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Equity Research Associate - Mining Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in April 2012.
Interview Details The interview consisted of two different one-on-one meetings. The first one was with the analyst that was looking to hire. He asked me numerous questions related to finance, testing my knowledge of both valuation techniques as well as global markets. He then asked me to put myself in a number of different hypothetical workplace related situations ranging from dealing with internal colleagues to client relations. The second meeting was with the department head. He also tested my knowledge of finance but rather than asking questions with right and wrong answers, they were more of the 'see how he explains himself' variety and resulted in a more fluid debate/conversation rather than a rapid fire of questions. The whole process lasted about 2.5 hours.
Interview Question – How would you rate the relative importance of your relationship with the following 3 different types of clients? Rate them from most important to least important and tell me why: 1) the companies that you cover, 2) institutional investors, 3) the internal sales and trading desk. View Answer
Reason for Declining – I was asked back for a second interview but while waiting to hear back, I had been offered a position at another firm which I was more interested in and had accepted. Note that I was not formally offered a position, only a second interview.
Trading Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Credit Suisse in February 2011.
Interview Details First round I interviewed with a MD. One MD in the first round kept explaining to me why CS is better than RBC. Very personable. I interviewed with another MD in the final round. The interview was really short and I BSed a bunch of stuff. It was really fake that the MD could tell. Did not get the offer.
Interview Question – Do you trade stocks Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Accountant Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
The process took 3 months - interviewed at Credit Suisse in March 2009.
Interview Details It was very technical. Excel questions, questions on fixed income derivatives, brain teasers. Behavioral questions on past experiences. How would I react in certain situations. Stress interviews. Interviewed in group of 2. Took out notebook computer and pencil and paper for me to answer questions. Very hard.
Interview Question – Derive black-scholes equation using random walk assumption. Answer Question
Director Equities Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in July 2010.
Interview Details Very smooth and well-managed, mostly due to headhunter who had a good relationship with the hiring manager. 4 interviews, 3 of those 1-on-1 and 1 with 3 future colleagues one after the other. Was mostly expected to explain how I would tackle certain issues and what my ideas were on certain topics. Good, fair interviews.
Negotiation Details – Negotiated sign-on bonus.
Very Easy Interview
Product Controller Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Credit Suisse in August 2013.
Interview Details Mostly behavioral based questions and mostly unprofessional. It is funny how someone else had the almost the exact same experience interviewing with this company. It was 2 interviews for 2 different positions. The first I interviewed with 4 people (1 on 1). Straight forward behavioral based questions. I got a lot of "good answers". Also tried to connect on a personal level with all the interviewers. Didn't get an offer but the staffing agent called me 2 days after and told me I did not get it. On to the second interview for a different job. This interview had 3 people. The first woman who came in which I am sure is the exact same woman from another review was completely unprofessional and I could tell she could careless about me or the interview. Introduced herself for 1 minute, asked if I had any questions (I had two and another 1 minute) and then said she had a meeting and just left. I had a nice woman next and got "good answer" and "that's a great attitude to have" then a very pushy woman. She asked me what I know about Credit Suisse and I told her the little I knew about it then she basically stood on a pedestal and talked about how she went to ECU and her goal was to work at Credit Suisse, and how she knew everything about the company, and how she got the job in 2007 (right before the greatest recession we have had since the Great Depression. Lucky her I guess). That's about it. Once again more behavioral based questions with completely rude interviewers except a few. My advise is to skip this company unless you know someone working there because I'm sure they are just hiring friends and family. I just graduated with my MBA applying for these entry level positions. Also, never even heard back from the staffing agent or Credit Suisse after the second rejection. I didn't try to contact them because they didn't take the interview seriously and I knew I didn't get it right after I walked out the door. Two unprofessional interviews, a couple of "good answers" and one "great attitude", commuting all the way from Winston-Salem, wasted gas and time, and not one job offer.
Interview Question – None. Behavioral based questions. Answer Question
IT Summer Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in February 2012.
Interview Details Be prepared for critical thinking questions. Be sure to study the program as well as be knowledgeable of basic program life cycle questions. Take advantage of the superday. Be sure to ask questions and get to know the interviewers as you meet them prior to the interviewing that day.
Interview Question – Why Credit Suisse Answer Question
IT Assistant Vice President Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Credit Suisse.
Interview Details It depends upon requirement and your networking. If they have requirement and you being referred by someone senior then within two round you should get offer. First round was more of technical whereas second round was more of discussion and confirmation of first round.
Interview Question – If you know your job well then there wasn't any thing which say difficult. I have answered all the question with regards to my field (Test Management) and was thru. 2nd round is more of 4 eye principle. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Salary and Title you will have to negotiate. Once IN it is very difficult to get change in both.
Internship Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse.
Interview Details Very relaxed - personality questions and markets questions. Role was for their wealth management solutions group and the primary focus of the interview was to see how passionate you were about global markets. You should be prepared to pitch a stock or investment idea. Also, be prepared to walk through your resume,
Interview Question – Describe your strengths/weaknesses. Time that you showed leadership Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in October 2012.
Interview Details I got in touch with the company through a campus event, so it was divided in two phases.
The first interview was at the campus event. Given the little time slot for the event (1h), it was mainly to get to know each other. A future team member explained about the banking functions and what they were doing, while I was asked my goals my background, what I was looking for, and why Credit Suisse.
The second interview was on site with an HR person first and an AVP from my team later. Both parts lasted around an hour.
Questions revolved around personality and behaviour: what project was the most challenging and why? How have you dealt with disagreements in the past? How did you manage to convince your teammates about your ideas?
Occasional brain teasers ("How many liters of water are there in the xxx lake?") were also asked.
The interviews were friendly and HR always gave feedback within a couple of days.
Interview Question – Show us an experience that proves you were able to take leadership and how you did it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Having had a change of plan
Spring Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse.
Interview Details Two phone interviews (30mn each). Standard competency-based questions : "Tell me about a time where you had to take some initiative / work under pressure/convince others" + "walk me through your resume" + general market awareness questions : "what was the most important event that happened in Europe in 2013 ?"
Interview Question – What would you do if you were the P.M. ? Answer Question
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