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

Very, very technical.

Dec 31, 1969

Extremely technical

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

Dec 31, 1969

that's what I figured. For an SA role there wouldn't be any LBO or merger model questions, would there?

Dec 31, 1969

is it a first round or superday, and which office is it for?

Dec 31, 1969

first round ny

Dec 31, 1969

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

Same experience here. Technical. Also remember to review more conceptual questions in addition to basic accounting (why won't this ratio show what you want it to show, if X and Y changes what happens to your valuation, etc.)

If you get past the technicals, have a damn good reason for "Why Moelis"

Dec 31, 1969

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

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

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.

Dec 31, 1969

I see. Any other tips for Moelis?

Dec 31, 1969

Dec 31, 1969

lol, brilliant. apparently both of them live pretty close to ucla too. i could probably drive to their house in less than 10 minutes.

Dec 31, 1969

sorry guy, but MoCo isn't going to give a freshman a spot. keep your contacts though until junior year

  • b
  •  Dec 31, 1969

"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...

  • justanotherbanker
  •  Dec 31, 1969
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

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.

Dec 31, 1969
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