I applied through college or university - interviewed at BlackRock in January 2013.
Interview Details – Campus recruiting process: uploaded your resume on career center, got interview in career center office.
Interview Question – what is your idea about BR's recently 4th quater report Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BlackRock in May 2013.
Interview Details – had a phone screen, then called in for onsite at SF office.
Involved vidoe conferencing with couple of folks in London office and NY office, and 2 ppl at SF office.
Most of the questions inovlved were pretty basic - algorithms - searching, hash maps, sql, java and c++.
Never called back even after 2 weeks, I kept checking with the HR every week for the next 5 weeks and standard response was "The team hasn't made a decision yet". I had another offer and informed the HR and she said "they don't want to go ahead with your candidacy at this point".
Interview Question – Design questions - can't remember but general deisgn questions on algorithms. Answer Question
Interviewed at BlackRock
Interview Details – I was called first for a phone interview and then I was called into the office for a basic first round interview
Interview Question – basic behavioral questions and about my resume Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at BlackRock in July 2012.
Interview Details – Was referred to by a headhunter who's been working with BlackRock for a long time.
This fact alone might made a great difference: I knew what to expect, who I'll be speaking with, and some additional background on the company and the position.
2 rounds of interviews:
1. In-person: with HR, hiring manager
2. Teleconference with a higher level exec in NYC
Interview Question – Nothing unusual, very technical, as expected. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Accepted as is
Interviewed at BlackRock
Interview Details – First applied through my schools career center, was selected for the first round interview on campus for a 30 minute interview. Then got invited to the second round superday in NY, interviewed by about 7 different employees ranging from analyst to managing director. People were nice, friendly for the most part. It was a pain to organize transportation to NY, the HR employee was difficult to get a hold of but I finally received the details of my flight at the very last minute.
Interview Question – First round was pretty standard- walk me through your resume, what do you know about Blackrock? Second round was much more comprehensive, lasting about 4 hours. More investment questions: where do you see the market going? Where would you invest? Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at BlackRock in August 2013.
Interview Details – Called and set up initial "meet and greet" interview then brought me in for two more interviews after that, which involved more thought and analysis than the meet and greet, lasting about three hours each
Interview Question – What could you offer our company and why do you think you could benefit from a trainee position Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at BlackRock in February 2013.
Interview Details – Pretty robust, though I expect it varies depending on the team. Failed an interview the first time I applied, passed the second time. As a person with a non-finance and non-programming background, I had questions ranging from general knowledge to puzzles to project management to my extra-curricular interests in coding (some of them were pretty hard problems) and technology stocks. Interview process is fairly lengthy but they have a phone/on-campus screen and then only one SuperDay (final rounds) so it's not unfairly tiring. You get to meet a fair number of members of the hiring team in rotation, so there's a fair diversity. I believe that's pretty standard.
Interview Question – (Open-ended) (I had mentioned that I follow tech stocks closely) How would you invest $N in, say, (insert tech gint like Google/Facebook/Apple/Yahoo/Microsoft) ? What options would you take - stocks, bonds, etc. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No real negotiation. I think the numbers are pretty standard firm-wide for entry-level positions.
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Pros: “Many smart, nice, "fire in the belly" folks remain in San Francisco, but the BGI days are long gone. Work-life balance is ok, but I was never a PAG analyst. Adequate health/vacation/401k…” “Many smart, nice, "fire in the belly" folks remain in San Francisco, but the BGI days are long gone. Work-life balance is ok, but I was never a PAG analyst. Adequate health/vacation/401k benefits.” – Full Review
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