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Duff & Phelps Interview Questions

Updated Jul 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (7)  

    Valuation Services Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (Los Angeles, CA) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through on-campus recruiting. Asked to interview two days later, which was a bit rushed, but I practiced basic behavioral questions and brushed up on technical financial questions, and it was plenty. The interviewer gave me a rundown of the interview: resume rundown, behavioral/technical, my questions for him. (in that order). Haven't received notification from this interview yet. Still awaiting a response from interviewer.

    Interview Questions

    • walk me through your resume.   1 Answer
    • explain a time when you had to work in a group, and one person was acting particularly stubborn or unwilling to compromise on his/her position   1 Answer
    • what are the three financial statements? which one is used for valuation? why?   Answer Question
    • what are the two primary components of a DCF analysis?   Answer Question
    • gave a scenario and asked me whether or not it was appropriate to perform a DCF analysis (intrinsic value) or use relative multiples. the follow-up was how we know which revenue multiple to use.   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (4)  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (Austin, TX) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Applied from on-campus. Interview was mainly behavioral with some technical stuff. Interviewer was nice, and seemed interested. Haven't heard back, so I'm assuming I didn't move onto second round. Still not exactly sure of their scale, but the interview in itself was pretty painless.

    Interview Questions

    • Net Income to EBITDA, explain.   1 Answer
  3. Helpful (2)  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps (Los Angeles, CA) in September 2015.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • different valuation methods, DCF, Cost of capital, walk me through your resume. very few beahvioral.   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (5)  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    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


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    Real Estate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Duff & Phelps in September 2015.

    Interview

    Had a phone interview with a director from the company. It was fairly casual, and involved a lot of dialogue, as opposed to a strict Q&A format. The questions weren't really analytical, but instead mostly about my previous work background and why I specifically wanted to work for Duff & Phelps.

    Interview Questions

    • What attracted you most to this company as opposed to others?   Answer Question

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    Transfer Pricing Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    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

  8. Helpful (2)  

    Valuation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    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


  9. Helpful (7)  

    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

  10. Helpful (5)  

    Transfer Pricing Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    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

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Pros: “Plenty of opportunities to grow (learning budget, constant emphasis put on developing your technical skills) Work with very smart people”“Plenty of opportunities to grow (learning budget, constant emphasis put on developing your technical skills) Work with very smart people” – Full Review

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