts to creditors, they can seek relief for some or all of their debt through this legal process

Bankruptcy
Journals

Closing of a small business's General Ledger to transfer temporary-account balances to retained earnings to reduce the balances to zero

Ledger closing
Location code
Organization code

Petty Cash is a small amount of money utilized to pay small expenses

Petty cash

It is a number that is used in IFIS to identify the function associated with a balance or transaction

Program code

Are activities that function as a non-profit business

Self Supporting Activities
Sales and use tax
Income Tax Statement
Tax-Exempt Status

Cash investment pool geared towards maximizing returns on short-term cash balances

Short Term Investment Pool (STIP)

Set of procedures, standards, and principles

Accounting Standards
Assets
Auditing

Is the process of matching the balances in an organization's/individuals accounting records for a cash account to the corresponding information on their bank statement.

Bank Reconciliations
Index
Billing
Bond Essentials

Bookkeeping is a practice of maintaining and recording all financial transactions in a business

Bookkeeping

Process of planning the expenses for a given duration of time

Budgeting

Is the act of ensuring a business maximizes its potential production and activities output

Capacity Management

Refers to the process of managing and collecting cash flow

Cash Management

Refers to an accounting procedure that occurs at the end of each month or a fixed time by the company

Closing the Books

Refers to the amount owed to the business by its customers

Collections
Constraint Management
Controls
Corporations
Cost Accounting
Credit

Refers to a company's book value

Equity

It's a broader measure of the worth of an asset

Fair Value

Use it to evaluate budgets, projects, businesses, and finance-related transactions

Financial Analysis
Financial Ratios

The official or formal records of the financial activities of an entity

Financial Statements
Financing

Assets purchased for long-term use and are not cashed in immediately

Fixed Assets
Fraud

Set of unique standards, accounting systems, and processes supporting the federal government

Governmental Accounting
Insurance

The body of accounting that deals with valuing accounting for changes in the inventoried assets

Inventory Accounting

Its the process of storing, using, ordering, and selling a company's inventory

Inventory Management
Investments
Investor Relations
Leases
Liabilities

When two separate entities combine forces to become a joint new organization

Mergers & Acquisitions

The way with which non-profit organizations record, plan, and report their finances

Nonprofit Accounting
Organizations
Partnerships

Something that is created any time money is owed by a firm for products or services rendered

Payables

A business process of payment for paying employees

Payroll

The annual pension expense disclosure and calculation of a pension plan's liabilities and assets in a company's financial statement

Pension Accounting
Present | Future Value
Receivables

Known as the act of keeping track of all the activities of a company, individual, or an organization

Record Keeping

Is a generally accepted accounting principle (GAAP) that identifies the specific conditions in which revenue is recognized and it determines how to account for it

Revenue Recognition
Risk Management
Sales and Marketing

An individual who owns the business by themselves

Sole Proprietorships
Systems
Taxation
Trusts and Estates
Variances

Use it to classify balances and financial activities within the General Ledger

Account codes
Data types
Basic formulas (MATCH; INDEX)
Math formulas (SUM; MIN; AVG; SUMIFS)
Advanced formulas (IF; VLOOKUP; HLOOKUP)
Analyzing data (Pivots; Filters;)
Visualizing data (Charts; Graphs)
Pivot Charts and Tables
Lookup & Reference
Conditional formatting
Data summarization
Data manipulation
Working with dates and times
Error handling
Inserting and formatting tables
Sparklines and data bars
3-Data Consolidation
Automation with macros
3-Data Consolidation
Formula-based conditional formatting
Forms and actions
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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.


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FAQs

What is the Financial Analyst Test?

The Financial Analyst Test is a 30 min pre-employment test to help you determine which candidates can understand company financials, evaluate investment decisions & predict financial outcomes. This screening test is designed to help you shortlist top candidates for the interview.

How should I use the Financial analyst test in my hiring process?

This short pre-employment Financial Analyst Test is designed to be an elimination tool (not a selection tool). Using it in the early stages of your hiring process will help you shortlist the top qualified candidates for interviews.

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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