d-fine Interview Questions

Updated Jun 19, 2015
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at d-fine (Frankfurt am Main (Germany)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Nach einer schnellen Antwort auf die Bewerbung wurde mir schnell ein Gesprächstermin angeboten. Das Gespräch fand mit zwei Managern statt und war von einer sehr angenehmen und offenen Atmosphäre geprägt. Im ersten Gespräch wurde kurz das Unternehmen vorgestellt und mein Gegenüber erzählte mir seinen Werdegang. Daraufhin sollte ich meinen Hintergrund erklären. Daraus entwickelte sich ein angenehmes Gespräch. Gegen Ende wird dann fachlich nachgebohrt. Je nach Hintergrund sieht das Thema hierbei unterschiedlich aus. Das zweite Gespräch war ebenfalls äußerst angenehm und es wurden kurz die möglichen Schwachpunkte offen angesprochen.

    Interview Questions

    • Ganz grundsätzlich: Welche Aufgaben hat eine Bank und wie erfüllt sie diese?
      Später wurde bei manchen Details nachgefragt.
       
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    Praktikant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at d-fine in May 2015.

    Interview

    Ich habe mich per E-Mail beworben, nach einigen Tagen habe ich eine Einladung zu einem Bewerbungsgespräch, das drei Wochen später staffinden sollte, erhalten.

    Das Gespräch hat ein Manager von d-fine geführt.
    Erst hat er anhand einer Recruiting-Präsentation das Unternehmen vorgestellt (was ich alles schon wusste). Hier kann man sich durch informierte Nachfragen auszeichnen.
    Anschließend folgte das übliche Gespräch über den Lebenslauf, meine Tätigkeiten in bisherigen Praktika, etc.

    Darauf folgten einige fachliche Fragen, über Optionen, Bonds, Zinskurven. Alles auf einem Grundlagen-Niveau, also ohne groß finanzmathematisches Wissen zu abzufragen.

    Das Gespräch war sehr angenehm und man hatte sogar meine Unterlagen vorher schon gelesen.

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    Graduate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Took less than a week from CV, Cover Letter to arranging a telephone interview. Questions include: difference between C and C++, difference between a function and a sub, what does d-fine do, who are the clients, some brain teasers. nothing too unexpected.

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    Financial Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at d-fine (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Applied online with CV and cover letter, was invited to a face-to-face interview shortly.

    Very pleasant experience of talking to one of the partners and head of the office.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you considering doing a phd?   1 Answer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at d-fine.

    Interview

    Interviewed with two directors, an hour with each. One told about the company, the other went through my CV.

    Interview Questions

    • It was unexpected that they didn't ask any brain teasers.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Very uncomplicated, applied online and was offered an interview shortly after.

    Interview Questions

    • There where really no hard questions at all, it was more like a normal conversation about. I had to talk about my undergraduate thesis and that was basically it   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    (Translated from English)

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at d-fine (Frankfurt am Main (Germany)).

    Interview

    Ich habe am 'Wissenschaft im Finanzwesen'-Workshop teilgenommen. Es ist ein ziemlich gut organisierter Workshop, der Ihnen einen Einblick in die Art von Arbeit gibt, die sie machen, und was für Menschen sie sind. Der Workshop beschäftigt sich mit CDO-Preisgestaltung. Es gibt Vorträge von Beratern, und Sie arbeiten in Gruppen, die im Voraus festgelegt werden. Es geht ziemlich hektisch zu und man hat keine Zeit, das Hotel oder das noble Serviceangebot zu genießen etc.

    Die Berater sowie die zum Workshop eingeladenen Bewerber sind extrem nerdig. Es ist ziemlich üblich, in ein Gespräch über jemandes langweilige Forschungsarbeit verstrickt zu werden ;)

    Die Atmosphäre ähnelt stark der auf einer wissenschaftlichen Konferenz mit sozial unbeholfenen Forschern :)

    Falls Sie ein Nerd sind oder gerne mit Nerds abhängen, sind Sie in guter Gesellschaft!

    I attended the 'science in finance' workshop. It's a pretty well organized workshop that gives you an insight into the kind of work that they do and the kind of people they are. The workshop deals with CDO pricing. There are lectures by the consultants and you work in groups that are decided beforehand. It's quite hectic and there isn't any time to enjoy the hotel or it's fancy services etc.
    The consultants as well as the applicants invited to the workshop are extremely nerdy. It's quite common to get involved in a conversation regarding someone's boring research ;)
    The atmosphere is very similar to a scientific conference with socially awkward researchers :)
    If you are a nerd, or like to hang out with nerds, this is the company for you!

    Interview Questions

    • Die gesprächsführenden Mitarbeiter stellen Fragen, die dazu dienen zu testen, wie man reagiert, wenn man unter Druck steht.   The consultants will ask questions in a manner to test your reaction to pressure.   Answer Question
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    Consultantnsultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    I applied online, and got an invitation.
    The interview was on German and took allmost 3 hours.
    I talked to 3 different persons.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at d-fine (London, England (UK)) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Applied with a CV and cover letter, and a fortnight later had two one-on-one interviews. First interview focused on my background, the company itself, and what the role specifically involves. The second on technical aspects, such as programming experience and put/call options. Both interviewers were friendly and happy to take any questions.

    Interview Questions

    • How has object oriented programming been important in your work? Construct a portfolio of options to match a given payoff curve. What factors might affect the form of this curve?   Answer Question
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    No Offer

    Interview

    Applied online with CV and all application documents.Got invitation for interview in Frankfurt.They are located in a small building with office space compact and small for each person.Nice HR interaction and then went for 3:1:1 interview.Really the first two interviews went nice and the interviewers were really nice to me.first one about competence based questions and second one regarding quantitative questions.I felt the second one was so easy and probably the interviewer himself was not much thorough on it.But it well nice.Then the partner interviwed me and he was not so nice to me and was in a hurry and tried to wind up it as soon as possible.He asked few questions related to programming in C++ and Matlab etc.

    pros: They combine math+IT work with consultancy and provide a perfect platform for a computer science /maths or physics guy without Finance experience to start a career in it.

    cons: Building space so small and compact that it was suffocating.One of the interviewer did not know some basic things on basic maths and do not know how he practises with the clients.They are a small team pretty disorganized, do mostly IT works for their clients.

    Overall I did not get the offer but, it was a letdown from my side.They are really not upto their promises of their job advertisements.But for a IT oriented guy it might be a good destination not for some one looking for quant work.

    Interview Questions

    • Correlation between ARCH(1) process and stochastic volatility models?   Answer Question
    • 1000 floors of a big building and two light bulbs you have.There is a unique floor such that dropping a glass bulb from all floors up from this one will make it break.You have two glass bulbs and define an algorithm to find that unique floor with minimum complexity.   Answer Question
    • Can swap market model pricing and Libor market model pricing , both black scholes type hold together consistently ?   Answer Question

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