I applied online and interviewed at American Express.
Interview Details – Had to come in for two days of interviews with several people on the IR team. However, they never followed up and I had to ask the recruiter the status of role and found out I was not selected. They need to do a better job following up with candidates.
Interview Question – The interview was not too difficult Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at American Express in April 2013.
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The reason for my post here is to publicly state my strong suspicion that a certain department at AmEx is using job candidates to do uncompensated work for them under the disguise of testing them. I was assigned a three-day research project on issues that have a current importance and value, then heard nothing more from AmEx and the job opening was posted again.
I'm a municipal bond credit analyst, and the majority of my work consists of writing ratings opinions on bonds, similar to S&P and Moody's reports. The job opening required precisely this. I interviewed with a bond analyst who said that he was overwhelmed with work and had needed someone to help him for a long time already. I also interviewed with some kind of administrative manager of the department who did not know anything about the technical side of the work. The interview went smoothly, and I was told that there is nothing in my experience or skills that falls short of the job requirements.
Some time later I received a request to do a research project, allegedly as a test of my writing. At the interview before, I had already brought about 20 recent report samples, and offered my former manager's reference to confirm the authenticity of my work. Despite this, they now said that they needed 2 new reports on specific bonds of their choice. I did the research and delivered the reports. New credit research is something that is objectively valuable, with a value (conservatively) of at least $100 per report.
I immediately received a short email saying I will not be considered for employment and nothing else. My request for feedback was refused. The same day an identical job posting was published on the AmEx website: "Mgr-Risk & Information Management Job – New York, NY, US".
From all the facts it is possible to reasonably surmise that they are using job candidates to help them with their large burden of work. The fact that the position was immediately reposted meant that they did not refuse me as a result of finding a better candidate. They told me I satisfied the job requirements, that they had an urgent need for help with their work burden, and refused to give any feedback on my reports. Either they discovered something about me that they discriminate against and can't say it, or they are illegally using people to do their work for free.
I hope that anyone applying to this position will carefully consider all the above before spending days doing work for them.
Interview Question – A 3-day research project was assigned, writing ratings opinions on the credit condition of certain municipal bonds. View Answer
I applied online - interviewed at American Express in March 2013.
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I received a call from the Recruiter who actually works for AllegisTalent2, not American Express. I found him to be extremely cocky on the phone and way too casual. The best way I can describe the conversation... he spoke to me like I was a buddy hanging out with him at a bar or in a frat house. Odd. Anyway, my resume was forwarded to the Hiring Manager. I had a phone screen with the Hiring Manager. Subsequently, I followed up with the Recruiter 2x and never heard back from him.
Amex has such a great reputation. But I must say that after speak to the Recruiter, who represents Amex, I was a bit turned off.
Interview Question – Typical questions regarding work history and experience. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at American Express in March 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through their website, and was contacted by HR over phone. I had a 15 mins phone screening. Questions are pretty basic, such as "walk me through your resume", "salary requirements". I was told to schedule an in person interview with the hiring manager within the same week. The manager was busy, and the interview lasts less than 30 mins. The questions were all very basic, too, including "walk me through your resume" (yes, again), "why this position"....and etc.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at American Express in March 2013.
Interview Details – I had 4 rounds of interview for this position. The first round was a phone screen by HR. The secound round was with a Senior Manager and the third round was with another Senior Manager. The final round was with the VP head of the group. The first and last round were more relaxed because they just wanted to see if I would be a match for the group. The second and third round interview was very intense and consisted of 80% situational questions. I think it would have been better to combine the two sessions with the Senior Managers into one interview as they both asked very similar questions. I think they must have used the same question sheet.
Interview Question – I can't remember exactly but it was a situational question asking what I would do in a certain situation. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate which I regret.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at American Express.
Interview Details –
Very organized process. The best way to get in is through a connection where they can link to you HR in the hiring group. HR then acts as an internal recruiter if he/she sees you as a fit and places you accordingly.
The process is very streamlined - phone interview with HR, then a few directors, and then with VP and SVP. They ask competency based questions in all rounds and will dig deep into specific examples. There was no presentation or IQ assessment.
AMEX also asks you to do a personality assessment for the role. Don't over think it and go with your gut. If you spend more than 10 seconds on the question, you're over doing it. They also do the usual drug check and will call your references
Interview Question – How do you manage a sales pipeline? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at American Express.
Interview Details – I interviewed through the full-time campus hiring process. There were two rounds. The 1st round was on campus with two interviewers, and the 2nd round was in their office with three interviewers. The questions were mostly behavioral, situational, and case based. Because this was a blanket offer into the Risk and Information Management group, all the interviewers needed to unanimously say yes before an offer is given. I did not know prior to the accepting the offer which team I would be on until a few days before starting work.
Interview Question – There was one statistical question about the t-statistic, but I can't remember the exact question. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Salary was automatically adjusted upward post-offering without negotiation in recognition of most current market rate.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at American Express in February 2013.
Interview Details – On campus interview
Interview Question – What are all the drivers for revenue for the charge card? View Answer
Negotiation Details – None.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at American Express in February 2013.
Interview Details – Straight forward and quickly executed process. Met with the hiring leader and then came back to meet with a business partner and team member. Also had a conference call with the senior leader as well. The process was overall very positive and handled in a professional manner.
Interview Question – The most unexpected was regarding my personal brand. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 6 months - interviewed at American Express in February 2013.
Interview Details – Taking three interview HR interview Admin interview Aptitude test and selected for the post of Director.
Interview Question – Very easy questions are asked in interview and selected. Answer Question
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