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Moody's Financial Data Analyst Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
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Financial Data Analyst Interview

Financial Data Analyst
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Moody's in November 2012.

Interview Details – Applied online and received an email to set up a phone interview about 2 weeks later. In the phone interview I was asked a few accounting questions and then told they would follow up with the hiring manager. A few days later they contacted me to schedule an interview. I interviewed with a manager and two employees. The questions were all relatively straight forward and just asked about my experiences and why I would make a good fit. A couple of days later I was asked to come in again and meet with another manager who asked similar questions. After another few days I was told by the initial HR contact that my interviews had gone very well and then a week later I received an offer.

Interview Question – Why Moody's over the other rating agencies?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Given that I had very little experience, I did not attempt to negotiate. The offer was presented and it seemed like they had an exact number in mind and there wasn't much room for negotiation.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Financial Data Analyst Interview

Financial Data Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Moody's in June 2010.

Interview Details – Got the position opening through professional networking organization like, Ascend.
Then recruiter contacted me via phone to ask if I want and can interview with the role.
They sent out a list of interviewers including time slot for the date, I had 6 scheduled on the same day.
So, when we got there, we got to meet 6 professionals, either peers, managers, HR, in about 30 mins time frame each for the whole morning.
After the day, I was given respond via email within a few days.

Interview Question – How good s your Excel skill   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no opportunity was given. Salary amount was given at the first time they contacted me.
Did not make effort to negotiate the salary


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Financial Data Analyst Interview

Financial Data Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Moody's in December 2008.

Interview Details – Intereview with the manager

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation


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Financial Data Analyst Interview

Financial Data Analyst

Interviewed at Moody's

Interview Details – 1. Phone screening (basic info, visa and asking whether a xx,xxx GBP salary meets my expectations)
2. Testing: 5 or 6 tests (2.5 hour in total). Accounting test is really easy. Essay consists of two parts, thus watch your clock as there is no time to answer both parts properly
3. and 2 interviews

Interview Question – Numerical and Finance knowledge tests are harder   View Answer


2 people found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Financial Data Analyst Interview

Financial Data Analyst
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Moody's in September 2012.

Interview Details – Rather timeconsuming process, had to take half day off work twice:

First stage:
2 x interview with 2 people from different teams
Tests - accouting, essay

Second stage:
1:1 interview with an Analyst
HR interview

Interview Question – Explain me the reasons behind the current situation in the European Union.   Answer Question


6 people found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Financial Data Analyst Interview

Financial Data Analyst
City of London, England (UK)

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Moody's in April 2012.

Interview Details – After being rejected for Client Services, I was invited for an Assessment Centre regarding an Analytical role for Moody's Investors Service.
The schedule of the day: an Accounting Test + an essay/article to be produced about the recent economic events (1.30h for the two tasks) + 2 interviews (45’ each).
The Test was not very difficult: divided in 2 parts (one for corporates’ balance sheet/financial statements, one for banking institutions), the exercises were similar: for example, classifying items in assets and liabilities and completing a simple balance sheet.
Then, a series of two 2:1 interviews with other Financial Data Analysts and the Managers followed. Both "teams" wanted to check my technical accounting skills, like the understanding of a balance sheet of a corporate/bank regarding the riskiness of their businesses. No competency-based questions were asked, but I have to say they were the most aggressive interviewers ever met.

Accounting is not my major and I had got the invitation email about 30 hours before the AC (no real time to make an accurate revision), so I wasn't that surprised that they didn't offer me a job (they called me back about 10 days later), since "other candidates performed better than you in the test and interviews".
However, the company left me an extremely positive impression.

Interview Questions

  • Is it more risky for a bank having more mortgages or bonds/marketable assets in their balance sheet?   Answer Question
  • Task: Interviewers gave me a balance sheet+financial statements with two years' value for a bank.
    After 2-3 minutes: "Have a look and tell us what you can say about this bank"
      Answer Question
  • If you have to evaluate the business of a retail bank, what would you look in the balance sheet/financial statement?   Answer Question


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Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Financial Data Analyst Interview

Financial Data Analyst

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Moody's in April 2010.

Interview Details – I had three interviews over the phone with Moody's. First one was with the main guy who asked me about the position, my past experiences, education, basic stuff from my CV. Second was with a HR person, another standard questions. Third one with a hiring manager. It was the toughest one. She was asking about my experiences, give her examples where my attention to details was positively tested. Why do i think i am the right person for the position, what to i think the biggest challenge will be?

Interview Question – What do you think will be the biggest challenge you will come across in this position?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – not offered as much as i wanted, plus there was a better opportunity on the horizon

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