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Financial Data Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Moody's
Interview Details 1. Phone screening (basic info, visa and asking whether a xx,xxx GBP salary meets my expectations)
2. Testing: 5 or 6 tests (2.5 hour in total). Accounting test is really easy. Essay consists of two parts, thus watch your clock as there is no time to answer both parts properly
3. and 2 interviews
Interview Question – Numerical and Finance knowledge tests are harder View Answer
Graduate Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Moody's in March 2014.
Interview Details Assessment Centre - I had my interview first which I found a good thing, it basically consists of a few technical questions about Moody's and the rest very straight forward competency questions. From speaking to others every interview varied depending on which business line you applied for and how your interviewers where in general, so all I could say to you is be yourself! In terms of the tests the accounting test is straight forward just know your balance sheets, the verbal is very easy, the numerical is pretty hard as you do not have enough time and there is also 1 very tough section at the end of that test regarding finance knowledge. Finally the written test is also very straight forward just make sure you clock watch and give yourself enough time as many people did not finish in time.
Interview Question – Tests - the numerical is pretty hard as you do not have enough time and there is also 1 very tough section at the end of that test regarding finance knowledge. Answer Question
EMEA Commercial Group Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Moody's.
Interview Details 4 stages, by incompetent and not trained team members asking generic questions and not reacting to answers of interviewee
Interview Question – questions related to rating process itself (irrelevant as nothing to do with job spec for associates and very specific oligopolistic sector knowledge ) View Answer
Negotiation Details – very short as handled by recruitment agency
Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Moody's
Interview Details 3 interviews with HR and the team. you have to take a numerical assessment and describe in few word (written) certain topics. The interview with the team is very focused on what's going on and what do you think (many "what would you dos")
Interview Question – What would you recommend the sr. management of "company A" to do to reverse current trend? Answer Question
Assistant Vice President Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Moody's.
Interview Details Thorough Process. 4 interviews with Line Manager, Colleagues, HR and another part of the business. This was done in person and also via video conference with a colleague in another office. Unfortunately they would not condense the interviews so I attended the office 4 times. They showed little flexibility for the fact I was already working.
Interview Question – Is the concept of the rating agency dead? How would I manage you? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Salary only revealed at final stage. Little room for negotiation. HR extremely slow in getting the offer to my agency and also in getting the paperwork done.
Financial Data Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Moody's in September 2012.
Interview Details Rather timeconsuming process, had to take half day off work twice:
2 x interview with 2 people from different teams
Tests - accouting, essay
1:1 interview with an Analyst
Interview Question – Explain me the reasons behind the current situation in the European Union. Answer Question
Client Services Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and interviewed at Moody's.
Interview Details Two managers were late for the 40 minute interview. One left after 20 minutes, saying she had a meeting to attend to (Time management issues?). I did not get the job, the reason being "insufficient knowledge of capital markets". How can they have deduced that when during the whole interview, the only technical question asked was to define a rating? Nothing else close to capital markets. [In case anyone is doubtful, the interviewer who remained did say that my definition was correct.]
Interview Question – Most useless closed-end questions: Do you think you can do/help us to do...? Of course, anyone sensible would reply positively. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Associate Analyst - Banking Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
The process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Moody's in May 2012.
Interview Details Phone interview + assessment center (group presentation, then accounting, numeracy and writing tests, 2:1 interview)
Financial Data Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through another source and the process took a day - interviewed at Moody's in April 2012.
Interview Details After being rejected for Client Services, I was invited for an Assessment Centre regarding an Analytical role for Moody's Investors Service.
The schedule of the day: an Accounting Test + an essay/article to be produced about the recent economic events (1.30h for the two tasks) + 2 interviews (45’ each).
The Test was not very difficult: divided in 2 parts (one for corporates’ balance sheet/financial statements, one for banking institutions), the exercises were similar: for example, classifying items in assets and liabilities and completing a simple balance sheet.
Then, a series of two 2:1 interviews with other Financial Data Analysts and the Managers followed. Both "teams" wanted to check my technical accounting skills, like the understanding of a balance sheet of a corporate/bank regarding the riskiness of their businesses. No competency-based questions were asked, but I have to say they were the most aggressive interviewers ever met.
Accounting is not my major and I had got the invitation email about 30 hours before the AC (no real time to make an accurate revision), so I wasn't that surprised that they didn't offer me a job (they called me back about 10 days later), since "other candidates performed better than you in the test and interviews".
However, the company left me an extremely positive impression.
- Is it more risky for a bank having more mortgages or bonds/marketable assets in their balance sheet? Answer Question
- Task: Interviewers gave me a balance sheet+financial statements with two years' value for a bank.
After 2-3 minutes: "Have a look and tell us what you can say about this bank" Answer Question
- If you have to evaluate the business of a retail bank, what would you look in the balance sheet/financial statement? Answer Question
Marketing Strategist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Moody's in March 2010.
Interview Details I was invited to interview with a prospective boss for the position. She described the details of the role and asked questions about my professional and personal experience, specifically details about the work I've done that fit with the role they were offering.
Questions ranged from specific problems I worked on, which I was asked to descrive in details, as well as my personal goals in this position, specifically to see if my goals fit with with the demands set by the role.
I was asked several times to define the terms that I used, such as "leadership", "strategy", "recommendations", etc.
Interview Question – What do you mean by "leadership"? Answer Question
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