Danilo Melle, IE IMBA 2016 graduate, recently joined Credit Suisse at Milan. He has shared with us our experience with his recruitment process.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I acknowledge that there was the opportunity to apply to the Private Banking MBA associate program at Credit Suisse thanks to the CMC’s Call for Application e-mail I received during the first days of the IMBA.
How did the CMC and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process?
I really wanted to join Credit Suisse so since the beginning I asked my CMC career advisor, Lorena Martinez, for advice. She was of great help with following up on my application and giving me really useful tips and suggestions.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc?
The recruitment process started with an invitation for a coffee at IE, before the Credit Suisse presentation during the Talent Forum last October. This was a great opportunity to get to know much better other candidates, as well as Credit Suisse HR managers and directors coming in from Switzerland. The application process consisted of three interviews: the first interview was via video-conference from the Credit Suisse Madrid office, with a director in Milan to know me better and really understand if I was a good fit for the organization in terms of culture and profile matching. The second interview was face to face in the Milan Credit Suisse office. For this interview, the most important one from my stand-point, you have to pitch a business plan to let them understand your way of thinking and how Credit Suisse will benefit from hiring you; it was certainly a more technical interview. The last interview was from the Chicago Credit Suisse office via video conference -as I was on exchange at Kellogg at the time- with the CEO of Credit Suisse Italy.
Would you want to share any tips, advice with current student interested in applying to Credit Suisse?
I would really suggest to any IMBA student who would like to apply for the Private Banking Associate Program to be pro-active from the beginning, and not to wait too long to until the last day of the application deadline. I encourage students to use the advice that CMC gives you since they count with a Career Advisor that focuses on Financial Services industry. Most of the time, students realize too late that this is a real opportunity; I do think that this is one of the most important aspects of the MBA. You have to stay updated on the financial services industry and its trends, so read Financial Times and research often on Credit Suisse strategy, culture and facts. Another important tip I want to give is to show energy, passion and a real interest about the job and why Credit Suisse will benefit from hiring you. Finally, I found it helpful to ask IE Alumni that are currently working at Credit Suisse about the position and the company, to better understand what I should expect.