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Moody's Associate Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Dec 9, 2014
Updated Dec 9, 2014
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    Associate Analyst III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Moody's.

    Interview Details

    1- Tests and interview with a senior associatte. Just went over resume and was asked to explain a few ratios.
    2- Second round. MD + VP interviews, again just over resume. Asked why I would make a good fit. Then HHRR behavioural interview.

    The whole process was in english, so if you're not comfortable with it just don't go. Better candidates where thrown away just because they had a not completely fluent english.

    Interview Questions
    • Written test is difficult due to lack of time, math test the same and financial test is all about cash flows. Either you know it or you don't.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negociation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Analyst III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Moody's in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview followed by a call in for a superday. Super day consisted of several 2 on 1 interviews, mostly fit questions. Some technical questions, some basic math skills. Seemed like for the most part they wanted to discern whether you were of average intelligence, and whether you would be a good fit. From what I've heard from others, if you have a technical/quant background, they will ask more tech/quant questions. Otherwise they just want to see whether you would be able to pick that stuff up on the job. Few weeks later I heard back and accepted.

    Interview Questions
    • What happens to LTV when home prices increase?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate. Candidates with >1 year of experience might feel more comfortable/compelled to do so.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Moody's.

    Interview Details

    Quick, efficient, very general

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Analyst III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Moody's in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    High yield credit research. Only one on-side interview in NY office with 2 VPs and 1 Analyst. Scheduled for a second round with London analyst and Hong Kong analyst but was later cancelled. Interview were pretty laid back.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about credit research?
      Have you analyzed high yield debt before? Give me an example.
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Moody's in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    Two Rounds of interviews with senior management as well as team members.Questions varied from technical to general. The interviewers were rather friendly and laid back. It took a while to hear back but the HR recruiter kept me up to date.

    Interview Questions
    • Why should we hire you?
      Are you flexible and able to work long hours and on weekends?
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation option
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Associate Analyst III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Moody's in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Got the interview through Campus Recruiting. First interview was on campus with 2 senior analysts at Moody's. Fairly straightforward interview. No technical questions. Second interview was during Super Day in their NYC office. Interviews were with 4-5 analysts/MDs. Some technical questions were asked (about the Income statement, CF statement, and Balance Sheet). Overall, was more of a discussion than back and forth question answer. Really enjoyed one of my interviews which we discussed what would be the big issues companies as well as citizens would be dealing with 5 years from now (Subscribing to Time Magazine pays off in dividends here). Moody's overall wants you to know your math and be able to calculate fast, but they also appreciate qualitative discussions, something unlike others working in the financial sector I hear.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your favorite company? After you answer, they ask you, "If you were CEO of said company, what would be one thing you would do to improve it"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Moody's in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was a temporary employee with moody's and offered the opportunity to interview internally for a full-time position. This was after having been there only 1.5 months. I met with the person who will be my boss and then the former person in the role i will be filling and the managing director in charge of the department. The interviews very informal as I had prior knowledge of the company and everything i would be doing. I didn't feel much pressure interviewing but it was clear that they wanted to see that I have direct knowledge of the business and I would be able to get up to speed very quickly in a high exposure area.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about moody's CFG?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about your past positions and how those skills pertain to the job you are interviewing for.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was told by my current supervisor not to negotiate. I am fairly content with the compensation but not necessarily happy with it. But in this climate I am glad to fully employed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 14 people found this helpful  

    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Moody's in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Dropped resume without a cover letter on the company's website. Received a phone call from HR 3 weeks later informing that I've been selected for an initial telephone interview. First, interviewed with HR via telephone. At the conclusion of the interview, HR recruiter mentioned that I will have the opportunity to interview with the hiring manager via phone and if all goes well will be asked to interview in-person. Second, interviewed with hiring manager via telephone. Third, interviewed with hiring manager and team members in 1:1 interviews in-person at the office. Fourth, got invited back to interview 1:1 with the hiring manager's boss and to take a writing test. Writing test consisted of writing a one-page summary of a special-comment that the rating agency published. The writing test took approximately 1-hour. None of the interviewers asked any technical questions. Everyone seemed very knowledgeable and hard-working. Sensed that work-life balance is an important aspect at the firm, as one of the team members mentioned that unlike the i-banks long hours are rare and most folks are able to maintain a 9 to 6 schedule. It's important to know your resume well because most of the questions will relate to prior work experience and education. Also, be prepared to clearly state why you would be a good fit for the position and why you are looking to leave your current employer. Folks at the firm came across as good, smart, and ethical. Hiring manager expressed concern and disappointment with the fact that Moody's and all rating analysts (including analysts on the fundamental side) have been portrayed unfairly in the press due to rating actions on mortgage related securities (RMBS/CDOs). Worked two years (2008 to 2010) on the fundamental credit side before applying internally for an analyst position with the ABS team in Structured Finance Group (SFG). Again, interviewed with HR recruiter, hiring manager, team members, and hiring manager's boss. All were 1:1 interviews. Did not face any technical questions. Make sure to do a lot of research on the industry/asset class that you will interview for and prepare questions. Read the rating methodologies on the company's website before the interviews. Most of the SFG interviews centered around questions that I asked regarding current developments and trends. Work culture in SFG is a little different, as most folks work a bit longer typically 9 to 7. People at Moody's are friendly and work areas are in excellent condition (new building at the World Trade Center). Junior analysts with grad degrees receive a private office without windows and senior analysts work in offices with windows.

    Interview Questions
    • Why should we hire you instead of the other candidates?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Did not try to negotiate. Received 10% more in base pay over previous base salary and accepted the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Moody's in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    HR took forever to get back to me. I had to call repeatedly when they said they would let me know by a certain date and didn't. Eventually they called and I didn't get it, and then they called to have me interview for two other positions. I got one of them and they didn't want me to start for three months. The whole thing was very drawn out and unprofessional on HR's end.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Got contacted by HR, met with two analysts in the team

    Interview Questions
    • why should we hire you instead of other more experienced candidates?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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