Optiver, Peak 6, etc

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by FCXoptions, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. This weekend I was at an event at the CME and several firms that sponsored it had employees and/or recruiters come to talk with us. Optiver had a guy from Harvard, Peak 6 had a guy from MIT, and there were several other firms there. Do these firms pretty much exclusively look for candidates from those top tier target schools? Most of the guys I talked with basically said if you are reasonably fast at basic math calculations and are a quick learner then you have good odds of getting on regardless of the school...obviously that meant very little to me considering they were from those top schools.

    I also talked with Eldorado and Akuna, I really enjoyed talking with both.
  2. 1) Do you attend DePaul? :confused:
    2) Besides "academic pedigree" and scoring "off the charts" on standardized math tests, they all tend to want programming ability too. :)
    3) I don't know if Optiver still administers "The 3" math tests to applicants. I scored too low on the first to be considered any further. Do a search here for the math simulators to practice the test and see how high you might score. :D
    4) Be willing to apply anywhere & everywhere and hope for the best. :cool:
  3. No, I go to school in TN. I was in this trading competition the CME puts on for students and placed in the top 10% so they had a big event for all the teams.

    Programming was definitely mentioned by many of the firms but not all of them said they viewed it as necessary to get a position. I think I do need to work on learning to program though. I just don't have the time currently, but hopefully this summer I might be able to dedicate a little time everyday after work to start learning.

    Optiver did mention the math tests. He said basic math to see how fast you are, some statistics, and then a test on sequences I believe was the last one.

    I definitely am willing to apply everywhere. I should graduate next summer, so I am going to start working on applying to firms now.