BlackRock Interview Questions in London, England

Updated Jun 28, 2015
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    Director Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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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    Financial Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online – 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.

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    Summer Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume online but also had a friend who pushed it up. I went through a phone interview with two people. Very basic behavioral questions and A LOT of questions about the company. Then I was called for an office visit and flew from USA to London. There I had 4 interviews with very technical questions as well as behavioral and detailed division questions. My last "interview" consisted of solving 4 finance problems on the spot.

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    • What is the most efficient way to board a plane? How would you explain a database to a 7 years old?   1 Answer
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    Summer Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Received interview to take montage online interview 6 months after applying. Received offer for first round interview around a month later, consisted of 2x30 min competency interviews with very little technical knowledge required, just general market awareness. Invited to superday which consisted of a group task and presentation and 1 30 minute interview, again competency based. Received offer 2 days later.

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    Quantitative Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Shortly after my application, I was contacted by the Scientific Active Equity team to schedule a phone interview. The process originally included two 30-minute interviews, but finally they informed me that I would be going through one interview with both assessors jointly. The interview itself included almost no competency questions and was mostly about background and relevant skills and how these could be practically applied to the research being carried out at the department. I was also asked about my outlook on global equity markets and the current drivers of growth of asset prices. Overall, I cannot say it was a very difficult interview but since I was expecting something more competency-focused, I was a bit unprepared. I would say there was a big focus on what you could contribute to the department, since they are looking for novel approaches on the problems they face. They seemed very interested in programming skills as well as in a machine learning background as far as I could tell. Also they wanted you to be really specific and explain some things in great detail, especially the technical details concerning relevant projects you have been involved with.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain your background and your transition from mathematics to finance. What was the subject of your dissertation? Did it include mathematical modelling? What are the drivers of global equity markets/asset prices? Describe a scenario which you find interesting and do a long/short recommendation accordingly. What would you test concerning inefficiencies or patterns in the market? How?   Answer Question
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    Director Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)) in April 2011.

    Interview

    interview based process with several interviews - perhaps three or 4, including two by telephone with partners and managers in the United States, with a formal offer made by letter after verbal offer by phone

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    Communications Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Two interviews and a very long drawn process. Was basically offered the job on interview and then fobbed off for weeks. Interviewed more people and kept me waiting. After a month I got the formal offer and pushed me to start as soon as possible, not a great experience!

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    Strategic Investments Group Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Very good. Best approached through a network rather than a head hunter. Look to interview with the manager and then later with Human Resources. Fast and dynamic firm will hire people if they suit the culture and try and fit them in. Many questions asked. Best if you have an asset management background.

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    Risk and Quantitative Position - Graduate Program Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    First Round: 3 interviews, 40 min each. Second Round: 2 interviews, 1 group interview, 1problem solving. The problem solving was about capm and variance covariance formula

    Interview Questions

    • The problem solving was the most difficult question.you have to solve the problems immediately giving motivation at any steps   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at BlackRock (London, England (UK)) in February 2014.

    Interview

    1st round - phone call from HR 2nd round - VC interview Was quite rigorous but not many technical questions were asked. mainly background checks and knowing your personality. Phone call was with the HR manager based in India. She asked basic questions and was rather straightforward. Second round was a VC interview with a senior associate and a line manager. took about 1 hr for the interview.

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