BlackRock Virtual Cover Letter Hireview

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Has anyone applied to BlackRock to be a full-time analyst and received a request to submit a virtual cover letter? I'm not sure what to expect so if anyone has completed it and could tell me what questions were on it that would be great! I'm not sure whether to expect to submit one long story about my background or have to answer specific questions.


BlackRock Virtual Cover Letter Hireview


BlackRock Video Interview Questions

They ask the same basic, behavioral questions for each video interview. Only two questions are asked, with 30 seconds to prepare and 1 minute 30 sec to answer the question. Questions vary depending on the department, but examples include:

  • Why did you choose your major and how do you believe it will help you in your professional career?
  • Why would you be good for the role?
  • Why do you think you're a good fit for BlackRock and why did you decide to apply to your division of preference?
  • What has been your favorite course at school and why?
  • How would you value the risk of 100 Apple shares?
  • What differentiates BlackRock?

More answers to frequent questions can be found here.


How to Prepare for Blackrock Video Interview

Prepare answers to the sample questions above in advance, and practice in front of a webcam. It takes getting used to the online format, so you want to be prepared! Also make sure to keep your practiced answers under the 1:30 time limit. Review your resume for things you want to highlight, and make sure you're ready for curveball questions not on the list above.

Make sure you're dressed in a suit or business professional (at least from the waist up). Ensure you're in a well-lit and quiet area, with minimal background distractions.


Blackrock Hireview General FAQs

These are webcam interviews, so make sure your camera and microphone works. Usually everyone has to do one. Most receive an email a few minutes after submitting their applications, and they ask for different virtual cover letters for each of your choices in BlackRock. Typically they give a deadline of 3 days, but many users have done it after the deadline without any issues.

A follow-up email, if you haven't completed the assessment, usually consists of this:

"This is a friendly reminder that you have been selected to move forward in the recruitment process with BlackRock. The next step of the process will consist of a short, automated video interview to allow us to get to know you a little better and provide you with an opportunity to highlight your talent and abilities."

Comments (170)

Sep 2, 2016

Hey, I'd also like to find out about this. Also, is there a deadline for completion of the BlackRock virtual cover letter?

Sep 3, 2016

It is well specified in the letter: within 3 days!

Oct 9, 2016

I replied to mine 6 days late and the application went through without problems. I know many people who also submitted it the cover letter late and have had no problems. Thats being said, do it as soon as you can.

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Sep 5, 2016

Do you guys know if everyone who applies gets asked to complete the virtual cover letter? Or do some get cut before that round?

Sep 5, 2016

I'm pretty sure everyone has to do one. I recieved an email almost seconds after submitting my application. They ask for a virtual cover letter from both your choices. Has anyone done the virtual cover letter yet, if so could they tell say how it was and what it entails.

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Sep 5, 2016

The deadline is in three days, did you manage to do it. How was it? What was in it as well?

Sep 5, 2016

bump.

Would also like to know what this entails if anyone has gone through it!

People say economic theories don't apply too well to real-life scenarios... But I feel like I'm sensing the free-rider problem or information asymmetry or Nash equilibrium or something here...

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Sep 8, 2016

you are now one of them. plz tell us

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Sep 7, 2016

Can someone please tell us whats on it?

Sep 8, 2016

Bump- Anyone do this and can comment?

Sep 8, 2016

bump, also interested

Sep 8, 2016

You're all overthinking it, they're basic questions like why did you pick your major, why would you be good for the role, etc. I applied to two positions, both asked the same exact questions. Not sure if they mix up the questions they send to candidates, but they're behavioral. You have 30 seconds to do a practice and then a minute thirty to answer. I applied FT and already did virtual interview, it says in the email that they make all candidates do it. Also, BlackRock is doing virtual first-round interviews. Hope that helps

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Sep 9, 2016

Is it a webcam interview?? Or you just need to type your answers?

Sep 9, 2016

Webcam

Sep 9, 2016

Just did it and would agree. Sort of rattled when I did it since it was my first HireVue interview - would highly recommend practicing/being comfortable looking at the webcam.

Sep 10, 2016

what kind of questions did they ask? Do you speak or type?

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Aug 31, 2018

Same, applied to multiple roles in the past. Questions are basic... Why your major. Why Blackrock. Basic technical questions such as "How would you quantify the risk of holding XYZ stock" etc.

Sep 8, 2016

Did any of you apply to Investments? I applied on 8/3 for full-time through an employee referral but my confirmation email said nothing about a virtual cover letter and I haven't heard anything since then.

Sep 9, 2016
jdfhg:

Did any of you apply to Investments? I applied on 8/3 for full-time through an employee referral but my confirmation email said nothing about a virtual cover letter and I haven't heard anything since then.

I applied to quantitative investment and I was asked for a virtual cover letter

Sep 11, 2016

Investments is no longer an option on their app. I'm assuming that means that they'll down with recruiting for that division?

Jan 21, 2018

Could you share a little about your virtual cover letter questions? And did you receive further information? Thx!

Sep 9, 2016

I applied to investments and had to submit a virtual cover letter.

Sep 18, 2017

Hi, I am applying to BlackRock this year, and also received a virtual cover letter, do you mind sharing your experiences, and types of questions being asked? Thanks so much!

Sep 30, 2016

Same here. I also applied through a referral but never received any virtual cover letter thing. Which team do you applied to?

Oct 4, 2016

I've spoken to recruiters and people who have applied, it sounded like they've hired their Investments team from their summer analyst group.

Sep 11, 2016

If I recall correctly they give you approx. 2 minutes to answer each question with 1:30 min to read and prepare (also comes with a video asking the same question beforehand and practice rounds).
Questions I got:
1. Why do you think you're a good fit for BlackRock and why did you decide to apply to your division of preference (something along those lines)?
2. Why did you choose your major and how do you believe it will help you in your professional career?
Pretty straightforward.

Btw, anyone know when we'll hear back?

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Sep 17, 2016

Are there only 2 questions? Thanks

Sep 18, 2016

Yeah, two questions. Very short interview. Good luck.

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Sep 22, 2016

Exact Questions were (2 minutes to respond to each):

  1. Why did you choose to apply to BlackRock and this specific business?
  2. Please explain how you chose your academic area of study and how you will use it in your career.
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Sep 23, 2016

You're right. I had several interviews that week so I forgot the specifics...Thanks for clarifying.

Sep 14, 2016

I applied to FMA and Client Business about 2 weeks ago. Havent heard back. Anyone heard back yet?

Oct 4, 2016

Applied to the same groups and haven't heard back yet.

Sep 14, 2016

Still haven't heard back either and its been 2+ weeks

Sep 15, 2016

Bump, any updates anyone?

Sep 18, 2016

Now I'm the newest to this thread who has this virtual interview due in 3 days :/

Sep 18, 2016

The deadline for mine is tomorrow :'(

Sep 19, 2016

Anyone know when they start interviewing? Or did they already start?

Sep 20, 2016

bump

Sep 20, 2016

Anyone hear anything for FMA?

Sep 21, 2016

Nothing yet, finished my virtual cover letter a week ago..

Sep 23, 2016

Just finished my virtual cover letter, the questions are exactly the same as @FreedStones said

Sep 27, 2016

Anything new?

Sep 27, 2016

I did the virtual cover letter too. The questions are about:
1) Why this field of profession?
2) Why BlackRock?
3) Why the major you studied?
4) How you bring your skills to the firm?
Or the combination of two of them.

Tips: I heard from the recruiter at a campus event that you don't need to repeat the question, because it's a waste of time. I did repeat the question though... before I heard this. Yes, I'm dumb dumb :)

Sep 28, 2016

Still no response.. I expect we'll start hearing back in mid october

Sep 28, 2016

Last year, I applied mid September, got interview invite mid November and got rejected in ... March

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Sep 2, 2018

wow that's super slow

Sep 30, 2016

one of my classmates got an invitation for recorded interview last week. don't know if that's the first round

Sep 30, 2016

I think every applicant gets one

Sep 30, 2016

I didn't

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Oct 4, 2016

Lucky, I've only gotten the virtual cover letter.

Oct 1, 2016

Careful, if you apply outside the UK, second question is in the language of the office you are applying to. That was not a nice surprise...

Oct 1, 2016

Ok so I completed my virtual cover letter this Thursday night, and got this Friday night:

"This is a friendly reminder that you have been selected to move forward in the recruitment process with BlackRock.
The next step of the process will consist of a short, automated video interview to allow us to get to know you a little better and provide you with an opportunity to highlight your talent and abilities."

Do they send this to everyone who applied?

Oct 1, 2016
yiyooo:

Ok so I completed my virtual cover letter this Thursday night, and got this Friday night:

"This is a friendly reminder that you have been selected to move forward in the recruitment process with BlackRock.The next step of the process will consist of a short, automated video interview to allow us to get to know you a little better and provide you with an opportunity to highlight your talent and abilities."

Do they send this to everyone who applied?

I thought the Virtual Cover Letter = short, automated video interview?

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Oct 2, 2016

Yeah that's what I thought too but I got this after I submitted the virtual cover letter...

Oct 1, 2016

I haven't heard anything after finishing my cover letter (3 weeks ago)..so I guess I'm not selected to move forward?

Oct 10, 2016

Thanks

Oct 1, 2016

@yiyooo which office/position did you apply to?

Oct 2, 2016

SF & client businesses

Oct 3, 2016

Some of my classmates received the same thing. The questions are exactly the same. very confused

Oct 3, 2016

anyone heard back from them after completing virtual cover letter? its been 2 weeks I guess I didnt get through :/

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Oct 6, 2016

I also applied weeks ago and have not heard anything. I applied to NY Client Business

Oct 3, 2016

I have never shit the bed harder in life than I did on that virtual cover letter.

All they ask you is why Blackstone, why the position you applied for, why you would be a good fit etc. I'm just a rookie moron and figured I would wing a few behavioral questions with no preliminary research. Don't be like me.

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Oct 3, 2016

Lol "why Blackstone"? At least get the company name right dude haha

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Oct 4, 2016

+1 Silver Banana. Fuck.

Aug 12, 2017

You are so funny! I like it.

Oct 3, 2016

I did it two days ago. I was taken back because I wasn't expecting to be recorded through video on my answers, but essentially that's what it is. Standard behavioral questions. For example, I applied for the multi-asset trading desk as an SA, and they asked: "Why did you choose your major"? And "How will that impact your career"? They give you about 1min 30 seconds to record your answers. They also give you about a 1 min to prepare before it starts recording. For my role, there were only two questions asked, both of which was recorded. If you apply to multi positions you'll have to record a virtual cover letter for both positions.

Side Note: dress in a suit as they expect you to look professional....or at least from the waste up

Oct 4, 2016

How does the timer work? Do you have to fill up the entire 1min 30s time? Or is there a button to stop recording if you have fully answered the question before the timer is up?

Oct 4, 2016

Do you have to use up the full minutes of time? Or can you stop the recording early if you have fully answered the question?

Oct 4, 2016

You can stop it early. There's a button that allows you to stop recording.

Oct 6, 2016

Ok so who has completed the Virtual Cover letter and still not heard back from BlackRock?

Oct 7, 2016

I was told interviews would be held late October, early November by a recruiter. I applied for a FI summer analyst position, so I'm not sure about FT

Oct 8, 2016

Got the interview yesterday. They take place the 20th for first round and 21st the second round

Oct 8, 2016

Congrats! First and second rounds are back-to-back?

Oct 8, 2016

Mine is part of their founders scholars program. But yeah they are back to back

Oct 9, 2016

Anyone heard back from their FT FMA after completing their cover letter?

Oct 9, 2016

I haven't. I think the only people who have heard back are those who applied with BFS

Oct 10, 2016
J-look94:

I haven't. I think the only people who have heard back are those who applied with BFS

Haven't heard back either. Submitted mine on 2nd October. What did you apply for?

Oct 10, 2016

hii, It's mentioned in Job description of Analyst program as "Analyst program is a two year program" what does it actually mean?

Oct 11, 2016

For all interested - its literally a 3 question virtual cover letter in which you talk about your major selection, pathway to applying, and why BlackRock is a good fit for you. 30 seconds to "prep" and 2 minutes to respond. Don't sweat.

Oct 30, 2016

bump. Anyone heard back regarding the virtual cover letter for the analyst program yet?

Nov 1, 2016

No apparently they start for FT in mid-November

Nov 5, 2016

Has anyone interviewed with the Alternative Investments group?

Nov 6, 2016

Any update for the ones who applied FT ?

Nov 16, 2016

Haven't heard anything

Nov 13, 2016

Has anyone applied for two divisions? I will have to do the virtual cover letter and I don't know if I have to talk about both of them when answering "why this division". Or they ask for 2 CL? tks

Nov 13, 2016

i believe you must do two virtual cover letters.

Nov 13, 2016

I applied to two divisions. Long story short I slipped up and didn't submit a video for either. Even though I didn't send in a video, financial modelling reached out with a follow-up assessment. No more developments as of yet, surprised the lack of videos slipped through the cracks. Regardless, a takeaway is that the two divisions aren't going to compare your applications, they seem pretty separate.

Nov 13, 2016

Lucky you! Thanks!

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Aug 6, 2017

This year the questions are: Why BlackRock and this position? and (the one which is different) What differentiates BlackRock?

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Aug 23, 2017

@Camba Also, you have a lot of time after they give you the question to prepare, but since you know the questions you shouldn't need it. You have 1 minute 30 to answer, which is very short. I would just do plenty of research on BlackRock and the position. Practice in front of the camera (I just used photobooth). Hirevue tracks your eye movement, word selection, and timbre of your voice. You can have notes on your screen and its better to go with an outline than read, or memorize. I passed it and had a first round interview.

Hope this helps!

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Sep 12, 2017

Hi, thanks for your sharing. Did you apply for the London office or other areas? Were you required to choose the position in the application form or only within the cover letter stage?Is online testing involved in the process?

Many thanks.

Sep 19, 2017

Did anybody get past the first round interviews yet?

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Sep 6, 2017

I just did the video Cover Letter and the first question I got was : Why did you choose to apply to BlackRock and this specific business?
which, I've seen up here before, but my second was asking:
How does BlackRock differentiate itself?

Just thought I would share. It was a little awkward for me because I basically already answered the second question in the first question.

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Sep 25, 2017

How did you even answer those questions

Sep 27, 2017

Which role and location did you apply for? Analyst programme? Thanks

Sep 19, 2017

Any updates for anyone? I did my cover letter a couple weeks ago and was just asked to answer a couple more questions for them on hirevue.

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Sep 20, 2017

Have you answered the questions yet? what are they?

Sep 20, 2017

Haven't yet. Probably gonna do some prep today and do them tomorrow before it's due at midnight.

Oct 2, 2017

Hi everyone! I completed the first part of the application for FMA and equities investments in LDN and Scotland and now have to do the virtual cover letter. Does any of you know about the questions they asked? Thank you!!!

Oct 4, 2017

Hi there, completed the virtual cover letter today and the questions are as before:

1) Why did you choose to apply to BlackRock and this specific business?

2) What differentiates BlackRock?

Oct 5, 2017

Hi, did you apply for the graduate analyst role in LDN? Thanks

Oct 16, 2017

Yeah I did the cover letter and it was pretty straight forward. Why did you choose to apply to BlackRock and this specific business. What differentiates BlackRock.

I just did mine a few days ago, anybody that has done it, when do you typically hear back. I was talking to my boss from when I interned there for my second co-op, and she said she wasn't sure but probably like 2 weeks.

Oct 30, 2017

i have done it since september, all i received (on 27 octobeR) was an invite to complete contextual survey. im an int'l graduate student so dont know what it meant (if my application was successful or not)

Oct 31, 2017

I'm in the same situation, has anyone else heard back from them after the contextual survey?

Nov 16, 2017

I submitted the virtual interview on 10/4 and finally yesterday I got an email saying "Thank you for submitting your application to the position at BlackRock. We are currently reviewing your application and we will be in contact with you shortly. "

Is this a glitch?

Nov 17, 2017

I didn't get that. HR directly e-mailed me.

Nov 17, 2017

i haven't got it yet

Nov 17, 2017

when did you graduate?

Nov 18, 2017

Did any international student receive the "rare contextual survey"? I received an invitation to that, but the email also included "... survey only open to applicants who completed their secondary school education in the UK". I did not study in the UK, so I suppose I should ignore this survey? Yet I was invited.

Not sure what to do. Hopefully my decision won't affect my chances of any further progress.

Nov 20, 2017

i asked them and they said its not important and you can ignore it.

Nov 20, 2017

its only for home students. what role did you apply and when did you graduate?

Nov 20, 2017

Has anyone been selected for the first round? I have been selected for trading SA. Have 2x30 min interview in one week

Dec 26, 2017

I recently applied for the Portfolio Analyst Program at New York. I got an email to complete the hirevue assessment within 3 days. As I am unable to complete within the given time frame, I emailed the university relations team and then I got an automated email mentioning that they don't give an extension. Can the hirevue assessment be completed after 3 days?

Apr 4, 2018

Can anyone tell me which groups are the most over saturated with applications?
FMA? PAG? Equities?

I just wanna know which groups to avoid when applying this summer.

Apr 4, 2018

snk.nazir, hey, look at the bright side, at least you didn't get a ton of monkey shit thrown at you...here is my best guess on threads that might be helpful:

If we're lucky, the following users may have something to say: @nelobynature @Joe_Bananas @totan.ftu2

Hope that helps.

Jul 9, 2018

bump, someone take one for the team and tell us the questions

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Jul 13, 2018

has anyone heard back since the virtual cover letter?

Jul 16, 2018

what were your virtual cover letter questions? if you dont mind me asking.

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Jul 20, 2018

Hi, do u mind pm me the questions for BlackRock?

Jul 20, 2018

Does anyone know if the hirevue questions this year is the same as last year?

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Jul 23, 2018

Took the hirevue, can confirm questions were same as last year

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Jul 23, 2018

Just finished the hirevue today. There are two questions totally. For each question, candidate is allowed to take 5 mins to preprare and 1min30s to answer the question. My questions were 1) Why did you apply to BlackRock and the specific business? 2) What made BlackRock differentiate from other firms?

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Aug 28, 2018

Thanks for sharing!! Just wondering did you apply for 2019 analyst position?

Aug 31, 2018

I applied ft 2019 FT analyst position and the questions were:
Why BlackRock and the specific business?
What differentiates Blackrock from other firms?
Also, lol, I applied to two positions, and the questions were the EXACT same. (You still do it twice seperately)
So it was awkward explaining why for one position, and then completely changing my answer to fit the 2nd specific business.

Sep 9, 2018

Does anyone have any idea of what their recruiting timeline looks like or when we'll begin to hear back post virtual cover letter?

Sep 12, 2018

Anyone apply and not receive a cover letter request instantly lol

Sep 28, 2018

has anyone heard back yet?

Sep 28, 2018

I had two HireVues very recently. My two questions were "Why BlackRock, why [x division]" and "How does BlackRock differentiate itself from its competitors"

Sep 28, 2018

Have you heard back after the hirevues yet tho?

Oct 13, 2018

I am going to complete now. Wish me luck. Will report back!

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Oct 13, 2018

I applied for the Equities and ETF & Index Investing. I did not prepare enough. I get stressed out when I prepare too much so I tried to speak naturally. Good choice? Depends, I could have had a much better answer for sure but I wanted to speak naturally instead.

Well, anyways GL to you all and see you around.

Questions for both VCLs: 1. Why did you choose to apply to Blackrock and to this specific industry and 2. How does Blackrock differentiate itself.

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Oct 13, 2018

More importantly - does anyone know if BR is even hiring for FT in anything?

Oct 17, 2018

Yeah, they are hiring for full time positions from what I've heard.
Has anybody heard back for sa 2019 yet?

Oct 18, 2018

Any update for FT?

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