[Recruiting] My Best Interview I: Trading

Last time, I shared one of m my worst interviews

This time, I will share one of my best interviews-

I applied for a trading position and I met this veteran trader, who was very nice.

Yup, you don’t meet them often. They are like unicorns but harder to find.

He asked me why I liked trading. I said I liked the pressure and the intellectual rigor.

He kindly nodded.

He asked me if I knew what I wanted to trade. I said commodities because I knew commodity traders made good money and I knew enough that I wasn’t cut out to be a bond trader. So I said commodities.

He nodded once again.

Because I learned from my psychology major that people liked to talk about themselves, I asked him about his trading and how he became a trader.

And it worked. He told me his life story. How he had to flee his country and that he could not speak English when he first came to America.

He talked about how he accidentally got into trading. He was a very smart individual by the way. He had some advanced degrees but I forgot what they were.

Anyway, he talked about risk management and that traders get paid well. But also that you can easily get fired as well.

He talked about how he liked the money and but not the stress.

He was considered a very old trader because he was 50 years old.

Then he talked how he liked to walk in NYC and his other weekend hobbies.

He talked about his life a bit more, which I found quite fascinating.

And the 30 minutes was over.

We shook hands.

I knew I did well on the interview.

And I liked my interviewer a lot. He shared a ton about trading and his life, which was invaluable.

This is way before everything was on Reddit and YouTube.

So his wisdom and life story was more significant than the interview itself.

I got the second round interview.

I emailed my interviewer several times more after recruitment ended. He kindly replied back to my messages.

His firm later disappeared during the financial crisis so I lost his contact.

Still to this day, I remember this interview because a kind trader shared so much in 30 minutes-

The moral of the story? Not all trading interviews are so bad-

Thank You Jesus for all Your blessings. Let us remember Your love and share Your love with others-

Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

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