Dimensional Fund Advisors Interview Questions

Updated Mar 24, 2015
Updated Mar 24, 2015
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    Summer FAS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    Round one was a short conversation with a regional director. He asked me to walk through my resume and then spoke to his background. That left some time for Q&A and general conversation and then the "interview" was done. I flew down to Austin the following week for 4 30 minute interviews, all extremely similar to the first interview. There were a few follow questions but minimal, if any, scripted questions asked. They more or less seemed to be looking for soft skills and career fit.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied through on campus recruiting. Interviewed at school, was invited to final round interview in Austin a few weeks later. 5 back to back interviews with MDs and VPs. Interviews were non technical and everyone I interviewed with was extremely friendly.

    Interview Questions
    • Mostly walk me through your resume and why Dimensional   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Summer FAS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    The process was straightforward and easy to understand. Introduced through a mutual friend with one of the directors in Santa Monica, flew out on my own expense to visit the firm, had one phone interview, DFA flew me out for a Super Day at the HQ in Austin...accepted offer. Dimensional really cares about the type of person they hire. If you don't believe in the investment philosophy, don't work here. Period. If you believe in efficient markets, passive investing, and markets...it might be the place for you.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time when you were in a team environment in which one of the team members didn't pull their weight. What did you do about it?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation on pay. They do pay well for the industry. Flexible on start dates.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Portfolio Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, because I was not on a campus they recruit at, required two phone interviews. First was behavioral and for fit, second was all technical questions about Fama-French Model and other company values. For interview preparation, review Fama-French model, the company's goals and history,

    Interview Questions
    • What steps would you take as an IRA matured?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    The interviewer was professional and receptive. He was attentive and interested in each of my answers. As I discussed the points on my resume, he asked relevant questions to find out more about qualifications. When I, at the end, asked my prepared questions about the company, he responded with an acute knowledgeability about the firm.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Financial Advisor Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors.

    Interview Details

    1 phone interview. Then in person interview with 2 regional directors and 2 vice presidents. The interview questions primarily asked about the Fama French Model, discuss what a linear regression model is and market efficiency.

    Interview Questions
    • Talk about the profitability factor in a 4 factor model.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    After an initial phone interview, an in-person interview that required meeting 3 potential assignments that took entirely too long, the entire process seemed a bit much. HR seemed pushy and unorganized and failed to mention once hired the firm will basically require you (and anyone in your household) to hand over all of your financial information so their Compliance department can review.

    Interview Questions
    • I did not feel there were difficult questions for this position.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview was by phone. Followed by 2 other phone interviews. Laid back interviews, mainly behavioral questions/wanted to know what you knew about the company/strategy. Followed up with a onsite interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  10.  

    Internship Financial Advisor Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Initial interview was by phone. Followed by 2 other phone interviews. Laid back interviews, mainly behavioral questions/wanted to know what you knew about the company/strategy. Followed up a couple weeks later with a superday at the corporate headquarters. Had lunch with FAS team members and four 30 minute interviews. Interviews were very laid back. Asked a few technical questions. Mainly focused on the Fama/French Model

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Salary Higher than Expected so did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Configuration Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    A few phone interviews and then a 3 hour interview with 6 manager and higher level employees. The process began in august of 2013 and I was hired in March of 2017

    Interview Questions
    • Fizzbuzz test. Outdated test by a good decade that we've all done before and is now considered a joke.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was lowballed when the offer finally came. It was corrected when I initially declined.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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