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Summer Internship - Quantitative Investment Strategies was asked...April 10, 2012

### Suppose that you have a fair coin. You start with \$0. You win 1\$ each time you get a head and loose \$1 each time you get tails. Calculate the probability of getting \$2 without getting below \$0 at any time.

1/3

1/3 Because if he requires 2 heads = \$2, then it means he require HH out of {HH,HT ,TH,TT} We cannot consider TT because it would turn to zero. Therefore, he has 1 chance out of 3. Hence 1/3. Less

Marchov chain with 2 and -1 absorbing OR geometric series 1/4^n from 1 to inf=1/3 Less

### A glass bottle full of liquid weighs 100 ounces. If you remove half the liquid, the bottle now weighs 60 ounces. How much does the bottle weigh with nothing in it?

0.5x + y = 60 x + y = 100 y = 20 is the weight of the bottle x is fluid weight Less

20 Why? Because Replace y with 100 - x Getting 0.5x +100 - x = 60 Then -0.5x = -40 Thus x = 80 80 + y = 100 Less

x+2y=100 x+y=60 Calculate for X

### Why PepsiCo? How would you segment store types etc

I like to work your companies

Interviewed 6 FAANG employees and got this: bit.ly/faang100

Yes

### PHONE INTERVIEW: A golf ball and a golf club are \$1.10 together. The golf club costs a dollar more than the golf ball. How much is the golf ball?

I had a hard time, but the woman was super nice about it and I realized I had to use algebra to solve the problem. Just be calm under pressure and you'll do fine. Less

I don't want to be rude but what kind of Algebra did you have to use ? It seems like a high school level equation to be fair Less

Really? I guess the only catch is if tax is included.

### Evaluez le nombre de personnes se rendant au travail à vélo sur Paris

Etude de cas - marketsizing

Imaginons que je n'ai aucun chiffre. Soit je fais de mes connaissances (ami/collègues) un échantillon que j’espère représentatif. En précisant cela à l'examinateur Soit j'admets que donner un tel chiffre sans information complémentaire est contraire à une idée d’honnêteté intellectuelle. Par conséquent, je pose plus de questions sur les données du problème. Quand aux ' il est probable que ' franchement j’éviterai sans démontré surtout un ego surdimensionné. Less

On sait que selon les estimations, entre 2% et 5% des trajets à Paris se font à vélo, tablons donc sur 3%. Sur ces 3%, il est probable que seul un tiers concerne les trajets domicile-travail (aller ou retour), nous arrivons à 1% des déplacements à Paris. Environ 2millions de personnes travaillent dans Paris, cela nous laisse donc avec 20 000 cyclistes. Si je peux ajouter quelque chose, ce chiffre risque d'augmenter grâce à : 1) l'effet positif d'un exercice physique sur la santé 2) l'effet de l'indemnité kilométrique vélo (facultative mais tout de même) Less

### Cases all focused on 1 of the 3 sides of the business, so try to brainstorm all the different problems that Dashers, Customers and Merchants face.

The customer is most important

the clients is very important no costormer no business u have to be flexible be on time Less

Costormeur satisfaction

### How do you do this, how do you do that, how, how and how, and never a why question.

Vague as possible because I sensed he was conducting interviews only for free consultation purpose. If you conduct an interview, don't feel bad about not getting a single response, just monitor this company's employee list and you will note that the position was never actually being offered. Less

Thank you for your feedback. We are always looking to improve our hiring process. We do have a structured system for qualifying candidates. We are definitely not looking for a free consultation. Our process is geared towards identifying candidates that fit the job description and relevant skill sets. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a position to everyone we interview. We will definitely use this feedback to further improve and provide clarity to prospective candidates. Less

Thank you for your feedback. We are always looking to improve our hiring process. We do have a structured system for qualifying candidates. We are definitely not looking for a free consultation. Our process is geared towards identifying candidates that fit the job description and relevant skill sets. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a position to everyone we interview. We will definitely use this feedback to further improve and provide clarity to prospective candidates. Less

### How do you stay informed with the latest news? What news outlets do you follow?

They are cute, inspiring, creativetc, honest

They are cute, inspiring, creativetc, honest

They are cute, inspiring, creativetc, honest

### I was presented with two cases in both rounds of interview to solve

Really good lessons to get into top tech companies: bit.ly/faang100

Would like to review the answers from the case interviews

By breaking down each case systematically