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American Express Data analyst internship interview

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Raunak ChitlangiaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Data analyst role at American Express
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview Puzzle Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
My resume had a couple of projects and a paper publication added to it, which was a part of my second year intern at TCS Innovation Labs.
Interview Tips
I believe that the resume shortlist to appear for the test is just a formality and not a big deal to get through. Most of the students are allowed to appear for the test which is where, the main shortlisting occurs.
Although, the company does cut off people from certain departments. For example, none of the Agriculture and food engineering students were shortlisted for appearing for the test.
Also, from what I have heard, the company runs resumes through a program to take out the shortlist. Hence, certain key words such as "Scholar" or "Conference" may get you a good chance to get through the shortlisting.
Round 2

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Analytical
Interview Experience
The test is mainly quant based and how fast you can think and rationalize. They expect excellent speed; they ask you 20 questions to be answered in 30 minutes.
Interview Tips
Normally, if a student is asked to appear for this right after his JEE examination, he would be able to get through it easily. But since our analytical thinking goes way down once we actually get in, it has to be worked upon again. I'd suggest you to solve all the quant questions of any CAT preparatory book for the American Express test. The test questions are quite similar to those that the CAT students prepare for.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
In general, the American Express interviews are considered to be pretty peaceful compared to the interviews of other companies. I was just asked about my work at TCS Innovation Labs and the paper I would be publishing based on that work and the courses I have done in Data Analytics and what all do I know in it. They do not test the knowledge you say you possess.
Interview Tips
While I was preparing for my interview, I was told to read about Amex and its products. Secondly, and most importantly, I was aksed to read a lot about credit card frauds and suggest ways of preventing that. Even during my time, a lot of people were asked about this and judged severely on that. This is a must must if you would be appearing for its interview.

Also, you would do well if you are able to connect with the interviewer. For instance, if both of you have been a part of the same inter IIT or have the same tastes, etc.

Also, the interviews are that peaceful that you are able to direct the interview in your favour. There are certain parts of your CV that you can easily talk about and certain parts that you would want to avoid. If you are able to think on your feet, it is easy to re direct the interview in your favour and the things that you would like to talk about; in my case, it was my work at TCS.
Round 4

Puzzle Interview

Interview Experience
The main decision whether you have to be taken in or not is decided in your first round of interview after which, the puzzle interview is just a formality and to find out whether you are able to think on your feet or not. Not a big deal, pretty easy.
Interview Tips
Nothing to be worried about, the puzzles asked are pretty easy and most probably, you would have already heard them if you have a nag of solving puzzles.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
You should be able to code efficiently. Knowledge in Python and SQL is a big plus.<br /> Also, I had done a course on Coursera called "Machine Learning" of Stanford University. Today, the company does not expect a lot of knowledge in Data Analytics from students which is why this course gave me the edge I needed to get through the interview. It's a pretty easy course and not very demanding. I would recommend this if you want to find out even whether you'd be interested in Data Analytics or not.<br /> I was asked about the things I know and whether I have ever implemented them.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • CAT Data Interpretation By Arun Sharma,
  • Data Interpretation And Logical Reasoning By Arun Sharm,
Courses
  • Machine Learning - Coursera Course,
General Tips
Do not worry or stress yourself much. The interview is pretty easy if you have an edge in the skills that the company wants. I had started studying Data Analytics in my second year summer vacations, just 1 hour a day for hardly about a month. Which gave me enough of an edge. The main hurdle lies in getting through the test round where about 300 people are simply cut off.
Motivation for applying
American Express is known to have a good working culture and is currently the third best company to work for in India. The internship stipend is largest compared to any other company in India along with accommodation and travel. The company has a well structured internship program and also has good challenging work to offer.
Funny Moments
After the test, I was not shortlisted for the interview round.. Which broke my heart.

Just after the presentation, I walked up to the person presenting and handed him a hard copy of my resume asking him to at least give me a shot at the interview if they think my profile is good enough.

I believe that this was a turning point of this entire experience. I believe, at that moment itself, I gained their favour to take me in. Which is probably why my interview was peaceful, which is probably why I could get through even though my interview was the last among a bunch of 25 students..
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American Express Risk information management intern internship interview

11.6k views
Giridhur SriramFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Risk information management intern role at American Express
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
They shortlisted pretty much everyone who took a probability course.
Interview Tips
Well, take a probab course.
Round 2

Test

Duration
30 Minutes
No. of Questions
30 questions
Interview Experience
This was an Online test, consisting of questions from logical reasoning and probability. IMHO, it was very easy to score full marks in the test, but i am not very sure if they considered it for the final interview shortlist.
Interview Tips
Brush up on probability, esp inferential statistics et al.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Seating Arrangement
Interview Experience
The usual Run-Me-Through-Your-Resume happened. I found the interview very interesting and quite challenging. It first started with a simple question in combinatorics, the interviewer kept adding incremental questions to the first problem until it became something interesting,a Poisson process, afaik.

They also asked me to calculate square roots of certain numbers by hand correct to 3 decimal places.
Interview Tips
Think out loud. And clarify your queries as they come. I asked for a few hints then and there, and they obliged. I think they look at your thinking process more than the mistakes you commit during the interview, which may simply arise due to fear and/or lack of confidence.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: In a desert you have infinite fuel stocked at a place, and you have a car which gives 1 mile per litre., desert is 100 miles long, and car can hold 20 litres, how to reach the end in most optimized way.
Interview Experience
This was a standard puzzle question.I told them I had seen this before so they modified it a little, and i used back tracking to arrive at the answer.
2-3 small puzzles later, they asked me about my previous internships, esp about one which was in the domain of ML and Computer Vision. They asked me what problems i faced and how i over came them.
After this, they started telling me about the profiles available, they asked me if I had any questions for them. The interviewers were very friendly, and they were sharing some anecdotes as well.
Interview Tips
Pay attention to the PPT/Profile Summary document/Campus Talk. If you are interested in Analytics, its better to do some project or internship in that area, before hand, a small reality check to gauge your interest in Analytics. They ask for a knowledge of Python/SAS/Hive/Excel. Do mention if you have used any of these at some point of time to handle big data or to do data processing.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Life in IIT
Interview Experience
This was the final interview, though the order isn't always followed. They asked me about my life before college and now. Asked me about my peer group, professors, environment in general.
Some personal questions followed. And, finally they asked me for a location preference, and that was it.
Interview Tips
Well, just talk naturally.
General Tips
Dress formally. And keep a smiling face.
Motivation for applying
Their profile was good based on feedback from seniors, and I was interested in the field, so I applied.
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American Express Management trainee interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Management trainee role at American Express
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Resume fitting for a data analysis profile are shortlisted. So writing R, Python and programming skills in the cv should help you getting shortlisted.
Almost 200 students were shortlisted for the test
Interview Tips
Make sure you mention your courses or projects related to data analysis in the resume
Round 2

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
20 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Single Section
Interview Experience
The test was on mettl.com
It was a very easy test which judges your quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning (find the next shape, find the missing number). Questions like "find the least no to be multiplied by 100! such that is its divisible by 3^50?" , "find the probability of dice rolled three times to sum up as 10?".
Interview Tips
Preparing for CAT would do. It is a very easy test. You need you ensure that all ur questions are correct as there was a lot of time.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself, Why join Amex being from Mechanical background? , Solve a puzzle for me
Interview Experience
I expected a very technical round with all sorts of questions on statistics and data analysis. But it was soft spoken interview. They literally want to know why you want to join data analysis and Why Amex? And how passionate are you towards work?
Interview is taken by very experienced people from the company and is more of a discussion about ur cv and projects related to data analysis. They listen to whatever code or piece of programming you have done and how well you know.
I talked about the courses I took to learn data analysis on coursera, my MTP project on optimization and its algorithms and why i wanted to join Amex.
My interview ended with a puzzle which was "There is weight balance and i want to measure from 1 kg to 100 kg. So what is the minimum no of stones and their weights required to measure any material with weght between 1kg to 100 kg.". I solved the problem and then he asked me why do you think this is the most optimum way. I answered it a bit and then he made my problem difficult by adding a information that "we can put weights on both sides". I was not able to solve it but defined the strategy should be used to find solution. My interview ended with my interviewer helping me solve the problem and explaining me the answers clearly. He said he will talk to HR but no HR round happened and I got selected. I would suggest to check with others about the kind of HR questions they ask.
Interview Tips
Be confident, talk about what you know. I started my data analysis in the last semester but was really amazed with the things I studied. So, most important thing is to find out if you like the domain or not. If the domain fits you, its the matter of showing interviewers the enthusiasm towards the subject genuinely.
Knowing data analysis obviously helps but company expects you learn and grow rather learn in the company from most experienced people itself :).
All the Best
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • How To Ace The Brain Teaser,
Courses
  • Statistical inference,
  • R programming,
General Tips
Placement is the matter of the interviewer understanding your motivation to work with the firm. So show them what you got for them.
Motivation for applying
Well, I heard its the best company to work in. The very statement motivated me to work with such a firm.
Funny Moments
After my interview, they asked me to have some cashew nuts which they were eating as it was late and they were hungry. So, I took one and also said that "the whole day was so hectic and I was so hungry :P ". So they asked me to take the whole packet with me and I took.

I came outside with a packet of cashew nuts in my hand with motion of chewing and everyone was like "WTF seriously, did u just come from an interview :P
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American Express Pget interview

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Prakruthi PFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Pget role at American Express
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview Behavioural Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Tips
Get resume ready early in the process, iterate and improvise based on reviews of seniors. Try getting reviews from friends across IITs (helps to get fresh perspectives and creative ways of writing - especially the POR section)
Round 2

Test

Duration
90 Minutes
No. of Questions
30 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Analytical test
Interview Experience
Mathematical puzzles and problems
Interview Tips
Be quick - don't spend too much time on a single question
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Explain the mathematics involved in recognising speech data
Interview Experience
I wrote down all the involved equations and explained the process in brief. I had a project in speech in one of my earlier interns. Hence, the question was asked. I believe they tested my familiarity with the math stuff and the depth till which I have dug and understood in my earlier projects.
Interview Tips
Be reasonably elaborate but precise. Be calm but show energy and excitement about answering questions, especially where significant amount of puzzle solving or math or problem solving is expected (bonus points for taking the pen out and listing down stuff or working out stuff on paper - to signify and convey things better)
Round 4

Behavioural Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What interests you in Electrical? Some questions from resume based on positions of responsibility held, etc.
Interview Experience
Was very nice. Usually experienced people are sweet and nice in the interview. And it's nice to reciprocate the same and have a good meaningful discussion.
Interview Tips
Be passionate about stuff you have done/worked on and explain it well. I also remember asking something about the firm to the interviewer, which showed my prior effort to know more about the firm. I believe that gave some brownie points (although I don't say it's absolutely necessary). For any interview, not just this firm, BE GENUINE. That's one most important aspect of an interview.
Motivation for applying
After two core internships, wanted a non-core internship. But after the internship, loved the team and the work they did. Hence, took the PPO!
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American Express Dispute analyst interview

3.9k views
Rashima GomberExperiencedSelected
Interview Process
HR Interview Test Technical Interview
Round 1

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Introduce yourself?
Interview Experience
The first round of interview was the HR Round, where basic questions about the profile and detailed introduction about the interviewee were asked.
Interview Tips
Be confident with strong communication skills.
Round 2

Test

No. of Questions
2 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Written Communication Round
  • Section 2: Aptitude Test
  • Section 3: Logical Reasoning
Interview Experience
This first section had 2 questions that were given to test the written communication skills of a candidate. One of them was email writing on a given situation and the second one was Unseen Passage, which included 10 questions that were to be answered basis the passage given.

Second section was the Aptitude Test. This test included 20 questions. All the MCQ based questions given in this section mainly focused on checking the mathematical skills of a candidate.

Third section was the Logical Reasoning which included 20 questions based on simple logical reasoning. Easy to crack.
Interview Tips
Strong command over English Vocabulary.
Time Management
Strong calculation skills.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How well do you understand the profile?
Interview Experience
The last round was the panel interview. In this round basically the interviewee should have a well prepared answer about the understanding of the profile for which he/she was being interviewed. The questions were more based on analyzing the technical skills.
Interview Tips
Be Confident.
Clear understanding about the profile.
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American Express Risk management internship interview

10.5k views
Pavithra SivakumarFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Risk management role at American Express
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test HR Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
It was pretty much easy. Almost all got through
Interview Tips
Highlight your extra curricular and co curricular and PORs and Finance courses like POE or development planning
Round 2

Test

Duration
45min Minutes
No. of Questions
20 questions
Interview Experience
Pretty much easy too. They select on both test and resume basis.
Interview Tips
Probability, Verbal and statement reasoning.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
They are friendly and not stressful
Interview Tips
Why amex?
describe your life before IIT.
Why not nomura?
Questions from resume.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
They didnt ask me many questions. they asked me only one - solve square root 33
Interview Tips
They ask more of easy questions and one tough question that no one could answer. If you answered that is a brownie
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Revise till bayes' thereom
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Heard on the street,
  • Probability reference book,
General Tips
Make sure your resume fiits into one page.

bold important points

add numbers like suppose you were a finance coord - say how much amount you handled
Motivation for applying
I wanted a company where I can put my math into use and at the same time explore analytics.
Funny Moments
They are very very very friendly with you :)
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American Express Management trainee interview

10.6k views
AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Management trainee role at American Express
Interview Process
Curriculum vitae submission Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Curriculum vitae submission

Interview Experience
Only an initial shortlist of around 30 students was done based on CV.
Interview Tips
Mention your academic credentials, math/statistics based work done (if any).
Round 2

Test

Duration
NA Minutes
No. of Questions
2 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Subjective questions
Interview Experience
It consisted of two subjective questions based on probability theory and some common understanding of credit card division (like 'What is score card?'). Students were free to ask any specifics in the questions. One question was solely based on conditional probability and the second one was intuitive with general probability fundamentals.Quantify your results, don't leave them halfway through. State your assumptions clearly.
Interview Tips
Quantify your results, don't leave them halfway through. State your assumptions clearly.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why American Express
Interview Experience
10 students were shortlisted. The interview started with a general overview of the CV and common questions like 'Why American Express?". Then they discussed about my project and internship, why I opted FRM and why I did not apply for higher studies. It concluded with a case study question on credit card division and a puzzle.
Interview Tips
Practice puzzles and case study questions. One must have good communication skills.Have a good understanding of your projects, especially if it is based on statistics/quant/pattern recognition.The people who come for interview know their stuff very well.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Practice puzzles and case study questions. One must have good communication skills.Have a good understanding of your projects, especially if it is based on statistics/quant/pattern recognition.The people who come for interview know their stuff very well.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • CAT books,
  • Heard on the Street,
Courses
  • FRM level 1,
General Tips
At one point of time, the interviewer himself was trying to convince me that Iam better suited for the profile offered by Nomura because of my interest in finance. Luckily,I had done some good background study of the company and stated a few facts about thefirm which made them realize that my FRM is also a very good asset for their credit carddivision as it involved credit risk management. It was a very peaceful/friendly interview. Beconfident with your resume and use the hints they give you during the case interview.
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American Express Financial risk analyst internship interview

10.2k views
Shreyas HarishFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Financial risk analyst role at American Express
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Criteria for selection were rather unclear.
Round 2

Test

Duration
45 Minutes
No. of Questions
20 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Logic and Probability
Interview Experience
The questions were extremely simple to solve. With the majority of scores clustering in the range of 18-20, the criteria for selection once again becomes unclear.
Interview Tips
Perhaps, increase the difficulty level marginally.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
It was an overall very comfortable and relaxing experience. The entire interview process was conducted smoothly and professionally. I believe I was given a fair opportunity to bring up all the points that I thought relevant, at the same time I was questioned in depth on everything relevant to the company and the profile.
General Tips
Understand entirely the motivation and intricacies of the profile. Develop an idea of why you believe you would fit in to the company and the profile and how you would be able to contribute. The entire process would be simple and the interviews should flow as a conversation beyond that point.
Motivation for applying
The extent to which the profile offered was in line with my interests. The ideals, goals and sheer size of the firm.
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American Express Pget interview

10.2k views
AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Pget role at American Express
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Interview Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Prepare a decent CV highlighting your academic credentials,relevant projects related to modelling (any kind) and explain in detail a couple of extra-curricular achievements.
Interview Tips
Do not fake anything in the CV as they examine and quiz you on your CV thoroughly.
Round 2

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Mathematics
  • Section 2: Quantitative Skills
Interview Experience
The test had multiple choice questions and assessed quantitative skills and math ability. No question on verbal ability were asked. There was no negative marking.
Interview Tips
Prepare probability and permutations & combinations thoroughly.
Round 3

Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why Do you Want to Join American Express?
  • Question 2: Explain the solution which won you the third prize in “Analyze this” competition.
  • Question 3: What do you mean by Credit Risk and how will you try to analyse a person’s credit risk?
  • Question 4: What do you mean by fraud risk and how will identify a fraud in which a person steals your customer’s credit card?
Interview Tips
Make sure your answers are to the point and relevant.Take your time while answering the questions.
Round 4

Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Describe in detail any one of your extra curricular achievements in detail.
  • Question 2: A case study regarding the problems of cash on delivery and the methods to solve them.
Interview Tips
Stay true to yourself.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Requires excellent Maths and Quantitative ability. Software skills are not asked for.
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American Express Management trainee interview

10.1k views
AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Management trainee role at American Express
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Technical Interview HR Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude Test
Interview Experience
It was a 1-hour test containing 20 multiple choice questons. They were very tough and one needed to solve 13-14 of them to really pass the test.
Interview Tips
Read about the company.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions on Data analysis were asked.
Interview Experience
Questions on topics such as multivariate data analysis, probability and statistics, linear algebra, machine learning, algorithms, python, R were asked.
Interview Tips
Prepare the topics well.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions focusing on data analysis.
Interview Experience
Skills similar to first interview were tested.
Interview Tips
Prepare the topics well.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: General HR questions.
Interview Tips
Prepare general HR questions well. Make a good resume. Study about the company.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Genaral HR questions.
Interview Tips
Prepare general HR questions well. Make a good resume. Study about the company.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Prepare these topics well.
General Tips
1. Prepare HR qustions.

2. Make good resume.

3. Prepare Company Groundwork.
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