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Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at RGM Advisors, LLC
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- Quantitative Research Intern (1)
- Software Development Intern (1)
- Software Engineer (1)
- Software Test Engineer (1)
- Internship (1)
- Senior Systems Administrator (1)
- Senior Software Developer (1)
- Quantitative Research Associate (1)
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC in May 2014.
Online resume drop, phone interview scheduled by email.
The interview was a brief resume walk through with an extremely friendly recruiter. Seems like they are looking for folks with production experience, ready to bring a strategy over. Overall experience is consistent with the image they project online: technically competent but "laid back".
- The only unexpected feature was an absence of technical questions or a follow up problem. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 days – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC.
I applied on the site, they got back to me within a few days and after a quick 15 minute HR QA session, I was offered an onsite interview.
I drove down at 9 am and went up the 16(!) floors to their gorgeous offices that had a view of everything. After about 10 minutes (upper bound), a developer and the software director. They asked some basic questions (detailed below) and then had me improve upon my solutions given. They also asked standard questions like what do you like about CS, what would you improve about the place you last worked, and what is most important in developing software.
I said I liked CS because of the expressive creativity it gives me, and that I would improve on creating a more programmer-centric environment for programmers, and I talked some about testing and pairing (teamwork).
After that we talked about RGM, and the internship and what they do. They asked about how comfortable I am in a Unix environment (to which I replied "very"). I told them about schoolwork on Linux and Vim. Then came *the* question. How would you find phone numbers in html files. Of course you use grep! So I talked about grep and they asked some weird cases about using grep, ls, and piping, and I did something stupid. They asked how I would ensure I was using grep correctly. And I said look it up online. Use the man page! How could I have been so stupid. Learn from my mistakes.
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative Experience
I applied online – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC in October 2013.
I submitted a resume for the position through the RGM website, and set up a phone interview after being contacted by the recruiter. I never received a call at our agreed-upon time, and my phone call/voicemail and 2 follow-up emails have gone unanswered. Not much else to say, really; pretty unprofessional.
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC in October 2013.
I submitted my resume on their website and got a phone interview afterwards. The interviewer introduced the company briefly and then asked resume-related questions as well as other questions that might be relevant to the job. Overall it was a great experience. They have a nice office downtown Austin, and the culture is open and friendly, unlike some other companies in this industry.
- Nothing unexpected Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Had another opportunity more closely related to what I'm doing right now. I wish I could accept because this really seems like a great place to work.
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC (Austin, TX) in September 2011.
The interview process was extremely rigorous and methodical, but ultimately fair. I was first phone-screened by the internal recruiter, and then by the hiring manager, who ultimately gave the thumbs-up to fly me out for the face-to-face interview.
After a quick tour and overview by the recruiter, I had several 45-minute rounds with technical staff - always two at a time. They were expected to evaluate me on specific subject matter, and did so affably and professionally. To say that the process was "thorough" would be an understatement. It became clear to me - and certainly to everyone else - that my technical skill set wasn't sufficiently broad or current to meet their standards. I was disappointed, but I reluctantly agree with their assessment.
My only gripe is that the job description on the corporate website gave absolutely no indication that the bar was set so high regarding the breadth of expertise. As a veteran of larger companies, my experience has tended to be more specialized, and in hindsight that clearly put me at a disadvantage.
- a) Find the Linux ethernet interface of the e1000e-based card/port
that is has link - assume there is only one such card, it has more
than one port, but only one port is plugged in.
b) The first parameter passed to the script is a 802.1q vlan number.
Assume there is an "ipbroker <vlan>" command that will return a unique
IP and netmask for that network. Add the vlan to the interface and
assign it the IP/netmask.
c) Write out RedHat-style ifcfg-* files that will bring this vlan up
on boot. Save the existing ifcfg files that you are overwriting.
Describe how you would distribute this script and safely run it on
several hundred machines. If you use a configuration management
product, write some of the policy you would use to accomplish this. Answer Question
- a) Find the Linux ethernet interface of the e1000e-based card/port
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC (Austin, TX) in September 2010.
It was a short phone interview with HR manager. Very general questions about my background and experience in machine learning and development. Interviewer gave cold comments on my answers. It took less than 10 minutes. It was obvious that I wouldn't hear back from them.
- Tell me about your projects in your internship Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC (Austin, TX) in March 2010.
I had a first round interview with RGM which consisted of a one-on-one phone interview with an HR woman (although I could tell it was on speaker and I believe there may have been others in the room). The interview consisted of a walk through my resume, then a series of five questions. The questions were very simple: one calculus question, one probability question, one statistics question, one *nix question, and one predictive modelling question. I answered all of the questions correctly, then she asked me a bit about my past compensation.
At the end she said that I would hear back from hear next week, and since I answered all of the questions correctly and seemed to be a good fit, I would have a second interview with the head of HR next week. If I didn't hear from her next we, she asked me to send her a follow up email as she was very busy.
The next day, I sent her a thank you note and saying that I looked forward to hearing and reiterating my interest in the firm. I heard nothing from her that next week, so I sent her a follow up email. It has now been two months and I haven't heard anything from them which obviously means that I did not get the position. Overall, a very unprofessional way to handle the hiring process.
- How does one find the minima of a function (although she was a bit confused on the difference between the absolute minimum and relative minima)? 1 Answer
- What is stochastic? 1 Answer
- Find the median of a group of six numbers. Answer Question
- For what is the "grep" command used? Answer Question
- Which is a better predictive model given certain conditions? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC (Austin, TX) in August 2009.
Fortunately, I didn't interview in person. I was a bit timid of this company after reading another person's interview reveiw. The person from RGM conducting the phone interview rescheduled at the last moment, but I was flexible. Still, since we had a firm time set I found that kind of odd. Nevertheless, the phone interview felt good. I wasn't asked any unusual questions. The questions were about my background and resume. I found it difficult to understand what they did. The interviewer said they have NO customers. So it seems as though RGM Advisors trades stocks using their own company's money through their state-of-the-art automated trading system. But the interviewer did say they are profitable.
The interviewer told me to contact him a few days after our phone interview. I did that, and he said that they were not interested in me. I found that kind of odd because of my extensive background and top-notch resume and also because I felt our phone interview went well. But I would just as well not go in for an onsite interview if the other review I read was accurate. There are so many companies out there that this one seems to be an oddball.
- (There were no difficult or unexpected questions asked during the phone interview. The questions asked were about the products I tested, my experiences in different technical roles I had, and why I left my last company. Those questions were quite typical for a phone interview.) Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC (Austin, TX) in June 2009.
I was contacted by phone by one of their HR representatives and we went through a normal 20 minute overview of the company, and why I was looking for a new job. They then gave me a coding assignment, with no real deadline. The assignment consisted of reading a text file of records and producing a view of the data records. They give you the option of using the Boost library. But don't use it, its not very efficient at string tokenizing and they will grill you about it later.
After submitting this assignment, they brought me in for an onsite interview. Their office is beautiful. It lasted eight and a half hours, and it was pretty gruelling. It was all technical.
Some staff were friendly, others seemed pretty distant.
- Given a piece of code, find the mistakes, and how would you improve the code. Answer Question
- Combinatorics - Find all possible ways of arranging a geometrical object Answer Question
- Design patterns - I didn't know the design pattern, so we constructed the pattern from scratch given specifications. Answer Question
- A graphics question - How do you fill up a polygon Answer Question
- Optimization question - The record viewer application you wrote is really slow, how would you optimize it? Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at RGM Advisors, LLC (Austin, TX) in October 2007.
RGM Advisors is a private firm that specializes in taking advantage of fluctuations of stock prices through high frequency trading. As an pre-interview screening process they asked me to write a program in C++ that implemented a simple put/get trading scheme giving input from STDIN. Only since that program ran correctly did I get an interview; however, it did not run _fast enough_ for their lead programmers taste, since I had used a library with high overhead to parse the input. I also had not made use of the C++ template library to fulfill their liking. I mistakenly thought coming from a more analytical background that these implementation details were less important than a working product. There were several half hour interviews, all in groups of two. Some people asked relatively simple logic questions, some were more personality focuses, and one wanted to make things as uncomfortable as possible and ask questions that you probably haven't thought about since you were a junior in college. For instance, how are IEEE floating point numbers represented in memory? What is the smallest delta between two floating point numbers that represent time (in unix seconds) in the 1990s? Overall the tone of the interview was very aggressive and some of the less aggressive people seemed miserable (although well paid). I'm rating this interview as "difficult" more because I expect to be treated better when I am interviewing at a company than for the hard questions. I have no doubt that the people who work there are smart, they just have the emotional maturity of high school boys.
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