I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at BlackRock.
Interview Details Phone interview followed by on site. One person on phone will ask basic fit questions. On site there were at least eight interviewers from different departments. Various technical questions, and situation based questions are asked.
Interview Question – A mathematical based questions required to calculate how many diamonds of 1 ct can you fit into a room Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Had another offer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at BlackRock in January 2011.
Interview Details Candidates are initially screened by HR representatives. Those that pass the first round are then reviewed by anywhere from 2-4 full time employees, with those reviewers ranging from analysts to director level personnel. Then there will be an initial phone screen by a hiring committee manager. If the candidate seems like they will be a good personality fit, they are brought in for a "super day" interview, where they will see up to 6 other people, often being interviewed in a panel format. There will also be a group exercise to test their teamworking and critical thinking skills.
Interview Question – When have you been innovative or entrepreneurial? What is the biggest challenged you've faced so far? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at BlackRock in January 2014.
Interview Details Fairly drawn out process, several interviews with different groups, finally met with my target group and interviewed with 3 md's and a vp. The recruiter that I had been in touch with was particularly helpful.
Interview Question – No real technicals--unexpected questions were more just diving deep into my answers on behaviorals Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at BlackRock in December 2012.
Interview Details Got an interview for risk analyst. been interviewed by 3 different people, about 30 min each. very straight forward, non tricky questions. technical and competency based questions.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at BlackRock.
Interview Details These people ask basic java question, as people in blackrock are not that technically sound and work mainly on perl, m-perl
Interview Question – May ask some finance terms Answer Question
Negotiation Details – 1 week
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at BlackRock.
Interview Details first round interviews on campus. super-days are all day with back to back. lunch break with analysts. mostly were behavior interviews, knowledge of finance, why this firm, why this industry/asset management.
Negotiation Details – NA. general analyst class
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at BlackRock in September 2013.
Interview Details Got a referral for BlackRock.
Then i received a call from the HR. I had an offer in hand,so the HR wanted to discuss the salary before even having a telephonic technical discussion/screening.
Telephonic Interviewer again started discussing salary first. I do not know why they are fearing screening people. See whether you need him/her first.
I always used to think a product base firm like BlackRock pays higher than others. But its a myth.
Interview Question – We cannot offer you the package you already have. Would you want to continue the interview ? View Answer
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at BlackRock in February 2013.
Interview Details Pretty robust, though I expect it varies depending on the team. Failed an interview the first time I applied, passed the second time. As a person with a non-finance and non-programming background, I had questions ranging from general knowledge to puzzles to project management to my extra-curricular interests in coding (some of them were pretty hard problems) and technology stocks. Interview process is fairly lengthy but they have a phone/on-campus screen and then only one SuperDay (final rounds) so it's not unfairly tiring. You get to meet a fair number of members of the hiring team in rotation, so there's a fair diversity. I believe that's pretty standard.
Interview Question – (Open-ended) (I had mentioned that I follow tech stocks closely) How would you invest $N in, say, (insert tech gint like Google/Facebook/Apple/Yahoo/Microsoft) ? What options would you take - stocks, bonds, etc. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No real negotiation. I think the numbers are pretty standard firm-wide for entry-level positions.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at BlackRock in April 2013.
Interview Details There are 5 technical+1 HR rounds in total in which 1 is telephonic and 4 are Video Conferencing.
Interview Question – None Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Better Oppurtunity
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BlackRock in August 2010.
Interview Details Phone interview, followed by two in-person interviews. The whole hiring process takes quite a while and there is tons of paperwork, background checks, etc. It also took forever between the last interview and when I was finally offered the job. The whole process took about 2 months. Multiple departments tend to be hiring at the same time so don't hesitate to gently ask the recruiter if there may be more than one position you are qualified for.
Interview Question – Lots of case study related questions. i.e. what would you do in a particular situation. There were a few industry related questions but nothing too specific. If you do your homework on financial services and particularly the area you are interviewing for you will be fine. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There wasn't too much negotiation. Your main point of negotiation is your salary history and making sure you get a certain percentage over your current salary. In general though the pay is good. I was able to get a 20% bump over what I was making at my previous company.
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