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Recent content by sameer

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    quant job for physics phd

    I recruit for quantitative hedge funds and have a fair amount of empirical data on background and skills one needs to be able to get that first interview. To answer the OP's question, no you absolutely don't need a background in finance to interview at a quantitative shop. Your Physics PhD...
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    CHA Designation...

    Hi there. Yes, the CHA designation was one man's idea. Aren't most things? Here are a few resources you'd find interesting: 1. About Us | CHA Designation Team & Advisory Board -- if you know anyone, I'd just call them. 2...
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    Job Post: Chicago firm looking for MFEs...

    Hi everyone. One of our clients in Chicago is interested in bringing some MFEs with 1-2 years of trading desk experience on-board. Here's how they described what they are looking for: * come from an empirical research background: e.g., Physics, Applied Math, Statistics, or Econometrics *...
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    Back to India?

    Guys, couple quick points: 1. There is interest with regards to hedge funds (and thus the need for FEs) in India -- I know someone in the US that is working on setting up a conference/seminar/training session in India for 2009 focused on raising capital for hedge funds. 2. Here's my personal...
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    quant jobs with only BA/BS?

    Hi there. It's possible but very unlikely. Essentially if you really stood out -- great school, great GPA, great test scores, possible Math/Physics Olympiad winner, etc. then someone may give you a shot. Places like DE Shaw will always be open to someone that is the top of the top regardless of...
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    Seeking advice for the coming telephone intervew

    Shawn, just saw this. How did it go? You probably got asked some programming questions as well I'd guess. Sameer
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    New Quantnet members say hi

    Hey Tim, welcome. That's an awesomely genuine intro! What type of work are you doing? Sameer
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    CFA Results

    Doug, nice work! Congrats.
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    Job Post: Java Programmer -- Trading Systems

    My partners and I recruit for hedge funds and prop trading firms mainly in the US (we occasionally have international roles as well). One of our clients in California is looking for individuals with strong Java programming skills. They recently hired a recent PhD in Computer Science with no work...
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    About interviewing...

    Ilya, yeah I think soft skills will definitely come into play on your way to an offer but your "hard" skills will be the ones that will get your foot in the door...usually. I think, from what I have seen with our clients, what's more important that everything you've mentioned is communication. I...
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    on GPA and jobs

    Hey vkaul, if you have strong GPA(s), I'd say leave it in there even if you've been working for a couple years. Besides some firms want to see GPAs -- we have a client that want us to provide GPAs when we submit resumes regardless of how long the candidate has been working. Yes it has irked a...
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    PT opportunity vs. Internship

    Hey, my recommendation would be to go with the internship -- something that is close to what you want to eventually do when you get out. Sameer
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    CHA Designation...

    Vazza, yeah i looked at the CAIA (albeit after I signed up for the CHA) -- there's definitely some overlap although the CHA focus purely on hedge funds whereas the CAIA seems to cover other alternative investments. Good luck on your test! And yeah the CHA will take a while before it starts to...
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    CHA Designation...

    Alright guys, I'll let you know how it goes. Sameer
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    CHA Designation...

    Hey Andy, well it's too late to stay clear of this since I already registered and paid. :) This is definitely a new certification and doesn't come close to having the reputation or prestige of the CFA but why would that, in and of itself, raise a red flag? They are a small group -- I think...
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