Category Archives: Common Mistakes

Common Mistake: Failing to Use Good E-Mail Address

Common Mistake #11 (applicable to those with .edu or .org or .net e-mail accounts only): use a free web e-mail address instead of a more serious one   It often baffles me why an active student, who I’m sure has a … Continue reading

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Common Mistake: Showing No Respect

Common Mistake #10: failing to respect the interviewer   As an interviewer, I saw many common mistakes committed by interviewees from all kinds of background. For example, I was often amazed at how many job candidates showing no respect for … Continue reading

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Common Mistake: Putting It Off

Common Mistake #9: putting off job search   We all like to procrastinate, but when it comes to job search, the early birds do get the jobs.   While many employers would like to interview as many candidates as possible … Continue reading

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Common Mistake: Chatterbox

Common Mistake #8: talk too much at an interview While most quant candidates tend to be the quiet type, it’s not uncommon at all to find some who, for one reason or another, tend to talk a lot during an … Continue reading

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Common Mistake: Why Am I Here?

Common Mistake #7: cannot tell interviewer why you want to be a quant So you want to be a quant. But why? What makes you want to get into this industry? Is it because of the money? Is it because … Continue reading

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Common Mistake: Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Common Mistake #6: try to look like a "jack of all trades" candidate When writing their resumes, a lot of candidates try to make themselves look like a jack of all trades, i.e., someone who knows everything, from stochastic calculus … Continue reading

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Common Mistake: No Hedging

Common Mistake #5: do not have a backup career plan Wanting to start a quant finance career is a noble goal, and a goal worth working toward if that’s what attracts you.  However, you should always have a backup career … Continue reading

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