I had a phone screen with a HR from a very large hedge fund. I just graduated from college and I'm from a non-target, so unfortunately I only worked for small companies, but learnt a lot by having more responsibilities. The HR lady kept digging into my previous companies, like size of the firm, how much fund they manage, goal, areas, portfolio etc.. she didn't let me explain much of what i did. Whenever I tried to explain I have done something that I can contribute, she interrupted me and continued to ask my companies. She seemed like disinterested in me due to size of my previous employers, getting annoying and pissed. I heard a deep sigh from her and started getting frustrated.. I don't what else to say, maybe i'm just not good enough to have experience from some big firms... and the names probably were not impressive... But still I believed that I have something valuable to offer. When I tried to explain for myself, she interrupted me, then quickly ended the conversation.
After this interview, I started re-evaluate myself. Having experiences in small firm seems to lead me nowhere... but i don't want to always stay at small firm forever..