HRT Algo Developer

Roku cultural
Sep 14 32 Comments

I interviewed last year at Hudson River Trading (HRT). I think I was rejected because of the culture fit interview. (I have aced all the technical interviews). They did not give me feedback on why they rejected me.
I interviewed again this year. All the technical interviews went great. I can see that they put a lot of emphasis on culture fit. So, I feel like this would be a similar outcome.
I’m a normal guy. I wouldn’t say I have unique personality traits that may seem as a risk to the company. I’m pretty social and friendly.
Can anyone tell how important is culture fit/personality in the hiring process? And if anyone experienced the same?

Also, referrals to Jane Street are appreciated :)

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  • Cisco knU7K1
    How are interviews compared to G
    Sep 14 15
    • Google Lаrry Page
      Damn, I've been training informatics and competitive programming for the past 6 months on codeforces, was hoping that expertise would help me... i guess not.

      I have phone interview coming up.

      How much do I need to brush up on stats? I honestly know nothing about stats, are you sure it is possible for me to pass the phone rounds if i just study stats for like 1 week? no need to sugar coat it btw, its ok if im fucked, i honestly wasnt expecting to get past resume screen anyways.
      Sep 16
    • Roku cultural
      OP
      Just postpone your interview for a week or two and then study the book:
      A practical guide to Quant finance interviews
      That should be more than sufficient.
      Sep 16
    • Google Lаrry Page
      Ok, thanks
      Sep 16
    • Cisco oKe891
      Of course there is a book for this type of interview...
      Sep 16
    • New ibfa86
      For the Algo Developer role, are the coding assessments done in C++, or are you allowed to use python?
      Sep 30
  • Microsoft /More/$$$$
    I interviewed here once and they didn’t even reply to say I didn’t make it...even after following up with the recruiter. Like WTF?!...And the interviewer said I did really well. Had two phone interviews and no onsite lol seems like a good shop tho from outside.
    Sep 14 4
    • D. E. Shaw & Co. WXia81
      Alas, two phone interviews means the first one went kind of poorly but the first guy was like “eh, I don’t know, let’s give them another chance,” and so somebody else got the unenviable task of doing the second phone screen. The second screener is almost invariably annoyed about having to do it and is thinking that the first guy should have just had the conviction of saying no and not waste anybody else’s time.
      Sep 14
    • Microsoft /More/$$$$
      FWIW the recruiter told me there will be two phone interviews before I even had my first interview. Stop making random assumptions lol

      Regardless, my point is about leaving the candidate in the dark regardless of the final outcome!
      Sep 14
    • Roku cultural
      OP
      Two phone interviews at HRT is standard.
      Sep 14
    • Google G-*
      DE Shaw interviews are pretty old school/fashion, i. e. pre-Google type interviews. Plus they still put school (feeder) as a fairly big hiring factor.
      Sep 14
  • Google turbocuck
    Are you from a top school? How old are you? Do you still work at Roku?
    Sep 14 2
    • Roku cultural
      OP
      Yeah I’m at Roku right now.
      23-27 age.
      Didn’t do undergrad in US.
      Sep 14
    • Google G-*
      You’re IMO kind-of kid or did quant before?
      Sep 14
  • Bloomberg #4thecode
    Did you not ware the midtown uniform? Trade in vest, trade with the best! Jokes aside, you interviewed prior. Try remember what they asked you and corelate that with what's expected from you for that role and target responses. Tell them what they would like to hear. Also 1 year is a long time. They probably don't remember you. Don't bring it up. And the person or team that interviewed you might not even be there anymore.
    Sep 14 1
    • Roku cultural
      OP
      I already had the interview this year too. They didn’t even remember I came there last year. They are so used to hiring undergrads out of college, that someone like me coming from tech, they are putting extra scrutiny on why I want to make the switch. I think I’ve answered honestly and reasonably well. But I didn’t get a good feeling that the interview went well.
      Sep 14
  • Bloomberg #4thecode
    They also might be fishing for rockstars and 🦄. Is it the same position as last year?
    Sep 14 2
    • Roku cultural
      OP
      Yes - Algo Developer (aka Quant + Developer + Trader hybrid role)
      Sep 14
    • Bloomberg #4thecode
      So then try others. Also you might not be getting in through the proper channels. Maybe they have certain headhunters they work with.
      Sep 14
  • Facebook / Eng
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    Recently interviewed as well. Yes they did put a lot of time getting to know me personally which I guess is finding out if I am a cultural fit. It worked in my favor though. Dont know/can’t share how they evaluate but I am a normal guy, less than avg social skills
    Sep 16 1
    • Roku cultural
      OP
      Thank you. I will DM you.
      Sep 16
  • Google sartre
    are you a software engineer or data scientist at roku? I have never done anything quant before but I got the interview invitation to do an algo internship interview. I saw that you mentioned brushing up on a practical guide to quant finance. Other than that, did you do anything else to prep? Thanks!
    Nov 18 0

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