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Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Interactive Brokers.
Came in after some initial pre interview stuff. It was a busy day for the office and was double booked. Be humble yet hungry. Started with an arithmetic test (1.5hrs) total, where you are not allowed to use a calculator or work out problems on paper. Then the rest was like a mini series 7 with a lot of product knowledge, trading/market execution, industry terminology, and derivatives questions. If you don't have a strong finance background you will not do well. Interviewed with 3 managers who were all intelligent and straight forward. Got feedback at the end of the interview with a green light for their final phone interview a week later with a top level manager. They made it a point that the position will be intensive and hard working. It is entry level work which is to be expected.
- Similar level of difficulty: A premium on a 30 day call is $1.08 while the premium of the put is $2.10. The risk free rate or return 3.71%, the current stock price is $36.14 and the stock pays a dividend of 2.8%. What is the exercise price of both? 1 Answer
- Are you comfortable with handling potentially stressful clients in a limited time over the phone? i.e. institutional managers. If so, describe a situation in one of your past work experiences. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Interactive Brokers (Greenwich, CT) in May 2015.
Online personality test, then first round phone interview, mostly background info / resume. Second round interview in person. First you take a written exam consisting of several sections. Be sure to know/ be able to do relatively simple math in your head, dealing with fractions and decimals together, make sure to go in knowing decimal version of 1/8, 1/16. 1/32 etc. Several sections on market sectors / security types (stocks/bonds/derivatives/forex/treasuries) know in detail definitions and how everything works. Some logical/brain teaser questions followed up by written response question asking how you would deal with a difficult client or other questions on the phone. After the exam I met with the manager to go over my resume/background in greater detail, then met with a second person who headed up the team. Was not asked back for 3rd interview. Take the test seriously and study!
- A brick weighs a pound plus 1/2 a brick. How much does a brick weigh? (easiest question on the test) 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Interactive Brokers in February 2015.
A recruiter set up a phone interview, was asked simple questions. Then set up an interview at the company location which is kind of difficult to find.. Took an exam as soon as i got there with math and exchange rate and bonds questions. The test took about 45 minutes to complete. Then had a face to face interview with 2 supervisors which was simple.
- Was asked about previous work experience Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferAverage Interview
I applied through other source. I interviewed at Interactive Brokers (Greenwich, CT).
It was the most prolonged process in my (not so vast) experience. Before actual interview you have to take on-line Personality Test (not IQ) and complete timed "homework" (e-mailed to you). Then on-site interview. First interviewer gave ma a Java+math test that was very close to the ones I already saw here, on Glassdoor. Then we had a conversation about my experience. After that I was handed to the second person who wanted me to write a small program right there in his office using pen and paper. He also had a test of his own to determine the outcome of code snippets. Then we had a short conversation. The third interview was already not really technical and mostly about my background. I was supposed to be interviewed by department manager at the very end, but we were able to spent very little time since he had a scheduling conflict. So it was 4 separate on-site interviews altogether. In a week or so, I got a "thanks, but no thanks" e-mail.
- I was surprised that they still have the same test questions as the ones apparently used in 2010 (according to other posts). Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Interactive Brokers (Greenwich, CT) in July 2014.
I took an online coding test with three problems basically about loops and 1 related to SQL. The on-site interview begins with a test that has simple math problems that you can look up(they didn't change the problems) with a Java, C++, and UML test. The Java test had a question about hashmaps and the C++ portion had a question about scope memory(had to find an error which was that a certain variable was local)
- Someone asked me about derivatives. Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Interactive Brokers.
I took the train into Greenwich. I got there early. I waited around for 30 minutes. They take you in exactly the time you are scheduled for not a minute early. I took a test. I had an interview and it was short. The test was longer than the interview. I had to meet with some others and to my surprise they took the day off. I knew right there I was not getting the job. I am glad I did not get it, the hours were long and reading the reviews on here the culture was terrible.
Helpful (4)Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
In person interview, then a phone interview.
- Difficult questions about bonds. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Low salary offer for my skillset.
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Interactive Brokers (Washington, DC) in March 2014.
I went through a recruiter. I did an online psychological test first which was relatively unusual for me. I then had a round of interviews with the deputy GC, the GC, and several line attorneys. The interviews largely resembled a law firm interview process.
- Mostly we talked about my resume and experiences but I did get a couple textbook greatest strength weakness questions Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Interactive Brokers (Greenwich, CT) in January 2014.
I had been contacted by a recruiter for the position. I was very interested so I had her apply on my behalf. This was in the beginning of November, talk of an interview wasn't set into motion till the end of December. She warned me up front that they are known for moving very slowly. I had to submit a background check through them, and a short personality test online. The first interview was very standard. Oh except for the TEST. Math calculations, Excel questions, math word problems, questions about the industry, and a short couple paragraphs about a time when you initiated a change in your place of work. Other than that, I met with the person who would be my direct manager, asked standard questions about what I'm experienced with, what the job is about, why I'm looking to leave my current job, ect. The second interview was set up 3 days later. Pretty much the exact same as the first interview but with my boss's boss... and no test! Nothing out of the ordinary, if you aren't familiar with the industry don't fake it. I left all the questions blank about industry terms and it was totally fine. (mainly because for the position I'm applying for doesn't require in depth knowledge of the terms and such.) So clearly if you're trying to be a broker, know what you're talking about!
- Be prepared to talk about something you suggested to change or improve in the past. What it was, and how it changed things for the better. The company thrives on innovation and promotes thinking outside the box to figure out how to make things run more efficiently. Answer Question
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