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

Updated Dec 15, 2014
Updated Dec 15, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

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    Applied directly through their website. Got an interview a week later. The interview is friendly, asked me questions related to my CV. He seemed particularly interested in one of the projects that I did before, and we discussed about it. Then he asked a few brain teaser questions. The interview lasted for 30 mins.

    Interview Questions
    • You call randomly a family with two kids, and ask if there is a kid called Tom. The answer is yes. Then what is the probably that the family has two boys.   View Answers (3)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Junior Proprietary Trading Intern Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in January 2013.

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    Sent resume online and heard from HR the next day. Schedule phone interview on Friday and call arrived on time. The interviewee is nice and professional. Asked a few basic questions on the resume, and then quizzed me on the market. As I does not follow the market and know next to nothing about finance, i think my interview was pretty much over by that point. Then a brain teaser which is, in my opinion, poorly phrased and impossible to appear on a 1st round phone interview. By that point I am pretty devastated - this was my first phone interview and I did not give any right answer so far - so I made another mistake: When I was offered to ask some questions in the end, I said I have no questions to ask. End of story.

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    • There are 100 prisoners on an island. Starring from Day 1, a guard will play the following game with them. On the n th day, a random prisoner will be brought into a room, which contains a switch that is either on or off. After he left the room, the guard will then ask the prisoner if everybody has been to the room. He can answer either "Yes" or "I dun know". If he answered "yes" and he is correct, everyone is free' otherwise everyone dies. If he answered "I dun know", the game continues: a prisoner will be choosen at random on (n+1)-th day and so on.

      Now these 100 prisoners are free to meet and discuss a strategy on the night of 0th day. Afterwards they will not be able to see anyone else at all. No other communcation is possible except the binary switch in the room.

      Is there a sure-fire strategy to free all of them?
       
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Quantitative Research Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in December 2012.

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    phone interview

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    Difficult Interview
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    Finance and Operations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Got the interview through campus recruiting. Mainly focused on my resume but two parts that stood out included correcting a profit and loss spreadsheet that had a few visual and technical mistakes as well as the interviewer asked me to "teach him something he probably did not know about."

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
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    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Hey asked me to discuss how i would design a portfolio of repurchased life insurances. It was truly disgusting because I had to view the death of an individual as a positive thing. Essentially, to develop a well-balanced portfolio we needed to have ensure that there were people dying all of the time.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview, then four hour-long onsite interviews, and finally had to submit four references and code and writing samples. Mostly technical focus - algorithms, brain teasers, math, etc. - with a few fit questions thrown in. Everyone seemed very intelligent, and indeed they were; many analysts have a Ph.D. in some technical field (Math, Physics, EE, Econ, etc.).

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied online. Got a phone interview. Followed it up with an onsite interview.

    Interview Questions
    • If 3 of my friends have phone numbers ending (last four digits) in some permutation of 0,1,4, and 9 and I have 150 friends, then is that just a chance occurance?   View Answers (4)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Rotational Associate Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
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    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Mainly behavioral questions and questions discussing past accomplishments and issues tangential to items on CV. Also discussed possible investment ideas, other job offers, and did an investment case study of sorts.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Developer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in January 2012.

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    The interview process is fine. Technical questions. The process is not so friendly, and they don't even provide lunch.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Finance and Operations Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    A representative came to my college campus and interviewed me - standard fit interview in which we reviewed my education and experience. I was invited to the NY office for a full day of interviews in what would be the final round. However, they had an incorrect copy of my resume and did not even notice until after 2 out of the 4 interviews. The final day experience was not a positive one.

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    • Under several different circumstances, where on a beach would you set up your widget shop, assuming there is only one other shop on the beach. Potential situations: your competition is set up directly in the center, You must choose your location first, etc...   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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