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Moody's Associate Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Dec 9, 2014
Updated Dec 9, 2014
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  1. 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Analyst - Banking Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Moody's in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview + assessment center (group presentation, then accounting, numeracy and writing tests, 2:1 interview)

    Interview Questions
    • How do you keep yourself informed?   View Answer
    • Can you talk about one of the major trends affecting the banking sector?   View Answer
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Moody's in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    not well structured & sloppy

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    bonus component very limited and not really negotibale
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 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
  7. 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 weeksinterviewed at Moody's in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Several interviews with different members of the team. They were very nice to me and helped me realize my background did not have enough finance in order for me to join there team. Only one of them actually asked me technical question regarding accounting conventions. The rest only had a pleasant conversation with me about my life and so on.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me how you get to Chasflow from Operations departing from Net Income in a Cashflow statement.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 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
  9.  

    Associate Analyst III Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Moody's.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone screen, then a superday in their downtown office. Basic set of questions - why are you interested in Moody's, tell me about your internships, etc. Some questions are about past experiences where you exhibited a certain trait (i.e. tell me about a time you led a group).

    Interview Questions
    • How do you manage projects with tight or conflicting deadlines?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Moody's in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    1 hour, 2 interviewers, in campus interview. I was having nice conversation with 2 VPs in Moody's. This position is allocated to the financial and planning group, which is mainly focus on financial statement for Moody's itself. And my major doesn't fit this position so well. Anyway, two interviewers are aboth nice.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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