I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Calypso Technology in November 2013.
Interview Details – The first half of the interview process was great. After doing two phone interviews, I was invited to the San Francisco office to do four in-person interviews. My accommodation in the city was great and everyone was very nice. The interview itself was mostly about my previous experience and discussion how I can bring my expertise to contribute to the company.
After the in-office interview, I flew back home and waited for their final decision. The recruiter notified me that I am one of the finalists and they'll be making a final decision shortly. After a few weeks, they wanted me to interview with a few more people before making a final decision, which I was happy to do.
For about a month following my last interview, I've lost count of how many follow up emails I've sent. After receiving another firm from a different employer, I wasn't very happy with the lack of information coming back from Calypso. After much consideration, I declined to continue my application process and took the competing offer from a different company. I never received any response from Calypso after that.
The overall experience was unorganized and stressful.
Interview Question – Most of the interview conversation was about some of the projects I've worked on and walking through what I would recommend on a certain situation to solve a problem. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Calypso Technology in June 2011.
Interview Details – One day process for college graduates (Straight onsite interview)
1. Present yourself in front of everyone with slides
2. Written objective Java and basic Unix commands Test (not very tough)
3. Three to four people will do one on one interview
4. You get to know at the end if you made it or not
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I applied through college or university and interviewed at Calypso Technology.
Interview Details – For morning session, all candidates were required to do a presentation about their education and work experience in front of the interview panel and other candidates. The presentations were followed by a test on basic finance knowledge (with a focus on derivatives). Lunch was provided. For afternoon sessions, there were 2-3 one-on-one interview sessions with manager / associate currently work in the business analyst program.
Interview Question – N/A Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Most decision factor in declining this offer is that employees and candidates were not very impressive at all. During the presentation, some candidates answered the question of "Why Calypso" by elaborating on how Calypso has great pay and benefit, which is clearly rookie mistake in interviewing and some other candidates can barely speak English. Interviewers did not ask very intelligent questions and have background in non brand name colleague / MBA programs. Office space is very run-down and overall not a high-caliber organization to learn and grow for entry-level candidates.
I interviewed at Calypso Technology in November 2012.
Interview Details – I was contacted by the recruiter who as quick to set up the phone screen. Had an elaborate phone screen with two different teams.
Questions were asked on basic java caoncepts, drools concepts, Spring AppContext, Transient variable, volatile, cartisian product, linked list vs arraylist, hashmap vs hashtable vs hashset, design pattern, iterator pattern.
The interviews went quite well and were supposed to set up an in person interview. However, there were some changes and the requirement was put on hold. The recruiter was courteous enough to let me know the situation instead of leaving me hanging for an answer.
Interview Question – java, spring, data structures Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Calypso Technology in May 2012.
Interview Details – I was offered an interview over email very randomly. I handed my resume to a recruiter over a year ago at a career fair, and never expected a response, but there it was in my email, right before I was about to graduate.
The interview for NGT required a powerpoint presentation about myself, then taking a finance written quiz, and if you passed, you were allowed to actually interview. There were 3 interviews, two of which had 2 people interviewing me and one of which was just with the potential manager. Interview questions were straightforward, none of that fitting tennis balls into an airplane stuff. Word of advice: the company is a technology company, NOT finance company. If you are a finance/econ major, don't flaunt your finance knowledge or experience as if it matters that much. Make sure you show interest in the technology aspect of the company as that is pretty much 80% of what you will be working with as an employee.
Negotiation Details – At the end of my last interview of the day, an HR person came in and talked salary and told me they'd get back to me in a week. I got a call a week later with an offer a little bit above what I asked for, and 100% paid for health benefits. I accepted very soon after that call.
The process took a day - interviewed at Calypso Technology in July 2011.
Interview Details – They call college graduates in San Francisco office and ask them to present themselves regarding why they want to work at Calypso and also they what you their profile is. Then they conduct one hour objective test with Java, OOP and few Unix questions. Then they call for one on one interview where four to five people come and talk to you one after other. Most of them ask normal behavioral questions and not technical. Some of them ask about basic java questions like what is Transient used for, how to implement multi-threading, what is the significance of static and final in java ? Then they ask you a puzzle like if you have a linked list with circle in it then how do you detect that ? You can say you use two pointers and one will move faster than other and if you keep them moving then at some point of time they will point to the same node for an instance. They also have different kind of elevator system in the building. They will ask you why it is the way they have designed. You can say that it is more efficient.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Calypso Technology in June 2011.
Interview Details – Applied through my school's job website and received an invitation for an information/interview session. Received a brief introduction to the company and what they do, presented a powerpoint presentation consisting of my background, goals, and why Calypso. Afterward, took a financial knowledge test that asked basic/intermediate finance questions such as NPV, what are options, FX, stock exchanges, etc. Then 1:1 interviews with managers.
Negotiation Details – non-negotiable
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Calypso Technology in April 2011.
Interview Details – the interview includes three parts: first part is a 5 min short presentation about yourself'; second part is a paper quiz on some basic financial stuff; then the third part is 1-1 interview, about 3-4 rounds meeting with different people.
Interview Question – why is your presentation so different from others? View Answer
The process took a day - interviewed at Calypso Technology in October 2010.
Interview Details – It was an all day thing. You had to do a five minute presentation about yourself and your interest in the company. It was really easy most of the presentations were horrible. Then you had to take a test about basic finance knowledge, no calculations mostly just vocab stuff and explaining general concepts. Anyone with a class or two in economics or finance would have done fine. Then if you are picked after lunch to continue on there are about 3-4 more 1 on 1 interviews.
Interview Question – If you are holding a callable bond is it your right or obligation to deliver the bond if it is called. View Answer
Reason for Declining – It seemed like a really cool company but the pay could not justify the hours and commute required.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Calypso Technology in November 2010.
Interview Details – I heard about the company at my university career fair, where I handed in my resume. A week later I was contacted through an email notifying me that I was invited for an information session/interview. The interview consisted of a ppt presentation where candidates provided information about their education and why they feel fit for the job. In addition, candidates had to take a test showing their knowledge of financial markets. Questions included: 1) what is the current Dow Jones level? 2) What is the par value of a bond? 3) What does IPO stand for? After the presentation about 5 candidates were given 1:1 interviews.
Interview Question – define IPO View Answer
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