Tips for getting first round interview at quant trading firms?
Hey everyone, I am very new to this website. Just want to preface this post by saying that I do not feel as if I deserve a job at thesefirms, but I would like to think I have what it takes to make to the first stage...
My situation is:
Education: Attend UK target (i.e. Oxbridge) and study STEM major (not mathematics, but still quantitative); good exam results and strong ranking in the year-group; take competitive/hard() courses (not the easiest ones on offer)
Academic/research: my university strictly prohibits students from joining research groups (although have tried to do some in holidays)
Technical/computing: Can program (Python is my main language, but also can do MATLAB); have messed/AI in my own time and with coursework
Quantitative: Qualified for some competitive mathematics (was never encouraged to prepare/study for it) in years 9 - 13 (high school), but never made it past(British maths olympiad), but did get some certificates for phys and chem olympiads
Employment: I wish to stay anonymous, so I can say that I have no quant finance work experience/internships (not for a lack of trying) but have other semi-relevant finance experience; have also read up on basic options theory/greeks/vol curve/etc.
- I attend all the campus events/presentations/competitions, speak to the employees, and have been working through probability/combinatorics notes
- I do play competitive games (e.g. chess, etc.) but am not titled
My question is what I can do to improve my chances of getting a first round interview at quantitative trading firms? Are there certain extra projects I can work on? Maybe extra skills I can learn? Blogs I can read/YouTube channels to follow to improve?
On LinkedIn, I see many of the employees were able to take part in research groups at undergraduate level, but I don't quite have the opportunity to do that. I am trying to think of ways to work with that constraint and still get an interview.
I have tried to network with employees at those firms who have done the same degree as me, but they said that grades and exam ranking mattered most
Whenever I submit a resume to these firms, I usually get rejected/no response without even getting to the phone/first round... it is a bit disheartening as it has happened for a few recruitment cycles and haven't seen any real improvement.