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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Interview Questions

Updated May 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Trading Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (New York, NY) in November 2014.

    Interview

    I had a first round interview on the phone.
    Come from a non-US school in my penultimate year of study. Applied online and received a call for an interview a few days later.

    Interview Questions

    • You know that I have 2 children and 1 boy among them at least. What is the probability that my other child is a girl?   2 Answers

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    Finance and Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    I got the interview through the university career fair and online application. It was a phone interview. I talked to a manager in New York office for 30 minutes. Basic resume questions, but more technically. Also I was asked to solve a math problem

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  3. Helpful (5)  

    Financial Analyst/Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

    Interview

    I was Asked some questions about my research. I also introduced my interest I. Summer intern. They give me a probability question, but I give the wrong answer. In the end, they asked me if I have questions about their company. I asked what kind of job for an intern.

    Interview Questions

    • The family has two chilDren. The person answered the phone is a boy, what is the prob the family has a girl?   3 Answers

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    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm in October 2014.

    Interview

    I was asked a bit about my research, and then the following 3 questions:

    (1) Let A be an n by n matrix, with all off-diagonal entries equal to a, and all diagonal entries equal to 1. For which value of a, is this matrix positive definite?

    (2) We start with a number n, and let S = 0. At the first step

    What number do we end up with?

    (3) Suppose we have a fair coin, and we toss it a million times. Let X be the number of heads; estimate the probability that X > 502,000.

    Interview Questions

    • (4) You are given two Gaussian variables: X_1 and X_2 with means m_1, m_2 and variance v_1, v_2.

      Suppose you know the sum X_1 + X_2 is equal to n. What is the expected value of X_2?  
      12 Answers

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    Tax Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (New York, NY) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Six persons in a roll, each for 20-30 mins. All interviewers are from the Tax Department, which are from Senior to SVP levels. The interview went on for 2 hours and each person asks different questions.

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    Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

    Interview

    First round is a 30 minute phone interview. 5 minutes behavioral, 20 resume overview, 5 minutes technical question. technical question was probability type question. Resume questions are straight forward but you need to know very well why your skill can drive value for them.

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    Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    I applied through their website and got a phone interview with one of their traders. Most of the questions were behavioral, except one brain teaser. He was nice, but I did not do well and got rejected.

    Interview Questions

    • Estimate the number of pieces of pizza consumed in the U.S. every day.   Answer Question

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    Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

    Interview

    I got a phone interview about two weeks after the application deadline. This interview lasted about half an hour. The interviewer was nice and gave me a call on time. Most questions focused on my past experience. He also asked a few question about the international market. They wanted candidates with diverse background.

    Interview Questions

    • What's the most difficult thing if you are U.S president?   Answer Question

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    Rotational Associate Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I replied to a posting on the campus jobs board. The recruiter referred me to the Rotational Associates Position. The first round was a half-hour phone interview followed by three second-round interviews onsite. The people I spoke with were generally very smart with non-traditional backgrounds for finance. However, the process is very competitive and they seem to interview many people relative to the number of openings.

    Interview Questions

    • I got the life insurance scenario mentioned by other candidates.   Answer Question

  11. Helpful (5)  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm.

    Interview

    First round phone Interview only. Very Prompt response on whether you advanced. The whole process took a few weeks. From the moment you submit your resume on the website, it took roughly 6-7 business days for them to contact you. Then you schedule a first round a few days out. Apparently the superday is suppose to be 4 hours and consists of many 1 on 1 interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • The brainteaser was a variation of the 100 coins and 5 pirates. There were 6 pirates instead. So the premise is that there are 6 pirates and you are the captain. You must divide the coins. If 50% of the people rebel against your allocation, they kill you and the process starts again. What is the optimal allocation?   2 Answers

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