Western Asset Management Interview Questions

Updated Mar 17, 2015
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pasadena, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Western Asset Management (Pasadena, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process at WA is very thorough starting with the HR recruiters, and then all parties for whom one would be working.
    All the interviewers were very friendly and amenable to answering questions and concerns of the interviewee. They are all very happy working at WA and are very interested in hiring the best talent available.

    Interview Questions

    • Be prepared for typical interview questions, as well as to elaborate on your resume and current employment situation.   1 Answer
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pasadena, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    I was interviewed for summer intern and then hired as full-time employee.. Interview process was quite intriguing and extensive. Initially was contacted from HR after filtering College intern resumes and then almost went through 8 different interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Was asked to describe solution for business solution for huge data manipulation. Was able to answer it vaguely.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Western Asset Management.

    Interview

    Internal Recruiter Sandy followed up on my resume, submitted 1 month prior. We did a phone conversation and she planned for me to meet the hiring manager Stevey. The hiring manager was less than prompt in getting back to me for an interview time that worked. Within 2 weeks, I interviewed over the phone, simply talking about my past work experiences. At the end of the interview, Stevey invited me to come to Pasadena and meet the other team during a formal interview. 2 weeks later, I interviewed at headquarters in Pasadena. HR was organized and gave me a 3 hour agenda. Indeed, I met 6 people in 3 hours. 5 of the 6 liked me but the lady who I was replacing did not show consistent support of my candidacy. While that part was more of a political observation, I was told by Stevey that if any of the interviewers oppose your candidacy that you most likely won't be hired.

    Interview Questions

    • An easy question for me was - What is duration of a bond? However I was unfamiliar when i they asked me about their sub-advisory consultant relationships.   Answer Question
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    Client Service Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Western Asset Management (Pasadena, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through the company website and was contacted by HR. The initial phone screening covered basic job qualifications and salary requirements. Was invited for in-person interviews the following week. I met with four members of the team - a supervisor and three peers. The process took three hours. Followed up two weeks and later and learned that the position was filled by an internal transfer.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions regarding the bond market and major market trends.   Answer Question
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    Investment Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pasadena, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Western Asset Management (Pasadena, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    The position was presented to me through a staffing agency. The interview process was very fast and I received an offer within 24 hours. The interview lasted several hours and you will meet with all the important managers in the department. They asked about your overall experience and you need to list numerous weaknesses you have, more than 3.

    Interview Questions

    • - Name your biggest weaknesses, more than 3
      - What is your knowledge of bonds
       
      1 Answer

    Negotiation

    The staffing agency provided the pay rate.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pasadena, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Western Asset Management (Pasadena, CA) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Phone interview is technical, in-person is easy.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Didn't negotiate.

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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Western Asset Management in March 2013.

    Interview

    Get a call from HR, which is a group phone call interview, the HR, managers of different teams asked the questions. It is the only round for me, while for my colleague, there were two rounds of interviews, which were HR, then term leaders.

    Interview Questions

    • Use SQL to do something for data. What do you know about Bloomberg?   Answer Question
  9. Helpful (2)  

    Summer Intern, Analytics and Risk Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Western Asset Management (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Two rounds of interviews.
    First round is HR interview. Ask you about your knowledge in the firm, why you are interested in doing fixed income, your exchange experiences in the US. Very nice HR and a very happy interview.
    Second round is interview from the risk management team. Questions are more technical, including the bond duration, valuation of MBS securities, programming, etc. After the questions the interviewer talked about the firm and the internship program. It is a well-structured program and I got impressed by the firm.
    I got the offer after one week and accepted it.

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    Business Analyst, Settlement Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Western Asset Management (Pasadena, CA) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with the recruiter to screen my qualifications for the position - company was highly recommended so I was looking forward to the call. Casual call where the recruiter asked me about my current role as a senior analyst and my background, if any, in finance/accounting. Then advised me he would forward my resume to the hiring manager for review. A couple days later I received an email that the hiring manager had passed on my resume as I didn't have a strong background in fixed income investments knowledge and settlements/fund accounting experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your experience at the single financial services company you've worked at, back in 2002....   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Western Asset Management (New York, NY) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Received a call from HR. After 20 minute interview, HR advised that my resume will be passed to the hiring manager. Received an interview call the next day. Received a call from HR few hours after 2nd round interview with a request to run a background and references check. 5 days later, received an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • No unexpected questions. Make sure you read the job description and match what the company is looking for.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Gave a set number; wouldn't negotiate. Low compensation, good benefits.

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