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Trader
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Chimera Securities in January 2009.

Interview Details – 1st round was a meeting HR where basic screening questions were asked to get a gauge on personality type. 2nd round was with a Partner and the Head trader. Math and logic questions were asked to get a sense of competency, proficiency and aptitude. Also to get an idea of risk tolerance.

Interview Question – There were a couple of Deal or No Deal type of questions to gauge if you understand probability and some game theory as we all assess your risk tolerance.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was on going as each trader is open to get their own deals amended at any time based on performance.


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Trader Interview

Trader
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Chimera Securities in April 2008.

Interview Details – There were 2 people they asked mostly brain teasers and qualitative questions like what are the essential attributes of being a trader

Interview Question – 8 balls 1 weighs less than the rest, use a scale, what is the minimum number of tries to find the defective ball   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Trader Interview

Trader

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Chimera Securities in April 2010.

Interview Details – after the basic phone interview, you go to interview face to face. The interview is pretty easy and relaxed for the most part, especially if you demonstrate an interest in trading and are ok with brain teasers. The brain teasers they asked me were fairly easy... a question about how to measure a certain amt of water with two different sized jugs, a question about 9 marbles, a question that had to do with risk/reward calculation, and a couple other ones that were pretty easy.

Interview Questions

  • You have nine marbles. All of them are equal weight except for one which is heavier then the rest. The difference is so small that you can't tell by holding them.

    You have a balance scale to weigh them, but can only use it twice. How can you single out the heaviest marble?
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  • You have two jugs, one that holds exactly 3 gallons, and one that holds exactly 5 gallons. Using just these two jugs and a fire hose, how can you measure out exactly 4 gallons of water?   View Answers (3)

Negotiation Details – No negotiation really


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Trader Interview

Trader

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Chimera Securities in April 2010.

Interview Details – I went in to their NY office to have a one on one interview after communicating through email with the recruiter. The atmosphere in the office was really casual and people were friendly. The interviewer tells you to run through your resume and follows up with the usual behavioral questions.

Interview Question – What are 3 qualities that you have that are useful to being a trader?   Answer Question

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