Richard Vo

  • Credit & Fraud Risk Analyst @ American Express

Richard Vo

Tell us about the job search. Was it more difficult or easier than you expected?

Long -- Yes
Difficult -- Yes
I started in the late summer while interning in DC. I would go to networking events, have lunches, and apply to any online posts I could find. 
That carried over into my fall at NYU. Whenever there was a career fair, employer information session, or Q&A, I would always go. I was at a career-oriented event at least once a week, but usually two or more. The moment an invite was received I RSVP'd. 
That's how I managed to get a slot with American Express's Coffee Chat that Tandon Career Services hosted.

What was the interview process like?

First there was a coffee-chat that was a casual conversation for the recruiting team to get to know me and vice-versa. Then, I submitted my resume through the appropriate channels. I was selected for a technical and behavioral interview. 
Interview day, the behavioral one was mostly hypothetical scenarios regarding team-conflicts and ethics, how I work, and testing to see if I had read the job description and done my research on their business and ethos. The technical interview was something akin to a consulting case-style interview, testing data analysis and problem-finding/solving skills. The technical interview went over my recruiter's lunch time because we had gotten into a lot of what-if scenarios regarding unforeseen variables, other ways of interpreting data, etc. as well as how that would affect risk and bottom line performance. 
A few days later I received my offer letter. 

What will you be doing?

Credit & Fraud Risk Analyst for American Express in NYC

Do you have any job search tips for fellow students?
  • Get comfortable with rejection, if you aren't already ;)
  • Invest in your first impressions & social skills (attire, appearance, mannerisms, etc.)
  • Due diligence is key; do your research
  • Smile
  • If Karine tells you to do something, do it