PIMCO Interview Questions

Updated Jun 24, 2015
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    Compliance Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at PIMCO (Newport Beach, CA).

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • What skills in my previous role could be transferred into this role?   Answer Question
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    N/A Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PIMCO (Newport Beach, CA).

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • 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
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at PIMCO.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • 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
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    Account Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • 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
  6. Helpful (3)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PIMCO in January 2015.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • What were the three main economic themes for 2014, and how do they affect your outlook for 2015?   Answer Question
    • What are your long and short equity positions and what is your fixed income recommendation?   Answer Question
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    Account Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PIMCO (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    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.

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    Summer Product Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at PIMCO (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    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.

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    Account Analyst - Latin America Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PIMCO (New York, NY) in October 2014.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • Details about mortgage backed securities, investment recommendations, teamwork based questions and behavioral qs   Answer Question
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    Account Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at PIMCO in October 2014.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • 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
  11.  

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at PIMCO.

    Interview

    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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