What qualities does Optiver look for in candidates?
Optiverians come from many backgrounds. They are academically accomplished and characterized as team players, who are constantly looking to improve, and actively contribute to discussions. For full-time roles, we are seeking seniors with an anticipated 2022 graduation date. For internships, we are seeking juniors and a limited number of sophomores.
How correlated is being good at mental math and being good at trading?
Being good at mental math is necessary, but not sufficient, for being a good trader at Optiver. In addition to quantitative skills, you also need to be a quick decision maker and stay cool under pressure. These skills are assessed throughout the interview process.
What programming languages are most commonly used by your engineers?
C, C++, C#, Java, and sometimes python.
Where can I get more information about your technical culture?
How dedicated is the company to diversity and inclusion?
We put concerted effort towards diversifying our pipeline and reviewing parts of our interview process that may be subject to implicit bias. Optiver prides itself on a transparent, merit based culture and is invested in hiring diverse talent. Additionally, we recently launched the Optiver Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on tackling some of the pressing issues facing our planet and its people – with a particular focus on diversity.
How can I connect with Optiver?
There will be many virtual opportunities to connect with us this fall season. Be sure to follow us on social media to stay in the loop as they are announced:
You can also check out our campus events page to learn more about our panel series events this Fall.
Applying to Optiver
When can I expect to hear back after I submit an application?
We strive to provide an update within a week of application submission. To avoid missing further communication, we recommend marking Optiver as a safe sender in your inbox as soon as you receive the application confirmation e-mail.
If I’ve previously been rejected, can I apply again?
We accept one application per role per year. If you have previously applied during this recruitment season and have been unsuccessful, you can reapply once the next recruitment season begins in 2022.
Can I apply to multiple campus roles and go through multiple interview processes?
You are welcome to apply to multiple roles and go through the interview processes in parallel. The best fit will be determined as you progress through the interviews.
Do you hire international candidates?
At this time, our office is not hiring individuals for campus roles who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment, including candidates with OPT authorization. This includes both internships and campus full-time opportunities.
Do I need a finance background to apply?
No financial experience is necessary to succeed at Optiver. Many of our new hires have no prior knowledge of the trading industry before joining.
Will you be conducting final interviews on-site this year?
This season final interviews will be conducted virtually until further notice. To get an idea of what our office looks like, check out our Instagram feed.
What does the interview process look like?
In general, the interview process starts with an assessment, followed by a behavioral phone screen, and the final step is a virtual interview with the hiring team.
What does the overall interview timeline look like?
On average, the interview process takes 2-3 weeks. However, the interview timeline can be expedited if needed. This depends on your availability to complete the interview steps.
How can I prepare for a final interview?
Final interviews do not require technical preparation. However, we will send you resources and tips to ensure you have a smooth interviewing experience.
How should I dress for a final interview?
We have a casual dress code but recommend you dress business casual.
When should I expect to hear back after an interview?
We strive to get back to you within 2-3 business days post-interview and will be in close contact throughout the interview process.
What is your policy on giving candidate feedback?
Due to the high volume of applications received, we will be unable to share specific feedback. While we cannot provide individual feedback, it is important to review the minimum requirements for each job (as listed in the job description). For example, as an engineer, you should have a deep understanding of computer science fundamentals and experience writing software in one of the following languages: C++, C#, C, or Java.
If I get an offer, how long do I have to make a decision?
We do our best to comply with university offer timelines. While keeping these in mind, we do have a limited number of spots open for each role. For more information, please reach out to your counselor to learn about your school’s policy.