Moelis SA IB Interview

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Can anybody who's actually interviewed with them share some info about the process and what questions might be asked?

Everyone on this board screams when they hear Moelis "the most technical thing in your life" but most of the people on this forum are also college kids in fresh year who have wanted to be a banker since 15. I want to mainly hear from people who have either worked there or have gone through the interview process.

From what I've seen, a lot of my friends who aren't finance majors got interviews. I personally am not a finance/business major. Any help is appreciated.

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Dec 31, 1969 - 7:07pm

Very technical-heard this directly from one of their analysts. Did you hear back from any other places?

"Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat, that's a fact.
 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:09pm

Moelis and Company Interview (Originally Posted: 01/09/2008)

Hello,

I am currently a 2nd year student at UCLA, and I think I may have an on campus interview with Moelis and Company. I am interested if anyone has any tips or strategies for the interview.

I have already read the Vault guide, but I suspect that may not be quite enough to prep me for the interview. Apart from some economics courses and a single introductory accounting class, I really have very little textbook knowledge of the world of finance. I occasionally read financial news so I have a very basic grasp of what is going on with the current subprime lending crisis, CDOs, and all that.

And another worry in the back of my head is if the interviewer is just pulling my leg (as in I have no real chance of being hired, but they are just interviewing me to mess with me).

Just some background on me, 3.91 GPA at UCLA. 2390 on the SAT I.

The interview is in about a week. What can I do?

 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:10pm

Congrats on the interview. I'm wondering how you obtained it. Do they recruit at UCLA or did you submit it via online, or through a connection?

For boutiques they generally ask more technical questions and for Moelis I would definitely except that. They don't have the luxury of BB training so often times they expect you to know at least econ and basic finance already. They definitely wouldn't be interviewing you just to miss with you.

 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:11pm

They have an office just a mile or two down the street. Besides, if I remember correctly, Moelis is from the UBS in LA. Thus, they recruit at UCLA, and I just applied on our career center website.

Any more suggestions, on what I should do? Any good books (to learn discounted cash flow and stuff) to read in preparation for this? Anything interview tips?

 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:12pm

There is a book called "The Business of Investment Banking" by K. Thomas Liaw, that I thought was helpful before my interview. In one of the sections it gives a paragraph or two on about 6 different valuation methods (DCF, LBO, etc.) It is expensive and besides that section there wasn't a whole lot of useful info. I would recommend checking it out at the library.

 
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Dec 31, 1969 - 7:17pm

"I think I may have an on campus interview"

 

Not "I think I have an interview"... Not "I may have an interview"...

 

"I think I may have an on campus interview".

 

IMO, you're using a double conditional to account for that this "interview" is nothing more than wishful thinking, and you need a crap-out excuse for when it doesn't materialize...

 
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Dec 31, 1969 - 7:19pm

b:

"I think I may have an on campus interview"

 

Not "I think I have an interview"... Not "I may have an interview"...

 

"I think I may have an on campus interview".

 

IMO, you're using a double conditional to account for that this "interview" is nothing more than wishful thinking, and you need a crap-out excuse for when it doesn't materialize...

Maybe I'm missing something.  How is this constructive for anyone?

 
Dec 31, 1969 - 7:18pm

Hey guys,

Here's the skimmy on MoCo for this year's SA for those of you that are wondering. There are 10 spots split between NY and LA (6 in LA and 4 in NY). 2 of the LA spots will have been filled from UCLA within 2 weeks. I know the people to whom the offers were extended and it's very likely they will choose to accept even though they are currently sitting on them.

There recruiting is split into two tiers. Tier 1: UCLA, Michigan, Penn. Tier 2: USC, McKenna, another school.

All the interviewing has been done for Tier 1 so I would assume there are outstanding offers for Michigan & Penn as well. I'm not making shit up, this is straight from their head HR person. Hope that clears the air and fuck them for not giving me a spot. Dammit.

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