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Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Credit Suisse in November 2009.
Interview Details Initial contact with the company was via a recruiter who set up the first interview with the Director of the team.
First interview lasted 2 hours, and questions included the usual "what did you do in your last job", "why did you leave", as well as DCM-specific questions. Shortly after leaving the interview, I received a call from the Director asking to set up another interview the following afternoon to meet the rest of the team (five others in total).
Second interview was to last a couple of hours, however was approximately six hours long, and culminated in having some beers in the boardroom with the team. Primary aim of the process was to meet the other members of the team as well as have the opportunity to ask appropriate questions about team structure and associated specialties.
Everyone who interviewed me were extraordinarily knowledgeable in their specific field, and had no problems in answering any questions. Consequently, I perceived the team to be young and dynamic, with a strong desire to outperform for FY2010. In addition, I felt that I would not only be able to offer my time and skills in pitches and other job responsibilities, but also my opinions about the market, where our priorities should be, as well as how to execute our strategy for 2010.
Very happy with the position I was offered
Interview Question – Why did you leave your last job View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
Product Controllert Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in December 2012.
Interview Details The interview process consisted of two rounds. The first round was a group interview (5-6 pax) and we were given a random topic to discuss and present. (Your typical group interview. Just make sure you discuss as loud as possible.) The second round was 1-to-1 interview with PC manager (AVP) or HR manager.
Interview Question – The interview questions were asked according to a piece of paper. The manager just read a question on the paper and you answered and that's all. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Never take the offer. It was a mistake. BIG BIG BIG mistake to work for Credit Suisse.
Director Equities Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in July 2010.
Interview Details Very smooth and well-managed, mostly due to headhunter who had a good relationship with the hiring manager. 4 interviews, 3 of those 1-on-1 and 1 with 3 future colleagues one after the other. Was mostly expected to explain how I would tackle certain issues and what my ideas were on certain topics. Good, fair interviews.
Negotiation Details – Negotiated sign-on bonus.
Very Easy Interview
Product Controller Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Credit Suisse in August 2013.
Interview Details Mostly behavioral based questions and mostly unprofessional. It is funny how someone else had the almost the exact same experience interviewing with this company. It was 2 interviews for 2 different positions. The first I interviewed with 4 people (1 on 1). Straight forward behavioral based questions. I got a lot of "good answers". Also tried to connect on a personal level with all the interviewers. Didn't get an offer but the staffing agent called me 2 days after and told me I did not get it. On to the second interview for a different job. This interview had 3 people. The first woman who came in which I am sure is the exact same woman from another review was completely unprofessional and I could tell she could careless about me or the interview. Introduced herself for 1 minute, asked if I had any questions (I had two and another 1 minute) and then said she had a meeting and just left. I had a nice woman next and got "good answer" and "that's a great attitude to have" then a very pushy woman. She asked me what I know about Credit Suisse and I told her the little I knew about it then she basically stood on a pedestal and talked about how she went to ECU and her goal was to work at Credit Suisse, and how she knew everything about the company, and how she got the job in 2007 (right before the greatest recession we have had since the Great Depression. Lucky her I guess). That's about it. Once again more behavioral based questions with completely rude interviewers except a few. My advise is to skip this company unless you know someone working there because I'm sure they are just hiring friends and family. I just graduated with my MBA applying for these entry level positions. Also, never even heard back from the staffing agent or Credit Suisse after the second rejection. I didn't try to contact them because they didn't take the interview seriously and I knew I didn't get it right after I walked out the door. Two unprofessional interviews, a couple of "good answers" and one "great attitude", commuting all the way from Winston-Salem, wasted gas and time, and not one job offer.
Interview Question – None. Behavioral based questions. Answer Question
IT Summer Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in February 2012.
Interview Details Be prepared for critical thinking questions. Be sure to study the program as well as be knowledgeable of basic program life cycle questions. Take advantage of the superday. Be sure to ask questions and get to know the interviewers as you meet them prior to the interviewing that day.
Interview Question – Why Credit Suisse Answer Question
IT Assistant Vice President Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Credit Suisse.
Interview Details It depends upon requirement and your networking. If they have requirement and you being referred by someone senior then within two round you should get offer. First round was more of technical whereas second round was more of discussion and confirmation of first round.
Interview Question – If you know your job well then there wasn't any thing which say difficult. I have answered all the question with regards to my field (Test Management) and was thru. 2nd round is more of 4 eye principle. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Salary and Title you will have to negotiate. Once IN it is very difficult to get change in both.
Internship Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse.
Interview Details Very relaxed - personality questions and markets questions. Role was for their wealth management solutions group and the primary focus of the interview was to see how passionate you were about global markets. You should be prepared to pitch a stock or investment idea. Also, be prepared to walk through your resume,
Interview Question – Describe your strengths/weaknesses. Time that you showed leadership Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse in October 2012.
Interview Details I got in touch with the company through a campus event, so it was divided in two phases.
The first interview was at the campus event. Given the little time slot for the event (1h), it was mainly to get to know each other. A future team member explained about the banking functions and what they were doing, while I was asked my goals my background, what I was looking for, and why Credit Suisse.
The second interview was on site with an HR person first and an AVP from my team later. Both parts lasted around an hour.
Questions revolved around personality and behaviour: what project was the most challenging and why? How have you dealt with disagreements in the past? How did you manage to convince your teammates about your ideas?
Occasional brain teasers ("How many liters of water are there in the xxx lake?") were also asked.
The interviews were friendly and HR always gave feedback within a couple of days.
Interview Question – Show us an experience that proves you were able to take leadership and how you did it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Having had a change of plan
Spring Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Credit Suisse.
Interview Details Two phone interviews (30mn each). Standard competency-based questions : "Tell me about a time where you had to take some initiative / work under pressure/convince others" + "walk me through your resume" + general market awareness questions : "what was the most important event that happened in Europe in 2013 ?"
Interview Question – What would you do if you were the P.M. ? Answer Question
Business Reference Data Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Credit Suisse in May 2014.
Interview Details Was invited to come in to interview at the Raleigh office. The HR guy who escorted me in was very nice and brought me into the interview room. I waited probably around 15 min or so and the first lady came in and started off a basic behavioral question interview. The questions were easy and typical of this type of interview, but the lady kept texting on her phone while I was talking. I paused for a moment mid-answer because she wasn't listening, and she said she was sorry and that she had a meeting or something coming up. Regardless, she kept doing it periodically to the end. When it was my time to ask questions, she said she had to go. This was very unprofessional and I was about to call her out on it, but realized my place and decided to pretend everything was fine.
The next lady who came in greeted me and begin more behavioral interview questions. She seemed a bit pushy with some questions, but at least she paid attention to me and wasn't texting on her phone. When it was my time to ask questions, I was only able to ask about 2 before she also had to leave.
Overall this was by far the most unprofessional interview I have ever had. Texting during an interview is completely unacceptable. Also, If they can't schedule enough time for the interviewee to ask questions, then reschedule. Also, I tried reaching out several times to follow up with Credit Suisse and to this day, I have gotten no response. Also, this was 1 of 2 separate positions I have interviewed for, and I still do not get a response.
Fortunately, I landed a job with a bank with better ethical background.
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected, just study behavioral questions. Answer Question
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