S A C Capital Advisors Interview Questions

Updated Dec 15, 2014
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    Operations Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at S A C Capital Advisors.

    Interview

    Campus Recruiting. The first interview was a phone interview. The second round was a super day where heads of various groups interviewed you for 30 minutes at a time.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you describe risk?   1 Answer
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    No Offer

    Interview

    tell me about your resume, why SAC capital. They asked me to apply online and on their website. Had a lengthy survey that I was supposed to fill out. They then asked me why I wanted to do the job I applied for.

    Interview Questions

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    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at S A C Capital Advisors.

    Interview

    The HR department is terrible, will not mention names but it's just not worth going through the process

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Obvious reasons

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    Developer/Lead Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at S A C Capital Advisors (Stamford, CT).

    Interview

    Initial phone call that is partly technical. Nothing complicated, just a few C#.Net basics and database basics.

    Interview Questions

    • 1) "Why are you here today?" It may be because the government indicted SAC while I was just about to begin the interview. I did not read the news yet.
      2) Shortest path in a graph. I thought this was juvenile to ask this question because, this is a solved problem. No one will ever need to solve a problem like that as a developer in a hedge fund.
       
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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at S A C Capital Advisors in August 2013.

    Interview

    It is a phone interview. No hard questions were being asked. Mostly go over your resume. Introduce your background. Why you like the position. where did you hear this position. blablabla pretty stright forward.

    Interview Questions

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at S A C Capital Advisors in June 2013.

    Interview

    Phone Interview

    Being asked about past experience, why interested in investment, what companies have you been following, financial modeling experience

    Interview Questions

    • What companies have you been following?   2 Answers
  8. Helpful (3)  

    Operations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at S A C Capital Advisors.

    Interview

    Met with HR and several Hiring Managers. Mostly personality questions but also asked questions about the market and trivial questions to get an idea on how you think and where your interests are. Asked standard questions such as how you work with people and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Interviewers are interested that you are knowledgeable about the company and probe into why you feel the job you are interviewing for is a good fit.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your weaknesses? How have you overcome these in previous jobs and in academics.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Great company, with a good culture. Invite employees and prospective employees to ask questions and encourage cross training throughout the company. Movement throughout the company is encouraged.

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    Finance Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at S A C Capital Advisors in January 2013.

    Interview

    through school OCR

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at S A C Capital Advisors (Stamford, CT) in July 2012.

    Interview

    Many many rounds of interviews, had to go to stamford 3 times. Eventually received offer but salary was low and disliked the dept so rejected it.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    low salary

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    Equity Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at S A C Capital Advisors (New York, NY) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Arrived and had to take a modeling test. It was a basic modeling test where they ask you to do a revenue calc and then fix the income statement (that is jumbled). Then you link it to a simplified version of a cash flow statement and balance sheet. After the model test, I met with the portfolio manager. It was a very conversational interview where we talked about various stocks I had covered in my previous position or that I had worked on more in-depth. We spoke about the responsibilities of the position and how the fund was structured. He said that to get further down the process, I would have to go through a case study interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Name 5 positions that you would go long and go short today and why?   Answer Question

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