Duff & Phelps Interview Questions

Updated Aug 24, 2015
92 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

64%
23%
12%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

55%
26%
11%
2
2
1

Interview Difficulty

3.1
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

Candidate Interview Reviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty
  1.  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    First round interviews then a series of second round interviews in the office. The second round interviews in the office were 30 minutes with directors and managing directors. The interviews are technical and test interest in valuation.

    Interview Questions

  2.  

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps.

    Interview

    There was a 30 minute behavioral first round, and an all day second round in their office in Palo Alto. All behavioral questions, and one case study in the final round. I thought it went well, pretty nice employees and good interview process. A bit odd though because it was unclear what was being assessed since it's primarily behavioral, and fewer people interview for the Transfer Pricing team.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself, most challenging moment, where you see yourself in 5-10 years   Answer Question
  3.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps.

    Interview

    The process was one interview over the phone, interviewed by 2 or 3 analysts/VPS. Interviewed me one day for about 30-45 minutes and followed up with an offer about 2 weeks after.

    Interview Questions

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Interview Review


  5.  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps.

    Interview

    I applied through school portal & interviewed on campus. The first round interview was a combination of technical and fit questions. I was called back for a second round at the office. This interview was also a combination of technical and fit questions, but focused more on how you would fit into the company. Overall, the interview process at Duff & Phelps was a great experience.

    Interview Questions

  6. Helpful (2)  

    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps in April 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was largely conducted over the phone, as I was an East Coast college grad applying for a West Coast role. The interviewers were very cordial and professional, and we had a lot in common. They took care to analyze my skillset while also selling the company to me in a positive way.

    Interview Questions

    • What's your favorite recent deal in [xxxx] industry? Why? What can you tell me about the valuation methodologies?   Answer Question
  7.  

    Transfer Pricing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps.

    Interview

    The first step in the interview process was actually the most rigorous in my unique case. I was selected by Duff & Phelps for an interview for a little over an hour on campus. I wasn't interviewing at this point for a specific location, but for various openings they had around the country.I told them I was flexible on location, and about a week later I was contacted by a specific office for a screening interview with a director. That phone call lasted 30 minutes. A little less than a week later I had a second round behavioral interview with a younger associate. that phone call was also about 30 minutes. Two days later I received a call from HR and was extended an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • For the first on campus interview: I was not asked too many technical questions about transfer pricing methods or calculating a TP price with a specific method from financial statements, etc. Interviewing many times this semester for TP positions in particular has made me well versed in these interviews, especially at the intern level where my experience has been that they don't expect applicants to have much knowledge on the subject yet. Mostly they just asked me about what I thought my strengths were compared to other candidates and why I was interested in transfer pricing. Then they asked me what my quantitative, accounting, or econ background was. Other than that it was behavioral getting to know me and then answering my questions at length that I had for them about Duff & Phelps and their transfer pricing practice (formerly CETERIS). I think knowing what questions to ask that let them highlight the differences between Duff and other big 4 firms and other questions that showed I already had some knowledge of what transfer pricing looks like in practice is what made them refer me to a specific location and an internship opportunity. For the second (first round screening) interview with a director, it was again mostly behavioral questions and why my interest in TP and a few things from my resume. Fairly straight forward. However, my peer interviewed with another Duff & Phelps office for a full time transfer pricing analyst position and said the first phone interview was much more technical with questions about which financial statement do you think is the most beneficial for TP and why? (Income statement, because TP prices for RPM, Cost +, etc can be calculated directly from it). Also question about what is the best TP method (one that gives the most reliable arms length result, usually a direct CUP [if available]but if not judgment and experience will help decide which of the other methods is best for that transaction). In my case, the final interview was just another behavioral with very easy and discussion based questions off my resume or my background and interest in the field again. I was more nervous beforehand expecting it to be tougher knowing it was the second round but that conversation actually felt the most natural and slightly less formal than the others as I was speaking to someone close to my own age. I could be wrong but my guess is that this interview was to give their associate experience interviewing and to see if this associate thought I communicated effectively and was pleasant enough to work alongside as I would probably be mentored by as I assist in doing similar tasks.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (6)  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (San Francisco, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    It was my 1st round on the phone. Interview went very well. it was about 30 min and 90% of the time i was getting technical questions. Most of them about DCF modeling.

    Interview Questions

    • In order to find Beta for US based private company, Is it okay to use company's Beta which is listed in tokyo stock exchange?   1 Answer
  9.  

    Valuation Services Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (Philadelphia, PA).

    Interview

    Took forever. I was not offered a position, but the entire process, first contact to notification of final decision took almost 4 months! They weren't very communicative during the entire process.

    Interview Questions

  10.  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    Interview obtained via on-campus recruiting in conjunction with formal online application. Interviewed by two friendly D&P associates for 30-45 minutes. I was given an opportunity to ask questions of them at the end of the process.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were a mix of behavioral and technical. "Super day" featured several interviews containing a majority of technical questions.   Answer Question
  11.  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (San Francisco, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Overall the interview process was very straightforward and HR was extremely supportive throughout the entire process. Would recommend that applicants go over finance topics pertaining to DCF valuation and feel comfortable discussing them. In-person interview was a combination of both technical and behavioral questions with Directors / Managing Director - level interviewers.

    Interview Questions

    • Why might P/E ratios differ for two companies with the same revenues?   1 Answer
    • How does the mid year convention work?   Answer Question
    • What aspects of risk is incorporated through Beta?   Answer Question
Don't Miss Out On a Job You Love
Upload a resume to easily apply to jobs from anywhere. It's simple to set up.

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.