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    Junior Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Boronia Capital.

    Interview

    The process in Boronia was: 1st Phone interview, 2nd: in person interview, 3rd: you are given a task to complete (lasts around 3-4 weeks), and if they like what you've done, they invite you to present it in the office, and then they make an offer.

    The first was a phone interview. This was a thorough check of my background in science. My technical skills and my publications. The interviewer was interested to see if I really had the knowledge of all the things mentioned in my CV and also if I have the necessary persistence for "impossible" tasks. The interview lasted ~ 1h. The interviewer was polite and friendly, and I didn't feel uncomfortable in any stage. In the first interview I was also asked about questions on machine learning with regards time series. This is significantly different that standard machine learning techniques, so do some studying before the interview if this is something you don't know (stackoverflow it). It also helps to spend some time reading introductory things in finance (focus on time series analysis). I wasn't asked/tested any particular technical question that made my life difficult.

    The second interview was in person, with two interviewers. Again very friendly and very polite. The process was similar (in fact easier) and enjoyable. I was asked how my skills could be transfered in their field. Here helps an itroductory studying in finance. Again, I wasn't asked/tested any particular technical question that made my life difficult.

    The third task was a research paper in finance, with their data to reproduce some parts of it. Bottom line: if you don't have finance background, or time series analysis knowledge, you'll probably crash and burn - at least for the particular paper I was given. The computations are pretty easy (not more than a couple of hours in python/matlab), but understanding what equations you need to use for the calculations (many subtle points in the paper) is not entirely evident from the text (or related ones ...). It **requires** finance knowledge (not just time series).

    The catch here is that despite the fact the job advertisement was mentioning "finance background not necessary", I was asked in 3 weeks (having also a standard job), not only to reproduce research in finance (with zero knowledge on the topic - stated from the beginning) but also propose new research ideas on improving the paper (otherwise you don't get an offer). And there are papers that are fairly well explanatory, but the one I was given, had several things I couldn't make sense in it.

    Overall it was a positive experience and I've learned a lot of things (in finance), but time consuming. I wouldn't propose it for someone who doesn't know finance (i.e. econometrics, time series analysis and basic trading strategies).

    Pros:
        Friendly interviewers. Enjoyable interviews. You learn a lot of things if you take the task.

    Cons:
        The task was for people with finance background, so the description of the job advertisement and what they asked was inconsistent. In fact during the interview it was stated explicitly from the head of research that they expect me to contribute in research after the fist 12- 18 months of employment. This was in direct contrast with the task I was given.

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    Software Developer (C++) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in North Sydney (Australia)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Boronia Capital (North Sydney (Australia)) in July 2011.

    Interview

    There were three stages and one more I did not get to.

    Firstly, phone screening which was pretty easy and contained a dozen of general questions, including polymorphism, virtual functions mechanism, database indexes. Also I was asked about IDE and source control tools used before.

    Secondly, face-to-face interview in their office with more complicated questions, related to constness, type-safety, multithreading. There were no questions about my previous experience - we went through list of already predefined technical topics. I found questions as reasonable and practical, and my interviewer was very competent in technical domain. I was good enough to get into third stage then - home exercise to write Boggle game simulator.

    Unfortunately, my code was not aligned with 'company requirements' (whatever it means) according to feedback I got from agent, and I was not invited to final stage - check for personal suitability towards company's values.

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    • Compare console application, UI-based and server applications in terms of memory management, error handling, debugging, testing, deployment.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Boronia Capital (Sydney (Australia)) in December 2008.

    Interview

    I had two interviews - a phone screening and onsite interview.
    The screening was pretty standard simple test - checking whether you know programming basics or not. Pretty common knowledge test, I think the interviewr had a list of questions he had to go through, ticking the right answers - a kind of a recruiter job of filtering out non-it people.
    I was surprise that the on-site interview was the same knowledge-based test with more numerous and esoteric questions. I managed to survive (but not to pass) almost an hour avalanche of questions like "What's the difference between virtual and static function", "List the access modificators for a function", "What are the memory types available (stack & heap)", "What GLYDSAA stands for?" etc. I hate this kind of interviews, most of the questions take 5 minus to find out and understand, no brain required. To my view, I did it pretty well, answering most of the questions, definetely screwed up some. Received an email some time after saying standard "unfortunately" with no feedback.

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