SEI Investments Interview Questions

Updated Aug 25, 2014
Updated Aug 25, 2014
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  1.  

    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 weeks - interviewed 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
  2.  

    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 days - interviewed 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.  

    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 1 week - interviewed 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
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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+ weeks - interviewed 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
  8.  

    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 months - interviewed 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Senior Account Executive Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SEI Investments in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Met with several managers in the hiring department. Went in on two separate days. Each had a list of several questions. Each interview lasted one hour. The whole process ran about four hours each day I interviewed

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about the industry and what you think is important? This was open ended and I feared that I might not touch on what they were looking for exactly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at SEI Investments in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Received a call from a recruiter about 2 weeks after submitting my resume. The recruiter scheduled a half hour phone screen with me where she asked basic questions about my career path and where I see myself going in 5-10 years. She informed me of the eclectic art throughout the office space, the unique plug in from the ceiling concept and that everyone within the company sits at desks with wheels to promote a fluid and collaborative working environment. After our conversation, I received a call from the recruiter about a week later to schedule an onsite interview with several members of the marketing department.
    I arrived to the campus and was taken on a tour of the building which ended in a conference room where I stayed for the next 3 hours meeting 4 members of the marketing team individually. The emphasis throughout the interviews was about SEI's culture and lack of titles and upward mobility. I was actually told "you will never get promoted at SEI" and wasn't sure what to make of that.
    After the interviews concluded, I met back up with the recruiter who debriefed me. I asked when they were looking to make a decision and she said that I should hear back from them in approximately 2 weeks. I never did.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked a lot of behavioral questions, like, "how many quarters could you fit into this room?" and " if you were a type of cereal, what type of cereal would you be?"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview

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