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Barclays Capital Presidents Assistant Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Feb 20, 2014
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Assistant Vice President
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ months - interviewed at Barclays Capital in April 2012.

Interview Details – Interview process was standard as i had prior experience in the industry. Questions were expected and industry standard. The interview process took a long time, as in several months. This was longer than expected, which was a little bit frustrating.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions   Answer Question

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Assistant Vice President, IT Interview

Assistant Vice President, IT
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Barclays Capital.

Interview Details – Hiring is an ad-hoc process at barclays at least below VP levels. It depends on which group you interview into. You can expect strong coding questions as well as business questions. Depends on what you wrote in your resume.

Interview Question – this is not a difficult question but: Level order traversal of tree was asked.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – you should negotiate... definitely... better if you have competing offers...competing offers are easy to match and/or beat for them but they might not negotiate easily without that.

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Assistant Vice President IT Interview

Anonymous Employee
Jersey City, NJ

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Barclays Capital in January 2011.

Interview Details – easy and a cake walk for any individual with minimum of knoeledge. ANyone taking your interview is below average.

Interview Question – Most difficult question: Explain embedded question lemma   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – tedious

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Assistant Vice President Interview

Assistant Vice President
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Barclays Capital in December 2010.

Interview Details – I applied for an AVP Programmer position on company's website. I got a phone call about 3 months later.
It was a technical phone interview. I accurately answered all questions, but I never heard from the interviewer. I tried to contact them, but I never got a response.

Interview Questions

  • If you have 5 sets of balls with 5 balls each. In 4 sets each ball weigh 5 grams except from one set where the balls weigh 4 grams. How do I find which set has the balls with 4 grams.?   Answer Question
  • Given a Tic table- I.e a table that records Ticker, price, date/time during a trading day. Write a Query that will give you for each Ticker the final price of the day.   Answer Question
  • Given a binary tree, Find the depth of the node containing the max value.   Answer Question

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Assistant Vice President, IT
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Barclays Capital in December 2009.

Interview Details – 3 rounds interview. In first round of interview, first meet with hiring manager. Then following with 2 technical interview. Each one take around 1 hour. After that, wait one week for second round interview. Then continue with one technical interview and one personality interview. After that, wait another week for 3rd round interview. Still come with one technical interview and one personality interview.

Interview Question – What's your weakness?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – done by recruiter.

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Assistant Vice President
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Barclays Capital in September 2009.

Interview Details – Phone interview to see and talk about past experiences and see the fit with the organization. Then One on one with Team in Jersey city and New York.

Interview Question – There are 9 balls one of which is lighter than the others. How would you find the lighter ball in 2 tries   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – Did not try to negotiate a lot

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Product Control, Equity Derivatives Assistant Vice President for Exotics Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Barclays Capital in April 2009.

Interview Details – The initial contact was through a recruiter, and I was asked briefly about my specific product experience. The referral was based on my skill set, specifically about the greeks and derivative models. The interview was scheduled for the next day, which I was told was because the positions were likely to be in the budget for a limited period of time.

I was brought in to talk with 2 VPs, the hiring manager, and another manager in the same group. I was originally supposed to talk to the director, but there was a scheduling conflict for that interview. The interview was largely skills based, with a focus on exotics, and what the risks involved were. The interview was mainly geared to get to a point where I was no longer familiar with the option types, then I was asked about the risk factors.

Specific questions included listing the inputs into valuation of an option, what the largest risks were, what the volatility surface looked like, and what the specific risks for volatility and correlation were for a product like a rainbow, a cliquet, a butterfly, etc.

They were looking for a candidate with more experience (I have 2 years, they were looking for 4-5), and went with an internal candidate.

Interview Questions

  • What is the biggest volatility risk for a cliquet?   Answer Question
  • What is the value of a rainbow of two items that are perfectly correlated? How do the two underlyings behave?   Answer Question

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Assistant Vice President - IT Interview

Assistant Vice President - IT

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Barclays Capital in May 2011.

Interview Details – They expect you to be the best subject matter expert. For a developer, you will be asked textbook concepts plus some critical thinking. Don't worry, you won't use them once you're in.

Interview Question – When do you use indexing?   Answer Question

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Assistant Vice President - IT
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Barclays Capital in September 2010.

Interview Details – The process is fast as it takes only a day. Met the peer, hiring manager and also the hiring manager boss on the same day

Interview Question – Nothing difficult if you are a technical person   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They offered a good package, hence no negotiations is required

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Assistant Vice President
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Barclays Capital in September 2010.

Interview Details – Quick initial interview which was very basic and not very challenging. Was told that I got the job but there was a company restructure so hiring was on hold for 2 months. Came back to me 2 months later with another interview and landed the job.

Interview Question – Nothing really   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation done via an agent

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