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Knight Capital Interview Questions in Jersey City, NJ

Updated Jun 6, 2017
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    Sales & Trading Summer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in November 2015.

    Interview

    Started with a phone call, then was flown into the Jersey City office for a "Super Day" which consisted of 5 individual interviews. They understand this was a position for undergrads so there were minimal technical questions. Mostly just got to know a few of the guys.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Contacted by HR.

    Scheduled the interview.

    Met with 4 associates, and 1 director.

    Heard back in one week.

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  3.  

    Quantitative Strategist Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Written test/ 3 1-hour-long phone interviews / On-site interview.

    Written test was not that hard and the rest of interviews are pretty similar to other hedge funds. They will ask Probability, Programming Questions

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  4. Helpful (1)  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Two technical phone interviews then in-person interview. On the first phone interview, interviewer asked about randomly positioned points on a circle, then to step through an analysis of Buffon's Needle. On the second phone interview, interviewer asked about a gambling game which was sort-of inverse Prisoner's Dilemma with repeated playings

    Interview Questions

    • Buffon's needle. I was familiar with it and still had a lot of trouble walking through the analysis.   Answer Question

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    Senior Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in May 2012.

    Interview

    30 minutes technical interview over phone. Followed by face to face interview met with 4 people. Followed by another face to face interview with Sr Management, chief technology officer and Human Resource personnel,

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    Trading Operationist Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in January 2012.

    Interview

    The interviewer was very nice, giving me suggestions and hints.

    however it seems we miscommunicated before hand, and i originally was applying for the software engineer intern yet ended in the trading operationist position, which resulted in my expected tragedy...

    i was asked various questions on math, like hidden markov model, probability, combinatorics,

    and then i guess out of kindness the interviewer figuratively asked me some VERY simple coding questions...

    then the interview ended.

    Interview Questions

    • how to reduce the number of states in a hidden markov model? (actually i dunno what this question means...)   Answer Question
    • given a dice, you can throw it at most thrice unti you feel satisfied with the number. design a strategy so that the expected value of the last throw is biggest. (a relatively easy question)   1 Answer
    • pros and cons of hashtable (very easy, the purpose of this question is only to let me feel not that embarrased)   1 Answer
    • unix shell commands like grep diff (very easy, the purpose of this question is only to let me feel not that embarrased)   Answer Question
    • also there are some EXTRA HARD math problems that i can't even remember now....   Answer Question

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    Electronic Trading Group Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Interview consisted of several 1:1 interviews on-site. Questions were standard mix of quantitative and non-quantitative. They seemed smart but the interview process was not handled professionally. There was no receptionist and I was not provided information about where in the office to physically meet the interviewer so I had to ask several people around the office. There was a considerable amount of time spent waiting between interviews in a conference room due to poor scheduling and I spent at least 1.5 hours in aggregate waiting between interviews, being told every 30 minutes that the next interview would being shortly. The final interviewer briefly apologized but I was very disappointed with the lack of professionalism.

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    Senior Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in December 2011.

    Interview

    Went on this interview through a recruiter. I arrived 10 minutes prior, asked for the hiring manager who they seem to have trouble reaching. Finally they told me to take the elevator up arrived at the IT but door was locked. Someone was nice enough to let me in. No sign of hiring manager. 5 minutes later, he comes and gets me. It did not seem like they interview people much since they did not have a conference room or office available to interview. We finally ended up in an office that was like Arizona in the middle of the Summer. The hiring manager asked about experience and asked some technical questions. From the questions, it was clear that they were using J2EE circa 2001... going from JSP/Servlets to Struts 1.x. From there is was clear this job not for me. A lead developer came in looking sloppy, miserable and gave me a dead fish handshake. This was my first interview in quite some time and used it to bone up on interviewing skills otherwise would have walked out.

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    Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in October 2011.

    Interview

    The interview was got from the university career center. First it was a phone interview, basically about what you can do according to the job description. Not really hard questions. The second interview was at the company building, about basic Java knowledge; SQL syntax, database knowledge, differences with other languages.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the differences with Java and C, OO and structural programming.   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Associate, Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Knight Capital (Jersey City, NJ) in April 2011.

    Interview

    I interviewed in their Jersey City office, the HQ. The interview consisted of 2 stages:
    #1 was to meet with the actual team, about 5 people, who were asking questions about operations, about what I did in the past. No trick questions, you should be able to talk about these things freely if you have experience.
    #2 interview was a week later to meet with HR and 2 senior managers (including head of electronic trading). The interview seemed out of place because I wouldn't imagine why senior people in such a big company need to waste time on interviewing every single candidate. That's why the interview was dragging, it was hard to keep conversation on professional level.

    Interview Questions

    • How much money were you making? How much money do you want to make? (same question on screening, 1st and 2nd interview)   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Seems like Operations team is ran by real back office people, did not see any passion, energy or interest in markets. The only thing the team cares about is reducing costs, saving money, etc.
    The salary they offered was offensive, completely out of the market. So it was basically big waste of my time because even before the interview I stated that I want to make X much. They try to trick you by "giving you all the Series licenses you want", but at the end of the day this does not pay rent. Also the location is very far from the city.


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