Freddie Mac Interview Questions

10 total interview insight submissions
Interview Experience (99%)

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The percentile score in the title is calculated across the entire Company Database and uses an adjusted score based on Bayesian Estimates (to account for companies that have few interview insights). Simply put, as a company gets more reviews, the confidence of a "true score" increases so it is pulled closer to its simple average and away from the average of the entire dataset.

4.4
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Interview Difficulty (72%)

The Interview Difficulty is a score ranging from very difficult (red) to very easy (green) generated based on the Interview Insights at this company.

The number you see in the middle of the doughnut pie chart is the simple average of these scores. The higher the number, the more difficult the interviews on average. If you hover over the various sections of the doughnut, you will see the % breakdown of each score given.

The percentile score in the title is calculated across the entire Company Database and uses an adjusted score based on Bayesian Estimates (to account for companies that have few interview insights). Simply put, as a company gets more insights, the confidence of a "true score" increases so it is pulled closer to its simple average and away from the average of the entire data set.

2.4
  • Very Easy
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  • Average
  • Difficult
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% Interns - FT Offers (90%)

The % of Interns Getting a Full Time Offer chart is meant to provide a realistic estimate of the hiring practices of the company based on the reviews at this company.

The number you see in the middle of the doughnut pie chart is the simple average of these scores. If you hover over the various sections of the doughnut, you will see the % breakdown of each score given.

The percentile score in the title is calculated across the entire Company Database and uses an adjusted score based on Bayesian Estimates (to account for companies that have few reviews). Simply put, as a company gets more reviews, the confidence of a "true score" increases so it is pulled closer to the simple company average and away from the average of the entire data set.

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Interviews at Freddie Mac

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Group/Division
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Experience
Difficulty
1st Year Analyst
Year 2019
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Debt Capital Markets
Location Mclean
Experience Very Positive
Difficulty Average
1st Year Analyst
Year 2020
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Real Estate
Location McLean
Experience Positive
Difficulty Average
1st Year Analyst
Year 2020
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Securities Underwriting
Location Mclean
Experience Positive
Difficulty Easy
1st Year Analyst
Year 2019
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Securities Underwriting
Location Chicago
Experience Very Positive
Difficulty Average
1st Year Analyst
Year 2018
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Securities Underwriting
Location Los Angeles
Experience Very Positive
Difficulty Easy
1st Year Analyst
Year 2008
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Capital Markets
Location McLean
Experience Very Positive
Difficulty Average
1st Year Analyst
Year 2014
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Debt Capital Markets
Location Virginia Beach
Experience Positive
Difficulty Average
1st Year Associate
Year 2012
Job Title 1st Year Associate
Group/Division Multifamily
Location McLean
Experience Neutral
Difficulty Easy
Intern
Year 2012
Job Title Intern
Group/Division
Location Washington
Experience Very Positive
Difficulty Very Easy
1st Year Analyst
Year 2011
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division
Location McLean
Experience Positive
Difficulty Easy

Interview Questions & Answers - Freddie Mac Examples

Rotational Analyst Interview - Debt Capital Markets

Anonymous employee in Mclean
Interviewed: September 2019
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
College / University / On Campus Recruiting
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Background Check
Interview
Was recruited at Yale, applied online, had an online interview, then one on one interview, then superday
Interview Questions
Was quite behavioral. Some just asked what I knew about the Freddie Mac business

Multifamily Real Estate Analyst Interview - Real Estate

Anonymous interview candidate in McLean
Interviewed: September 2020
Outcome
No Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
6-9 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Interview
Submitted an application and received a basic Hirevue. The Hirevue is pretty standard - Why do you want to work here? What do you know about Freddie? etc...

From there, I got invited to their "Freddie Day" super day event. There, they ask you all about your academic background, leadership experience, and interest in real estate.
Interview Questions
Tell me about a time you made a group feel enthusiastic about a project

Underwriting Analyst Interview - Securities Underwriting

Anonymous employee in Mclean
Interviewed: September 2020
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Recruiter
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Group Interview
Other
Interview
Usually takes a week after each step to hear back. A little frustrating because of how slow the process went. Process has been 7 weeks long so far, easily could've been shortened to 5. Easy process, mostly behavioral, little technical
Interview Questions
None really, pretty straightforward, What were the DSCRs of the deals you had exposure to when interning

Underwriting Analyst Interview - Securities Underwriting

Anonymous employee in Chicago
Interviewed: December 2019
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Drug Test
Background Check
Interview
Initially went to the multifamily super day but didnt get an offer. Reached out to someone I met at the reception before interview day to keep in contact. My resume was passed along to the director and I interviewed with 4 different people.
Interview Questions
It's an entry level role so they asked why real estate and why I was looking to make a jump from my current position. Some basic behaviorals as well about working in teams.

UW analyst Interview - Securities Underwriting

Anonymous employee in Los Angeles
Interviewed: August 2018
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
Group Interview
Drug Test
Background Check
Interview
Starts with a quick phone interview, then set up of a face-to-face interview, then a lunch interview.
Interview Questions
The interview questions were not hard because the interviewers were genuinely interested in getting to know me and see if I fit for the job. They thoroughly went through my resume and asked on some parts that seem relevant to the job requirement. No questions were difficult to answer. The interviewers were not being difficult either. They were very nice very straight to the point. Just know how to explain every single bit of your resume and be able to answer every questionable part of your resume.

Operations Specialist Interview - Capital Markets

Anonymous employee in McLean
Interviewed: 2008
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Employee Referral
Length of Process
Less than 1 month
Application
1 on 1 Interview
Group Interview
Interview
The interview consisted of a meeting with the hiring associate director and manager at first. The interview was behavioral based. Then I had a final interview with the director.
Interview Questions
The most difficult question was where you see yourself in 5 years, which is a typical question asked for an entry level interview. I also had to answer what my strengths and weaknesses were.

Production Analyst Interview - Debt Capital Markets

Anonymous employee in Virginia Beach
Interviewed: October 2014
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Group Interview
Drug Test
Background Check
Interview
The process was composed of 1 phone interview followed by 2 group interviews with a coupe 1 on 1's with senior management. It was more based on fit than skills.
Interview Questions
They ask about your modeling experience and will quiz you on how to calculate specific ratios. They also asked where the capital market will at in the next 5 years.

Asset Management Associate Interview - Multifamily

Anonymous employee in McLean
Interviewed: July 2012
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Employee Referral
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Group Interview
Drug Test
Background Check
Interview
I was referred, and was too late for the analyst class at Freddie. It was the end of May, and I had graduated two weeks prior, and was getting to final rounds at MM firms, just not getting offers. Luckily they had a need in the group I eventually started in. I interviewed in the middle of June, then again in the beginning of July, then was given an offer mid July and started the second week of August.

The interviews were casual and to the point. Meet HR, they try and explain what Freddie is and what is going on with the company (given conservatorship etc). Then I met with the hiring manager, who is now my boss, and that went well. Then, I met with her team, and that went well. Then, they extended an offer.

Freddie HR experiences can be volatile, unless you get a consultant... They fly you in and out, don't expect them to pay for a hotel, and if your interview is at 2, and they schedule you in at noon, they sit you down on a bench in the lobby because you're not allowed upstairs, and expect you to sit there for 2 hours or rudely tell you to walk around the neighborhood to the nearest starbucks or cab over to cheesecake factory.
Interview Questions
Can you explain Freddie Mac and the secondary mortgage market? Discuss the cyclicality, the headwinds and tailwinds. (G Fee, spreads, interest rates, mbs portfolios, QE, conservatorship, how do we bring private capital in?)
How does Freddie's borrowing cost having a relatively low risk premium to treasury (after the bailout the bond market sees Freddie's credit risk as only a bit more than that of the United States Treasury) effect the business model? (It makes the market share situation worse, it becomes harder to compete with GSE quotes)

Intern Interview -

Anonymous employee in Washington
Interviewed: March 2012
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
Less than 1 month
Application
Phone Interview
Interview
HR is messy, hard to get in touch with. Respond better to emails than calls. The interviewer was extremely punctual, helpful in making the phone call more of a conversation than interrogation. Not a single technical question. Heard back the same day as the interview actually.
Interview Questions
All fit. Describe a time when...
A project you lead
A hardship you overcame in a team
The obvious walk me through your resume.

Financial Analyst Interview -

Anonymous interview candidate in McLean
Interviewed: March 2011
Outcome
Declined Offer
Interview Source
College / University / On Campus Recruiting
Length of Process
Less than 1 month
Application
1 on 1 Interview
Interview
Started with a 1 on 1 interview on campus with the typical behavioral questions and walk through resume. Invited to on-site interview for 2 days (set up in hotel). Met the CFO for an informal meet and greet. Toured the campus. Had 4 more 1v1 interviews. Sat on a few presentations. People were very friendly and the culture was fairly laid back. Was offered discretely by HR just before leaving for the airport.
Interview Questions
Can you describe your thoughts on the causes of the housing bubble?

Mortgages were given to people that had less than optimal credit scores due to the compensation structure of the bank employees. These mortgage loans were divided into mortgage-backed securities by the banks to provide diversification of securities for clients. Credit default swaps were created as basically insurance on the worst tranches of the MBS's. However, the traders were basing their trades on models that assumed that housing prices would continue to increase. Once interest rates rose a little, decreasing housing prices, people began to default on their mortgages, causing major losses on the MBS and CDS securities. This domino effect caused the housing crisis.