I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Pimco.
Interview Details –
Most of their hiring seems to be through recruiters. Once interview was set-up:
1. Met with 3 managers, was there for almost 2 hours.
2. Each manager seemed to have a different style but I got a good feel of personalities.
3. Got call from recruiter with an offer in less than 24 hours.
Interview Question – I was asked to speak about my interests outside of work. Not a hard question but an unexpected one. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation but I would suggest others do (now that I know). Get as much upfront since pay will not change once you go perm.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Pimco in October 2013.
Interview Details – interviews with several individuals in the firm in various rounds, first round was gauging personality, then quant portion, then meeting PMs
Interview Question – how would you adjust your exposure to 10 million euros? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Pimco.
Interview Details – Applied via career website. Had an initial first round interview on campus that included both fit and markets question. For the questions on markets/macro, they really drill down to the details by continuously asking follow-up questions or "why" until you couldn't answer anymore. Final round interview in the NY office with 12 different employees. Sets of 2 each with a specific role, such as "markets interview" or "fit interview". Lasted about 3 hours or so.
Interview Question – Explain the duration of a bond and how that relates to risk Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Pimco.
Interview Details – Three rounds of interviews, phone, skype and they flew me out. Pretty standard, why PIMCO, why this position, and some basic bond questions.
Interview Question – What would you say is other people's biggest misconception of you? Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Pimco.
Interview Details – Phone interview, then office interview......possibly additional office iview if they have too many candidates. Interviewers in Portfolio Associate position will ask ton of market/product questions - but in reality you need to know little other than duration for the actual job. Do not say you want to be a PM if you are interviewing for Portfolio Associate position.
Interview Question – Brain teasers. One interviewer will try to stump you with "tough" questions like "which bonds have positive convexity" but this is just a badly worded trick question View Answer
Negotiation Details – BS - HR will tell you it is a standard offer but go for more money if you have experience and/or grad degree. Once you start you will be pissed to learn who there is making more than you.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Pimco in May 2013.
Interview Details –
I had to submit a resume and cover letter through my career services website.
A few weeks later they emailed me to schedule a first round interview on the phone. It was mostly questions about current foreign affairs and the state of the economy, with some basic macro questions/reasoning snuck in (ex - what is the effect of oil prices rising?) I thought I did really poorly because I wasn't so up on my European debt crisis info, but they let me through to the final round.
They emailed about final rounds almost a month later, and by then I had already accepted another offer, so I had to decline.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Pimco.
Interview Details – First a short phone call. Then a longer call. We talked about the short term bond market. I was asked how good I was at excel and if I was a good team player.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time things went well and didn't go well while you were working on a team. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Pimco in March 2013.
Interview Details – Campus Interview - very straightforward. More like a discussion. The guy asked me my macro views, what will be my trading strategy, discussion about China. Lasted only 30 minutes
Interview Question – very straightforward Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Pimco in March 2013.
Interview Details – Applied through their website, was contacted for first round interview over the phone. Talked to two group members of their fixed income gold group. Didn't ask a single question about my resume. All questions were geared on what's going on in the economy? and then they would delve in deeper with questions.
Interview Question – Why the situation in Europe a never ending cycle using austerity measures? Answer Question
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