Do I have a chance at Citadel, Two Sigma, Jump, Tower Research etc.?
I am finishing my CS PhD from rank ~35 school in the US. I specialize in Natural Language Processing, and have done a lot of Machine Learning work. Also have good programming skills. I have no prior experience in finance.
I am looking at a career in quant research and trading, and was wondering if I stood a chance to get interviews at the top hedge funds, banks, market makers etc. I keep hearing that they recruit only from top ranked schools, so am a bit circumspect.
I am an international student, so will need H1B visa sponsorship. I am open to relocating outside the US also if needed.
Update: I am mostly done with my PhD research, and am not graduating for at least another 3 months. I would like to know what I can do during this time to make myself more appealing to these companies. I would also appreciate any interview preparation tips.