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Updated Feb 11, 2015
Updated Feb 11, 2015
22 Interview Reviews

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at SEC.

    Interview Details

    Short phone interview that discussed pretty general topics. Need to have an interest in securities or at least corporate law. Two interviewers conducted the interview but you may not work for them if you get hired.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  2.  

    Fall 2014 Honors Business Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Application. Great deal of paperwork. Phone call interview with three of the senior accountants there. They were nice and really just want to ensure that you have a background in basic finance and accounting.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretty laid back interview. They asked some statistical questions such as how to discover seasonality in multiple regression models   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Student Honors Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at SEC.

    Interview Details

    Applied online with a resume and cover letter to three preferred locations. I was contacted from my first preference within a month. The office set up a 2 on 1 phone interview with two young accountants, both were honest, open and helpful. I was contacted within a week about the outcome of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Please walk me through some of your relevant course work. Tell me about a time you were in a leadership role. What are your career goals?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was a unpaid position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Interview Details

    Asked basic questions - most important was why public service/SEC and do you want public service long term. Other than that it was all standard stuff and nothing even noteworthy.

    Interview Questions
    • N/A - it was all pretty straightforward and there was nothing technical or "hard" - they gave me the option of a phone interview, so I guess that shows they're really just interested in 1 or 2 main questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Intern-Summer Honors College Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview process was relatively laid back. Consisted of a half hour phone interview. Very friendly group of people who really just wanted to hear about what I could bring to the office. I found out within 24 hours that I had been offered the position. Very happy that I applied here.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions related to current events: what are the costs of the Ukraine/Russia crisis to the United States.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  7.  

    Extern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone interview

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Summer Honors Intern: Enforcement Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at SEC.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted for a phone interview several weeks later. The phone interview was a conference call with several employees. I was asked several finance related questions, and why I was interested in the program. They were very nice and the interview was pretty laid back. I received the offer the next week (4 days).

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Economist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at SEC.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with them at AEAs in Philly. Very fast turnaround to get flyout invitation. Very friendly group of economists in DERA, with very little unpleasantness. Employees mostly seemed happy and collegial.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Division of Ecumenic and Risk Analysis Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at SEC in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Sent in application through website in December and was contacted for an interview in February. Only one interview round and was relatively basic. Overall a good experience as the representatives were very friendly and willing to answer any questions I had.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked classic interview questions such as Why SEC? Why Division of Economic and Risk Analysis? What are some things happening around the world right now? What is the FED doing?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern-Summer Honors College Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at SEC in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    This was in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.

    The interview was on the phone. The person who interviews you will most likely be your immediate supervisor (hence why that person is calling).

    Most people in their position have PhD's in Finance. Very few have their PhD in economics and even fewer dont have PhD. The advantage of this is that your interviewer will have published some work. Make sure you go and read their work and find a way to incorporate it into the interview questions.

    Other than that, the questions were pretty straight forward. They wanted to know what your research interests were, what quantitative experience you had and applied knowledge you have of the field.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain your experience performing research and applying economic theories.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Unpaid internship.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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