Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at PIMCO
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day – interviewed at PIMCO (Newport Beach, CA).
The interview consisted of telephone interviews with 3 employees over a course of two days. A week later, I then met with about ten to twelve employees to conduct face-to-face, onsite interviews. The interview was for a Compliance Analyst position, for which I took an Excel examination, and answered questions about interest rates.
- What skills in my previous role could be transferred into this role? Answer Question
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at PIMCO (Newport Beach, CA).
Interview process was extremely lengthy with 3 video conference interviews, a full day of 8, in person interviews in the California office, followed by another video conference interview. It seemed a bit excessive.
The interviewers were overall friendly, but repeatedly described their culture as "intense". It was almost like they were trying to prove something since they are a west coast firm playing in an east coast financial services world. Coming from an east coast financial firm, the emphasis on the "intensity" seemed really strange to me.
I declined the job due to an extremely low salary, considering the high cost of living in the area. They could do some better compensation research to ensure their offer is competitive in the marketplace.
- Included basic behavioral questions, they asked about my strategic vision for the role, etc. Most interviews were conversational. A few financial questions and questions that tested knowledge of the firm. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at PIMCO.
This was a very extensive interview process It was about two hours long with two interviewers per 30 minute segments. First two, soley focused on your resume and ask about every position that you have held on your resume. The second two, focus on more situational questions to see how you handle stressful situations and the last two ask more global questions that are a blend of both experience and situational.
- What do you do when you are looking to move to another position within the company? How do you set yourself up for success? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The interview was over the phone. It was relatively short and it started with the usual "walk me through your resume" question. Then we moved to markets related questions and the the interviewer was very helpful with providing her own views after each question. There was enough time for me to ask my interviewer questions about the firm at the end of the interview.
- When I was asked whether I followed the markets I talked about the Fed and the ECB and I was also asked about oil and gas. Answer Question
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I applied through college or university – interviewed at PIMCO in January 2015.
The interview was through my university, and held on-campus. There were two interviewers, one an associate and one a VP. The associate said basically nothing, and the VP did all the talking. They introduced themselves then jumped right in with macro questions, which they really grilled me on, so if you are interviewing here make sure you did your research. As I was talking he kept asking me questions, to expand on what I just said etc. That was followed up with my recommendations for investments, as well as some brief questions about my work experience. There wasn't really any "fit" aspect or behavioral, just knowledge of current events and finance. I was pretty surprised, because for a first interview I at least expected them to ask me about my resume etc. before just jumping into the more technical side. The interviewers were overall pleasant but not very engaging.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at PIMCO (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2015.
Applied online, received an email in 3 - 4 weeks for a phone interview. Pretty tough interview, asked me alot about macro policies and foreign affairs. The interviewer was very polite and friendly, but the difficult questions made it tough to create a dialogue. Not really any behavioral questions all technical.
- When do you think FED will increase interest rates. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a week – interviewed at PIMCO (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2015.
On campus interview. Interviewers are friendly. Not a high stress interview. First walk through the resume and ask some behavioral questions, such as why do you want to do investment? why do you choose PIMCO. Then they ask some technical questions, such as describe the current market, why do you want to choose bond rather than stock as your investment.
- Describe the current market. Answer Question
- No OfferDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at PIMCO (New York, NY) in October 2014.
Applied via Careers page, was contacted for a phone interview with a young analyst. Since the position was for a LatAm team, part of the interview was conducted in Spanish to make sure I was proficient.
Was contacted a week or so after and was invited to a Superday in NYC. Superday consisted of 6 interviews with two breaks. They booked a hotel, and also said they would reimburse my roundtrip train ticket and any meals within reason (however, I have yet to receive any form of reimbursement and it's been a few weeks) The majority of the interviews were conducted via video conference and mainly 2:1. Half of the interviews in Spanish, half in English. They also kept asking me if I spoke Portuguese even though it wasn't written on my resume. The overall feel of the company is that they're very dry, serious, and incredibly overworked/stressed due to Gross's departure. Heard the Friday after the Superday that I was not selected, and I am pretty relieved considering recent news.
Interviews were mainly behavioral, run through resume, but then a few were incredibly technical and asked for investment recommendations and I was even asked about mortgage-backed securities.
- Details about mortgage backed securities, investment recommendations, teamwork based questions and behavioral qs Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at PIMCO in October 2014.
1st round phone interview. consist of resume overview and macro economy based questions. be prepared to asked to talk about whats going on in the world. then make sure you know what duration is.
2nd round 1hr phone interview. Very macro and technical based. talk about the economy, whats going on the in world? talk about every part of the world and give mean input and risk. What in convexity and securities that exhibit negative convexity.
- talk about the economy, whats going on the in world? talk about every part of the world and give mean input and risk. What in convexity and Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at PIMCO.
Interviewing process was very extensive, long interviews, you meet with several different members of HR team. Everyone is extremely nice and helpful. Fairly basic interview. I like that you got to meet with so many members of the department because it gave you a good idea of the different types of people you would be working with on a day to day basis.
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