I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in November 2013.
Interview Details – Directly called to office and went through a full-day assessment centre, including a numerical test, a presentation, a group discussion and 3 individual interviews. Numerical test is pretty easy. The topic of the presentation will be given on site and we had 30 minutes to prepare. The group discussion is all about making reasonable decisions.
Interview Question – Brain teasers. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in October 2013.
Interview Details – Spoke to representative at company presentation. Send material and was invited to interview within a week. Had 3 interviews with associate and analyst level bankers at location. Most of the interview was related to resume and past experience. Some standard M&A technical questions. Heard back within a week with offer for off-cycle internship.
Interview Question – One brain teaser per interview, for the rest standard stuff: Multiples and DCF Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Accepted other offer
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in October 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewer was a naive developer and didn't know how to take an interview on a telephone. When he started the interview, it made me realize that it would be very difficult to give accurate answers to the questions, because he seemed like a person who wants his answers and not somebody else'. When I inquired about what work he does, gave a vague answer to say the least, which made me realize he doesn't know much. Said all FX products were OTCs, that showed me basically doesn't know much about what work he does, and he is a VP. Seemed more like a guy who does what he is told and showed how the team works.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in July 2013.
Interview Details – The interview was a group interview, followed by an individual presentation, then aptitude tests. Next came lunch with the interviewers (we were told this was not a part of the interview). Finally we had 3 individual interviews.
Interview Question – Argue as if you were a public relations director why charity funding towards local education projects rather than helping poverty in Africa. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Salary relatively low, interview very generic. The more I learnt about the role the less I wanted to do it.
I applied online - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in April 2013.
Interview Details – Had one phone interview and the day after I received another phone call telling me that I received the offer. The phone interview consisted of questions about my background, why BAML, recent events etc.
Interview Question – There were no very hard questions. You just need to know yourself, know what you want and be convincing. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in March 2013.
Interview Details – Initial standard online application followed by online testing with numerical and verbal reasoning tests provided by SHL. Then a telephone interview with mainly competency based questions. An offer for an assessment day followed where there was a series of interviews and tests.
Interview Question – Can you tell me about CDS's? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in February 2013.
Interview Details –
Got a call to attend AC that was on a saturday between 9am - 3pm. We were 18 people from variety of backgrounds. The structure of AC was following:
1) Numerical test: SHL but a bit harder than online. 32 questions in 35 minutes.
2) Individual case study: We got a booklet and 1h to prepare the presentation. We had the next step which is "group discussion" in between actually preparing the case and presenting it to 1 VP for 10 minutes. Afterwards you get questions based on the case and your presentation. Be ready to know things about the companies you are presenting about and to defend your choices. Might slip in some random technical questions.
3) Group discussion: We were 6 people that had different roles and the object was to choose a CSR project among four different alternatives based on certain criteria. You get a booklet where you can read about your role, about the project and the objective.
4) Individual interview: I had one interview with only one VP. Mostly fit questions and I got no technical at all.
Interview Question – * How does 100 MUSD increase in amortization affect the three financial statements? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Standard offer.
I applied online and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in February 2013.
Interview Details –
First round tel interview: mainly compatency based
Assessment centre: written numerical test, presentation, group exercise, 2 one-to-one interviews.
Very friendly atmosphere.
Interview Question – No unexpected questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in February 2013.
Interview Details – 1x1 interviews with circa 10 people from the immediate team and other teams
Interview Question – No unexpected or difficult questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The graduate compensation was not negotiable
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online - interviewed at BoA Merrill Lynch in February 2013.
Interview Details – Good hiring and interview process. I was interviewed by VP's and Directors.
Interview Question – None according to me. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation required, as I was keen for that position
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