D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

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    Quantitative Analyst/Software Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had one phone interview, which had a few math/CS questions. I was then invited onsite, where there were 5 rounds of interviews, as well as an off-the-record lunch discussion. There were lots of probability and algorithmic questions. Knowledge of finance seemed to be a plus but not necessary. Everyone was very nice and helpful.

    Interview Questions
    • The most unexpected questions was how would you color a 3-colorable graph. I was initially thinking that you had to do something efficient, which isn't possible, but he just wanted some way of doing it.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview, then four hour-long onsite interviews, and finally had to submit four references and code and writing samples. Mostly technical focus - algorithms, brain teasers, math, etc. - with a few fit questions thrown in. Everyone seemed very intelligent, and indeed they were; many analysts have a Ph.D. in some technical field (Math, Physics, EE, Econ, etc.).

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied online. Got a phone interview. Followed it up with an onsite interview.

    Interview Questions
    • If 3 of my friends have phone numbers ending (last four digits) in some permutation of 0,1,4, and 9 and I have 150 friends, then is that just a chance occurance?   View Answers (4)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Generalist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    got an email from school visit to the firm for a phone interview, had a good conversation for the phone interview and was flown in for a day of 1-1 interviews. liked the people and culture, also the opportunity presented by the position

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    After a pre-screening with the employment agency; having to fill out an information sheet for D.E. Shaw, I was then notified by the agency that a phone interview would be conducted. My preferred contact number was given with e-mailed instructions of time of our call and that the interview should last no more than 30 minutes. After our phone interview, the agency phoned me back a week later to tell me that it went well, and they would like for me to interview in person at their offices. Since there were several departments seeking an Executive Assistant, my interviews would be 4 back-to-back meetings in 30 minute increments with various employees. That was considered the 2nd day. I was then asked to come back for what would be Round 3 interviews, but based on my initial visit, one of the departments wanted to move forward and make me an offer. I was extremely relieved at this point. HR was in contact with me through the agency of course, and the Background Check began. I had to obtain official copies of my transcript, as well as providing them with previous employers to conduct reference check and date of employment verification. This took about another 2 weeks before an offer was even made.

    Interview Questions
    • The position I applied for was to support professionals who did not have an assistant, so the toughest question for me was how I would achieve the optimal working relationship so that I could get work from my principals.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I knew going into the position what the salary ranged from and it was well above what I was making at the time. At the time when the offer was made, I was offered $10,000 above my base salary, a hiring bonus of $10,000 to spread out over 3 years if I continue to work at the firm, and a guaranteed year-end bonus of $15,000 with excellent benefits to top it off.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

    Interview Details

    The interview process involved 8 interviews, each of which were thirty to forty minutes in length. These were conducted over a two day period. In addition, I was once interviewed over the phone and one of my references was called. I found my interviewers to be courteous, fair, smart and generally enjoyable to speak with.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked a few "brain-teaser"type of questions. These were the most difficult.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  8.  

    Member Technical Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    1 telephonic round : Mostly Technical around C/C++ , Networking ,OS .
    2 Rounds In house:
    Interview panel size - 2
    Mostly C++ , operating system , DBMS , networking basics.
    1 HR round : Mostly my likes , dislikes , why am I switching . etc. I think this was the round where I nailed it.
    A lot of background check followed

    Interview Questions
    • How do you implement all OOP principles in C   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I had to negotiate a bit (even though the initial offer was way better than my current salary) and succeeded.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Senior MEMBER TECHNICAL Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

    Interview Details

    Got a call from recuriting team and had a telephonic screening round which was purely technical focused on current and past job roles and basic technology questions. This was followed by a day long in-house interview at D.E.Shaw office comprising 1HR, 1 Manager and 7 technical round , including a video-conferencing round. Technical rounds involved questions related to basics concepts to highly complex real-world scenario's. HR round was a friendly discussion regarding career goals, behaviour, achievements etc. Overall the interview process was very good and organsied and reflected the company's work culture and current employee's technical knowledge and possibilties for career growth.

    Interview Questions
    • Few puzzels/brain teasers involving knowledge of physics, mathematics and common sense!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Tried but they didn't bother.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    An initial shortlist was carried out through a written round consisting of 3 papers - Aptitude, Technical, Latest Technological Innovations. Next, the resumes of the shortlisted candidates were considered for next elimination. Finally from around 150 students that appeared for the process, 12 students remained at the end of the resume round.
    The next stage was the interview. 2 technical rounds followed by an HR round.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Did not try to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Member Technical Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Written test containing both aptitude and programming questions (C C++ and Java)
    Interview round 1.5 hours asking questions ranging from data structures to puzzles to general outlook.
    Candidate is hired with overall consensus of all panel members

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

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