Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.
Three-stage interview: the first was answering a series of questions via an online video recording program. These were fairly low-key questions (Why BlackRock? Why your current education program/track? etc.) and I answered them to the best of my abilities. The second stage was an interview via webcam with a couple of SAE team members. Nothing too technical, mostly gauging your intuition regarding the market and your problem-solving ability. From talking to other classmates who got to this stage, each interview was tailored to the resume of the interviewee. The final stage was an in-person interview Superday at their SF office. I was interviewed by four members of the SAE team (two analysts, two managers), and it was essentially more of the same level of questions as the webcam interviews. I felt that the interviews went well, but I ended up not getting an offer. Still, it was a great experience and I'm glad I got the opportunity to meet as many members of the SAE team as I did.
- How oil prices affect the cost of shipping in Europe. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.
Entire process took about two months. Screening round was a virtual interview where you simply recorded answers, first round was via Skype and with a director, mainly behavioral questions. The final round was at the office in SF, questions ranged from behavior to some technical, and a few trick questions to see how you think. Everyone was extremely friendly and positive, got a great feel for the company culture.
- Teach me an economics concept that is normally complex but in a way that someone not attuned to the markets would understand Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA).
Recruiter called me after I applied directly on their website. Once a fit once determined another person from HR helped set up the interview. Interview was in person with 2 persons separately.
- Questions were very technical. In-depth questions regarding stock selection/research/etc. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in November 2014.
The hiring process consisted of a phone screen followed by an on-site interview. The phone screen was straight forward and was mainly a resume review and some technical questions. No coding! The on-site interview was 4 hours - 4 interviews back to back in the SF office. The interviews were very different from the usual technical interviews. They focused more on skills than memory. One round was behavioral and one was anlytic, and the other two were technical.
- Apart from the technical aspects, they also focus a lot on the behavioral and analytic questions. 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in October 2014.
I got the interview through on campus recruiting. There was an initial 30-minute conversation with a member of the team, on campus. I didn't receive a response from them until several weeks later, when I was called up for a superday. Spoke with 4 additional members of the team on-site, for 30 minutes each. Mostly friendly people, but the role seemed to consist of mostly support/operational work. The office in San Francisco is very nice.
- Who is the CEO of BlackRock, who was our first acquisition, what is the copy-paste UNIX command, why BlackRock, why PAG, tell me about your past experiences, what's going on in the market. Nothing technical. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA).
Initial communication was great, HR was very friendly and easy to work with. I had a screening interview over the phone and then went on to interview for a couple positions. There was a lot of energy and the people seemed friendly and motivated with very high standards, which was all great.
- Hard to say... after establishing that I had no financial background or any knowledge of investments whatsoever and that I was open and eager to learn, I was asked if I did research into what their particular department did and was encouraged to discuss it with the hiring managers. 1 Answer
- No OfferDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in June 2014.
Contacted by BlackRock recruitor out of NY office. Interview was scheduled with two other paralegals about 2 weeks after initial contact. Scheduled for lunch-hour. Very disorganized and nerve-racking. Admitted at meeting this was first time reviewing resume.
- Silence. The interview felt as if they were going through the motions, that it was not real, and there was never any genuine intention of consideration. Very frustrating. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in May 2014.
I applied through college or university. Mostly easy questions. Some are technical, some brain teasers. Then they asked questions about my resume. The interview was about two hours.
- I have to review my textbooks to answer some of the technical questions. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in April 2014.
A 30 min phone interview followed by a on-site interview. I failed at the first round. They only asked behavior questions in the phone interview. They go through two big projects on my resume. Then they asked me how to use HashMap in JAVA, which is to override the hashcode() and equals() method. Equals method is used to avoid the collision.
- The interview is so easy, no technical questions Answer Question
- Accepted OfferDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in March 2014.
I turned in my resume on BlackRock's website. I was contacted a month later for a short introductory phone interview. I was contacted a week after that by e-mail to come in for an interview. The interview was a total of two hours long. I met with two people first then I gave a short presentation on the market. Then I met with another two people.
- What are your opinions on the bond markets right now? More than just the typical text book answer. Answer Question
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