Applying to Prop firms after graduating
I recently got rejected byfor the Trader programme (Amsterdam Office) after having a HR interview.
The interviewer was very nice and provided feedback, stating that I needed to be more concise with my answers regarding my motivations. This is something which I can easily improve on, however I need to wait until next year to reapply.
I currently am working as an accountant , however I am interviewing for some risk positions with other prop firms in London during the interval to develop my stats and technical skills before reapplying, helping me to show Optiver I am continuously learning after university. On top of this, I am enrolling on to some pre-program MFE courses in statistics and Python programming to further develop my theoretical knowledge in these areas. One thing I have noticed however is it seems Optiver tends to recruit Traders directly out of top universities e.g. Oxbridge, instead of more recent graduates.
Does anyone know what Optiver's, as well as other top prop shops, stance is regarding applicants who have already graduated? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.