The Vanguard Group Interview Questions

53 total interview insight submissions
Interview Experience (97%)

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The percentile score in the title is calculated across the entire Company Database and uses an adjusted score based on Bayesian Estimates (to account for companies that have few interview insights). Simply put, as a company gets more reviews, the confidence of a "true score" increases so it is pulled closer to its simple average and away from the average of the entire dataset.

3.9
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Interview Difficulty (87%)

The Interview Difficulty is a score ranging from very difficult (red) to very easy (green) generated based on the Interview Insights at this company.

The number you see in the middle of the doughnut pie chart is the simple average of these scores. The higher the number, the more difficult the interviews on average. If you hover over the various sections of the doughnut, you will see the % breakdown of each score given.

The percentile score in the title is calculated across the entire Company Database and uses an adjusted score based on Bayesian Estimates (to account for companies that have few interview insights). Simply put, as a company gets more insights, the confidence of a "true score" increases so it is pulled closer to its simple average and away from the average of the entire data set.

2.7
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% Interns - FT Offers (87%)

The % of Interns Getting a Full Time Offer chart is meant to provide a realistic estimate of the hiring practices of the company based on the reviews at this company.

The number you see in the middle of the doughnut pie chart is the simple average of these scores. If you hover over the various sections of the doughnut, you will see the % breakdown of each score given.

The percentile score in the title is calculated across the entire Company Database and uses an adjusted score based on Bayesian Estimates (to account for companies that have few reviews). Simply put, as a company gets more reviews, the confidence of a "true score" increases so it is pulled closer to the simple company average and away from the average of the entire data set.

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Interviews at The Vanguard Group

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1st Year Analyst
Year 2023
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Investments
Location Malvern
Experience Positive
Difficulty Average
Intern
Year 2023
Job Title Intern
Group/Division Asset Management
Location Malvern
Experience Positive
Difficulty Very Easy
2nd Year Analyst
Year 2023
Job Title 2nd Year Analyst
Group/Division Corporate Banking
Location Malvern
Experience Very Positive
Difficulty Difficult
Intern
Year 2022
Job Title Intern
Group/Division Equity Capital Markets
Location Malvern
Experience Positive
Difficulty Difficult
Intern
Year 2022
Job Title Intern
Group/Division Corporate Finance
Location Malvern
Experience Positive
Difficulty Easy
Intern
Year 2022
Job Title Intern
Group/Division Generalist
Location Malvern
Experience Neutral
Difficulty Average
Student / Prospective Monkey
Year 2017
Job Title Student / Prospective Monkey
Group/Division N/A
Location Malvern
Experience Positive
Difficulty Average
Intern
Year 2020
Job Title Intern
Group/Division Corporate Finance
Location Malvern
Experience Positive
Difficulty Average
1st Year Analyst
Year 2018
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Generalist
Location Malvern
Experience Positive
Difficulty Average
1st Year Analyst
Year 2019
Job Title 1st Year Analyst
Group/Division Generalist
Location Malvern
Experience Very Positive
Difficulty Easy

Interview Questions & Answers - The Vanguard Group Examples

IMDP Interview - Investments

Anonymous interview candidate in Malvern
Interviewed: August 2023
Outcome
Declined Offer
Interview Source
College / University / On Campus Recruiting
Length of Process
2-3 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Group Interview
Presentation
Interview
I go to a well known/target school on the east coast. There's lots of alum at VG so it was easy for me to reach out at get a first round. VG IMDP is pretty similar to BB SnT recruiting: OA -> First round behavioral/recruiter round -> superday. OA is just a hackerrank with a simple python question. First round is with a recruiter and just behavioral questions. Superday is 3 rounds with 3 different traders/analysts/PMs. Questions asked ranged from resume stuff, global macro/current news stuff, and simple bond math since I expressed interest in FICC.
Interview Questions
How does Vanguard differ from other asset managers: BlackRock, PIMCO/Allianz, UBS, etc

College to Corporate - Finance Program Interview - Asset Management

Anonymous interview candidate in Malvern
Interviewed: October 2023
Outcome
Declined Offer
Interview Source
Recruiter
Length of Process
Less than 1 month
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Group Interview
Interview
Had a 30-minute phone screening with the interviewer; I answered a couple of behavioral questions and then proceeded to get basic accounting questions. Had a superday which lasted around 4 hours. Started the day with a group interview, then a 30 minute behavioral interview followed by a case interview (very basic to gauge your knowledge on how businesses work) and finished it with a conversation with former interns.
Interview Questions
What challenges will Vanguard face in the current macroeconomic environment?

Analyst Interview - Corporate Banking

Anonymous employee in Malvern
Interviewed: April 2023
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
College / University / On Campus Recruiting
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Presentation
Interview
First step was the recruiter screening.
They asked me questions about my background, relevant experience, and my interest in Vanguard. The purpose was to assess my qualifications, skills, and determine if I would be a good fit for the role.

Behavioral Interview:
After successfully passing the recruiter screen, I moved on to the behavioral interview round. This stage focused on evaluating my behavioral competencies and how well I aligned with Vanguard's core values. I encountered questions that delved into my past experiences, problem-solving abilities, teamwork skills, leadership qualities, and how I handle challenges. It was a chance to showcase my skills and demonstrate how I fit within Vanguard's culture.

Live Case Interview:
The live case interview was an exciting challenge that allowed me to showcase my analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. I was presented with a real-life scenario or case study that was directly relevant to the position I applied for. During the interview, I had to analyze the situation, identify key issues, and provide recommendations or solutions. It was a great opportunity for the interviewers to assess my ability to apply my knowledge, think critically, and make sound judgments.

Panel Case:
The panel case interview was the final stage of the process and involved a panel of interviewers, including hiring managers and other stakeholders. It was similar to the live case interview but with a more in-depth analysis and discussion. The panel challenged my assumptions, asked follow-up questions, and assessed my ability to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and defend my recommendations. It was a rigorous and interactive session where I had to showcase my expertise and problem-solving abilities under pressure.
Interview Questions
Why Vanguard? Make recommendations for the company's current offerings.

Intern Interview - Equity Capital Markets

Anonymous employee in Malvern
Interviewed: November 2022
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Employee Referral
Length of Process
2-3 months
Application
1 on 1 Interview
Skills Test
IQ / Intelligence Test
Personality Test
Drug Test
Background Check
Interview
3 Interviews, consisting of a behavorial and followed by a case study interview technicals. Contained basic and bit more advance behavorials and talked about technicals in terms of the markets and vanguards current and previous holdings.
Interview Questions
Read over the PDF provided and talk about the impacts that Vanguard holdings may have on the markets and vice versa.

Intern Interview - Corporate Finance

Anonymous employee in Malvern
Interviewed: September 2022
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Group Interview
Drug Test
Background Check
Interview
Overall fairly straightforward experience. 2 months after applying I had a phone interview with a recruiter, mostly behavioral. A handful of technical questions at the end pertaining to the business model of Vanguard and basic accounting questions. You ABSOLUTELY need to get the technical right because it's basically their filter for candidates, don't rely on acing the behaviorals. Shouldn't be hard to study at all just brush up on what Vanguard does and accounting stuff.
Superday was about 4 1/2 hours. 1 behavioral interview with someone at the firm, then a technical interview where you take on a case study and answer questions. Followed by a group panel with all SD candidates that is mostly a Q&A. Overall solid experience.
Interview Questions
Mostly Accounting stuff, can't remember anything specific

Investment Systems Interview - Generalist

Anonymous employee in Malvern
Interviewed: March 2022
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
Less than 1 month
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Skills Test
Interview
I applied, did a phone screen with the recruiter then did super day. The super day was 5 hours long with three or so different rotations of 1 on 1s. Mostly, interest and behavioral based Qs.
Interview Questions
Asked about how I keep up with new information, said I listen to podcasts and follow a couple newletters.

C2C Investment Management Internship Interview

Anonymous interview candidate in Malvern
Interviewed: August 2017
Outcome
Declined Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
Group Interview
Interview
Initial phone interview with HR and then "SuperDay" type final round (even though they don't refer to it as that). SuperDay is with all levels of investment professionals: research analysts, associates, asst PMs, PMs, etc.
Interview Questions
Pitch me a corporate bond

Corporate Finance Intern Interview - Corporate Finance

Anonymous employee in Malvern
Interviewed: August 2020
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
Applied Online
Length of Process
Less than 1 month
Application
Phone Interview
Group Interview
Personality Test
Interview
Pretty quick - screening call then a super day. Behavioral interview -> technical interview -> behavioral interview -> Group Panel Discussion.
Interview Questions
Walk me through a DCF - I hadn't actually taken a finance course yet so stumbled on that but clearly pretty easy.

Senior associate Interview - Generalist

Anonymous interview candidate in Malvern
Interviewed: April 2018
Outcome
Declined Offer
Interview Source
Employee Referral
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Group Interview
Personality Test
Background Check
Interview
Very relaxed interview process and they want you to succeed. I enjoyed my time throughout the process and they want you to stay chill.
Interview Questions
Round table discussions with a prompt given the day before

Analyst Interview - Generalist

Anonymous employee in Malvern
Interviewed: October 2019
Outcome
Accepted Offer
Interview Source
College / University / On Campus Recruiting
Length of Process
1-2 months
Application
Phone Interview
1 on 1 Interview
Interview
applied through college portal, phone interview, on campus interview, superday consisting of 3 1:1 interviews, case study, informal meetings and tour
Interview Questions
overall mostly behavioral, some basic technicals