Bridgewater Associates
3.0 of 5 109 reviews
www.bwater.com Westport, CT 1000 to 5000 Employees

Bridgewater Associates Management Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Bridgewater Associates.

Interview Details – Like nothing else. The interview is a mix of discussion of philosophical issues with your peers and a few BW people, and personal interviews where an employee asks you to justify your life choices. You are expected to engage on a level employers rarely expect — possibly for good reason. The interview, like the company, felt somehow both violating and revelatory. I was discussing my childhood, passions, relationship with my father at an interview to work at a hedge fund. This seems entirely irrelevant but is indicative of what you'll be seeing should you take a job at Bridgewater. The deep focus on individual strengths and weaknesses can be a beautiful thing and can be very, very unpleasant. Lots of personality testing as well; expect to spend a few hours testing in advance of your debate.

Interview Question – The interview is comprised of surprising philosophical questions. Traditional finance interview prep will not help you.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, the offer is absurdly good

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I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Bridgewater Associates in September 2013.

Interview Details – Application surveys online. Around 4. A Myers-Briggs, a Workplace Personality Inventory, a team role analysis, and one other I think. Pretty interesting. Pre-screening call with a psychologist-guys, Make you pick a topic and debate it for around 45 minutes.

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Bridgewater Associates.

Interview Details – First round- group discussion.
Second round - group discussion followed by a life interview/ another discussion (alone) with two panelists depending on how you fared in the debate session prior to that.

Interview Question – Debate went on to classic age and Haiti situation in the second round   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Bridgewater Associates

Interview Details – I applied online and was contacted within 1.5 weeks for a phone interview. Prior to the interview I was sent a series of online assessments. These assignments are important, and you should go over them well. I had my phone interview and was asked a few questions in regards to my decision-making. I received an email 1 week later saying they were pursuing other candidates.

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Interviewed at Bridgewater Associates

Interview Details – Group Discussion for 1 hour; 4-5 people in a group; each participant presents one topic; Interviewer chose 1-2 topics

Interview Question – Group Discussion for 1 hour; 4-5 people in a group; each participant presents one topic; Interviewer chose 1-2 topics   Answer Question

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Management Associate
Bridgeport, CT

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bridgewater Associates.

Interview Details – Applied online, received an email to complete four psychological assessments. After approximately two weeks I received an email stating that they "...were unable to find a suitable role at this time. We will keep your resume on file and will contact you should a position open that we feel may be a fit for someone with your strengths and qualifications. "

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Management Associate

Interviewed at Bridgewater Associates

Interview Details – Very frank and easy process. We organically spoke about different options after graduation. It was a good conversation but we mutually realized this wasn't the type of position I was looking for.

Interview Question – none really   Answer Question

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Management Associate

Interviewed at Bridgewater Associates

Interview Details – First Round - open discussion with other peers based on "thought" questions rather than technical questions. They asked us to bring questions beforehand and the interviewers selected a few questions that were suggested.

Second/Final Round - same discussion but with more 1 on 1 interviews. One interview was based on personality, another interview was based on a 1 on 1 questioning.

Interview Question – The Open Discussion Portion   Answer Question

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Management Associate
Boston, MA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Bridgewater Associates in October 2012.

Interview Details – First round is a group interview with 5 other people. Each had to bring a question/topic for discussion, moderated by two employees. It last about an hour and the employees pushed back to ideas that needed to be defended. Overall not a horrible experience. Second round is the next day and dunno what to expect.

Interview Question – First round group interview.   Answer Question

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Management Associate
Westport, CT

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Bridgewater Associates in September 2011.

Interview Details – Group interview consisted of four other candidates and 5 Bridgewater employees. We were asked what qualities we would look for in hiring someone to fill the position we were being interviewed for. We worked on answering this question as a group, later being asked to pick 5 traits we deemed most important.

Interview Question – What traits would you look for in hiring someone for this position?   Answer Question

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