Failed to pass Flow Traders math test, feeling I've missed a good opportunity

So, I applied for Flow Traders in Amsterdam. That place seemed awesome, one of the best rated company on Glassdoor, fantastic benefits, truly my dream place. After recieving a positive feedback for my cv I made a "neurolympics" test that went really well and today I had the math test, which I think I really underestimated: I've had like 3 days to prepare it but I think you really need weeks or months if you are not used to mental calculation. Now I am feeling miserable for not having passed that test and for losing this unique opportunity. Are there similar firms in Europe? Is there a chance for applying again in the future in your opinion?

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Comments (13)

Oct 1, 2017 - 4:38pm
Bayoumonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sorry to hear about that. Similar firms: IMC Financial Markets, Tibra, All Options, Optiver.

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Oct 1, 2017 - 5:48pm
1738Street, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I went through the process at flow. If you couldn't pass the math test it's really unlikely you would pass their case study so I wouldn't beat yourself up about it.

Oct 3, 2017 - 12:14pm
Ad Quaeram, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think Amsterdam process is different from US process (you are from US right?). Actually, I've read that the case study is pretty simple with simple hedging exercises

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Oct 2, 2017 - 11:26am
SmallFish123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just to be clear, the initial math screen during a prop trading interview process is one of several rounds of interviews of increasing complexity

You definitely want at least a week to prepare for some mental calculations on that first screen, but don't think you missed your shot because of the first test, there's plenty more on the backend that could trip you up, like the wrong personality

Oct 2, 2017 - 1:38pm
GMG, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Optiver are basically the same thing.

It helps to learn mental multiplication/division tricks (for large numbers or large numbers of decimal places (not clear on how that helps in the job) but they will earn you time and points on the test.

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Oct 2, 2017 - 8:09pm
CorporateSellout, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You said you did well in the neurolympics test. How well is 'well'?

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:42am
Jamie_Diamond, what's your opinion? Comment below:

its incredibly easy to get job interviews even at the Top 15 prop trading firms because their tests churn out candidates like a snickers factory

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