BlackRock Interview Questions

Updated Aug 31, 2015
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at BlackRock in December 2009.

    Interview

    Pretty tough but very thorough - asked a lot on market situation and were interested to know what I thought was the cause of the economic crises. A group of highly intelligent, very friendly people. Off-putting in the sense that the interviewers asked technical questions in a pretty conversational, casual manner. One thing - they take weeks to get back to you post Superday, which i thought was pretty strange for such a well-run company, but didn't get offer. The on-campus interview before that was very conversational, almost no behavioral or fit, just a casual conversation on where we both thought markets were heading and what we considered to be the future of Asset Management. Overall lots of fun but pretty stressful.

    Interview Questions

    • If you started working with our team tomorrow, what would be the first thing you asked to look at?   Answer Question
    • what do you think caused the collapse of the market?   Answer Question
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    PAG Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at BlackRock (New York, NY) in March 2010.

    Interview

    Asked a lot of questions about fixed income securities and economic data

    Interview Questions

    • When does unemployment come out?   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at BlackRock (San Francisco, CA) in February 2011.

    Interview

    First interview was on-campus. Questions included "why blackrock" and "walk me through a dcf." Second round was at their San Francisco office, consisting of four rounds. Questions were varied. There were brainteasers, strict technical questions (what is convexity? why is it important?), questions on market currents (what is QE? what is it supposed to be doing to the bond market/economy? what is actually occurring?) , theoretical questions on economics, current events (interview took place during Tunisia/Egypt uprisings) , and very specific questions about where certain indices were at (Dow Jones/S&P/etc).

    Interview Questions

    • What is convexity? How is it calculated? What does it tell you?   Answer Question
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)) in November 2010.

    Interview

    Excellent and very, very thorough. Done face to face and via vc

    Negotiation

    Don't just accept first offer

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    PAG Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at BlackRock (New York, NY) in February 2011.

    Interview

    4 interviews, where they asked various technical questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Risk/Quant Alanlysis Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at BlackRock (New York, NY) in February 2011.

    Interview

    no behavioral questions were asked. got right to the meat of it. economy-based questions, market questions, derivative questions. the effect of interest rate on different securities. monetary and fiscal policy. current events. predictions. however, more interested in the reasoning than the correct answer. will ask questions based on what you know from your resume

    Interview Questions

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at BlackRock in September 2011.

    Interview

    BlackRock is definitely a great firm. There are a lot of intelligent and motivated people. Too bad I wasn't able to land an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • What is effective Duration?   Answer Question
    • Write me a sql that finds a client name from x database and y column   Answer Question
    • Explain a difficult concept you learned in school to someone who knows nothing about Finance.   Answer Question
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    Incident Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at BlackRock.

    Interview

    Three days, 2.5 hours each time. Video conference room, would speak with 5 or 6 people individually in 30 minute blocks. Interviewers were located globally and were at a director level and above. Asked if I had skill not listed in job description.

    Interview Questions

    • What process would you put in place to eliminate incidents.   Answer Question
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    Custody Operations Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at BlackRock (Wilmington, DE).

    Interview

    8 hour interview meeting with 5 different people, which they don't tell you it's going to be that long, but you have to suck it up if you want the job. Each person gave a detailed description about what they do, what the company is about. benefits, etc. You meet with the big boss at the end and although it's tough, it's not unbearable. Try not to lose your patience.

    Interview Questions

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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Highly selective. On the assessment day there were 10 candidates competing for one position. One interviewer was friendly, another very harsh and strict.

    Interview Questions

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