Very Difficult Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Addepar in July 2012.
Interview Details –
My interview process consisted of a phone screen and two separate in person meetings. I was referred to Addepar by a mutual friend.
The phone screen covered my background and tested my general financial knowledge. The questions were hard but fair. Typically more open ended, provoking me to make an opinion and defend my logic. Background questions probed my output and the impressive things I had accomplished (generally looking to stack rank based on my peer group).
The first onsite interview was over a meal in SF. The conversation drifted from politics to economics to macro trading. The entire time is was forced to keep up and make viewpoints and arguments about subjects that i hadn’t previously contemplated. It was rather clear that I was being tested on my general intelligence and not necessarily my specific knowledge -- although significant specific knowledge would be required in order to foment and defend my opinions. At one point I remember talking about the impressive logistical support that the modern military has and how some valuable lessons could be gleaned. At the end of the meal as we were walking back it was proposed that I should meet the remainder of the team.
Due to time constraints, I met the remainder of the team just a few days later. Most of these conversations were more skewed towards subject matter that the interviewee was an expert in. In one case I was asked for my opinions on the VC model, in another case I was asked for my opinions about the Swanson’s endowment model. Underlying each conversation was an implicit measurement of how my mind worked, how I communicated and what I was passionate about.
In the end, I was incredibly impressed with the team that I had met at Addepar. They were wise beyond their years and filled with deep knowledge. I received an offer and immediately stopped interviewing at other companies.
It’s important to note that this team was a few orders of magnitude more impressive than any of the other venture backed founding team I was interviewing with. In other interview I could lead, in my conversations with the Addepar team I was challenged and provoked. I wanted to work with impressive peers, and through the interview process it was clear that I had met some.
Pros: Overall I enjoyed working at Addepar. The company has good benefits for its employees. Engineers have autonomy to make their own decisions. Tons of smart people work there. Their vision for improving finance is good and their customers seem to be… – Full Review
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