Credit Suisse Assistant Vice-President Interview Questions

Updated Mar 26, 2015
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Assistant Vice President Interview

Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Credit Suisse (New York, NY) in October 2014.

Interview

Originally contacted by HR after online application. Had a quick phone screen and was set up for an in person interview with the hiring manager, followed by subsequent rounds with executives. Have yet to hear back after last set of meetings, so given the length of this process I am assuming no offer is forthcoming.

Interview Questions

  • No difficult questions - mostly behavioral and aligning your skills to the position sought   Answer Question

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    Assistant Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Credit Suisse (New York, NY) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Came in twice, met with the team, my new boss and various VP level people. They asked about my experience, my skillset and why i was leaving. It was an overall easy interview process. They liked me since i already had what they were looking for and wouldn't be that expensive to bring in. So it was win win for all parties involved. Good experience but end of the day wasnt the place i wanted to be for a long time.

    Interview Questions

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    Assistant Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Credit Suisse (New York, NY) in April 2010.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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

    Negotiation

    No

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    Assistant Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Credit Suisse (New York, NY) in November 2009.

    Interview

    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

    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 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Credit Suisse (New York, NY) in January 2009.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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

    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 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Credit Suisse (New York, NY) in June 2008.

    Interview

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

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    don't bulge from your expecting salary

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    Assistant Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Credit Suisse (New York, NY) in January 2008.

    Interview

    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!

    Interview Questions

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    Assistant Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Credit Suisse (Pune (India)) in December 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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    Assistant Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Credit Suisse (Singapore (Singapore)) in February 2011.

    Interview

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

    Negotiation

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

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    Assistant Vice-President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Credit Suisse (London, England (UK)) in May 2010.

    Interview

    I've had two phone interviews before getting called for a full day round of interviews. During that day I have met 5 people, in succession. The interviews lasted anything between 30 minutes to 1h10 at a time. The last interview was with HR in order to work out administrative requirements.
    So, now for the actual interviews:

    1. MD, presented the environment, the on-going projects, gave me an overall vision of what the team I was joining is charged with and what it's currently working on. In turn I gave a presentation of my resume along with the reasons why my profile would fit the team. No technical questions, more of an overall general idea of how I interact with people, how I market myself. Evaluated only soft skills.

    2. D, presented in more detail the what is the team currently working on. Asked me how I reacted in different situations drawn from my resume, how I interacted with the different departments. Slightly more technical questions about my previous experience: why, how, when, etc... Again, evaluated soft skills with a slight accent on technical skills.

    3. D from a different team. A slightly more technical interview, asked me how I managed the relationship with the IT department, asked my some SQL-related questions (kind of unrelated to my future role, though...). Evaluated mostly soft skills, apart from those odd questions on SQL...

    4. VP, presented again the team and what it does on a daily basis. Had me talk through my resume again and explain the motivation behind every action that I performed. Continued presenting me 'life @ CS', the benefits etc...

    So, I've had an overall positive impression, all interviews were oriented towards checking my soft skills, although the role is in itself relatively technical: you need to understand valuations, risk factors, sensitivities, greeks, exposures etc. I hope I won't be let down by the actual job.

    HR is off-sourced to Adecco, so they're not actually CS; maybe that explains the stiffness in negotiation?

    Interview Questions

    • What do you want to do in the future/where do you see yourself in ... years?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    None of the monetary terms are negotiable. Actually, beside the starting date, they won't negotiate anything.

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