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At Fitch Ratings we provide services to a wide range of businesses. Which industry or business type do you have the most experience with?

How to Answer

In the commercial services industry, your experience with clients may be widespread. Talk to the interviewer about any particular industry to which you may have more exposure. If you have a specialty - now is the time to discuss your expertise. Whether you have experience in the same industry as Fitch Ratings Ltd., or not, be sure to appear confident in your capabilities.

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31 Fitch Ratings Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. At Fitch Ratings we provide services to a wide range of businesses. Which industry or business type do you have the most experience with?

      How to Answer

      In the commercial services industry, your experience with clients may be widespread. Talk to the interviewer about any particular industry to which you may have more exposure. If you have a specialty - now is the time to discuss your expertise. Whether you have experience in the same industry as Fitch Ratings Ltd., or not, be sure to appear confident in your capabilities.

      1st Answer Example

      "I understand that the majority of business that is coming to Fitch Ratings Ltd. is related to XYZ. I have about four years of dedicated XYZ experience. The remainder of my work experience is with a wide range of clients and industries. I feel that these experiences have equipped me very well for a position such as this."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I have the most experience in the manufacturing industry. Approximately 15 years, in fact. I believe this experience will benefit me in this role with Fitch Ratings Ltd. because I am well versed in best practices and manufacturing protocols."

  • 2. We have a wide range of services at Fitch Ratings. Have you ever used any of our services?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are well aware of the services offered at Fitch Ratings Ltd.. Have you used them previously? Discuss with the interviewer any exposure you have had to the company. Keep your response positive and lighthearted.

      1st Answer Example

      "I have not personally used your commercial services; however, I have friends who have used Fitch Ratings Ltd. for their business needs and their reviews were always positive!"

      2nd Answer Example

      "I have been a customer of Fitch Ratings Ltd. before, yes! The services I used were A, B, and C. My experience here was very comfortable, and everyone was professional. This experience is one of the reasons why I applied for this role. I want to work for a company that has high standards, and I know first hand that you do!"

  • 3. Many of the management and higher level roles with Fitch Ratings require a Degree in Business or similar. Please walk me through your post-secondary education.

      How to Answer

      Your post-secondary background is on your resume; however, the interviewer is asking for you to go into further detail on your experience. This is a great time to brag a little bit about any scholarships, awards, or accolades you may have received during your post-secondary studies. Be sure to discuss how your education has prepared you for a position with Fitch Ratings Ltd..

      1st Answer Example

      "I would be thrilled to be considered for a management level position with Fitch Ratings Ltd.. Although I do not have many years' experience in this type of position, I do have a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Walden University online. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA. I am very proud of this grade because I worked full time during my studies and still graduated top of my class."

      2nd Answer Example

      "If you do not have a formal post-secondary education: "I did not have the opportunity to attend University; however, everything that I have learned on the job has been incredibly valuable. I would be thrilled to join your management team down the road so if you feel there are gaps in my knowledge, I would be happy to consider attending any required classes or workshops."

  • 4. Due to the nature of Fitch Ratings business and services we may ask that you complete a full background check. Are you willing to comply?

      How to Answer

      Many companies will ask for a background check before employing you. This due diligence could include a criminal record check, a credit check, a drivers' abstract, and education verification. The request will vary from company to company so you should always be prepared to comply with all requests. If there is a mark on your record, this is the best time to disclose that information.

      If you have a clean record: "I can fully understand why Fitch Ratings Ltd. would need to conduct background checks on all potential employees. I have a squeaky clean record and am happy to comply with any of your requests."

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  • 5. At Fitch Ratings we seek to hire those who think outside the box. When was the last time you made a suggestion for workplace improvement? What was the outcome?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you are an engaged employee; offering suggestions and providing more profound thought when it comes to processing improvement in the workplace. Give an example of a time when you suggested an improvement in the workplace. It can be big or small! Did anything significant come out of your suggestion?

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  • 6. At Fitch Ratings we have many local competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the crowd?

      How to Answer

      It is crucial that you research Fitch Ratings Ltd. before your interview and be sure to learn about their business landscape. Who are their competitors? What are customers saying online? Check out some favorite review sites to get an idea of what the public is saying about Fitch Ratings Ltd. vs. their local competitors. Keep your answer positive and complimentary.

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  • 7. Fitch Ratings values philanthropy and community giving. How do you choose to give back to others?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you are socially responsible and a team player - even outside of the workplace. Your answer can be as simple as babysitting your grand-kids every Sunday, to a standing-volunteer gig, to charitable contributions.

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  • 8. At Fitch Ratings, our primary work is to cater to other businesses. What do you foresee as the biggest challenge working in the commercial services industry?

      How to Answer

      Working in the commercial services industry can be challenging for a few reasons. You are working with businesses who have tight deadlines, varying business hours, and multiple departments with different needs. Briefly talk to the interviewer about the challenges you foresee in this role with Fitch Ratings Ltd.. Remain positive and complete your answer by commenting on your abilities to meet these challenges.

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  • 9. Customer service is our top priority at Fitch Ratings. What is your customer service philosophy?

      How to Answer

      Because Fitch Ratings Ltd. puts so much effort into their customer service reputation, the interviewer needs to be confident that your customer service values align with theirs. Be sure to research the Fitch Ratings Ltd. website and take note of any keywords they use when it comes to their customers. Match your language with theirs.

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  • 10. We value accountability at Fitch Ratings. If a customer sent a formal complaint about an interaction with you, how would you handle it?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you are a person of integrity who will take responsibility for any shortcomings in the workplace. Briefly explain to the interviewer that you will handle Fitch Ratings Ltd. customers with great care.

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  • 11. Do you fully understand what we do at Fitch Ratings?

      How to Answer

      Questions such as these are why it is essential that you research Fitch Ratings Ltd. before your interview. Dive deep into what they do, who their competitors are, who their clients are, and the impact their services have on their customers. Keep your answer as brief as possible and ask for clarification if you need it.

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  • 12. When have you contributed to an effort to obtain a corporate goal?

      How to Answer

      Engaged employees are always the most productive. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of being an involved team member by assisting, in some way, to the end goal of the corporation.

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  • 13. We value diversity at Fitch Ratings. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

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  • 14. At Fitch Ratings, we look to hire those who will be a long term fit. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

      How to Answer

      It's impossible to know where you will be in 5 years but you need to assure the interviewer that, given all possible circumstances, you could see yourself as a long-term fit for the position at Fitch Ratings Ltd..

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  • 15. Sometimes the services and packages offered at Fitch Ratings can be confusing to new clients. How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of explaining complex ideas without being condescending to your co-workers or talking over their heads. Give the interviewer an example of how you break down information to make it more easily digestible for the average person.

      Think of a presentation about a complex topic, as a proposal to solve a challenging problem. The solution may seem obvious to you, but everyone else in the room is scratching their heads trying to figure out what you're talking about. When you can define key terms and phrases to make them more relevant to your audience, you have skill! Not everyone can do this.

      Prepare an example that demonstrates your communication skills and your ability to convey complex information in easy to understand terms.

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  • 16. How did you maintain a good relationship with your most recent boss?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of maintaining a harmonious relationship with those who are considered your leaders.

      If your relationship with your boss wasn't fantastic, what efforts did you take to make it better? Here are some suggestions:

      - Try to understand what your boss values the most
      - Keep your cool, even when you want to lose it
      - Anticipate their needs and stay one step ahead
      - Take leadership opportunities to show your worth
      - Adapt to their preferences

      Some basic ground rules for a stable working relationship with your boss are open communication, proactive listening, and not taking things personally. Discuss the ways that you cultivated a healthy relationship with your boss.

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  • 17. Tell me why you are the right fit for Fitch Ratings, and this position.

      How to Answer

      A successful hire needs to feel like the right fit by both parties. Express to the interviewer that you think this position is a stable fit for your experience and your career goals.

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  • 18. Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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  • 19. Considering your background is in an industry different from ours, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this position in this industry?

      How to Answer

      There are many ways that you can be a fit for a position, even though you do not come with direct industry experience. Think about the variety of skills that you have and how those can benefit another employer, despite the industry. These are your transferable skills, and they can include sales abilities, customer service experience, and software capabilities.

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  • 20. It seems that your resume is missing certain skills that are necessary for this position. How do you plan to compensate for these missing skills?

      How to Answer

      Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers are aware that, to find a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible. If you are missing some of the "nice to have" or even the "must have" skills listed in the job description, do not fret! Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those.

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  • 21. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?

      How to Answer

      A genuinely creative minded person will have outside activities aside from what's happening in the workplace. Tell the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you express your creativity.

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  • 22. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

      How to Answer

      When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

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  • 23. At Fitch Ratings we value continued education and training. Tell me about your education.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how your education has prepared you for this job. A few highlights you can focus on are some of the relevant topics you learned about while attending your courses. How will they help you in this new role? What were some of the most exciting things you learned?

      Some ideas for you:

      - If you have experience working on group projects, share how you improved your listening and communication skills when working on a challenging project.

      - If you learned a new type of software or how to work a kind of equipment you will need to know in this new job, talk about what you know and how you will apply this new knowledge.

      While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned in your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

      - Time Management
      - Creative Thinking
      - Proposal Writing
      - Public Speaking
      - Presentation Building
      - Independent Learning
      - Academic Research
      - Self-Motivation

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  • 24. Tell me about a time when you used good judgement and logic to solve a problem.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear about a particular situation where you used good judgment to solve a work-related problem. Be sure to showcase your logic and reasoning abilities. Share a brief overview of the problem, discuss the pro/cons of each decision you could have made, and tell the interviewer why the solution you chose was the best.

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  • 25. What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

      How to Answer

      Culture fit is a critical factor when looking for a new position. Talk to the interviewer about the types of personalities that you best work with. Be sure to remain positive and avoid using this as an opportunity to speak poorly of previous colleagues.

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  • 26. Tell me about a time when you took charge of a meeting. Was the outcome a positive one?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you have the confidence to lead a meeting successfully. Think about a time when you have driven a meeting - big or small. This example could be a phone meeting, a lunch and learn, or a large client presentation.

      Begin by telling the interviewer the reason for the meeting, who was involved, and what approach you took to prepare for the meeting. Finally, be sure to mention why you felt the meeting was a success! What did you do in that meeting to create an effective and positive outcome?

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  • 27. As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.

      How to Answer

      Have you had a strong mentor in your management career? Talk to the interviewer about what type of influences have shaped your management style.

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  • 28. If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?

      How to Answer

      If money was no object, what kind of business would you start? The interviewer will be able to learn something new and unique about you through this question. Avoid answers that would include building a business that competes with the hiring company.



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  • 29. When a problem arises, what is your first reaction?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with the team at Fitch Ratings Ltd..

      Perhaps your computer crashes, and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very methodical approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting in an impulsive way when a problem occurs.

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  • 30. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 31. Strong time management is important at Fitch Ratings. How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks and how those will help you to succeed in your role with Fitch Ratings Ltd..

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