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Credit Suisse Analyst interview

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KOUSTAV DEYFresherNot Selected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
The company followed a resume based shortlisting and as far as I remember, the criteria they followed was to shortlist everybody with a CPI of > 8.5 . Also, they had shortlisted some candidates based on any background in finance (intern/projects). Many Maths and Economics students were shortlisted for this reason. (This was their first time in IIT Kanpur. So, I won’t be surprised if they vary their shortlisting methods).
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
10 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Hangman’s Justice : Is it fair?
Interview Experience
1. There were 14 people in total and 5 were selected from my group.
2. Evident from the number 14, the size of the discussion was too huge. It was going too haywire and some really good ELS people were a part of the discussion.
3. The only reason I got selected was maybe because I was the only person who was stating points in favor of Capital Punishment whereas everyone else was against it or maybe because of my resume.
(A thing to point out is that there were only 2 GDs and many people were stuck in some other companies. So, later many shortlisted people (who missed the GD) approached the Credit Suisse HR with the resumes, and were allowed to appear for the interviews.)
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Introduce yourself?
  • Question 2: Intern-based questions
  • Question 3: Draw the payoff curves of a Call Option and Put Option
  • Question 4: Simple questions on arbitrage opportunities in Futures and Options
Interview Experience
1. Panel was of 2 Senior managers from Prime Services, Mumbai and lasted for 25 minutes.
2. It was my first proper finance interview of the day, and was a bit nervous. Entered the room, was greeted by 2 young people who introduced themselves and started with ‘Is Kanpur always so cold ? ’. They made me comfortable by asking about the campus and stuff, and then asked me to introduce myself.
3. At the end of the description, I was asked about Antaragni, how big it is and where it stands next to Moodi (they were IITB alums you see).
4. Then they asked me to describe my work at Morgan Stanley in detail. The good thing was that one of them was from Credits (deals with credit instruments – CDS, Bonds), which was exactly my group in MS. So, I could easily get into the technicalities of my paper, and they really seemed impressed and asked more and more.
5. This went on for around 15 minutes. After this one saw one of them whispering in the other person’s ear (and I understood that they are strongly in for me ).
6. I was asked which companies I was interviewing with and what my preference was, and I seemed to convince them about my interest in Credit Suisse citing it was the second company I was interviewing with in the day :P.
7. Finally they asked me if I have any knowledge in finance, which was an obvious yes, they asked me to draw the payoff curves of a Call Option and Put Option (which was cakewalk for anybody who has read the first few chapters of Hull).
8. I was then asked a few simple questions on arbitrage opportunities in Futures and Options, which I successfully answered.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: If there was a hole of dimension x on a beach, how much sand does it contain?
  • Question 2: If there were 5 people sitting in a room and each thinks of some number, how could they find the average without telling each other the explicit numbers?
  • Question 3: Find the expected number of coin tosses to get 3 consecutive heads?
  • Question 4: Estimate the number of street lamps in Kanpur?
Interview Experience
1. The panel was of 1 Manager from London office, 1 equities lady and 1 Head from Mumbai and lasted for 45 minutes.
2. Before entering, the HR seemed pissed off with me because I told them earlier that I would be back around 9.30 A.M. Citing several lame excuses like the companies did not let me go and pleading guilty, I entered the room.
3. Was greeted by three people who sat far apart, and they asked me to introduce myself. I started, was confused whom to look at (remember they were far apart :p), and started about myself.
4. They asked me about my internship at Morgan Stanley, was asked about my paper, but they didn’t want me to get into technical details.
5. After a brief description, suddenly the person from London started firing puzzles at me.
6. Then the lady asked me to estimate the number of street lamps in Kanpur. I started with the road length and some other statistics of Kanpur and classifies the roads based on : highways/main roads/lane roads and dusty roads, and assumed street lamps at different intervals for all of them, and then satisfactorily came to a result.
7. They guided me all through, whenever I asked them if this assumption was right or not. Then when I thought the interview had ended, the London guy through a peace of folded paper at me and told that I was a marketing person, and was supposed to sell this to them. (I thought where had I landed into :P ) .
8. I started off telling that the paper was special and had no creases on them, in-spite of how much you fold them. I was asked to think of something more innovative, and then I told them that the paper could be recycled over and over again and it was something that a pulp manufacturing company in U.S. had patented, and I had brought it specially for them.
9. After a bit more persuasions, this seemed conclusive and they moved on.
10. I was then asked to make a choice between Credit Suisse and DB then and there. (They somehow had come to know that I already had an offer from DB ).
11. I tried convincing them on why I wanted to join Credit Suisse, making an emphasis on their campus ppt, which was easily the best after the Goldman Sachs one. The discussion went on into different aspects from why I chose IITK over IITB and then if I had an offer from the top 5 Wall Street Banks, which one would I choose.
General Tips
I have watched this year’s placement process very closely and would like to point out a few things to the readers, which are very important.

1. Be Realistic : This is perhaps one of the most important factors in the placements. I have seen so many people expect so much from them and when they don’t get shortlisted somewhere, it’s the end of the world for them. You must understand that there are certain limitations on you because of your CV till date (however intellectual or Bakait you might me). The key to this is be realistic, like Being a person from MME or BSBE, its actually difficult for you to crack a quant firm like Goldman/Morgan because of your curriculum here (however good you might be at Algos or Maths), the good thing is to accept it. Not having tremendous peaks in your resume will in not place you among the 20 shortlisted in BCG for instance. So, on a very serious note, everyone knows inside out what he/she is capable of, so please be realistic in your ambitions and try to excel in the options you have. Believe me, the goals may not be sky-high, but definitely are achievable.

2. Resume : Over the years, all the firms tell us that IITB/D resumes are well made than IITK ones. Get some of the resumes from your friends over there, ask some of your IITK seniors for their resume, SPO is always there to help you out. But Please denote at least 2 weeks in preparing your master resume and sub-resumes for every company.

3. PPTs : Try and attend the PPTs of the companies. You can actually get to know a lot about the work culture there and what is expected of you in your initial years. It will help you decide if this is actually the thing for you or not.

4. Don’t Speculate : During October-Nov. , most of the students actually waste a lot of efforts in just speculating ‘Yaar yeh company toh ise le hi legi’. Believe me , it happens a lot, confuses you and wastes a lot of your time (especially if you are a 4 Year student.)

5. DPC : Please form a good DPC at least for your own sake. Yes maybe the post might not be of value, but a hard working student can make a lot of difference to his department placements. You cannot expect the OPCs to call in every company of your department.
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Credit Suisse Eno interview

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Srishti JainFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Eno role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
Resume shortlist Group Discussion HR Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume shortlist

Interview Experience
There isn't much I can write here in terms of my experience. But it wouldn't be fair to skip this as this was the first selection criterion.
Interview Tips
Have a neat readable resume- not too crammed, not too blank. Get it checked by atleast 10 people. If you are from a non-finance background, they want to see your enthusiasm to learn. Be sure to write about relevant stuff - certification exams, relevant projects and courses (economics, accounting,operations research) taken up in the institute, conferences, business plans etc.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
15 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Women empowerment
Interview Experience
We were a group of 9 people - 5 girls and 4 boys; a ratio in line with the topic given to us. Each of us was initially given 40 seconds to talk and then a discussion of 10 minutes followed. It was necessary to make a mark in the beginning since these 40 seconds were uninterrupted.

I started by declaring that I would wish to discuss this topic first at a national level and then at a global level. If you can relate to a current issue, you have started well. I mentioned a few points about empowering women from PM Modi's speech delivered on Independence Day. I also built on one of the points raised by a member in the group. As I was the last one to speak, I took advantage of it and gave structure to the upcoming 10 minutes of discussion by declaring 3 major issues to be tackled when it comes to empowering women - Education, Employment and Safety. All of them around me agreed and the discussion was constructive. I was told, "Always summarize" and I did so when we were told that we were left with two minutes only. 

P.S. - I was told later that I was ranked the highest in my round.
Interview Tips
What gives you an edge above the others is 

- Making a new/different point

- Structuring your ideas/thoughts

- Connecting to current affairs

- Summarizing at the end
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Walk me through your resume.
  • Question 2: Where do you gain your interest in finance from?
  • Question 3: Technical questions (based on idea generation, implementation and financials) on winning Business Plan
  • Question 4: Technical questions on an academic project - Product development from design till launch
  • Question 5: You seem to have a consult-based resume. Why finance then?
  • Question 6: Trap question: Just because you couldn't make it to a consult firm, you want to join Credit Suisse?
  • Question 7: What is something in you that you would want to change?
  • Question 8: Pitch Credit Suisse to a Manager for 1 minute.
  • Question 9: What is the difference between the roles being offered at Credit Suisse for IITM students?
Interview Experience
Oh this was an enjoyable interview. Once the ice was broken, we were having more of a conversation setting than an interview one. Credit Suisse definitely wants to see your inclination towards a particular division with a clear notion of why you picked one over another. The lady who interviewed me had just moved from the division of Prime Services to Private Banking(PB) Americas. I wanted to join PB and laid down my motivation for the same. Towards the end, I asked her about the learning curve and her 6-year experience at Credit Suisse. She asked me about my significant achievements (non-academic) in my undergraduate years.
Interview Tips
Know your resume inside out. Expect anything. Carry documents/certificates that will increase your chances. I carried a copy of my Business plan and she had a question to ask for every page she turned. Stay relaxed. They don't have a stress round but the interviewer wants to interview someone who doesn't have well-prepared answers. If you can get the interviewer to have a casual conversation with you, it's likely he/she will recommend you for the next round.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself
  • Question 2: Why do you want to join Credit Suisse?
  • Question 3: Is your father a Private Banker?
  • Question 4: How often do you speak to your Banker?
  • Question 5: If your account balance was multiplied by a million, what would you do with it?
  • Question 6: Considered doing an MBA? Why not?
  • Question 7: Been to 11 countries in the world, but not the U.S.A.(Immense finance activity hub)? Why not?
Interview Experience
I pride on telling everyone that I didn't have a Puzzles round. The selection process right from the Group Discussion seemed very smooth and I was directly sent to a Senior person for supposedly the last interview.I started with a line in Swahili (the national language of Tanzania - a country where I lived for around 15 years). The translation to English brought a smile on his face and I knew he was one who was looking for something different in a person. At a point, he asked me whether I had been to the U.S. and then with much excitement, he himself started telling me about the Financial Hub, his tales from Morgan Stanley and his experience of 15 years in Prime Services.
Interview Tips
Understand what the interviewer wants to buy. And then sell accordingly. This was certainly not an interview where the interviewer had a fixed set of questions.

The answer to "Tell me about yourself" drove the entire interview. So be smart and steer the conversation allowing you to talk about stuff off your resume - some interesting experiences and your hobbies.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Just be fluent in whatever you say or explain. Usually client side roles demand that otherwise even that is not a must. Knowing basics of finance is a must so that you know what kind of profile you are getting into. Finance is a big field and has lots of divisions where you can try your hands on. Like Investment Banking, Private Equity / VC, Private Banking, etc
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • NCFM Beginner's module,
  • WetFeet Insider Guides ,
  • CFA Level 1 books,
  • FRM Level 1 books,
Videos
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx_LWm6_6tA,
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhDkZjKBEw,
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQzEWeGJLP0,
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ECi6WJpbzE,
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrFSO62p0jk,
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A3YLOfxNd4&list=PLlYbZvQL-lkqqEbFBGt6foQA7yKr1jqx6,
Courses
  • Principles of Economics,
  • Principles of Management,
  • Fundamentals of Operations Research,
  • Marketing Management,
  • Accounting and Finance for beginners,
  • CFA Level 1 Certification,
  • FRM Level 1 Certification,
  • NCFM Certificates,
General Tips
Getting placed during the campus placement season is a huge achievement.Start preparing early. And remember, placement prep never happens alone.



Irrespective of the kind of profile you are looking at, pair up with friendsand study together.
Motivation for applying
CreditSuisse has a long tradition of meeting the complex financial needsof a wide range of clients, offering advisory services andinnovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worthprivate clients globally.I applied to Credit Suisse specially for their Analyst role inthe Private Banking Americas division which was set up in Mumbai in March 2014.



The pre-placement talk on campus by Credit Suisse officials, a neat jobdescription on the institute placement portal made the role very appealing andtalking to IITM alumni at Credit Suisse helped me strengthen my choice.
Funny Moments
Since I have studied till 10th in Tanzania, Africa they asked me to speak in Swahili :P I not only spoke but also sung a Swahili Jingle.
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Credit Suisse Analyst interview

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SIDDHARTH SHARMAFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
HR Interview
Round 1

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions about career goals, interests and future prospects.
  • Question 2: Firm-related questions
Interview Experience
1. At First, I missed the Credit Suisse GD since I hadn’t brought along a portfolio manager (one who handles your interview schedule and attends to the ever-ringing mobile phone).
2. I proceeded to Credit Suisse, and requested their HR contact to give me a chance since I could not turn up for the GDs.
3. It was here that I handed over my mobile phone to my friend Apratim Tiwari, who was managing the Credit Suisse procedures, and requested him to pursue the HR guy to schedule an interview, and also handle my phone when I was interviewing and he had successfully managed to get me an interview with Credit Suisse.
4. The interview went well. They were apparently quite impressed.
5. Two more rounds of interviews, and the HR guy made me an offer.
6. But, since Deutsche Bank was my dream company, I was also interviewing with them and got selected.
Interview Tips
You would need to focus on three broad areas for a comprehensive preparation:
(a) HR questions: This is the most important part for any interview. In companies like DB, your communication skills coupled with your preparation of such questions account for more than 70% of a candidate’s selection. Answering questions about your career goals, interests, and your career thus far should become second nature by the end of November. You must also know the firms and job profiles inside out. I worked on this specific area, and by the end of the placement session, I had gained a reputation among my wingies for my expertise at answering HR questions.
(b) Puzzles: Since this is a non-core sector, puzzles are the only way to objectively test the ability of candidates with diverse backgrounds. Look up braingle.com and techinterview.org. These two should suffice. Also, whenever you come across a puzzle that you’ve already encountered, pretend as if you’re going through it for the first time. Don’t rush through. This is your opportunity to impress them. Do not squander it away!
(c) Finance and economic affairs: If you have a comprehensive knowledge of the financial markets, national economy, and international affairs, in addition to the above two, it is highly improbable that you won’t be selected. For brushing up these, read the Economist (print or online), and read through the opinion pages of Economic Times or the Business Standard for 2-3 months leading to the Placement season. You must also regularly read a newspaper like the Hindu or Indian Express to keep yourself abreast of the latest events which frequently become a focal point of group discussions (for Credit Suisse). You CANNOT afford to walk into the interview ignorant of terms like European debt crisis, global financial crisis, fiscal cliff, QE, and basic finance like options, hedging etc. Wikipedia, Investopedia and J.C.Hull (first few chapters) are great sources to pick up these.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
1. I scored a 100 percentile in CAT and the preparation made a huge impact on preparing for any of the interviews.<br /> 2. I also interned at Morgan Stanley which was further a plus for me.<br /> 3. I had received Honda YES Award, University of Tokyo-IIT Scholarship and my academic background was quite good.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Fifty challenging problems in probability by Frederick Mosteller,
General Tips
1. If you are a B.Tech. student, do not be under the wrong impression that you can target all sectors- core as well as non-core. It is really difficult to prepare comprehensively for all companies, especially if you are in the B.Tech. program owing to time constraints.

2. The Dual degree students have an edge over you for precisely two reasons. Firstly, they get more time to prepare for the placements, and have learnt vicariously from their B.Tech. batchmates' experiences. Secondly, they tend to have higher retention rates (good for the companies).

3. Work on your English communication skills which are crucial for performing well in interviews and GDs.

Let neither of these become an obstacle by leaving no stone unturned in the course of your preparations.

4. You can’t appear for more than 4 companies in the first slot. It is not realistic. Hence, decide beforehand. I knew I hadn’t prepared enough for consulting or core, hence I opted out of ITC and Opera.

5. If you are shortlisted in multiple companies, ask a reliable friend to accompany you to the interviews, and handle your mobile phone (“managing one’s portfolio”). You’ll thank me someday for this advice.

6. I was happy that I prepared as much as I did, neglecting my college academics in the process. It is a decision I am proud of.

7. My Morgan Stanley internship distinguished me from scores of other candidates. I had never truly appreciated its importance till then. That also goes to show how important it is to get a good internship.
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Credit Suisse Software analyst interview

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CHANDARAKETAN SAHUFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Software analyst role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
PRE- placement Test Technical Interview
Round 1

PRE- placement

Interview Experience
1. The company collects resume from the placement department a few weeks before they come here and shortlist people on the basis of their resume and the projects that they have done.
2. Sometimes the cut-off at the time of test may be higher than the cut-offs of the people short-listed on the basis of resume.
Round 2

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: ONLINE TEST
Interview Experience
They conducted a written-test consisting of logical aptitude, quantitative aptitude and the concepts of data structures and algorithms. There was a bonus questions for ten marks on application of OS concepts.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Technical interview consisted of problems on data structures and algorithms, Operating systems and Databases and whatever projects that have been mentioned in the resume.
Around 70 were shortlisted for written test from which the number came down to 22 for interviews and finally three of us got the offer with elimination at each stage of interviews.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
1. I had done MIT algorithms lectures at the end of my second year and those lectures were very useful at all the stages of my B.Tech. Apart from that I referred “Coding Interview Questions book by Narsimha Karumanchi” for quick revision of OS and DBMS concepts.<br /> 2. The coursera video lectures of Algorithms (part I and II from stanford), Computer Networks and of Databases are equally good and very useful in general for all companies.<br /> 3. For apti preparation I didn’t feel any need of extra preparation.<br /> 4. C-Apti questions are very important as well as coding skills being good in which will get you many early chances of being interviewed and getting a job.<br /> 5. I had looked into puzzles by Shakuntala Devi and the Brain Teasers on careercup.com.<br /> <br /> For me on that day I had five back to back interviews on the D-day of which two were for Futures First and three were for Credit Suisse and the experience was more than rewarding at the end. I started getting call for Futures First interview when I was writing my Credit Suisse written paper and I didn’t know how the day is going to be for me. But believe me when they announce your name in the Rooms of Placement Department, which is the best feeling you can get when someone calls your name.<br />
General Tips
Placement season teaches you lot of things and many life-time experiences and the key thing during placement season is to have patience and wait for your chance. You will get what you is right for you when the right time comes so don’t lose hopes and be consistent. Luck is a big factor in placements and you will definitely have your day.

1. Prepare your resume well for each and every of the points you put there and give more than enough time in writing your resume. The presentation of your resume is equally important as the contents of the resume.

2. Attend the pre-placement talk sincerely for the companies you are interested in and ask questions in during that. It shows you are interested in the company and may help in later stages of your interviews.

3. Your dressing sense in during the PPTs is also noted by the company HR’s.

4. Knowing implementation of what you know is very important as most companies look for implementation and the most important thing during any interview will be your “Approach” towards the question asked as that’s where they judge you.

For CS

1. Be thorough with the concepts which you know and accept readily if you don’t know which is better than them telling you the same.

2. Be honest and know properly whatever you have written in your resume.

3. The HR person who comes for recruitment every year is very experienced person and he keeps a close watch on candidates even outside the interview rooms on the D-Day. Be aware for the same.
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Credit Suisse Eno interview

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Abhishek MishraFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Eno role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Other Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: quants
  • Section 2: logic
  • Section 3: puzzles section
  • Section 4: coding section
Interview Experience
quants- There was no negative marking for any section and no verbal. It was fairly good and the questions were moderate. Enough Practice could get you decent attempts here. puzzles section-There were 7/8 puzzles in all and required a good deal of thinking. Ofcourse, if you had seen them before, they would be child's play! We were expected to write our logic and the answer to the puzzle. Go through loads of brainteaser puzzles online.coding section-There were 7 questions to be attempted. Either pseudo code or C worked fine though I mostly used C for that. The questions ranged from finding if a string was an anagram of another, distance between two hands of a clock, finding if a number is prime without using a function and the rest on data structures such as reversing a link list etc. I devoted around 40 50 minutes to this section and attempted 5 questions. Make sure that your logic is strong and write your logic in pseudo code even if you cannot form a proper code for it. Give it a shot! But DONT overdo it if you cant think of the logic. You aren't expected to know everything. I gave the test with a calm mind and wrote my logic and code according to what I felt right. It will be pretty easy if you are practicing regularly. I tried to be efficient wherever possible.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
The technical round lasted around half an hour. It started with my experience in the FETS committee. This was followed by questions on my third year project. Know your project thoroughly and how it can be extended in future. Then there was an easy puzzle followed by a few questions on time complexity and data structures. I answered confidently even though the interviewers tried to confuse me but I stuck to my answers because I was sure. It matters! If you just cant think of a solution, then say you dont know. If you can, then think aloud so they may help you if you go wrong. Dont go in for a bluff else you will be grilled on that answer till you are proved wrong
Interview Tips
Remember guys, you aren't expected to know everything. You should instead show your analytical and thinking skills. Be truthful. There's one thing Credit Suisse is known for. If they think you aint the right person, they'll let you know in a while and you wont be kept waiting. Plus, you move on to the next round immediately. That's what happened with me. I came out and walked into the waiting room with a relieved feeling of having not goofed up at any place. :D And then was informed that my next interview was in 5 minutes. Its at times like these that you have no idea whether to feel nervous or happy!
Round 3

Other Interview

Interview Experience
the management round. Its a tech-cum-hour round with a senior person at CS. Surprisingly, I was asked only hour questions. I was told to be truthful and confident in this round. No need to explain why. I was asked questions like greatest strengths, weaknesses and why Credit Suisse? Non IT background people should be able to justify why they want to switch to IT. Ask meaningful questions yourself. It leaves a good impression. Then, I came out. Walked in the waiting room. And then the same thing happened. Next interview. Now. (This dint happen with everyone though. They were many who waited pretty much too while others were being interviewed!)
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It wasn't a surprise when I was asked the same questions. I was asked to justify a few qualities I was
good at. This means writing 'I am a good problem solver' in your resume when you cant even think of one instance where you solved a problem wont work :P. The interview went good and the HR did ask me what I had researched about the company. Given this chance, I promptly vomited everything I knew about CS.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • 'How to ace the brainteaser interviews.,
General Tips
We realized that Credit Suisse does not entertain excuses related to relocating. APPLY ONLY IF YOU ARE READY TO RELOCATE IF THEY ASK YOU TO DO SO. The locations are Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. Better to research the company you are applying for. It will count.
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Credit Suisse Analyst interview

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APOORVA AGARWALFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Group Discussion HR Interview Technical Interview Other Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
They didn't had any aptitude test, only resume based short-listing.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
10-15 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Capital Punishment (for or against the topic)
Interview Experience
There were 10-15 students. There was 3 mins thinking time and 10 minutes discussion time. After the discussion each student was asked to conclude the GD and express his/her viewpoint.
Interview Tips
1. Jot down your point during the three minutes. 
2. During the GD make sure that you express your opinion coherently. 
3. Also make short notes during the GD which will be helpful in concluding it. 
4. While concluding the GD, ensure that you cover all the points discussed during the GD (notes will be helpful here) and in the end express your own stand.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why finance? Why not core? (they grilled me for 20 minutes)
  • Question 2: There is a closed room with 3 bulbs and there are three switches outside. You can toggle any two switches once without looking inside the room and map the bulbs to their corresponding switches. (Since I had done this puzzle before I solved it easily.)
  • Question 3: What is the crappiest thing on your resume?
  • Question 4: Entertain us for two minutes without asking any questions. (I told them about some funny incidents on the campus)
  • Question 5: Which IITian do you admire the most and why?
  • Question 6: They then crushed an A4 sheet and asked me to sell it to them?
Interview Experience
It was a HR + Puzzle round. Panel was of Some junior management and the duration was of 30-40 minutes. By the end of this round, they were quite impressed and sent me for the second interview immediately.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about the eurozone crisis?
  • Question 2: What do you know about the Libor Scam?
  • Question 3: What are derivatives?
  • Question 4: Some simple questions on options.
Interview Experience
This round was based on Current Affairs and Finance and lasted for 20 minutes. And, I asked them a few questions about CS and job cutting etc. After this interview they had mentioned that they were quite positive on me and that I had to just interview with one more senior manager. This really boosted my confidence.
Round 5

Other Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why Finance? Why not join a casino? (I had mentioned that I find it challenging and stimulating)
  • Question 2: Lots of questions on the fiscal cliff.
  • Question 3: What in your opinion would be the repercussions if the fiscal cliff was not avoided, both in US and in the global economy. Will India be affected and why?
  • Question 4: What is Prime Services?
  • Question 5: What is QE? Why is it used?
Interview Experience
It was also based on finance and current affairs. Panel consisted of the Senior most employee who had come for recruitment. After this round I was informally offered the job.
General Tips
1. Even when you are unable to answer questions, don’t get bogged down or disheartened remain calm. DB quite often takes stress interview. Just keep your cool and smile while answering questions. 

2. If you do not know any answer, there is no harm is admitting that.

3. Be confident. Know your resume inside out. 

4. Practice a few HR interviews before the actual one. 

5. Also, communication skills in English are very important.
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Credit Suisse Analyst interview

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K Bala VigneshFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Analyst role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview MANAGERIAL ROUND HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: WRITTEN TEST
Interview Experience
A written test for 2 hours. Around 15 were selected for the interviews. Eligibility to write the test was initially 8+ CGPA and was open for EC, CS, EE and IT. It consisted of Multiple choice questions on C-aptitude and General aptitude; a subjective type section that had riddles and some easy questions, another bonus section that had a real life problem (we had an easy question on Server topology that required some analysis on resources, latency and reliability).
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Warm-up questions on concepts like constructors and destructors, keywords like static, extern; difference between function overloading and function overriding etc etc. Then, little harder 2 - 3 questions on Binary trees and Maximum sub-array problem with optimal solution (divide and conquer). Resume walk through: I was asked to explain on Neural Networks and SVM as I had done quite a no. of projects on the same. They also asked me some questions on Astrophysics since I had said Astronomy is my hobby.
Round 3

MANAGERIAL ROUND

Interview Experience
In this round they had given me specifications of a project and asked me how would I go about it. Decision making abilities are also checked by giving various hypothetical situations. They asked me in very detail about my internship as it was on Parallel Processing.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
HR was super friendly after which final results announced.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
For all the Analyst positions in finance companies, a strong understanding of OOP concepts is required. Puzzles : gurmeet.net/puzzles/ This is by far the best collection of puzzles (with solutions) I have come across; and many questions in my previous interviews and test were asked from this list.<br /> C-aptitude and aptitude practice was from the previous tests given for other companies.
General Tips
If you have attended previous interviews or tests and not selected for the job, try to see where you went wrong and learn from your mistakes. I didn't do any explicit preparation for the tests or the interviews (which I think I should have). Do your homework after a test/interview if it went badly. My previous half a dozen interviews helped me crack this one. When facing the interviewer, carry a notebook, pen and a copy of your resume. When you do not know an answer, the interviewer might explain the solution or just ask you to refer a book. Take a note of this in your notebook. This will show your interest to learn things and how organized you are and also will help you do your homework for the next interview.

The panel that had come for us were extremely friendly. In the interviews, they let us complete our answers and were very patient unlike many other interviews.

Interviews are not so challenging. Know every single point written on your resume. Knowing something on Data Analysis, Machine Learning helps. Strong understanding of Object Oriented Programming is a must. Wear business formals for the tests and interviews (as the students writing the test are shortlisted based on GPA, they expected us to wear Business formals during the PPT and tests), preferably also a tie. Show interest in their company and keep smiling and stay positive.
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Credit Suisse Eno interview

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Mansi GalaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Eno role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Other Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: 15 Quantitative analysis and reasoning questions (MCQs)
  • Section 2: 7 Puzzles (Subjective)
  • Section 3: 2 Computer fundamental questions (MCQs)
  • Section 4: 5 Programming questions (Subjective)
  • Section 5: 1 Bonus question (Subjective)
Interview Experience
15 Quantitative analysis and reasoning questions (MCQs)The problems were basic to mid-level CAT Quantitative 7 Puzzles (Subjective)-How to Ace the Brain Teasers book helps
5 Programming questions (Subjective)Algorithm or code in any language was accepted.-Questions were based on String manipulation techniques, Searching-Sorting techniques, anagram, calculation of the angle between hour and minute hand in a clock if the time is given and data structures used in RDBMS.
1 Bonus question (Subjective)-Client Server Architecture type of question. The test was a written test with no negative marking!
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Asked about projects. (Detailed Explanation)
  • Question 2: Basic concepts of JAVA.
  • Question 3: Types of indices in Relational databases.
  • Question 4: Mapping of ER Diagram into Relational database. (Since I had used it in one of my projects)
  • Question 5: Different keys in DBMS.
  • Question 6: Is ADO.NET part of VB.NET?
  • Question 7: Which sorting technique is better and why?
  • Question 8: Educational profile.
  • Question 9: Difference between procedural oriented and object oriented concepts.
  • Question 10: What is encapsulation, data hiding and abstraction?
  • Question 11: Do you know about functional programming?
  • Question 12: Have you taken any course on functional programming on Coursera?
Round 3

Other Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: 1) Tell me about yourself? What do you do in your leisure time?
  • Question 2: 2) Why Investment Banking?
  • Question 3: 3) Aptitude test paper discussion.
  • Question 4: 4)1-2 situation based questions.
  • Question 5: 5) My research on Credit Suisse.
  • Question 6: 6) Questions for the interviewer.
Interview Experience
managerial around
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself? Hobbies?
  • Question 2: Family background.
  • Question 3: Discussion about relocation possibilities
  • Question 4: One quality that makes me different from the rest of my class with example.
  • Question 5: How have I improved after internship interview experience with Credit Suisse?
  • Question 6: My research on Credit Suisse.
  • Question 7: Why no further studies in spite of good grades?
  • Question 8: Why Credit Suisse?
  • Question 9: Questions for the interviewer.
General Tips
1.Resume should be simple, precise and up to date. Check for typos before submitting your resume. 2. Pay attention to the speakers during the company's pre-placement talk. Carry a small notebook to note important points. They would even suggest you to read particular topics. Note those topics and glance through them before going for the interviews. Be familiar with company's website and the role they are offering. Talk with seniors who are already working in the firm if possible. Do some basic research before going to the pre placement talk. 3. Be yourself, patient and confident while answering and during the entire procedure 4. Do one programming language properly and have some basic knowledge about one other programming language. Preferably one procedural oriented and one object oriented language. Know the concepts well.
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Credit Suisse Analyst interview

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Kunal MishraFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Group Discussion Other Interview Other Interview HR Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
My strong resume aided in getting shortlisted for Credit Suisse.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
Should healthcare be a fundamental right
Interview Experience
The GD went well as I did not haste into my chance and was calm throughout.
Round 3

Other Interview

Interview Experience
The interview was with an alumni who told me that my GD performance was good, and asked me a puzzle. It was followed by some questions on my resume, mainly my internship.
Another puzzle followed, which I took some time to solve. I was able to solve the next one instantly,
Then I was asked to sell a crumbled piece of paper innovatively.
Round 4

Other Interview

Interview Experience
This round was with a senior member in the company who asked about my resume, stay in campus, post of election officer and some tricky questions, which I answered well. A question on probability was asked. A few more puzzles followed, along with some questions on finance. He also mentioned that he did not expect me to answer these as I had no background in finance. But i was able to answer them.
I was then asked to leave and HR was called inside. I also had an interview with Diamond. The HR came to me and told me that they were interested in and asked me to stall my interview with diamond for a while.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It was with VP and continued for 45 minutes with no puzzles, finances or cases. It was more of a discussion on all fields ranging from campus life to UP politics to Sachin's retirement, etc.
I was asked about my internship experience and the reason i wanted to join their company .
Round 6

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It was with the Director, who said that he had a sore throat and hence would not say much. he said that they wanted to hire me and that I do not interview with any other firm. I was more than glad! I was the first person to bag an offer in the placement season.
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Credit Suisse Business technology analyst interview

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NilFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at VJTI for Business technology analyst role at Credit Suisse
Interview Process
Technical Interview HR Interview Other Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What is a NULL pointer
  • Question 2: What is a dangling pointer? What if we try to dereference it?
  • Question 3: What is a V-table?
  • Question 4: How will you convert Minheap to Maxheap(This question was based on the answer dat data structures is my favourite subject)
  • Question 5: Tell me about yourself
  • Question 6: -Project description
  • Question 7: Questions based on the various college fests/evemts you had participated
  • Question 8: Data comes from the server in real time which passes through a decoder and then onto the display panel.Since data rate is not fixed, what should be done so that the display of data on the display panel is at a constant rate(Ans:buffer needed.He then said that in real time the most recent data (eg share prices of company X)needs to be displayed.So how will you do that?)
  • Question 9: What is polymrphism
  • Question 10: What are templates
  • Question 11: What is virtual function
  • Question 12: How is runtime polymorphism implemented?How does the compiler understand this?
  • Question 13: difference between function overloading and overriding
  • Question 14: how function overloading works
Round 2

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself
  • Question 2: What is equity,derivative etc
  • Question 3: Tell me in 60 secs why we should hire you
  • Question 4: -What drives you every morning
  • Question 5: Favourite book?Why?
  • Question 6: Some scenario in which u had to face a conflicting situation( Where u handled it on ur own).
Round 3

Other Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Scenarios for a manager to handle.
  • Question 2: Conflicting scenarios in which manager does not listens to u, or u r a manager and ur subordinates disagree. -which offers have you got
  • Question 3: which will you prefer and why
Interview Experience
it was management interview
Interview Tips
-Make sure you know everthing on your resume.Most questions are based on your resume
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