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Have you ever run into a situation where a company had a positive cash flow but was still in critical financial trouble?

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At the heart of this question, your interviewer is looking to dive in and take a look at your critical thinking skills. While positive cash flow is usually a very good sign of a company's overall ability to settle its debts and handle future financial challenges, there are some situations where all isn't as it seems when looking at a company with a positive cash flow. Whether you have run into this situation or not, it is important for you to point out that you are aware of situations where a positive cash flow can be misleading.

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27 MSCI Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Have you ever run into a situation where a company had a positive cash flow but was still in critical financial trouble?

      How to Answer

      At the heart of this question, your interviewer is looking to dive in and take a look at your critical thinking skills. While positive cash flow is usually a very good sign of a company's overall ability to settle its debts and handle future financial challenges, there are some situations where all isn't as it seems when looking at a company with a positive cash flow. Whether you have run into this situation or not, it is important for you to point out that you are aware of situations where a positive cash flow can be misleading.

      1st Answer Example

      "If hired for this position, you can rest assured that I know all considerations necessary when looking at cash flow for an organization when determining their overall financial health. A cash flow statement can often show positive cash flow when they take on new cash from loans or long-term debt. While these items do show up as positive on the cash flow, they don't accurately reflect the profitability of the organization."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I have come across this situation with a company that was selling off a large chunk of inventory. At the same time, the company was delaying their payables. This showed a very skewed positive cash flow but the real story behind the curtains showed a company that was in serious trouble of keeping its doors open."

  • 2. Here at MSCI, we are expecting someone with strong leadership skills to take this role. How would you describe your management style?

      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, try to take a long, hard look inside your skills and styles as a leader of others and prepare to present the best management style possible to your interviewer that fits the role that you are interviewing for with MSCI. Your answer should also involve solid research into the culture of MSCI and the details of the role you are interviewing for. Some important things to touch on are your ability to promote a team atmosphere and your ability to delegate responsibilities when necessary.

      1st Answer Example

      "My overall management style is the belief in building a positive team atmosphere. I'm a firm believer that each person and role brings a specific skill set to the ocverall goals and purpose of a team and I promote a team based atmosphere by larifying everyone's role on the team, keeping every person's objectives clear, rewarding great performers on the team and holding people accountable for their actions. If hired for this role at MSCI, you can be assured that my promotion of a team based atmosphere would help achieve even higher goals than you have set right now."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I think that it is crucial for a leader of others to be flexible in their style rather than relying on just one of the canned management styles. I'd like to highlight my abilities to lead as being a manager that works to grow and develop my staff to help them achieve their career goals and a leader who is able to provide direction and authority when the time for it arises. By knowing my team well and promoting our goals, I have the ability to assign work to the right people and follow through with my team on meeting all objective necessary."

  • 3. In working with financial data here at MSCI, what are the steps you would take in the data validation process as part of your work?

      How to Answer

      Your job as a detailed and proficient Data Analyst requires you to take proper steps in the data validation process to ensure that data used is accurate and clean. Bad data in the financial industry can have a costly impact and your job will be to ensure that doesn't happen. For your answer to this question, discuss the importance and your method for both data screening and data verification as part of the validation process. Also, be sure to talk about any programs that you utilize during the validation process.

      1st Answer Example

      "With any large analysis project and performing data validation, my first step is to create a detailed plan for the data needed. This plan will define the required data to be validated and set the way for the remaining steps. The next steps are to validate the information in the database and then the formatting of the data. Finally, prior to validating the data, sampling needs to be done to ensure that a small sample meets the requirements of the project. Being very proficient with many validation programs, I consider myself very proficient in both QuerySurge and Datameer but remain open to learning any new programs here at MSCI."

      2nd Answer Example

      "Here at MSCI, your Financial Advisors rely on the most accurate and up to date data to present to clients and I would take great pride in my job as a Data Analyst to provide the best data possible. To validate data, the two important steps I would take are data screening and data verification. I am very confident in my ability to work with algorithms that screens large sets of data for their accuracy. On top of that, I have worked with a few of the different data verification programs like Experian and Sage Intacct."

  • 4. How would you define what working capital is for a company and what does its measurement mean?

      How to Answer

      As a Financial Analyst with MSCI, you will be asked to help measure working capital of organizations. In your definition that you provide to your interviewer, ensure that you give them at least the basic definition of the calculation being current assets minus current liabilities. Then, talk about real situations that you've used the measurement to make critical decisions in the work that you've done in the past. This will confirm with your interviewer that you have the ability to use the measurement in this job.

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  • 5. How can MSCI motivate you on the job?

      How to Answer

      Every employer should know how each of their employees is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

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  • 6. What software programs do you use in your current work and how adaptable would you say that you are in learning and using new programs?

      How to Answer

      Overall, your interviewer is simply looking to hear that you have a good grasp on programs to use to make you more efficient in your work and to do this, talk open and honestly about the programs that you currently use and talk about in what context that you use them. If at all possible with this role, try to research what additional programs you may have to learn if given this opportunity to join MSCI and reassure your interviewer that your computer skills are fluent enough to pickup quickly if needed.

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  • 7. In this role with MSCI, you may often have to handle aggressively angry clients. How would you handle that situation in this role?

      How to Answer

      Being successful in account collections requires diligence and, at times, a very thick skin. This role with MSCI will put you in contact with clients that could be in poor financial situations and they may take their anger out on you. Your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have the right interpersonal skills to both calm the client down and get the desired results from the client. In your answer, describe how you use your reflective listening skills to put the client at ease. As well, talk about the importance lf solving the problem for MSCI.

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  • 8. Are you familiar with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and how do you think it can be applied to this role with MSCI?

      How to Answer

      First and foremost for this interview question, your interviewer will be looking to see that you are familiar with the act and the legal ramifications for companies that don't follow it. Make sure you can explain highlights of the act and then talk about how you have put them into practice. Last, tie what you know about the act into the role that you are interviewing for while highlighting once again a respect and obedience for the laws in place in regard to debt collection.

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  • 9. Data Scientist is a fairly new role here at MSCI. Why do you feel that you can make the jump into the financial industry as a data scientist?

      How to Answer

      As finance becomes more heavily reliant on data, the need for well educated Data Scientists is becoming a need at MSCI. And while your background may not be filled with experience in the financial field, it will be your job to convince your interviewer that you have the skills necessary to be strong Data Scientist while also having some great knowledge of the financial industry. Be open and honest of where your strong point fall and where you feel you have the most to learn while being open to making that progress in the field with MSCI.

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  • 10. How many boxes of macaroni n' cheese were eaten in the United States last year?

      How to Answer

      er Questions like this during your interview are meant to test your ability to deduce an answer from a very limited set of information and assumptions. You and your interviewer both know that it would be impossible for you to know or even calculate the correct answer, so your interviewer is solely looking for the factors that you use in extrapolating the answer that you give. In your answer, be as detailed as possible in why you are making the assumptions that you are when coming to a final answer.

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  • 11. In this role with MSCI, we will rely on your organized and methodical approach to provide financial analysis reporting. What does your current reporting process consist of?

      How to Answer

      Providing the clients of MSCI with detailed reports will be a key part of this position and your interviewer will be looking to gauge your ability to be organized and detailed while also utilizing your critical thinking skills to provide the best reports possible. In your answer, keep a focus on the techniques and tools that you use to do your job in ensuring that clients are receiving the most accurate and detailed reports possible. As well, let your interviewer know that you are willing to learn new ways and new technologies to help onboard yourself to their team quicker.

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  • 12. If hired for this position at MSCI, what factors would you consider part as part of an organization's long-term liability?

      How to Answer

      To begin for this question, make sure that you can define a long-term liability as obligations that are due beyond one year and into the future. Then, consider major factors like bonds, mortgages, leases and other items that factor in to an organization's long-term liability. Last, try to explain why the measurement of long-term liabilities are important is an important factor in considering the overall financial health of an organiation.

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  • 13. Why would our clients here at MSCI want you to be their financial advisor?

      How to Answer

      As a professional in financial advising, you know that relationships are built on trust and integrity and for the business at MSCI, this is equally important. For your answer, your interviewer will be looking how to hear how you build trust with your clients to ensure that they are customers for life. In your answer, make sure that trust and integrity are common themes as you discuss how you work with each client's individual needs to build their portfolio.

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  • 14. The day-to-day life at MSCI can be hectic and stressful at times. If hired for this role, how would you keep yourself motivated when working with stressed colleagues and pushy clients?

      How to Answer

      The daily life at MSCI is naturally very fast paced and because of that, both the colleagues and the clients that you may be working with have potential to be stressed, needy and downright mean at times. For this question, your interviewer is looking to get a sense that you would be able to work in this type of environment. In your answer, talk about the fact that you are cognizant of what this job entails as far as personal interactions go and talk about times where you have worked successfully through situations like this in the past. As well, don't hesitate to talk about your own personality traits that help you thrive in these types of situations.

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  • 15. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

      How to Answer

      You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.



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  • 16. In your experience as a Financial Analyst, what do you feel is the best metric to gauge a company's future stock performance?

      How to Answer

      As a Financial Analyst with MSCI, you will be relied upon by clients to provide the best risk and reward opportunities for them to have the most successful investments While there are many great metrics to use and no right answer for this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are confident in why the metric is important by talking about the details of it. The confidence that you project to your interviewer will carry over to your work with clients and your interviewer will be keying in on this aspect of you answer.

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  • 17. At MSCI, we expect our advisors to be available to speak with clients in person, over the phone and through email. What are your experiences in working with clients through different communication methods?

      How to Answer

      Customer interaction is the name of the game at MSCI as they rely on excellent customer to service to retain and grow their client base in a cutthroat market. For this question, your interviewer is looking to get a sense of how you use your communication skills to your advantage in your work and how those skills will benefit MSCI. As you answer and talk about your experiences in communication methods, try to show that you thrive on client interactions and have the ability to be both persuasive and trusted with those interactions.

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  • 18. Think back over your career up to today and tell me about the most difficult day on the job you encountered. What made the day difficult and how did you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      We've all had our share of difficult days on the job and how we handle those days in particular can really make or break where our careers go in that position or with that company. Think of a particular day ahead of your interview that really outlines your ability to handle adversity and proves that you were able to handle it with grace rather than turning your uniform in and heading home for the day. Another important piece of your answer should be discussing what lessons you learned from that particular day moving forward that you still carry with you to this day.

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  • 19. If hired to this role here at MSCI, what do you see as one initial hurdle you will have to overcome in your first weeks on the job?

      How to Answer

      At the heart of this question, your interviewer is asking you to take an honest look inside of yourself to discuss what you feel is the biggest learning curve you will have if offered this position. This will give your interviewer a sense of how to handle your onboarding process if hired for the position and give them a sense that you have the ability to see what your biggest need would be. Similar to the what is your greatest weakness question, the key to answering this question is humbly pointing out a flaw that you may see and making a plan for how you will overcome that flaw.

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  • 20. One huge philosophy that we believe in at MSCI is professional development. How have you worked to develop yourself professionally throughout your career?

      How to Answer

      In an ever-changing field like financial services, MSCI knows that professional growth and development is vital to them staying at the forefront of their industry. For this question, your interviewer is looking to ensure that your values surrounding professional development match the values of the company. Use this question as an opportunity for you to highlight the many ways that you grow and develop yourself to be the best that you can be in your career. Highlight any continuing education you have completed, any societies or groups that you belong to and any publications that you read on a regular basis that will prove to your interviewer that you aren't comfortable being stagnant in your career.

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  • 21. What are some common excuses that you think you will face from debtors in this role and how to you think you would handle them?

      How to Answer

      This question gives you the opportunity to show your familiarity with how consumers typically react to debt collection attempts. If you have direct experience dealing with any of the common excuses that debtors tend to use, talk about how you handle them. If you don't have direct prior experience in a collections role, be sure to research common excuses like a debtor claiming they haven't received any notice of debt and talk about how you would handle those situations. In your answer to how you would handle each excuse, be sure to explain how you will provide great customer service while making every effort to collect in a timely fashion.

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  • 22. What statistical models are you familiar with and which do you feel would best apply to the financial field here at MSCI?

      How to Answer

      Financial Engineers and Quantitative Analysts are relied upon in the financial industry to utilize complex algorithms and math to predict the trading market's immediate future. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to get the sense that you have the skills to apply statistical model in finance by having you talk about the models that are familiar with and have worked with in the past. While being honest about your experiences, be sure to point out that you are aware that some apply more to finance and the market to set yourself apart during this question.

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  • 23. We pride ourselves on our interdepartmental teamwork here at MSCI. If hired for this role, what kind of team player could we expect you to be?

      How to Answer

      In the financial world, teamwork at an organization is the key to success and life at MSCI is no different. As you talk about your abilities and experiences in being a great team player, try to highlight certain themes like building trust, gaining respect and being a subject matter expert as part of a larger team. Don't hesitate to show flexibility in your ability to both lead others and be lead by others and use examples of times that you've done both. To seal your answer for this question, talk about your desire to work as part of a team and do your research on this position to find out what types of colleagues you will be working with.

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  • 24. Discuss a time that you worked a client through a difficult financial situation. What were the keys to making it a success for the client?

      How to Answer

      Your interviewer is posing this question to see how you will handle a situation where a client at MSCI is working through a difficult time. As you talk about how you managed that situation, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have the interpersonal skills to be effective from the client's perspective. In your answer, be sure to explain the importance of an empathetic approach with your clients and how that approach helps them get through a difficult time.

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  • 25. What statistical analysis tools do you have experience working with?

      How to Answer

      As a successful and resourceful Data Analyst, your interviewer at MSCI is expecting you to be knowledgeable and well-versed in the many tools available to you. In your answer, be sure to show diversity within particular programs like SAS and SPSS while also explaining that you are very proficient in Microsoft Excel. On top of the programs, talk about any experience you have with programming and database language like SQL and Python.

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  • 26. If you joined the team here at MSCI, how would you build relationships with those that you would be working closely with?

      How to Answer

      For this question, your interviewer will be looking to get the sense that you would be proactive about getting to know your colleagues and fitting into the culture of the organization. Use a personal approach to talk about ways that you have done this in the past and how you would do it if hired for this position. Talk about the importance of relationship building in your line of work and how it helps the overall good of the organization if you take the initiative to do this.

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  • 27. Accuracy is important to us at MSCI. Do you always double check or proofread your work?

      How to Answer

      Double checking and proofreading are essential parts of a job well done. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to submitting good, clean, work.

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