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- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (Los Angeles, CA) in September 2015.
I applied through my campus. I met with one interviewer, it was pretty casual, 30 min long. My interviewer was friendly and told me about the pros and cons of the job, said that in this role, it can be pretty specific so you specialize and exit opportunities might be limited.
- different valuation methods, DCF, Cost of capital, walk me through your resume. very few beahvioral. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult 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.
- How are the financial statements linked together? Answer Question
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I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps.
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.
- Walk through your resume? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive Experience
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps.
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.
- How would you go about valuing a private company? Answer Question
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps in April 2015.
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.
- What's your favorite recent deal in [xxxx] industry? Why? What can you tell me about the valuation methodologies? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps.
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.
- 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
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (San Francisco, CA) in February 2015.
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.
- 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
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps in February 2015.
Applied in mid January, heard back about a phone screening early February. Phone interview was more of a conversation and quick questions about why did I choose my school and what led me to valuations. Heard back a week later to interview on site. On site was 3 interviews with directors/MD's. Got to talk to 2 analysts beforehand about how the interviewers are and any quick questions before we went in. First two were more conversations and telling about yourself/conversation. Typical questions about your experiences. Last interview was technical, classic basic valuations interview questions. Walk me through a DCF, effect of purchasing a truck on the 3 statements. Heard back exactly a week later with an offer.
- Walk me through a DCF. How would buying a truck on Jan 1 effect all 3 statements? If a company presents large growth assumptions how can you adjust value without touching proj. FCF? How many years do you project FCF before using terminal value? Why? If I project 3% growth permanently for terminal value, is that reasonable? Why/why not? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (San Francisco, CA) in February 2015.
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.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (New York, NY) in January 2015.
First there was a brief phone interview. Next if you passed the initial screen you are interviewed in one of their offices. Overall the interview was not too difficult.
- Some technical questions and some behavioral questions. Answer Question
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