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Jan 19, 2012

Oh, I was informed that I had been selected for an interview through my college app website. application deadline was a few days ago and interviews will take place on the 26th. I'm simply wondering if I have any chance at all/worth it to prep a bit.

Jan 19, 2012

Make sure you're solid on math and programming, and familiarize yourself with Ocaml.

What major are you/what school? You're not from CMU by any chance, are you?

Jan 19, 2012

I'm simply wondering if I have any chance at all/worth it to prep a bit.

Let's put it this way. You will have zero chance if you don't prepare for the interview.

Jan 19, 2012

"You're not from CMU by any chance, are you?"

nah i dont go to CMU

Jan 19, 2012

Wait, you're a high school senior who got selected for a jane street interview? Ok, i'm smelling a troll here.

Only way this is true would be if you are an IMO medalist or something ridiculous like that.

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Jan 19, 2012

"through my college app website"
"interview as a freshman"

did you even read the posts? i'm in college. but, i will admit the freshman part is not totally accurate. i currently have sophomore/junior standing, but in no way did i indicate/allude to this on my app so as far as they were concerned im a freshman.

"Only way this is true would be if you are an IMO medalist or something ridiculous like that"
if only, if only. im not even close to IMO lol

"Let's put it this way. You will have zero chance if you don't prepare for the interview"
"Make sure you're solid on math and programming, and familiarize yourself with Ocaml."

Okay. When you say math, like what type of math are you talking about? Ive heard interviews usually ask behavioral/questions about your resume...

Jan 19, 2012

srs?

Jan 19, 2012

What the heck is a "college app website"?

Jan 19, 2012

If you have to ask what kind of math JSC uses and you weren't an IMO medalist....

Jan 19, 2012

Where do you go?

Jan 19, 2012

"College app website" = where current students go to see upcoming applications and fill them out. we're informed of the decision on the website. if I were to say the actual website, I'd be giving away where I go.

"If you have to ask what kind of math JSC uses and you weren't an IMO medalist...."

Like I said... 0 experience/background in finance. I applied to a whole slew ranging from law firms to engineering to finance, just for fun. I didnt expect to get an interview offer anywhere. Currently reading about what Jane Street does, I'd assume I'd get a lot of questions on probability/statistics.

Assuming I'm not a troll, is there anyone that has had an interview for a trader intern with Jane Street that is willing to share their experience? I looked at past ones, but they are not very recent.

Jan 19, 2012

So let me get this straight.
You're not good at math.
You're not good at finance.
You're a freshman.

You got an interview at Jane Street.

WTF

Jan 19, 2012

Yeah, something isn't adding up. 17 y/o 'freshman' that has 'junior standing'. So you really went into undergrad with 42+ credits? I didn't go to an ivy, but it's in the top 15 and that isn't possible unless you are, basically in the top .000001% of students(only get credit for 5 on AP exams). Like, seriously one in ten million type student. And I would assume, a student like that wouldn't be asking such stupid questions. So, I am calling BS on this entire thread.

Jan 20, 2012

To be perfectly honest, it's not impossible to go into undergrad with that many credits. I and some of my (math major) friends at a top 15 college came in with 38-60 credits (I did mine through APs only for about 38, my friends made 60 through classes at universities at well). I wouldn't consider myself a top .000001% student though (according to my GPA, I'm apparently just above average here). Did get a JCS interview though.

Jan 20, 2012

Leaving aside whether or not OP is a troll, 42 credit hours is not at all difficult to do if your school doesn't require 5s on AP exams (many only require 4s, depending on the subject). I took 8 of them and came in with 45 hours, so that part wouldn't surprise me.

I agree with euroazn, though, something doesn't add up.

Jan 20, 2012

"So let me get this straight.
You're not good at math.
You're not good at finance.
You're a freshman.

You got an interview at Jane Street.

WTF"

idk if im good at finance, i just dont know shit about it. ive started reading through "The Quants", watching a shit load of lectures on stochastic processes and asking my parents to let me trade w/ their money. overall, i am much better at writing/analyzing lit/pysch/debate so maybe that was unique to the app.

i never said i wasnt good at math. i just said iwasnt close to IMO (big difference..)
Im not sure if I'm "good" at math or not, but Ive been doing math competitions since 6th grade, AIME qualifier, Math team captain of school A team for regionals, states and new englands, ARML A team (represented state at nationals...this is where I met a DE Shaw (they are one of the sponsors) person where i first found about finance), and I did some math research over the summer with a person at Cambridge on Fast Fourier Transforms applications in Harmonic Analysis. so im not USAMO or IMO level, Ive just done some math. hopefully that clears up any confusion as to my math knowledge.

"yeah, something isn't adding up. 17 y/o 'freshman' that has 'junior standing'. So you really went into undergrad with 42+ credits? I didn't go to an ivy, but it's in the top 15 and that isn't possible unless you are, basically in the top .000001% of students(only get credit for 5 on AP exams). Like, seriously one in ten million type student. And I would assume, a student like that wouldn't be asking such stupid questions. So, I am calling BS on this entire thread."

I'm 17 because I skipped a grade and half of another one, and , you have no idea with regards to credit. ive done 10 AP exams back in hs and got credit for all those, transferred college credits i took back in hs and passed the placement exams here so i got credit for that as well. they dont cap credits at the ivy I go to, so there's no limit. Definitely not 1 in a million student. I know a couple of other people that got a lot of credit transferred as well.

I'm not sure why everyone thinks im trolling. Trolling really is a waste of time. if i were really trolling, why wouldnt i just say "17 year old got a full time offer at Jane Street" or something ridiculous like that.

And thanks for the help mass marines, I'm not too shabby at mental math, so ill just brush up on probability/combinatorics for the interview.

Jan 20, 2012

what math classes you take in high school/self learn op such that you can just "brush up" on combinatorics and probability theory

Jan 20, 2012

"and I did some math research over the summer with a person at Cambridge on Fast Fourier Transforms applications in Harmonic Analysis. "

HAHAHAHAAHAHA

/thread.

Jan 20, 2012

^i didnt intend it like that. I just took the basic ap statistics course back in high school. But, for math competitions, I've also taken classes on Art of Problem Solving for Combinatorics (a lot of the material was what they gave for students representing US at IMO). But Im sure it was not nearly as complicated as what Jane Street might ask, so I guess I should have said *need to go learn.

""and I did some math research over the summer with a person at Cambridge on Fast Fourier Transforms applications in Harmonic Analysis. "

HAHAHAHAAHAHA

/thread."

Nah, it was basic. Not nearly enough time to do anything of actual value.

"I know a guy whos been interning at Jane Street every summer since his freshman year from MIT. Its rare but not unheard of to get an interview there as a freshman. Just ignore what people say, if you have an interview you have an interview. They just jelly :p"

Okay so it is possible, nice. And i dont think they're jealous lol, probably just unsure whether to believe me or not

Jan 20, 2012

None of this story is adding up. If it is true, I am not jelly, I am just impressed!

Jan 20, 2012

I've got more jelly than the pool that gave old blue the navy vet a heart attack

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

Jan 21, 2012

Cool story bro

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

Jan 22, 2012

well, without giving away any info to identify me, all i can post is http://i39.tinypic.com/2zyxy0j.png to any non-believers...

"than the pool that gave old blue the navy vet a heart attack"

what the fuck does that mean?

Jan 22, 2012
BlooBerry:

well, without giving away any info to identify me, all i can post is http://i39.tinypic.com/2zyxy0j.png to any non-believers...

"than the pool that gave old blue the navy vet a heart attack"

what the fuck does that mean?

small block of rather generic text
doesn't even have position name
seemslegit.jpeg

Jan 22, 2012
BlooBerry:

well, without giving away any info to identify me, all i can post is http://i39.tinypic.com/2zyxy0j.png to any non-believers...

"than the pool that gave old blue the navy vet a heart attack"

what the fuck does that mean?

If what you are saying is true, I wouldn't post that image. The person interviewing you (or really many other people at JSC) will know who you are based on the interview time and date (OK the name of the school isn't on there but who knows if they interview at more than one school on that day).

Also, you shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself to an anonymous message board, seems strange to me.

Jan 22, 2012

check your pm, if that doesnt convince you fuck it, you can keep thinking im trolling for all i care

'Also, you shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself to an anonymous message board, seems strange to me."

The reason is because if I ever need WSO again (undoubtedly will need help) I dont want to be viewed as a liar/troll.
butyeah that's a good point, whatever, im off this thread. thanks for all the help, hopefully the interview will go smoothly

Jan 22, 2012

there is a much greater problem at hand, dude...

you haven't watched Old School. Srs?

Jan 23, 2012

Pretty sure they already knew who OP was before he posted that pic, how many 17-year olds are interviewing there?

Jan 23, 2012

I interviewed there as an underclassman. I made it through a couple rounds before accepting another offer.

The math they ask in the first few rounds was relatively simple- basic probability and counting. Nothing as complicated as on the AIME. It's more about "common sense" math than tricky competition math.

Jan 23, 2012
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Jan 23, 2012
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I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk