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Point72 Asset Management – Discretionary Investing – Academy Summer Analyst Program – First Round Interview 2016

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*** Write-up on interview questions from a Cover Letter Library member’s experiences. This is based on Point72 Asset Management – Discretionary Investing – Academy Summer Analyst Program in New York in 2016. There may be some variations depending on the offices or other new updates to the recruitment practice – so please use this for reference/preparation purposes only ***

Some first bits on the logistics

    • Who’s the lucky company?
      Point72 Asset Management

 

    • For which division at Point72 Asset Management?
      Discretionary Investing

 

    • And for which office?
      New York

 

    • Which year was this Point72 Asset Management interview?
      2016

 

    • What’s the formal title of the position you interviewed for?
      Academy Summer Analyst Program

 

    • How were you informed of this Point72 Asset Management interview?
      HR emailed

 

    • Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?
      Yes

 

    • And this interview was therefore…
      In the morning

 

    • Was this a … ?
      phone interview

 

    • Which stage was this Point72 Asset Management interview?
      first round interview

 

Let’s talk about this first round interview in some details

    • How many separate interviews were in this first round interview?
      One

 

    • How long was each interview?
      One hour

 

    • How many interviewers were in this first round interview ?
      One

 

    • How long was this first round interview in total?
      One hour

 

    • Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
      Walk me through your story – how I chose my degree, the various work experiences I’ve done and ultimately why I’m applying to Point72.

 

    • Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
      Asked about to talk about a recent piece of financial news. What is a weakness I have? What are my strengths? Why Point72? Why investing? What is my investment philosophy? An experience where I faced adversity

 

    • Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
      None

 

    • Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
      Nothing weird – standard culture/fit questions

 

    • What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
      Everything was fairly textbook

 

    • What was the most unexpected thing about this first round interview ?
      No weird questions

 

    • Did you progress to the next stage?
      Yes

 

    • How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about this outcome?
      A week

 

    • Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
      Phone

 

    • Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to this first round interview at Point72 Asset Management?
      Chill out

 

    • Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience of this first round interview with Point72 Asset Management?
      8

 

  • Before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates ace this first round interview at Point72 Asset Management?
    Understand and make sure you can articulate why you want to pursue a career in investing (buyside over sellside)

About the author

Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate.
When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

By Mai Le
Cover letters and detailed interview experience from successful candidates

Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate.
When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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