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Cambridge Associates, LLC Interview Questions

Updated 22 Apr 2015
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    Investment Operations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Singapore (Singapore)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online with resume and cover letter. HR will email you to schedule a phone interview first. It's very short and consists about 15 min. HR is very nice and speaks very fast. Process is very fast, I received the reply in the next day for the next round interview.

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    • what do you know about the company and the position you applied.   Answer Question
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    Submitted resume through college, had 30 min interview at Bowdoin, asked to have a SuperDay in the office. Super day much more intense than originally thought. 4 hours of interview

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    Investment Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Boston, MA (US)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    I contacted an alumni from my school, top-tier liberal arts school, and was put into contact with a recruiter. I had a 15 minute phone interview with the recruiter, then was asked to go into the office and had two interviews with team members I would be working with to talk about my resume, experience etc. Was finally invited back for a final round with multiple MD's and had to complete a case assignment.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC (US)
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Durham, NC (US)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Resume submission--on-campus interview, but I did not move to the next round. There were 2 interviewers and they were pretty nice and patient. They did not ask much related to finance but more behavioral questions.

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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.

    Interview

    Submitted my resume online and received a call within a day or two. The initial phone interview was very easy and lasted about 15 minutes. I mostly spoke about time management, teamwork, time sensitivity of data and how these concepts related to my past work experience. I was invited to the open house interview, which like the first one was mostly resume and personality based questions. The interviews are very easy be comfortable and stress your high work ethic, your ability to work with teams and your commitment to finishing projects. Research MIG before you apply.

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    Junior Investment Operations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA (US)
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Arlington, VA (US)) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Campus recruitment --> Phone screening --> On-site Interview "Super Day" --> Offer

    The on-site interview is basically just 3 back-to-back behavioral interviews, 1 case interview, and 1 lunch (basically another interview). It was a stressful 3 hours, but very rewarding as well. If you prepared for this interview very well, then I would say you are probably ready for many other interviews as well.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you made a mistake, and what did you do to make it better?   Answer Question
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in December 2014.

    Interview

    Had my primary interview on campus. The primary interview was mostly questions about my resume and generic questions such as "tell me about yourself", "your weaknesses/strengths", etc. Just as you would expect a typical interview to go. The interviewers were very nice and cordial and the interview itself was very fun for me.

    I got through to the second round interview which was held at their VA office and was conducted by a senior software developer and another software developer. They asked more in depth questions about the languages I knew that were present on my resume. Asked about multi-threading, ruby, java, etc. Most of the questions were geared toward technical things. They asked a couple of questions about protected vs. static vs. private. All in all, the interview process was very relaxed but I couldn't get a read on their expressions. I didn't know how I was doing on the interview.

    Overall, it was a great experience and had a lot of fun interviewing with Cambridge Associates for an internship position.

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    • Didn't have difficult questions in the interview. If you truly know what you wrote on your resume and can speak about them, there should be no problem.   Answer Question
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    Investment Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Boston, MA (US)).

    Interview

    Recent college grad from a top tier liberal arts school. Submitted my cover letter, resume, and transcript to C|A through my school's career website. Little to no financial services/investment management experience and majored in a non-finance field of study, but I received an email for a short (20-30 min) first round phone interview shortly after (<1 week). The phone interview was very conversational, easy-going, and only contained behavioral questions. Just make sure you prepare and know why you want to work for C|A and in the position you applied for. Also asked me about why I chose my school and my major. Immediately after my interviewer finished asking her questions and I asked some of my own, she invited me to C|A's Super Day in Boston.

    C|A's Boston office was incredibly easy to find and when I arrived there was a short wait in the lobby with about 6-7 other candidates. The first step was a bagel breakfast, where the candidates listened to a short presentation about C|A by an Investment Director (~15 mins). Then the floor was opened for a short Q&A with the ID and the some current Investment Associates who were also in the room, and who were also going to be interviewing the candidates. Make sure you ask a question, as it will make you standout. I was originally told the first step would be a 45-60 min powerpoint on the firm, so I was a bit surprised by this departure.

    After the ID presentation was over, each candidate split off with a current IA/interviewer for a 1-1 30 min interview. Over the course of the day, I had 4-30 min interviews. The first was behavioral (very informal/conversational) that focused on my educational background. The second was a case component. The third was also a case component. The last was another behavioral that focused on why I wanted to work at C|A and as an IA (interviewer was visibly disinterested/standoffish). I read beforehand that each interviewer adopts a different persona (very nice, neutral, uninterested/brash) and I definitely saw it during the interviews. Don't let it rile you though, it is a way for them to see how you handle stress/different personalities. After I was finished with those, I went on a 40 min lunch with a current IA to speak more with someone who has firsthand experience with the position.

    Despite what I thought was a very good Super Day performance (I had scoured the web for insights on the process and had learned all the technical concepts I knew were coming in the interview), I unfortunately was called back about 3 business days after my interview and told that they were moving in a different direction. Overall, it was a very pleasant and educational experience, but I am very disappointed and a bit confused as to why I didn't get an offer. Live and learn, though.

    Interview Questions

    • While C|A doesn't expect prospective IA's to have a lot of financial/investment management experience (a ton of their IA's are liberal arts grads from non-finance backgrounds), there is a significant case component to the Super Day. Make sure you understand correlation, standard deviation, and the Sharpe Ratio very well. Being well read on recent financial news is always a good idea as well.   Answer Question
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    Interview

    HR is very efficient.
    First interview is usually a phone call with the HR.
    Second interview consists of a company presentation and interview with one or more of the team members. Standard resume based questions. Honesty and consistency with answers is important.

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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)
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    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Arlington, VA (US)).

    Interview

    Applied online. Received an email about 4 days later requesting a phone screen. Phone interview was very basic, just ran down my resume. Received an email the next day requesting an interview. It was a super day format where you go in, watch a presentation, and 3 30 minute interviews with managers. The rooms were supposed to be asking different questions, however, it seemed like they were all repeating questions. 2/3 rooms were very cold, with questions being rapid fired.

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    • They open the job up to all majors, but wanted a detailed explanation of exactly how they operated.   Answer Question

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 Former Junior Research Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

Pros: “Its a good place to learn the basics of finance, learn the basics of investment, things of that nature, some data stuff” Full Review

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