BlackRock PAG SuperDay

I have my BlackRock Portfolio Analytics superday on Friday for the SA position, what kind of questions should I be expecting and how can best prepare for it? I know that they are looking for tech-savvy people with a interest in fixed-income, but please share whatever else you know about the interview process.

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Feb 16, 2010

I made it to the BlackRock Superday (FT).

Brainteaser:
1st Round - Add up the numbers between 1 and 100. I replied, "is that inclusive or exclusive of 1 & 100." He was interested and said "both." I gave him both answers.

Superday -
1) If you could be an animal, what animal would you be and why? Thought this was a retarded question.
2) If you had to explain to a random stranger what duration was, how would you go about it?
3) In 5 sentences or less, explain to your 90 year old grandmother what the internet is?

Behavioral:
The typical behavior questions. Tell me about yourself, run me through your resume, why BlackRock.........

Hope this helps!

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Feb 16, 2010

Well congrats on your interviews!

Just out of curiosity, how did you answer the brainteaser?

Feb 16, 2010

thanks ihatetaxes, I was given similar questions on my first round. I thought some of them were fun to answer but still don't know what constituted a good/bad answer.

Feb 16, 2010

so what animal would you be? i would probably be a penguin. maybe panda. maybe platypus. maybe tyranasorous rex. do dinosaurs count? btw, i would have to try hard not to laugh in an interview at that question.

man made the money, money never made the man

Feb 17, 2010

~

Feb 16, 2010

To slumdogny:
1) Answer to brainteaser (inclusive). http://www.ibankingfaq.com/category/interviewing-brainteasers/
2) Exclusive, you have 1 less pair of 101 (49 pairs).

To bertcamel: I think they were just looking for quick yet well thought and articulated answers. I paused for ~7 seconds before I even opened my mouth.

To mr1234: This question was so strange, it threw me for a loop. I ended up saying something along the lines of: "I would be a snow leopard because they are quick on their feet and can easily adapt to a dynamic environment. They have to be in order to survive." This was a crock of shit, but it was good enough that we went onto the next question. For the record, I wouldn't be a snow leopard. I just wanted to project a unique answer (no common tiger answer) and back it up so the interviewer would remember me.

Feb 17, 2010

~

Feb 17, 2010

Bertcamel, Are you asking what ~ means? If so, it means "approximately"

Feb 17, 2010

Sorry, I don't know what happened. I asked a question about the personality of the interviewers. It must've been deleted by accident. Do you enjoy the interview? I heard that PAG is really very relaxed and nice to their candidates, is this true?

Feb 17, 2010

Hmm. That's hard to say. Compared to IB Superday interview's, BlackRock PAG was more relaxed. It was more conversational, with a few off-the-wall sporadic questions like "In 5 sentences, explain the internet to your 90 year old grandma."

Oct 24, 2012

Has anyone heard from their BlackRock PAG super day? I had a third round of interviews (second super day/follow-up sort of thing) this week and I haven't heard yet... I was surprised by the third round, but I guess it must be a good thing. Has anyone gotten an offer? When should I expect to hear back?

Oct 24, 2012

oops just noticed these were all 2010... i'll post somewhere else

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Oct 24, 2012

Hey,

Have you heard back about second rounds? I have a superday tomorrow and would love some help and guidance on interview questions.
Thanks

Oct 24, 2012

Hey sorry I just saw this. No I only had the first round interview and they still haven't gotten back to me yet about superday. How did your interview go? and are you in school by any chance? I think they are staggering my interview because I graduate in May.

crayzlime:

Hey,

Have you heard back about second rounds? I have a superday tomorrow and would love some help and guidance on interview questions.
Thanks

Oct 24, 2012

They gave me a few date options (Oct 18, Oct 21, etc). Travel itinerary was already booked within 48 hours of my interview. This was for FMA, not PAG, but its likely the same.

I would get in contact with HR asap. Two weeks is a long time to be left in limbo...

Oct 24, 2012

DatGreyPoupon, I am in the same situation that you are in right now. I received an email two weeks ago that invited me to attend superday, but I did not hear anything back. I emailed HR twice, and they still did not respond.

let me know if you hear anything from them.

Oct 24, 2012

Prep your technical. BlackRock is pretty big on that.

Oct 24, 2012

i got an email invitation for the 10/28 superday.

anybody else going to that?

Oct 24, 2012

bump bump! for full time position~

Oct 24, 2012

bump bump! Any ideas about what the full time position interview is like?

Oct 24, 2012
Oct 24, 2012

When did you find out about your superday? I had first round OC interviews last week, and the interviewers went out of their way to say I did well, but said I wouldn't hear back for another 2 weeks, and I haven't heard back since.

Oct 24, 2012

I am going to the PAG superday as well

Oct 24, 2012

same here. have you guys heard back?

Oct 24, 2012

same here. have you guys heard back?

Oct 24, 2012

bump

Oct 24, 2012

Hey,
congrats on getting superday, I know its annoying when someone doesn't answer your question and instead asks you a question, but I have a first round interview coming up for the PAG for SA. What types of questions did they ask? How technical was it?
Thanks.

Oct 24, 2012

Dubsfan, where do you go to school? I got an OCR BlackRock first round this week for PAG

Oct 24, 2012

haha we might go to the same school, but I'd rather not say- don't want to expose myself showing how ill prepared i am currently..

Oct 24, 2012

bump

Oct 24, 2012

You will be interviewed by four people ranging from associates to managers. They will ask you a lot about what is happening in the current markets, where all the current interest rates are, and where have they been historically. They also throw about two to three brainteasers at you. Definitely also know about your bond analysis (yields, concavity, and such). The whole thing will last about three hours tops.

Best of luck! You get a response within a week of the final round. The sooner they call, most likely means yo got the offer. Great group to work for though.

Oct 24, 2012

how technical does first rounds get though? ive heard that it's more of a fit, but...

Oct 24, 2012

first round is fit, with maybe one question on your knowledge on market

Oct 24, 2012

kbluearmor7- do you mean convexity by chance?

Oct 24, 2012

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