Research associate interview questions shared by candidates
Do you have experience doing work that required substantial attention to detail?1 Answer
Yes - I gave an example of a few projects where it was very important.
Tell me about a time when you used humor when faced with a challenging situation.1 Answer
I was once put in a classic no-win situation where it was painfully obvious I was being set up to fail. Shortly thereafter, I tendered my resignation. I was asked how much notice I was giving, since I purposely left that detail vague....... it went something like this: My "manager" (in quotes, as I'm using that term very loosely): So Glen, how much notice are you giving us? Me: Um.... the usual two weeks, do you need more than that? Manager: yes; can you give us three to four weeks? Me: Sure.......... uh....... come to think of it, why not just keep me on until you find my successor? (the idiot actually thought I was serious) Manager: well sure, you know that would really be........ Me (interrupting and busting out laughing): JUST KIDDING!!!!! HA HA HA!!!!!! I am out of here by the end of the day - I'm not even giving you so much as a day's notice !! Is that funny or what?
If implied volatility is lower than realized, how does one make money hedging a call option?2 Answers
hedge with implied vol
buy the call (the option is "cheap") and delta-hedge it. You will be long implied vol and it's good for you since you expect it to rise !
Do you prefer to work alone or in a team?6 Answers
Depending on the situation, I am comfortable either way.
I prefer to not work for companies that are owned by one of the
I prefer to not work for companies that are owned by Henry Jarecki, chauvanist/multi-billionaire/owner of Carribean island a short 10 mile helicopter ride from Jeffrey Epstein's island which as we all know was visited by hundreds or thousands of rich, powerful, sometimes royal pedophiles. According to 1st hand info from a former employee he still bullies his adult children like, hey!, his son Tom who I am sure started off sweeping rat droppings, and whose resume' consisted of ample relevant experience acting as his father's bag boy for other cutting edge ventures like:1. buying gold from desperate people below spot price. 2.melting it into bars and then. 3. using a cutting edge strategy which is taking the world of finance by storm SELLING the gold when the price goes UP, through his own hard work and initiative floated up through the ranks to become the Director of Business Development, despite the vicious and unwarranted resistance he faced from 'insiders with an agenda', according to a source afraid to give their name, and the nearly insurmountable disadvantage of being the baby boy of the company's multi-billionaire owner. "Yes, sometimes I wonder how I made it. It was very difficult," said Tom, before blowing his nose with a hundred dollar bill and throwing it at the nearest little person to take to the garbage for him. His other son Andrew just happened to be in Jeffrey Epstein's black book of phone numbers but quite obviously it was because Epstein sometimes played loud music on his island and Andrew would need to call to ask him to lower it a bit so that he could focus on editing whichever documentary he was currently crafting, all of them self-financed by the entrepreneurial Andrew with $50 million in Christmas and birthday money from his pau-pau he responsibly and diligently socked away beneath his hummingbird feather mattress since the age of 33. For example his first documentary, and therefore the one about which he was the most interested and passionate, Capturing the Friedmans in which he defended a father/son rape incest duo who ran a computer education class in their basement and basically every single session had the bad luck to have child pornography somehow appear on the computers, and they would find that their penises were hanging out on students' shoulders when last they remembered they had been totally and appropriately contained within their zippered pants. You see, it was all a misunderstanding!!! Every single time. The documentary is based on riveting accounts told by the actual participants, the father and son of course although time constraints made it impossible, you see, to interview any of the ALLEGED "victims" who all told similar stories despite not knowing one another and whose testimony led to the father and son being convicted by a jury and imprisoned. If, as it appears, the 2 convicted and imprisoned men are telling the truth then we are left with NO OTHER POSSIBLE CONCLUSION than that they were railroaded by the shady forces of children who wanted to smear the reputations of the 'The Rifleman'-esque father/son duo with the ALLEGEDLY ' creepy' basement computer classroom with hardrives just absolutely loaded with child pornography which the STUDENTS of course, the ones Andrew did not bother even attempting to contact, accidentally or more likely ON PURPOSE downloaded themselves!!! It is so obviously a plot against the poor, helpless father and son who only SEEM to have been thoroughly exposed as total pervs, that Andrew even took it upon himself to pay millions in legal costs to free the son from prison, which he scraped together by washing cars one weekend and digging under the couch cushions for loose change. Also he remembered that was 1 other reason he and Epstein communicated, because he was sweating over a phone bank he had tossed together to raise funds to free the innocent and persecuted Friedman boy and had called and asked Epstein if he could contribute $50.
He followed up that crowd pleaser with "Me and my Pal Robert", in which he exposed the heretofore totally ignored soft side of everyone's favorite wife-beating-then-killing/multiple murdering/body dismembering billionaire landlord and all around pretty nice and funny guy for Andrew to go have dinner and talk with Robert Durst. He also quite ingeniously finally did what NO COP in the entire country had ever been able to do for decades when he got 100% irrefutable proof of Durst's guilt when Durst mumbled a few unintelligible, highly ambiguous sentences at himself in a bathroom mirror, like a mentally insane person would and have it be inadmissible in court, although his trial judge was shrewd and intelligent enough to draw a line in the sand and say no, no, the billionaire murderer/dismemberer who claimed he worked for the CIA, dressed as a woman, and was caught shoplifting some fresh fruit with $40,000 in his pocket was of completely sound mind and the incoherent mumblings were admissible and landed him in prison for the rest of his life. Later renamed The Jinx, because the subject matter was not considered edgy enough and the film's financers....financer....Andrew, wanted a spicier title to draw attention. Henry's other self-made multi-millionaire son Eugene kicked off his film-directing career by marching right into some figurative boss's office and insisting "Me love film. Me good. I am the guy. I need money." His father was convinced despite being skeptical at first and loaned him the millions he needed to make The Opponent in 2000, a movie lauded as corny, uninspired, and a waste of time, celluloid, self-respect, the already pathetic meagre dirty pile of reputation of Eugene, and whatever other resources went into its creation, by 100% of the 17 people who have ever seen it. The plot revolves around a woman who is tired of being victimized by her abusive boyfriend, trains real hard in boxing, then defends herself and becomes a professional boxer through hard work and perseverance. Henry Jarecki is very confident in the project paying off once he dies, leaves Eugene an inheritance, and is then no longer capable of requesting the loaned money back from Eugene. Eugene stressed that although he was a thoroughly aroused 28-year-old when he directed the film, it is a work of art and passion, and not an attempt to use the money he earned when his father handed it to him to pay millions to the Playboy Playmate in the starring role in a desperate plea for her to sleep with him because he was indescribably nerdy. "None of that is true. Pampered sons of billionaires don't typically dangle money in women's faces because they are socially inept and have no other, or faster method of encouraging the women they highly respect to sleep with them, and I am no exception." He followed that tour-de-force with bubbly and positive documentaries about Henry Kissinger, Ronald Regan, military propaganda, as well as forgotten pop icon Elvis Presley who has not yet been talked about enough. He also made a controversial film that expresses the heretofore unspoken suggestion that the Nixon-initiated 'War on Drugs' might actually be costly and destructive to the country, a brave stance which almost no one in the country has even considered besides brave, creative, original Eugene. Yes the Eugene with the Playmate boxer epic, that one. In the Elvis documentary he spits in the face of the elite rebelliously somehow by driving across the country in a Rolls Royce, to prove his point to the class of capitalist elites of which he is only reluctantly a member, and has simply not yet found the time or any conceivable way to give his money to poor people, although that is his top priority after the Rolls Royce journey.
For anyone who read this far thank you for staying with me. If anyone ever has an interview for this seemingly horrible company owned by a man who seems to have enthusiastically created one of the world's worst families and records themself saying all of this verbatim, or even a significant chunk of it, I will send you $50 or whatever I can afford at the time. Anything I wrote which has the faintest hint of truth essentially IS true. Go ahead yourselves and poke into the backgrounds of these weirdos and find out for yourselves. Thank goodness we have these men on who we are able to rely for the future of our country!!! Henry and his boys!! Justice for all of the helpless victims they advocate for and defend like pedophiles, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Regan, the U.S. military, cash-for-gold schemers, and all the rest of the oppressed and downtrodden!! Hurrah!! Hurrah!!! If by some amazing stroke of luck any of the Jareckis happen to read this, I'd just like you to know that I am aware you are all absolute jokes and if you are not yet aware then please contact me and I will be happy to explain it to whichever one of you stooges actually believes that you deserve or can even EXPLAIN THE ROLE OF any of the idiotic, econo-babble titles and offices you all seem to hold in the myriad huckster enterprises you are involved in. Thank you for your time. The Jareckis stink.
Trust me guys, THAT is the answer they want. You gotta be AGGRESSIVE! Yeah! Go get em! If you find yourself growing nervous as the interview approaches and doubting whether you can say any of the above, simply imagine any one of the Jarecki gang luxuriating on the beach of one of their Carribean islands and perhaps indulging in one of their other passions like promoting and defending pedophilia or army propaganda, while simultaneously they are underpaying abusive managers to shout bogus phrases of encouragement probably IDENTICAL to the ones I wrote above as a joke into the faces of poor hopeless employees even FURTHER down the ladder. "You know how I get my kicks guys?? Performing my assigned tasks quickly and efficiently while only asking your manager questions necessary for completion of said task, and smiling at work! Everybody now! *grabs miserable downtrodden employee by head and begins manipulating lips and repeating himself, as in a ventriloquist act. Employee lacks will to resist single iota and relaxes muscles so as to accept humiliation in most efficient possible manner with totally unwarranted hope that somehow, ANYHOW, this may lead to a $.75 raise*
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