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Nov 13, 2016 - 2:03pm

About 2 weeks ago. I can't tell if the silence is a good thing or not. I know that some people have already been rejected, so perhaps we are still in the running. It's just strange, because they moved so quickly in the prior rounds.

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:17pm

Silence at this point has to be a good thing. I got a no from them the day after the second round of interviews.

The other guy that was in the lobby with me before our first round interviews didn't hear back from them immediately either, but I did. Then a couple days later they called him and invited him to the second round. So waiting to call back certain people is definitely something that they do.

My guess is that they extended offers to people already and are waiting for those people to accept or not. If they don't, you guys will be getting calls. That is my theory anyways.

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Nov 14, 2016 - 5:44am

I have been waiting for a call as well for the past two weeks and I know who interviewed with me on the same day that is waiting as well. how many people could they put on hold? By the way where did you have your interview?

Nov 14, 2016 - 6:13pm

I've also been waiting for about 2 weeks now. The other people who were in the lobby with me at the final round were given rejection calls early last week. Not too sure what to think of the wait, it's definitely better than being cut last week, but still isn't too reassuring.

Dec 19, 2016 - 9:13pm

Hi UnfinishedSentence,

One of my acquaintance.
Master in Quantitative Finance with a pristine GPA, CFA, speaks English/Mandarin and has 2-yrs of internships. He should fight in the MMA...
He got called by Trafigura (Stamford, CT I presume ?) in November (but said it was only a brief screening).

Pointer that I have is that Trafigura are looking for someone at a more junior level for the role. However, recent grads from 2013-2015 keep applying and seasoned analysts as well.

I know someone who cracked Trafigura, but later spectacularly crashed... that's story for another day on WSO.

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Nov 14, 2016 - 9:30pm

Well, it looks like we will all get some clarity this week. I believe that central management has to approve all offers, and Trafigura has been in the news a bit the past few weeks, so I'm sure they've had distractions as well. Anyone have an idea how many people they take in each year?

Nov 14, 2016 - 9:58pm

Yeah, probably. But not everyone who receives an offer will accept it, so there might be some Plan B's on standby as well.

No use overthinking it, though. I'm pulling for everybody here.

Sep 25, 2017 - 8:09am

Does anyone have any idea about the graduate program from 2017-18 . I wish to know the chances for my candidature with 5 years post mba experience in metal/mining -M&A . Is there any age factor for the Trafigura graduate program. I am now 33 and is there any hope to apply for the graduate program.

I am currently working in M&A and wish to get into physical trading but unsure how to go about it with experience baggage.

Need some guidance pls.

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:11pm

Trafigura Grad Program Interview (Originally Posted: 10/16/2016)

I have an interview with Trafigura this week for their grad program, the oil and gas side. Does anybody have any insight or recommendations to prepare for the interview? I have 2 interviews that are 1.5 hours each and they're competency based.

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:16pm

Two 45 min interviews and two Traf employees in each interview. First interview tested your knowledge on company, your outlook on the market, technical questions on trading, hedging, and scheduling. Also, asked questions on how you would handle different problems. They didn't screw around at all in the first interview. The second interview was very chill. Just casual conversational interview... walk me thru your resume.. tell me about this. They called me the next morning and told me I graded better than most candidates, but they had candidates that graded better and I didn't get invited to the final round.

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Sep 27, 2017 - 9:18pm

I read the following on Trafiguras website: Economics of Commodities Trading, Commodities demystified: a guide to trading and the global supply chain, their corporate brochure, their financial results for 2016 and 2015, and just streamed through their website. I also watched youtube videos on their grad program, ceo intervieew, ect. I read the book oil 101. I called my roommates brother who is a crude trader for Shell and he helped me out a bit. I researched investment ideas for the firm. I researched the oil markets and took a view on price outlook. I researched the freight markets and major hubs, chokepoints, ect. I refreshed myself on all the material news/events over the last year relative to oil. I researched all their major competitors. I looked into the major grades of oil and their characteristics. I prepared for the interview for a couple hours a day for 4 or 5 days. I put more time studying for it than I would for a test, but a lot of the material was new to me.

I should've been more prepared for the scheduling questions. For example, pipeline breaks what do you do... your oil doesn't meet the spec obligations what do you do... ect. Oh well, it was a good experience.

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