PIMCO Product Analyst Interview

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Hello:

Friday, I have my first interview with PIMCO for their product analyst position (phone interview). I was wondering about the types of questions they ask, and how I should prepare for these questions. Cannot find a detailed discussion on this issue here.

Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2015

I went to a superday with these guys for the product analyst summer internship last season. It was by far the most difficult interview I've ever done for any type of position, and I've interviewed at 30+ places since junior year. Lots of macro questions. Lots of hypothetical investing scenarios. Know your finance stuff. Basic equity/bond math. How interest rates, money supply, quantitative easing, etc. work. Also know the current world macro trends well. Know about China. Commodities markets. Read up on a stock or two. Have an opinion on when rates will go up and why. It's hard to prepare for quickly because you either have learned a lot of this stuff or you haven't.

Two questions stick out:
- Design a portfolio for Japanese investors seeking to invest solely in the currency markets and targeting a return of x% per year.
- Is oil prices decreasing an inflationary or deflationary force?

Also remember having to explain exactly how quantitative easing works, and being asked to list all major macro events that have influenced the markets year-to-date.

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Sep 24, 2015

Sounds good. Did you receive an offer from the firm?

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Sep 24, 2015

No

I believe there were 12 candidates at the superday and they picked two

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Oct 2, 2015

What type of questions did they end up asking you (remember any specifically)?

Oct 5, 2015

Have you heard back from them?

Oct 5, 2015

Hi. Do you mind telling how you were notified by them? Did you receive a phone call or an email?

Oct 5, 2015

Hey I received an email

Oct 5, 2015

Hey I received an email

Oct 5, 2015

Definitely doesn't sound front office and sounds like your a bit cocky no matter what your secret strengths are and I can only imagine how pathetic they are

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Oct 5, 2015

It is a legit role. A lot of very smart ppl in product mgmt at PIMCO. I am not 100% sure what these guys do day to day but I interviewed for this role in b-school and it is an interesting seat for sure. Portfolio mgmt at PIMCO is effectively impossible unless you're a math or physics Ph.D. from Stanford or MIT etc, so this is about as close as most mortals can get to PM roles there.

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