Chicago Board Options Exchange Interview Questions

Updated Aug 4, 2015
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    Engineer, Systems Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange (Chicago, IL) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Very uneasy and awkward. I had three software engineers interview me initially and a lead software engineer i alone after. All eyes on me and no smiles, didn't introduce themselves upon entering the room. Majority of them were foreign, so understanding some of the questions was hard: Difference between an abstract class an record class (mean't regular). It seems like majority of the engineers were absolutely miserable, and upon explaining the role stated that I would be forced to be on call at all times and frequently come to the office over night (normal in IT, but the way they made it sound like it was awful). I was asked to bring resumes, but upon handing them out, no one took them making it even more awkward. The best part was being told that my bachelors in Computer Science was essentially worthless because I was not java certified. The single best part of the interview was being asked the same question between the software engineers and the senior engineer. I was asked by both the middle engineers and the senior engineer which is the last instruction of a non-void method that contains a "try-catch-finally" statement: the value returned, or the "finally" statement. The middle engineers states the finally, which was what I answered with. The senior engineer stated that was wrong, and that the return value happens after the finally. Not a pleasant experience at all.

    Interview Questions

    • Difference between an abstract class and regular class?   Answer Question
    • What is multithreading? What are the pro's and con's?   Answer Question
    • Given a username and password with a relational database table containing login information, write out the method and statement to verify authentication.   Answer Question
    • If a user gives a username and password and authenticates themselves through a web app, what do you do when the database returns two rows containing the same username but different passwords?   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange (Chicago, IL) in May 2014.

    Interview

    I received a job description via email from their HR department. I replied back that I didn't meet all their requirements. Two weeks later, they contacted me again, saying they will still interview me for the position. The next day I scheduled a phone call with their HR department to get an overview of the job. I scheduled an in person interview with the manager and the director of the department.

    Interview Questions

    • There was a written test. And since I didn't meet the requirements, some of the questions we knocked off which was very nice.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange in May 2014.

    Interview

    Spoke on the phone with HR. Very friendly and communicative. I accepted the offer as soon as they gave it to me. Great internship interview process. They made the whole process easy and stress free.

    Interview Questions

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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange (Chicago, IL) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Very well and thoroughly conducted interview process. Professional but also not too intimidating.

    Interview Questions

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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange (Chicago, IL) in February 2014.

    Interview

    All applicants must apply via Human Resources with their resume and cover letter in late fall. In the winter, there was a phone interview in which applicants were asked about their interests in the industry and the company intself. In the spring applicants are notified via phone call on whether they received the job.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were quite general - "What interests you most in working for an exchange?"   Answer Question
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    Compensation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange in May 2013.

    Interview

    Contacted by a recruiter for the position. It was a great interview process and very efficient, however I felt like they could have been faster making a desicion. I had a phone screen with the hiring manager, followed by an onsite interview with the hiring manager, a group of peers, and the Vice President.

    Interview Questions

    • Vice President asked some very specific technical questions   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Seemed like a great group and a great organization, but I wasn't ready for a move.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange (Chicago, IL) in April 2011.

    Interview

    You pretty much need to know someone to get into the Intern Program. An executive then tells HR to put you in program and they do. They call and see what you want to do and where you think you will learn the most.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you want to accomplish through this internship?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation.

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    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange (Chicago, IL) in May 2009.

    Interview

    It went very well. Very laid back and quick. Everybody was very nice and helpful and got back with me very quickly.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange (Chicago, IL) in May 2008.

    Interview

    Applied online through experience.com and received an email response back from the company the next day. They did an initial phone call interview to get a feel for me. I was then invited in for an interview with two individuals from the department. I was invited back for a second round where I met with the entire department. I received a call to tell me that it was close, but that they went with someone else.

    Interview Questions

    • Which do you think is more important: loyalty or integrity?   Answer Question
    • How do you best like to communicate with other members of the department (i.e., phone, email, in-person, etc.)?   Answer Question
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    Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange.

    Interview

    my resume was submitted by a referral, then got a phone call from HR telling me about 2 possible roles. following that, they brought me in on a group interview with a bunch of other candidates, met with 2 managers. about a week later they emailed me letting me know they would like to bring me in for the final round interviews. I met with the manager, and vp of the group. about 7-8 days later i got the call that they would like to extend an offer

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    pretty straight forward, they even told me previously this is there maximum offer, and if i didnt feel it was enough I shouldnt continue the interview process.

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