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Feb 3, 2010 - 10:20am

Macquarie is pretty chill. I remember my phone interview was done by an HR person, so it was the basic questions that HR would ask.

Walk me through your resume?
Why Macquarie? try to have some good answers for this one bc they know a lot of people use Mac as a backup
Why this position?

This was a year ago though, and they things could have changed. They bought Fox-Pitt and are trying to beefing up their IB dept. I remember Fox-Pitt people weren't very nice to interview with, so hopefully they're not the ones handling the interview process.

Feb 3, 2010 - 2:56pm
wl22:
Macquarie is pretty chill. I remember my phone interview was done by an HR person, so it was the basic questions that HR would ask.

Walk me through your resume?
Why Macquarie? try to have some good answers for this one bc they know a lot of people use Mac as a backup
Why this position?

This was a year ago though, and they things could have changed. They bought Fox-Pitt and are trying to beefing up their IB dept. I remember Fox-Pitt people weren't very nice to interview with, so hopefully they're not the ones handling the interview process.

Ha I've heard that the Fox Pitt people were incredible assholes as well.
As for the why Macquarie question, what would one say?
I mean, all I have been hearing about is how they have sucked recently and have been laying people off.
and, their website makes no mention of any recent transactions

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Feb 3, 2010 - 3:59pm

Macquarie is know for their infrastructure fund. They did an important deal in Korea a few years back and is financing the Chicago highway projects. They're also strong in energy and industrials. I remember they tried to advise Quantas on something, but the deal failed. Remember to mention the culture there. Emphasize how everyone is laid back and team oriented. How's the firm is really flat. That's the general direction to go in. You need to do your own research though since the info i've given you is kinda dated.

Just pray you don't interview with a-holes from Fox-Pitt.

Feb 3, 2010 - 6:10pm
wl22:
Macquarie is know for their infrastructure fund. They did an important deal in Korea a few years back and is financing the Chicago highway projects. They're also strong in energy and industrials. I remember they tried to advise Quantas on something, but the deal failed. Remember to mention the culture there. Emphasize how everyone is laid back and team oriented. How's the firm is really flat. That's the general direction to go in. You need to do your own research though since the info i've given you is kinda dated.

Just pray you don't interview with a-holes from Fox-Pitt.

lol, are the Fox-Pitt guys that bad?

also, Macquarie unsuccessfully tried to purchase the London Stock Exchange for 1.5 billion pounds, an offer so low that they got laughed out of negotiations. lol, so i probably shouldn't mention that either.

Feb 3, 2010 - 6:10pm

As for "why Macquarie" you'd probably have to spin a story about a smaller outfit expanding into the North American market, wanting to join a growing team, different culture etc. etc.

Macquarie have made a push into FIG advisory (buying Fox-Pitt) and energy in North America. They purchased Constellation Energy a while back, giving them a bigger natgas trading business. They bought an energy advisory firm called Tristone Capital last year to beef up their oil & gas advisory services.

They also hired a few big swingers (relative to their US presence) in the US since the GFC, mainly in debt advisory. From memory they also hired some guy from BoA ML a week or so ago.

Most recently they've been unwinding their listed fund model (where they purchase assets, spin them off into a seperate listed fund, and draw management and advisory fees from the fund). They're internalised the management of a few of their funds, and just recently split Macquarie Infrastructure Group (their major Oz listed infra fund) into two seperate vehicles. One holds the Westlink M7 tollroad in Sydney and the 407 ETR in Canada. The other vehicle holds their US tollroads (Indiana, Chicago Skyway and Dulles Greenway), the M6 in the UK and APPR in Europe.

Unlisted funds remain a relatively large focus though.

Feb 8, 2010 - 9:13pm

will there be psychometry test for 9 years exp. IT professional?

I have finished first round and waiting for technical interview. I was told there will be a Psychometry test as well?
did anybody have taken it, pls advice, thanks. Reddy .

Feb 8, 2010 - 10:37pm

Hey, I interviewed for SA, and after first round, had to take a psychometric assessment. 4 parts: 1 critical reading, 1 numerical, 1 abstract reasoning, and then a non-graded personality questionnaire. First 3 parts were mostly SAT-style and not incredibly difficult. That being said, I have not heard back yet, but only took it yesterday morning.

Feb 9, 2010 - 5:39pm
analystforhire:
Hey, I interviewed for SA, and after first round, had to take a psychometric assessment. 4 parts: 1 critical reading, 1 numerical, 1 abstract reasoning, and then a non-graded personality questionnaire. First 3 parts were mostly SAT-style and not incredibly difficult. That being said, I have not heard back yet, but only took it yesterday morning.

How soon after your first round phone were you asked to arrange to take the assessment?
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