Chatham Financial Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 9, 2014
Updated Aug 9, 2014
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Kennett Square, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Kennett Square, PA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Chatham Financial in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was very involved and even difficult. It started out with a simple phone interview with the sweetest recruiter I've ever had the pleasure of speaking with. After the first screening session, I spoke with the Team Lead for about 30 minutes. Few days later, a Skype call with two other managers was set up by my recruiter (60 minutes). Nothing difficult so far.

    I was then invited for an in-person interview. The day started with a 45-minute math exam, along with two short comprehension tests. The testing portion was followed by several interviews with 10 different individuals, ranging from potential colleagues to managers. I thought it was a bit excessive especially for an entry level position. Everyone was so incredibly kind and welcoming (except one gentleman at the end, whose mind seemed to be made up early on before even getting to know me). I can't emphasize how kind everyone was throughout the day; they really were very welcoming.

    All that said, there were a couple of red flags right off the bat. First is the lack of corporate structure. One of the gentlemen who interviewed me made a point of telling me that they don't have titles, not even on their business cards.

    This concern was exacerbated by the too-laid-back culture of the office. I saw someone wearing tank tops, sweat pants, and flip flops. I was uncomfortable the entire time I was walking among people. Sure, I get what they're trying to accomplish, but some semblance of professionalism should be implemented so that no one comes to work wearing a shirt that says "I <3 South Park."

    Overall, I got the sense that they were more interested in my standardized testing scores than anything else. The only reason I can think of for why I wasn't offered a position was the GMAT test they gave me during my visit. I honestly don't mean to sound egotistical, but I really thought I handled myself well enough and had a decent background that would have made me successful. No feedback was provided as to why I wasn't offered a position.

    In the end, the company is certainly solid and its people are indeed intelligent. Just be prepared to work 65 hours/week (according to two gentlemen I met), and basically sign your life to Chatham, as transitioning from this company to anywhere else will be very difficult. Unless you really like their corporate structure and are fascinated by the hedging industry, you're probably better off looking elsewhere to start your career.

    Interview Questions
    • If I were to buy 100% of LEGO, how would you, as my consultant, go about valuating the brand as it currently stands? How would you valuate it after I've implemented my new policies and set my new goals as CEO? (The gentleman who asked me this question was by far the coolest person I met with throughout the day - firm, yet kind and engaging. I had a great time chatting with him.)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    It was a telephone interview, the screener offered a lot of background on the history and founding of the company. Allowed a lot of time to ask many questions about the culture. Overall, very interesting conversation.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Marketing Communications Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Kennett Square, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Kennett Square, PA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Chatham Financial in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    A few days after applying to a marketing position online, I was contacted by a recruiter with Kforce. I had a phone interview with the recruiter and she forwarded my resume along to the hiring manager, who requested an onsite interview. The company is located in the middle of nowhere in Kennett Square on a nice campus. I met with 7 individuals (HR director, hiring manager, and several marketing team members) and the interview questions were mostly standard. There were some behavioral questions/scenarios, but for the most part, I was expected to know about Chatham and its position in the marketplace and to be able to describe my background/experience. Two months later, I have heard nothing from the recruiter or Chatham. No courteous followup or update, which I find not only rude, but very unprofessional. After inviting a candidate onsite for an interview that takes several hours, it is only right to keep the candidate up to date. Based on my experience, I would not ever work for the company, nor would I recommend the company to others.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Chatham Financial in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got response one day after I submitted my resume. One phone interview followed by a sky interview. Not too much question, the process is relax. After that, they promised me to onsite. However, I didn't get any response from HR for one week. Then they scheduled another skype interview to ask me some math background. I am engineering background, so math is not as strong as math PhD. I think that is the reason I was rejected. I think they should consider it before the first interview, otherwise, it is a waste of time for both sides.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a cube. A ant is placed in a corner and cannot move. A spider starts from the opposite corner, and can move along cube edges in any direction (x,y,z) with probability 1/3. What is the expected number of steps for this spider to get to the ant?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    HR for this company is very friendly, professional, and helpful. Once you submit a resume online they contact you very quickly, and the phone interview takes about 30 minutes. They explain the process very clearly: an initial interview with one or two key people, expected to last around 90 minutes, and a second interview including a round-table type discussion with a larger group, expected to last around two hours.

    Interview Questions
    • All of the questions fell within the realm of "standard" interview questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    New Hire Interview Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Chatham Financial.

    Interview Details

    The recruiter was professional, offering sound advice and guidance to prepare. A lengthy process just to get accepted for an in-person interview. Suggest that you are committed to the process and have thoroughly researched the company, otherwise you will waste your time. The interview process is difficult, but this is for the benefit of both the business and the prospective new hire.

    Interview Questions
    • I have not completed the interview process and will wait to answer this portion.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Hedging Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university - interviewed at Chatham Financial in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    They came to our school for recruiting. I was invited to the interview with one of their reps. She only asked me two questions. The first one is "walk me through your resume," for the second one, she showed me nine words that describe characteristics, like "intelligence""excellence", etc. and asked me to rank them and give my reasoning behind. Two days later, I got the declined email.

    No Offer
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kennet Sq, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kennet Sq, PA
    Application Details

    interviewed at Chatham Financial in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    The first round was conducted by someone from HR. The second and final round was conducted by two sets of two current employees, ranging in seniority from analyst to managing director. The questions were mostly behavioral, although there were also a couple technical questions. The interviewers were all very kind and pleasant to speak with.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Hedge Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Littleton, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Littleton, CO
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Chatham Financial in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    Chatham's interview process is much more involved than most places. Typically you do a 30-60 minute phone interview prior to being invited in for a day of interviews. Most candidates are required to take a timed math test (similar to SAT or ACT math questions) as soon as you get there before in-person interviews start. Math results only really matter if you bomb the test or if you're on the fence (it isn't even revealed for many candidates unless the candidate did poorly or exceptionally well). The interviews are typically all day, with 2 on 1 30 to 45 minute interviews, so it can be difficult to keep your energy level up. Also, as there are 2 US locations (Kennett Square, PA and Littleton, CO), you may do some interviews over video conference, which can be awkward if you haven't done this before.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviews are typically conversational, and interviewers are not instructed on what questions to ask, so it depends on who is asking the questions and what type of mood they are in. Some interviewers like to ask "brain teaser" type questions. I don't have a specific example (as I was fortunate to not have any asked when I interviewed), but think of questions like "If there are 100 people in a room, how many people do you have to talk to before you find two people with the same birthday."   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I worked with a recruiter who did the negotiation, but from what I understand, he provided them with minimum salary requirements. The offer came in $10K above my minimum requirement, so there wasn't much negotiation. If I could do it again, I would have liked to find out how much health care premiums were (well over $1,000 per month for a family) and negotiated a little higher salary to compensate for that.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kennett Square, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kennett Square, PA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Chatham Financial.

    Interview Details

    Spoke with a recruiter for the initial conversation. Then had a one hour interview with the head of the quant team and another quant. This was mainly focused on interest level and details of my career path up until then. We also talked through one brain teaser during this initial phone call. After the initial one hour phone interview they brought me in for an (almost) all day interview. This consisted of 5 or 6, 2 on 1 sessions. We discussed everything from my CV to my career goals and did several brain teasers.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was particularly challenging, but I did get several questions about why I was trying to change careers. There were a number of reasons, so this took a while to get through.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was easy, I had specified a range of acceptable salaries and they found a way to put me right in the middle of it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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