What do hedge funds ask when they talk to my references?

By July 13, 2016Job Search

Hedge funds will ask what’s your current role (to verify your job description on your resume and interviews), the companies and industries you’ve covered, how well you work with others and with your manager.

Your offer is contingent on a background check and speaking to your references. Most hedge funds at this point will also ask you for at least 2 professional references to vouch for you.

What will the hedge fund ask? Questions to verify your skill set, work ethic, and ability to work in a team.

In most cases, you won’t be able to use your current manager as a reference. Of the 2 references, I recommend picking a senior person who you either indirectly report to or has left your firm. A senior person can speak to your skills and work ethic with authority.

If you don’t have another person for a second senior reference, pick a peer either at your current firm or has left. The person will be particularly helpful to speak to your leadership skills and ability to work in a team.

Author Kelvin Jiang, CFA

Kelvin Jiang has a decade of investment experience in public equities, private equity, distressed debt, and leveraged finance. His journey spans across Calamos Investments, Thornburg Investment Management, CHS Capital, and J.P. Morgan. Throughout his career, Kelvin has screened and interviewed candidates extensively for the buy side. Kelvin earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University. He is a CFA Charterholder. In his spare time, Kelvin is an avid commentator on NBA trade rumors and Oscar-worthy performances.

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