I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Moody's in April 2011.
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 Question – What makes you want to work at Moody's? Answer Question
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Moody's in August 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 Question – 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.
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Moody's in August 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.
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.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Moody's.
Interview Details – Very informative and straight-forward interview process. No prior telephone interview with HR. Got invited to an in-person interview in the NY office. The in-person interview was very interesting and helpful. I interviewed with 7 people - all senior management.
Interview Question –
Tell me something about yourself?
How does Structured Finance work? Answer Question
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)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Moody's in January 2012.
Interview Details – The whole interview process took almost a whole day since I met with 5 senior professionals in the group.Those people are very knowledgeable, smart and highly educated. So just try to be very familiar with your resume and be very confident. Show your knowledge/skills and ask smart questions. It would be great to know what services/products that Moody's is offering and what the group is doing.
I applied through other source and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Moody's in August 2010.
Interview Details – not well structured & sloppy
Interview Question – liquidity metrics for FI's Answer Question
Negotiation Details – bonus component very limited and not really negotibale
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