Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Bear Stearns
- Analyst (2)
- First Year Analyst (1)
- Fixed Income Analyst (1)
- Consultant (1)
- Trader (1)
- Associate (Financial Analyst) (1)
- Associate, Private Banking (1)
- FAST Programmer (1)
- Associate Director (1)
- Accepted Offer
Started out with a phone screen, then went through multiple rounds of interviews with peers as well as various managing directors, most of which were technical coding questions or puzzles, many of which were mathematical in nature. Once you pass through these rounds of interviews, you met with a senior managing director for a brief screen, but I think that was more customary in nature. Not sure who, if any, failed the last screen
- Some C coding question Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Bear Stearns (New York, NY).
Interviews for completion of MBA. Intense interviews. On campus for initial, then in New York City. Must have MBA. I had 5 interviews. Was offered the job on the spot in New York after my last interview.
- I was expecting very technical questions but did not get any questions i thought were hard. In retrospect, i think they expect you to be pretty smart after getting your mba from a top school. I think they were most interested in finding out if they liked you enough to work with you in a highly intense work environment where you are expected to do everything quickly and perfectly -- no fails allowed. Your resume and past experience is very important, you must have some solid accomplishments and prove it. Must be a quick thinker in the interview and don't show any weakness because this truly is a highly intense environment. 1 Answer
I applied during tech wreck, and it was really tough to just get the job. Many firms did not hire or laid off their brand new bankers a few weeks after hiring them. There was not much negotiation, I was very excited to just get a job. They told me what i would get. However, I turned the offer down initially, because i still had more interviews. But I accepted after my interviews, about a week later.
- Accepted OfferAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Bear Stearns.
I was recruited by an executive recruiter and had three interviews. The first one was with HR and was lengthy. The next two interviews were with the SMDs I would report to. Each of them asked very different questions and most of of it was about my previous experience and how that experience would allow me to contribute to the goals of the new entrepreneurial venture, within Bear Stearns, I was to work for.
- The most difficult question was that I would now be approaching a different segment of the financial services sector, than I had in the past. Even though I had a lot of financial services experience, how would I be able to be successful within this new niche? Answer Question
Not very lenghty as the base salary was very good and the bonus was strictly based on a percentage of the new business I was able to bring in.
- Accepted OfferNeutral Experience
I applied in-person. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Bear Stearns (New York, NY) in September 2011.
College interview process. Interviewed over summer with two peple after attending cocktail event. Interviewed more over phone. Flew back to New York. Did another case study and interviews plus lunch with senior members of team. Analyst manager called back with offer in a month.
- What mistake have you made? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took a week – interviewed at Bear Stearns (East Hanover, NJ) in May 2008.
I was contacted by the hiring manager to come over for a personal interview. Felt very positive meeting the hiring manager. He showed commitment and good work ethics. Interview started with him and his supervisor. They conducted the interview professionally and I was able to answer all their questions and accepted the offer
- How will you determine a stock is buy vs Sell given normal business conditions for the company? Answer Question
Negatiation was very much not there since this was a consulting position. Have an open mind while negotiating.
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at Bear Stearns in July 2010.
Applied online, and got couple of email notifications about scheduling interviews, also got a call directly from an interviewer to schedule an interview. First round interviews are phone interviews, then superday in NY office (but not MS's main office, which is weird).
- Tell me someting apart from what is in your resume Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 3 days – interviewed at Bear Stearns (London, England (UK)) in March 2008.
Did some mathematical reasoning test, if you colour in a cube 10x10 how many unpainted sides are there - also lots of what did you learn today etc etc. Talked about my dissertation and why and how you could improve nuclear waste disposal etc. discussed camper van trip which I went on why I did it how insurance costs etc.
- What did you learn yesterday 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
Thought the job wouldn't be intelletually stimulating, and had a better job.
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