2/16/10

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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2/16/10

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!

Financial Modeling

10/24/12

Hey,

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

10/24/12

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...

10/24/12

bump bump! for full time position~

10/24/12

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.

Financial Modeling

10/24/12

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.

10/24/12

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

2/16/10

Well congrats on your interviews!

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

10/24/12

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.

10/24/12

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

10/24/12

I am going to the PAG superday as well

10/24/12

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

2/16/10

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.

10/24/12

Prep your technical. BlackRock is pretty big on that.

10/24/12
10/24/12

same here. have you guys heard back?

10/24/12

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..

2/16/10

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

10/24/12

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

anybody else going to that?

10/24/12

same here. have you guys heard back?

2/17/10

~

2/16/10

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.

10/24/12

bump

2/17/10

~

2/17/10

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

2/17/10

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?

2/17/10

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."

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