Société Générale Interview Questions & Reviews in New York, NY
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Associate Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Société Générale.
Interview Details – Back to back 3 interviews
- First for business knowledge 1/2 an hour
- Second technical interview 1 hour
- Third with the manager mostly behavioral interview, questions about handling pressure, communication with the clients, troubleshooting techniques.
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected, straight forward questions regarding .NET framework development. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – If they need you they will hire you
Financial Engineer Pricing Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Société Générale in May 2014.
Interview Details – Applied via campus recruiting system, got Interviewed 5 times, and 1 on-site interview at SG's trading floor. All technical questions on options, exotics, hybrids, some vba programmings, probability brain teaser, interest rate models, correlation related questions, stochastic models...
Interview Question – All are difficult. But if well prepared, it won't be too crazy. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Société Générale in April 2013.
Interview Details – Got interview from college alumnus referral. First one phone about 30 mins. Then two onsite interviews. The first one was pure technical which lasted 2 hours. The last on side interview was only about half an hour meeting only one person. A lot of VBA and options questions.
Interview Question – calculate sqrt(10) manually Answer Question
Negotiation Details – non negotiable
Summer Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Société Générale
Interview Details – Interview was fairly reasonable. Nothing too bad, generally the expected questions.
Interview Question – Nothing too terrible. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Don't negotiate a summer internship, dummy
Summer Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Société Générale in February 2014.
Interview Details – Behavioral questions and easy technical questions, not very hard. But final did not get the offer.
Interview Question – Nothing very difficult Answer Question
Compliance Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Société Générale in January 2014.
Interview Details – Received an email from a recruiter who asked me to interview at the office. I sat down with two directors for about 30mins (the office floor looks great by the way). It was a pretty easy-going interview and I was asked very standard questions. I was told the specifics of the position and its day-to-day operations.
Front Office Developer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Société Générale in December 2013.
Interview Details – A recruiting firm / head hunter reached out to me with three potential positions that they wanted me to try out for with Soc Gen. Commodities, Equity Derivatives, and ABS.
The whole process took two phone calls before receiving an offer from the bank.
The first phone call was with a direct manager, he asked simple questions about what I currently do, what environments I work in, and then a couple things about derivatives.
The second phone call was a lot more personal / cultural. He briefly asked what it was that I worked on, some programming knowledge as well as certain opinions on programming environments, and derivatives knowledge, then we went back and forth discussing the 'mission' of the group. Bottom line, I was able to connect what I was working on presently to what they would have me working on.
Interview Question – Difficult: What are the variables in the black scholes formula?
Unexpected: How will you leave your current position? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation phase done by me. The headhunter/recruiter did all of that legwork.
Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through other source - interviewed at Société Générale in June 2009.
Interview Details – Back in the day it was a breeze.
Interview Question – There was nothing difficult at that time. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was none.
Hedge Fund Risk Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Société Générale.
Interview Details – I applied for this job directly through the company website and was contacted by their recruiting manager. I went through two rounds of interviews with two hiring managers. The questions were mainly about fit, willingness to work independently, and about my prior experience. The whole process ended up taking a couple of months.
Negotiation Details – Negotiations were based on experience.
Front Office Trading Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Société Générale in September 2013.
Interview Details – Major takeaway: Frenchmen are so random.
I applied online and the HR replied very soon, I scheduled 1.5 weeks later for more preparation time. It was a front office trading assistant type position at Interest Rate Derivatives desk. So I prepared accordingly.
HOWEVER, when I met with the manager, he asked me:"what type of position are you looking for?" I was astonished, wasn't there supposed to be an ACTUAL OPENING I am here to attempting to fill? Why are you asking? So I answered the exact position that I am emailed to interview for.
Then here goes the interview questions, not in chronological order:
0. Walk through resume...
1. What do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is the part where they are so random.
He then said this is a BACK OFFICE RISK MANAGEMENT position expecting the candidate to grow with FINANCE department. I was astonished again!! The job description said it's front office, and I am preparing as a front office interview!! So after this question, he is considering transfer me to equity desk.
2. What do you expect your daily work be in this position?
3. What is delta of Long a call and short a put? Any other derivatives that have delta of 1?
4. What is ETF? (He is asking me this because he tries to transfer me to the equity desk, I'll mention this later)
5. Write a code in VBA...mine was about a searching function, kind of a VLookup
6. and other technical questions...etc...
When I was writing the code, as I was an international candidate, he told me they are NOT E-VERIFIED, and since it's early Sep, and my F-1 OPT expires before next Oct, they can't file H-1B for me now. I said fine, I can work with HR and law firm to figure a way to E-Verify myself (although I'm not sure if I really could).
So without a doubt, I failed this one. But he said there's a front office equity desk intern vacancy and brought another French to interview me.
Then here goes another interview:
0. Walk through resume again...
1. What's price of a future? What's difference b/w future and forward?
2. Tell me a trade you've done...
3. What is ETF arbitrage?
4. and other technical questions...etc...no VBA code writing, probably because the first one told him I've passed it.
Then the interview goes well, he told me to wait for feedback next week.
Interview Question – I didn't expect the position would be different from the job description. Answer Question