D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Interview Questions

Updated Aug 25, 2015
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (New York, NY) in August 2008.

    Interview

    Applied over the web. They responded by email and set up a tech interivew over the phone. I was then called down for a full day inerview. They took me out to lunch to a nice restaurant. They advertised for a particular skill but expected broad knowledge. The questioning was vigorous but polite. They asked me to solve puzzles and riddles. Similar to a microsoft interview. According to wiki, they hire only 1 out of 100 those interviewed.

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    • GIven 9 balls all of which weigh the same except for one, what is the minimum of weighings necessary to find the ball weighs more (or less).   26 Answers
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    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in December 2012.

    Interview

    phone interview

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (Bangalore (India)).

    Interview

    The interview consisted of 2 rounds, an aptitude test and a technical round. The aptitude test was very difficult and had questions commonly asked during gmat exams, the technical round was worse.

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    • The difference between cash and cash equivalent and working capital   Answer Question
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    Manager Risk Operations Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (New Delhi (India)) in February 2014.

    Interview

    not very convincing, they need to work on face to face interview instead of paper writing, interviewer was full of himself not understanding the candidate, overall they should scrap the written exam process and focus of Gd and 1:1

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    Quantitative Analyst/Software Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (New York, NY) in November 2013.

    Interview

    I had one phone interview, which had a few math/CS questions. I was then invited onsite, where there were 5 rounds of interviews, as well as an off-the-record lunch discussion. There were lots of probability and algorithmic questions. Knowledge of finance seemed to be a plus but not necessary. Everyone was very nice and helpful.

    Interview Questions

    • The most unexpected questions was how would you color a 3-colorable graph. I was initially thinking that you had to do something efficient, which isn't possible, but he just wanted some way of doing it.   1 Answer
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    Specialist Management Accounting Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (Hyderābād (India)) in May 2015.

    Interview

    It was a detailed procedure with around 8 rounds. Out of the 8 rounds, 3 were telephonic, 1 was video conference, rest 4 were face to face. The interview process was very detailed but interesting. The interviewers made the interviewee very comfortable and ensured to extract the best out of them.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

    Interview

    Applied through school career website, the process took about a week. I got the first round interview in school. The guy was very nice, he didn't mention anything about the interview in the first 5 mins.

    Interview Questions

    • what is 57*89? Pitch me a stock. If a company's P/E Ratio is 10 compare with the industry avg of 12, what do you think the reason is?   Answer Question
  9. Helpful (2)  

    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

    Interview

    I was Asked some questions about my research. I also introduced my interest I. Summer intern. They give me a probability question, but I give the wrong answer. In the end, they asked me if I have questions about their company. I asked what kind of job for an intern.

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    • The family has two chilDren. The person answered the phone is a boy, what is the prob the family has a girl?   3 Answers
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    Member Technical Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (Hyderābād (India)) in December 2013.

    Interview

    1 telephonic round : Mostly Technical around C/C++ , Networking ,OS . 2 Rounds In house: Interview panel size - 2 Mostly C++ , operating system , DBMS , networking basics. 1 HR round : Mostly my likes , dislikes , why am I switching . etc. I think this was the round where I nailed it. A lot of background check followed

    Interview Questions

    • How do you implement all OOP principles in C   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I had to negotiate a bit (even though the initial offer was way better than my current salary) and succeeded.

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    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (New York, NY) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Timeline (~2 months): ---------------------------- Applied in mid October. Phone interview was set-up two weeks later. On-site interview the week after. A lot of background check related activities for over a month. Offer given after all checks complete. Phone interview: ----------------------- - 45 minutes, single interview - probability/statistics and algorithms questions - very friendly, casual - invited to on-site immediately afterwards On-site: ---------------------- - 5 consecutive one-on-one hour long interviews with quant team (3 in morning, 2 after lunch) - 1 "off the record" lunch with another team member - extremely nice, brilliant people - a lot of questions about my research (be prepared to talk details!) - brainteasers (algorithms, black-scholes, arbitrage-free pricing, statistics, order-of-magnitude estimations) - time breakdown: 50% fit/research, 50% brainteasers Follow-up: -------------------- - at the end of on-site, asked to submit via e-mail: references (4 phone contacts), code samples (~500 lines of code that you're particularly proud of), writing samples (e.g. a scientific paper) - a TON of background checks in the month following - got weekly phone-call updates to let me know status of my application and also so I could fill out more forms for the background check (I was truly amazed at the dedication and care they took in keeping me informed, especially since the process took so long!) - they also asked me about details from other offers I had

    Interview Questions

    • Which is more: a) the number of stars in our galaxy, or b) the number of grains of sand that will fit in a 5 gallon bucket. How do you estimate both (a) and (b) using reasonable assumptions that a normal lay-person could verify/agree-with?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Told hiring manager the numbers from some other hedge fund offers I had at the time. DE Shaw countered with an offer that was superior in all aspects (salary, bonus, benefits) -- didn't feel the need to negotiate since it was the best offer I received and significantly more than industry average.

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