How do I get interviews at hedge funds like Citadel and 2 Sigma?

New ijjj
Oct 25 23 Comments

I’m a junior at Berkeley with a high GPA, and this season I had no problems getting callbacks from tech companies like FAANG (except Facebook and of course Netflix), Palantir, Qualtrics, Wish, Dropbox, etc. without much previous internship experience. However, I was ghosted or rejected by every hedge fund I applied to. What does it take to get into those companies? Will a tech internship this summer get me interviews there?

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  • Google Lilacs
    Yes, exp. at F/G helps a lot.
    Oct 25 6
    • Google Lilacs
      Less so, because there are few ex-Yahoo! alumni working at top quant funds.
      Oct 25
    • Comparing F/G and Yahoo is as same as comparing a Lamborghini and a Acura
      Oct 25
    • Google Lilacs
      Better than no past internships at all, though
      Oct 25
    • Verizon Media fbgoog
      Interned at Yahoo and got callbacks from JS/TS.
      Oct 25
    • New ijjj
      OP
      What about Apple/Amazon? I’m trying to decide between the two
      Nov 9
  • LinkedIn women
    3.7+ will get 2 sigma and citadel if u have enough keywords in resume. Jane street the only people I know have 3.9+ from ivy school. They don't care much for experience as much as academics and stuff like competitive coding and research
    Oct 25 5
    • New ijjj
      OP
      What kinds of keywords? Like research?
      Oct 25
    • Microsoft stalinsort
      I've gotten to onsite at jane street w/ <3.7 gpa, state school, but competitive programming. Pretty sure comp. prog. makes the difference.
      Oct 25
    • Bloomberg d5s28nr327
      @Microsoft what competitive programming results do you have?
      Oct 25
    • Microsoft stalinsort
      Pretty good ICPC regional placements
      Oct 25
    • Google Lazarus618
      Got all 3 with 3.6 gpa from top 10 non-ivy undergrad
      Oct 27
  • Citadel Securities / Eng bluetiger
    Don’t know about Two Sigma, but Citadel takes academics pretty seriously - top school on the resume helps considerably
    Oct 25 1
    • Cisco yya
      Taking academics seriously is just a cultural thing or is the job actually harder than say at G or FB? Asking as G/FB clearly don't take academics that seriously.
      Oct 27
  • Amazon iht58f
    Amazon 4 YOE
    I got an auto-reject from Jane Street after applying online.
    It's easy to get a call from Two Sigma.
    Citadel is harder, your will need to talk about scale and impact on your resume.
    Oct 25 0
  • Hubspot zrdD27
    Idk when I lived in New York citadel recruiters wouldn't stop hassling me. I didnt even work at a great company. Their infra team probably has a lower bar I guess
    Oct 25 0
  • New zgVo23
    Maybe. Maybe not.

    The truth is that it's a noisy process with lots of factors in play. I've interviewed onsite with both of the companies in your title and gotten an offer from at least one of them so far, but I didn't even make it past Facebook's resume screen (with a referral, even).
    Oct 25 0
  • Intel leadcode77
    C++ guru + AI
    Oct 25 0
  • Amazon / Eng luck=skill
    Ivy + amazon got me citadel this summer
    Oct 25 0
  • Google hypms
    Depending which tech company on your resume. HFT is looking for superstar in general. I guess you’re not standing out compared to your fellow Cal students. Sorry to be honest.
    Oct 25 0
  • Uber whiptest
    referral
    Oct 25 0
  • Citadel loDz30
    Referral. Going to target schools. Reaching out to alumni working at these HFs
    Oct 25 0

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