SEI Investments Interview Questions

Updated Sep 19, 2014
Updated Sep 19, 2014
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    Actuarial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at SEI Investments.

    Interview Details

    Applied and received a phone call from an HR representative the next day. Scheduled a phone interview which was later cancelled due to poor reception (I am certain it wasn't on my side). Resecheduled via email but one hour before the interview I got an email in which they asked me to reschedule because HR representative was sick. I wrote back with a list of times I was available. I never heard back from them until four weeks later. Finally, I had a phone interview. While the HR representative was nice and professional, she seemed unprepared and didn't facilitate the interview process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Mathematical/Actuarial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at SEI Investments in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    The recruiter called about 15 minutes late. She apologized and I said it was OK. Then she said that the position I had applied for had already been filled but she had another position that I could be interested in. I was annoyed that she had wasted my time by scheduling an interview for a position that had already been filled.
    This company is a joke!

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Development Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at SEI Investments in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Call from recruiter to check availability and confirm approval in submitting resume to hiring manager.
    After some days, emails to nail date for phone interview by hiring manager.
    Called by recruiter for face to face interview with hiring manager and other.
    Called by recruiter again for 2nd face to face interview with another set of people

    Interview Questions
    • Who needs more attention, a top performing team member or an under achieving team member   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Mathmatical/Actuary Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at SEI Investments in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Got an email to set up a phone interview shortly after. I would say about 2-4 days afterwards. Phone interview went very smoothly as they should. No hard questions. They were just trying to get a feel for whether you were a fit or not. It went very well as I was very qualified for the position (CFA candidate, MS in finance degree etc etc) on top of a solid career record with previous experience. I was expecting to go forward with the in-person interview process but never heard back. Kind of unprofessional :(

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Internal Account Executive Advisor Network Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at SEI Investments.

    Interview Details

    20 Minute Phone Screen - Talked through my resume and received a more detailed description of what the position entailed

    Interview - Went in to their campus and had three separate interviews with two Internal Account Executives and then the Head of Sales.

    Interview Questions
    • A role playing scenario where I was asked to sell the interviewer a pen that was lying on the desk.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Cash Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at SEI Investments.

    Interview Details

    I went through a job agency. The interview was schedule at 10.30. I waited in the lobby for 15 minutes before somebody came downstairs and took me to the interview room. It did not seem organized to me as the lady told me she is trying to find the hiring manager as he is away from his office. I was told to wait few minutes in the interview room. After five minutes she came back and said she will conduct the interview as she can not find the Hiring Manager!!

    Interview Questions
    • All were very general questions what we expect in an interview. For example tell me about yourself, why you choose accounting as a profession, why you applied with SEI? Tell me about your strength, weaknesses, Why are you suitable for this post?   View Answer
    No Offer
  8.  

    Internal Account Executive Advisor Network Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at SEI Investments in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had 6 (yes six) interviews over the course of the day, 3 with junior associates, 2 with seniors, and then another junior after the director got pulled into a meeting. The interviews themselves were okay, but having six was just extremely repetitive. I found myself sharing the same background info ad nauseam and asking the same questions and getting the same answers. After the day I was told I'd hear back in a week or so. I never heard back. Nothing, despite numerous attempts contacting the recruiter. Very unprofessional process and organization.

    Interview Questions
    • What would your girlfriend's mother day about you? (No seriously, they asked that)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Analyst/Senior Analyst International & Emerging Markets Fund Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at SEI Investments in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume online and was contacted very quickly, probably 24-36 hours later. I was then scheduled for a phone interview with someone from HR and the interview took about 45 minutes. The HR person had no idea about finance investments and seemed to be reading from a script. They were very nice and said that they would be in contact in at least a week.

    I was then contacted by another HR person to schedule a time to come interview at the office in Oaks, PA. I do not live in Pennsylvania and was kind of surprised that they did not offer to bring me in for the interview but rather expected me to get there myself. For such a large firm this was very surprising.

    I arrived for my in-person interview and met with the fund manager of the strategy for about 1.5 hours. The manager was not as impressive as I expected given the AUM of the fund and didn't seem very comfortable in an interview situation, which is strange since the vast majority of the job is interviewing external fund managers. None of the questions were surprising or unexpected but getting a response from the interviewing manager was very difficult. I then spoke with the HR partner for the division and he asked me very similar questions, which again is strange coming from an HR person that doesn't have any investment responsibility. We then discussed the area, the office, etc. before ending the interview.

    The most memorable thing from the entire process was that everyone, and I mean everyone, asked about salary. They wanted tax documents to ensure you weren't lying about your previous salary and demanded to know what your target salary was. This was very off-putting. I have no problem discussing my salary targets/demands but their insistence on tax records for my previous salary rubbed me the wrong way. They are a massive company and the strategy has multi-billion AUM, and yet it seemed like their only goal was to determine the lowest possible amount of salary they would have to offer. That's a big red flag to me as talent and experience should be paramount but that did not seem to be the case.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe why you like a particular fund manager.   Answer Question
    • How do you evaluate fund managers?   Answer Question
    • What is/was your previous salary and bonus (be exact) and what is the lowest amount you would accept?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Junior Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at SEI Investments.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview discussed resume and qualification

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Senior Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oaks, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at SEI Investments in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    1 Telephonic round. Almost 50 minutes. Consisting of all technical questions, algorithms, design patterns and core java related questions.
    4, 1:1 interviews at Oaks, PA office. Out of 4, 3 were strongly technical knowledge. And 1 is managerial interview. They asked about designing a system on whiteboard. All core java related technical questions. They asked throughout core java and OOP, designing concepts. Threads related questions.
    After 6 months, still havent received results of interview. That is more pathetic than ever. At least they should say, whether selected or not. Or they want to hold. I tried to asked them several times but did not receive answer. They wasted my time, money. And it was a really hectic journey from NJ to PA in heavy rain. Talking non stop for 4 hours made me sick immediately.

    Interview Questions
    • Not difficult but stressful to talk non stop 4 hours
      Questions related to core java, algorithm ( quick sort), multi threading, design pattern questions. Designing system related to card game.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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