[QUANTRAGE] STOP GATEKEEPING WITH OLYMPIADS
I'm so sick and tired of EVERY SINGLE quant firm doing their first round of resume screening by searching for olympiad experience. It was HIGHSCHOOL, get over it already. The ability to get to USACO Camp is barely harder than doing a Leetcode hard, but for some reason every recruiter views it as a sign of god-given talent.
Don't even get me started on all the headhunters and company bios that brag about "We have multiple IMO Medalists!!!!" Like... Congrats on hiring some kid from the Azerbaijan Olympiad team who was prepped his entire life only to get a bronze and now then barely cracks the top 100 in the class at MIT or Harvard???
If you didn't happen to start studying for your olympiads when you were 12, you might as well give up on trying to get Quant interviews. Even if you do somehow squeeze your way in, you will always be looked at as an outsider, a fraud - someone without the god given innate talent to study your way to the Democratic Republic of ****'s IOI team.