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I have an interview for an operations position at a buy side investment management shop that is pretty large. Due to a lack of experience I am hoping to get my foot in the door by getting this operations spot that backs up the portfolio management and research groups. I know a lot of people say that this is a wrong way to try and do it but at this point I feel good about it because I met a few examples of people who have made the jump from ops to a different front office spot.

So, how do I ace this interview. I know about some operational stuff from a previous internship, but what sort of questions do I ask? How do I sound excited about the job and what how do I approach this? Not sure how to handle a different type of position interview when all I have ever been passionate about is equity/fixed income research which is where I hope this position leads me.

Thanks in advance!

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Comments (9)

  • Bobb's picture

    Don't tell them your goal is FO

  • Asatar's picture
  • yeahright's picture

    PM'ed you OP. Check it out please.

    Also, might help if you explain more what the position entails rather than just Ops supporting PMs/research. Then people can give you a more appropriate idea of what to expect.

    Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."

  • asiamoney's picture

    Definitely show that you have a good understanding of the role you're applying for, and most critically, give good reasons why you're genuinely a perfect fit for it (and show your excitement). Don't make it seem like you want to use it as a stepping stone and are looking to switch to FO later.

  • In reply to Asatar
    Blax0r's picture

    Turn up (as mentioned earlier).

  • ValueInvesting's picture

    If your goal is FO, then dont even apply for this. Because your resume is going to be stacked wiht Operations, and it wont work out too well. I was in FO at a HF last year when I was an intern, all the Ops kids were like you. They wanted to get into Ops so they can transfer to FO, its not only difficult, but if you show any interest in FO, you will not get an offer. There was an intern who got let go because he kept talking to the FO people instead of doing his job.

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