d-fine Interview Questions

Updated Jan 30, 2015
Updated Jan 30, 2015
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  1.  

    Graduate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    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.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Financial Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at d-fine.

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
  3.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    (Translated from English)

    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at d-fine.

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consultantnsultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

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

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at d-fine in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    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
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Consultant In Germany Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    (Translated from English)

    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at d-fine in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Zwei Manager und ein Partner führen nacheinander Einzelgespräche mit dem Bewerber.

    2 managers and one partner interview you separately one after the other

    Interview Questions
    • Basel II Parameter   basel II parameters   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Praktikant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    (Translated from English)

    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at d-fine in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Ich bewarb mich sowohl für Deutschland als auch für London und Hong Kong, erhielt aber die Antwort, dass sie nur in Frankfurt Praktikanten einstellen und dass sie mich dorthin zu einem Vorstellungsgespräch einluden. Es dauerte ungefähr eine Stunde und wurde nur mit einem Senior Consultant geführt, der ein Doktor der Mathematik von einer deutschen Universität war. Er fragte nach einer Schulnote, die nicht so gut war wie von ihm erwartet, und schien sich auf Grund dessen bereits ein Urteil über mich gebildet zu haben. Darüber hinaus musste ich ein bisschen was zu meinem Lebenslauf erzählen, aber es gab nicht viele Nachfragen. Dann forderte er mich auf, ihm zu erklären, was ein Derivat ist, was ich auf der Grundlage des Black-Scholes-Modells und der Griechen erklärte. Ich denke, das war ein Plus für mich, da ich ziemlich genau wusste, welcher Grieche zu welcher Ableitung gehört.

    Die zweite Frage war eine Denksportaufgabe, was mich überraschte, weil er mir vorher gesagt hatte, dass er eine ziemlich schwierige mathematische Frage stellen würde. Es ging um Leute, die innerhalb einer bestimmten Zeit über eine Brücke gehen müssen, nur zwei können gleichzeitig gehen, jeder von ihnen braucht unterschiedlich lange, und einer muss immer zurückgehen, um den anderen die Taschenlampe zurückzubringen, da es dunkel ist. Es war nicht sehr schwierig und der Fragesteller war ziemlich verwirrt hinsichtlich der genauen Zeiten.

    Am Schluss erzählte er mir etwas über sein aktuelles Projekt, weil ich danach fragte, und ein paar grundlegende Dinge über die Grundsätze des Unternehmens, die ich bereits kannte, weil ich auf die Website geschaut hatte.
    Alles in allem war er sehr kühl, sah mir nicht in die Augen, und ich erwartete ein Ablehnungsschreiben. Am Ende bekam ich aber das Angebot!

    Applied for Germany as well as London and Hong Kong, but got the answer that they only hire interns in Frankfurt and that they invite me for an interview there. Took about one hour and was only with one Senior Consultant, who was a Phd in Mathematics from a German university. He asked about one grade in school that wasn't as good as he expected and seemed to already have prejudged me on that. Furthermore I had to say some things about my CV, but there weren't a lot of inquiries. Then he asked me to explain him what a derivation is, which I explained on the basis of the Black Scholes formula and the Greeks. I think that gave me a plus factor, as I pretty much knew what Greek corresponds to which derivation.

    The second question was a Brainteaser, which surprised me because he told me before that he would ask a quite difficult mathematical question. It was about people that need to go over a bridge in a specific time frame, only two can go at a time, they all take differently long and one always needs to go back to bring the others the flashlight back, cause its dark. It was not very difficult and the interviewer was pretty confused regarding the exact times.

    In the end he told me sth about his current project cause I asked about it and some basic stuff about the company policies, which I already knew from looking at the webside.
    All in all he was very coolish, not looking me in the eyes and I thought they would send me letter of refusal. But in the end I got the offer!

    Interview Questions
    • Vier Männer wollen eine Brücke überqueren. Sie starten alle auf der gleichen Seite. Es ist Nacht und sie haben nur eine Taschenlampe dabei. Es können maximal zwei Männer auf einmal die Brücke überqueren und jeder der rübergeht, egal ob nur eine oder 2 Per   Four men want to cross a bridge. They all begin on the same side. It is night, and they have only one flashlight with them. At most two men can cross the bridge at a time, and any party who crosses, either one or two people, must have the flashlight with them.
      The flashlight must be walked back and forth: it cannot be thrown, etc. Each man walks at a different speed. A pair must walk together at the speed of the slower man. Man 1 needs 1 minute to cross the bridge, man 2 needs 2 minutes, man 3 needs 5 minutes, and man 4 needs 10 minutes. For example, if man 1 and man 3 walk across together, they need 5 minutes. How can all four men cross the bridge in 17 minutes?
       
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    Negotiation Details
    Da es nur um ein Praktikum ging, wusste ich schon, dass ich ein Festgehalt von 1000 € bekommen würde, plus Reisekostenerstattung und einen festen Betrag für Verköstigung.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

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