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Quantitative Research Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Houston, TX
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
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I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Quantlab Financial in March 2012.

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It's not a formal interview. Knew about this company at a annual conference. Talked with one of the scientists at their booth for a summer internship position. The guy asked me about the project I was working on and then suddenly asked if I knew eigenvalues. I told him the eigenvalue's math definition, but at the same time, I was unsure about his purpose of asking this question. Every college student must have learned eigenvalue problems. Rather than asking an interviewee directly what eigenvalues are, this concept is usually tested with the mixture of other knowledge by giving a concrete problem, like those in quantum mechanics, functional analysis, and linear algebra. Obviously, the guy was not satisfied with my answer and asked further what an eigenvalue is in physics. Again, it's a question without a point. Eigenvalues can have different meanings in various areas of physics. For the work I was doing, I told him it means ground state energy in Schrodinger equation. During the conversation, the guy seemed very impatient and kept playing a toy ball in the hand and from looking at me. After I gave him the answer, he barely talked with me furthermore. Don't know where went wrong, but if this is the manner of the interviewer, I couldn't imagine how to get along with him if I were hired.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quantitative Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Quantlab Financial in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I got the phone interview through a recruiter, was very pleased to learn that they have academic kind of environment unlike wallstreet. I was called my the HR and them by the director. It was a phone interview so had lots of basic computational and technical qestions. I have Physics background was asked about lots of basic questions. Was also aked some statistics related questions

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    • Describe what does eigenvector physically means ?   View Answer
    • What is fourier transform of Guassian ?   View Answer
    • What does second moment in Geometric series ?   Answer Question
    • Can you tell anything about the correlation of the security who has variance pointing high and low ?   View Answer
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