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Credit Suisse Assistant Vice-President Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jan 21, 2014
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New York, NY

I applied through other source and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Credit Suisse in April 2010.

Interview Details – I had three interviews lasting approximately 40 to 45 minutes each. The interview questions were 60/40 as to technical knowledge vs. personality, assessing whether or not they thought you would fit into the environment..

Interview Question – What are the steps you would follow when processing a distribution form a Private Equity Fund   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No

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Assistant Vice President
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in November 2009.

Interview Details – The job you apply for make sure you can answer every question like a pro. There generally aren't tests, but usually as many as 20 people interviewing for the same role. Be prepared to ace the interview or you won't get the final round.

Negotiation Details – I went through a recruiter so I did not have any trouble getting the salary range I was seeking.

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Assistant Vice President
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in January 2009.

Interview Details – I interviewed 9 years ago and it was very straight forward. If you are good and understand the basics and have good analytical skills then you have a good chance of getting through. Be free to work different hours as Credit Suisse is a global organization but the working hours are very flexible. Great people and team to work with.

Interview Question – Depends on the group but be prepared to be asked deep details on topics you already show as experience on in your résumé.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Credit Suisse has a very strict guideline about the policies on salary and compensation but they are definitely in par with the market.

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Assistant Vice President
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Credit Suisse in June 2008.

Interview Details – -there were two 1:1 interviews. one technical then other with project manager who only reviewed my background.

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Negotiation Details – don't bulge from your expecting salary

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Anonymous Employee
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Credit Suisse in January 2008.

Interview Details – Was called in for a total of 4 interviews. From the beginning I knew that I was dealing with a professional organization. The interviews were a true attempt to learn about me as a candidates and my skills. It was not about grilling me and stress testing me. Overall - a very pleasant experience!

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Assistant Vice-President
Pune (India)

I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in January 2009.

Interview Details – One gets an interview call through the local job consultants, who then fixes the date n time of your interview. There are about 2 rounds, first by the HR screening team, then the team manager (AVP/VP) followed by the Director. As long as the candidate is clear about the profile, he/she need not worry about interview. Its a sureshot win.

Interview Question – Why changing your existing company? What do you know about the product? How did you manage a difficult situation? Most challenging situation? Certifications? Usually the minimal qualiication required is an accountant or an MBA (fin) with 5 years of experience. Moreover the company also relies on campus hiring a lot these days   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Credit Suisse is a pay master and they do not negotiate much, infact they are happy to give more, make the employee happy. Relocation costs are fantastic, I believe no other company provides as much.

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Assistant Vice President
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in February 2008.

Interview Details – Hiring and Inteview Process is good. Inteciwers are great and try to ask applications questions

Interview Question – Provide Difficult scenarios on challenging issue.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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Assistant Vice President
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Credit Suisse in February 2011.

Interview Details – Joined as a graduate hire in Signapore and then moved internally to Hong Kong

Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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Assistant Vice-President
London, England (UK)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in May 2010.

Interview Details – Recruiter peddled my CV to employer. Had a couple of phone interviews, as I was based abroad at the time. Nothing fancy, just the bog standard "walk me through your CV and highlight the relevant experience for the role".
Then was called to London for live interviews, which I had to pay for out of my own pocket. They were all similarly unprepared and we went through the same process as the phone interview, where essentially you get to brag about the past experiences and make them as similar as what they want to hear for the role.
Basically they started by describing the role, and I was pulling out similar experiences, how I solved this and that similar problem, etc, etc.
I was interviewed by:
- my direct manager VP (twice, over the phone)
- an MD from and adjacent team
- an VP from our supplying team (IT)
- an AVP from our supplying team (IT)
- a DIR from our client team (Product Control - however he wasn't directly representing the client; after a full year spent there I still didn't manage to figure out what the hell he was doing there...)
- an HR contractor

Interview Question – There weren't any particularly difficult or unexpected questions.
Maybe the "where do you see yourself in the future" was a bit tricky to act out, because I took this job as a stepping stone in London, so I had to act interested in the useless projects tey were trying to drag me in.
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Negotiation Details – Non negotiable, very strict, take it or leave it.
Plus, I wasn't in a strong position to negotiate, anyway.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Pune (India)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in December 2011.

Interview Details – The interviews are actually still on - 2 very interesting phone interviews 2-3 weeks ago which i enjoyed very much. The 2nd interview was more of an intelligent discussion where i actually learned something new (like how stack memory is managed in java). Most of the questions were around designing complex scalable systems, multi threading concepts and general designing principles.

But despite 2 delightful interviews, the interviewers didn't have any answers for my questions about role, position and team/product being interviewed for, career growth options, etc saying that they are not the right people to answer this and someone from HR would do that. For the kind of senior position I am being interviewed for, nobody from HR at credit suisse pune or hiring manager has spoken to me yet (in the last 21 days since the interview process started) explaining to me about these things. On top of that, things are simply moving at snail's pace despite HR being aware that I have multiple offers from very good companies for better position than they are offering. Junior HR folks would call just to schedule interviews and I even requested them to have someone senior or hiring manager speak with me. They promised twice they will get back to me but to no avail. On top of that, HR called me today to schedule another interview which is a few days from today and refused to send me a mail or meeting request so that it would show up in my calendar! What use is such a huge HR team at Pune/Mumbai if they do not know how to conduct an interview process for senior folks? I am beginning to feel that I have been wasting my time with them. The interview experience has been frustrating, and insulting, all because of an immature and untrustworthy HR.

Interview Question – how does java manage stack memory?   Answer Question

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