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Operations Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP in February 2011.
Interview Details – 1) Phone interview - general fit, probability question
2) Came in for two (2) in-person interviews - the first interview, was with 1 guy, the second was with 2 guys, continued to ask about resume and also asked probability questions
3)I was shown around company floor by someone whom I worked with later on
Interview Question – probability questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation, take it or leave it
Technology Co-op Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP.
Interview Details – Applied for the job through my university's co-op program and was granted a phone interview. No surprises here, mainly consisted of the interviewer getting to know me. Was asked simple questions on basic Computer Science topics. Following this, I was invited to the company HQ for an in person interview.
At the HQ, I was given a tour of the office and the benefits avaliable (which are amazing!). Met with two pairs of leaders of project teams, who asked me various questions regarding OOP and got to know me.
Was a very good process overall and I felt very comfortable during the entire process.
Interview Question – Design a recursive algorithm that will check if one string (e.g. "abcd") can be made from the letters of a larger string (e.g. "abegfdc") and return true of false based on the result. Answer Question
Software Developer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP in April 2014.
Interview Details – The interview process is simple but they do challenge you on many counts and that's what they look into a candidate.
Interview Question – Technical and twisted but very much true to the core. Answer Question
Software Developer Co-Op Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP in January 2014.
Interview Details – Sent them my resume through the Drexel system, they emailed me a day before the interview requests were officially returned.
First step was a ~10 minute phone interview where they asked legal questions regarding my eligibility to work in the United States, etc. They finished the phone interview with a probability question. (Others I know who interviewed with them got the same style interview.) The representative then says that she will pass along your resume to the people higher up and they will get back to you regarding the potential of a second interview.
Second interview was at their Bala Cynwyd office. They get a group of interviewees then take them on a tour of the building and show you how cool it is, then will abruptly break you up into separate conference rooms to be interviewed. I was interviewed by 2 groups of 2 people. These interviews involve a lot of technical questions, and they don't focus on your resume that much. Thankfully, the interviewers were pretty relaxed and understood my level of programming experience.
Overall good experience, but the process can be pretty abrupt and stressful.
- If I have a fair, shuffled deck of cards without jokers, what are the odds that if I pull the top two cards from the deck, that they are a pair? View Answer
- Write a function that is passed a string and determines whether or not the string is a palindrome. (They had me write on the whiteboard in front of them.) View Answer
- If you were given two words and needed to determine if the words were anagrams, how would you go about doing this? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, they put the salary in Drexel's system and I accepted it.
Software Developer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP.
Interview Details – Consisted of 2 phone interviews and a half day onsite interview at the Bala Cynwyd headquarters.
The first 30 min phone interview was a typical HR interview, basically walked through some of the projects I've worked on and some technical challenges faced in these projects. Did not get any logic questions, or really any technical questions in this interview. Talked about why I'm leaving my current position, and why I chose SIG and how I heard about them
The second 30 min phone interview was with a technology manager. This is where we got quite in depth in my more recent / significant past projects. It did not feel like a traditional question and answer interview, it was more like a conversation which made me feel much more at ease. We talked a lot about the database design , and some of the technical hurdles in my past projects. I never got any logic or brain teaser questions in any interview. Towards the end I got to ask quite a few questions relating to how things are set up at SIG and how they handle support and what tools they use for various things. Following that the interviewer said directly on the phone that he'd like to bring me in for an onsite interview and shortly after that I received an email from HR confirming this. They arranged for travel and I was able to expense everything to them including hotel, food, and airfare
The onsite interview consisted of 3 components, a paper written technical exam lasting 30 minutes (timed strictly). It sounds like they vary the exam and are aware of glassdoor reviews. Second was another quick talk with the original HR rep from my first phone interview where she went over the benefits and perks of SIG, this was more listening than anything. This gave the next round of people time to dissect the exam. Third was 3 separate 30 min interviews with pairs of managers and leads for various technical teams. I had to explain systems I've worked on by using the whiteboard, explain database choices, integration patterns between systems, and why I chose one thing over another. They asked prodding questions on these systems and various scenarios of 'what if this' or that. I can't give much help on the questions since it was directly related to how I presented my past projects on the whiteboard. Only 1 of these 3 interviews was about going through the exam. They asked some Big-O questions and how locking might affect performance in a multi-threaded environment. I also had to code an algorithm on the whiteboard to determine whether two strings are anagrams of each other
Following those 3 interviews was 2 or 3 more interviews with higher level people in the firm and one trader, these were more laid back conversations just talking about SIG. You should know what's going on in the news and financial world so you can talk intelligently even if you're not a trader. One asked me how the federal reserve keeps interest rates low, and how bond prices relate to interest rates.
- 30 min paper exam, if you know your basic concepts this shouldn't be a problem. I would not want to work with someone who cannot at least come close to completing this. View Answer
- On the spot code a given algorithm on the whiteboard View Answer
Negotiation Details – Was able to negotiate a higher salary after accepting an offer
Operations Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP.
Interview Details – I applied through campus recruiting and got a phone interview. It lasted about 20 minutes and was mostly behavioral stuff and more specifically why I wanted to do operations. I did not make it to the second round as I did not have a good answer at all for "Why Operations?" as I'm much more interested in S&T.
Interview Question – Nothing really difficult or unexpected. Just make sure you have good reasons for why you want SIG and why that role. Also, lots of focus on examples of how you're a good problem solver Answer Question
Trading Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP in October 2013.
Interview Details – Two phone interviews then a super day on site. The phone interviews were three questions each asking about expected value, bayes theorem, option pricing, and some brain teasers. On site interview was more of the same plus a group interview.
Interview Question – Lots of bayes theorem and brain teasers Answer Question
Technology Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP in October 2013.
Interview Details – Received a phone interview after submitting my resume at a university career fair (after about two weeks). Phone interview was very simple, mostly just asked about my resume and a few of my favorite projects. The only "technical" questions were very standard OOP questions. Second phone was about two weeks after the first. This interview was slightly more technical, but still focused on what I had done (mind you, I was asked for more technical explanation this time). Final round interview was a month after the second. Two technical interviews in a row. The first was about a single question, and I massively over complicated the issue. The second was much better, and the questions were pretty standard technical questions. The rest of the day was all tours and generally showing us how the firm worked. We were also treated to a nice dinner that night.
Interview Question – Optimal ranking problem. View Answer
Quantitative Trader Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP in November 2013.
Interview Details – First round phone interview was simple small talk and then questions about my choice of majors, why trading, and basic personality stuff. Then a couple of questions on probability that are very easy if you know Bayes Rule and don't screw up like me.
Interview Question – If I give you the opportunity to play a game at the end of which the loser pays the winner $10, and then partway through the game I ask that we each double our bets to $20 or that you must immediately pay me $10, what is the minimum probability of winning you must have to keep playing? View Answer
Private Equity Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Susquehanna International Group, LLP in February 2013.
Interview Details – First Round: HR Phone Interview, basic stats questions.
Second Round: Phone interview with VP, case question about starting a business. Wants to see your thought process. Another question about the difference between private and public equity investing.
Third Round: SuperDay, mostly behavioral questions. They want to get to know you.
Interview Question – If given the opportunity to invest in the stock market at make a 5x return on your initial investment, would you put all of your money there or into starting your own business? Answer Question
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