Dimensional Fund Advisors Interview Questions

Updated Apr 28, 2015
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    Some things never change. I'd read the negative reviews on here prior to the interview, but was assured that things at Dimensional had changed and the culture was better. It is not. After several phone interviews and an all day in-person interview, I never heard from them again. I reached out a few times by phone/email to follow up, but they ignored me. I completely understand choosing not to continue with me further, but at least have the respect and professional courtesy to communicate with the candidates and inform them of the status. It is unprofessional to completely ignore someone who has invested many hours/days, and waste their time while they wait to see if an offer is forthcoming. If this is how they treat employees, I am glad I didn't end up working there. The other reviews of this company make complete sense now.

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    Summer FAS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors (Austin, TX) in February 2015.

    Interview

    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.

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    • Mostly walk me through your resume and why Dimensional   Answer Question
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    Summer FAS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

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    • 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

    No negotiation on pay. They do pay well for the industry. Flexible on start dates.

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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors (Austin, TX) in January 2015.

    Interview

    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.

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    Portfolio Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors (Austin, TX) in January 2015.

    Interview

    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,

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    • What steps would you take as an IRA matured?   1 Answer
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    Senior Associate - Financial Advisor Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors (Santa Monica, CA).

    Interview

    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
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    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.

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    • I did not feel there were difficult questions for this position.   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors.

    Interview

    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.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    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

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    Negotiation

    Salary Higher than Expected so did not negotiate

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