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A Practical Guide To Quantitative Finance Interviews

Posted by Bill at 09:23 | Paper Review | Comments(0) | Reads(11649)
This short article is a book review for “A Practical Guide To Quantitative Finance Interviews”, which is a paperback, and was written by Xinfeng Zhou.

So, you will be soon graduating, and looking for your first position in quantitative finance. At this time, you are a little nervous since you have never interviewed for such good paying jobs previously, and you are wondering if your interviewing skills are up to par?

A Practical Guide To Quantitative Finance InterviewsFirst, all new graduates feel exactly the same way as you do presently, regardless of the field they are seeking employment in. Second, you should be more than just a little scared, because more than likely your interviewing skills are not just bad, they are terrible.

If for no other reason than the above two statements, you should strongly considering obtaining “A Practical Guide To Quantitative Finance Interviews”. Maybe it will not turn you into the best interviewee ever overnight, but it will provide you a head start.

What we really like about this book, and is SO important that it can NOT be over-stated enough. It contains over 200 real world interview questions with ANSWERS, that you can and will be asked in quantitative finance interviews.

The following is an example of a question that is not related to quantitative finance, but is asked in most interviews for high level positions. This question does not appear in the book, but it will show you the importance of being prepared, and how to turn a negative into a positive.

Interviewer: What do you consider is your WORST working quality?

Interviewee: I tend to be a perfectionist, and I want to do everything to the best of my abilities at all times. Because of this, many nights I will bring home extra work with me just so I can be certain I have not missed anything, which upsets my family, since I am not spending time with them.

What have you accomplished by being ready for this almost always asked question? Instead of saying something bad about yourself, which you never want to do. You have turned the tables on the interviewer, and reinforced your commitment to the job, and your strong and dedicated working habits.

When you get done reading the book, you should take time to study both the questions and the answers. Then practice the answers while having your friends ask you the interview questions, and then let them critique you.

If you do that, and when the big day finally arrives, your principal problem will NOT be answering the questions in an interview for a quantitative finance job, but it will be NOT smiling when you are repeating the same statements you have made time and again.

We rate “A Practical Guide To Quantitative Finance Interviews” five stars out of five stars. It is perfect for anybody that is just graduating, has not obtained the position they desire, or feel that their interviewing skills could use a little improvement.


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