Check out our campus FAQs to learn more about Optiver’s graduate and internship programs and read more about our teams.
Optiverians come from many backgrounds, educations and experiences. They are characterized as team players who are constantly looking to improve and are actively contributing to discussions. For full-time roles, we are seeking university students with an anticipated 2023 graduation date. For internships, we are seeking juniors and sophomores.
Being good at mental math is necessary, but not sufficient, to thrive as a 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.
We currently do not require a minimum GPA to join Optiver. Additionally, all majors are encouraged to apply.
C, C++, C#, Java, and sometimes Python.
You are welcome to code in whichever language(s) you feel most comfortable with throughout the interview process. If you are completing a HackerRank test, you will be able to view and select from the supported languages for that assessment.
Check out this article to learn about our employee culture and this video to see what a typical day is like at Optiver. Our social channels are another great way to get a glimpse of our culture and recruitment events.
As an intentionally flat organization, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process, and we encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds. Additionally, we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during this process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.
Optiver dedicates itself to philanthropy through the Optiver Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on tackling some of the pressing issues facing our planet and its people – particularly around diversity and the environment. Click here to read more about the Optiver Foundation’s mission. Optiver also has an employee-led group called the Charitable Task Force that supports local philanthropic engagements in our offices.
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:
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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 2023.
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.
At this time, our U.S. offices sponsor for select roles, including the full-time and intern campus quantitative trader and software engineer positions. We also invite you to explore our careers page for campus opportunities at our other Optiver offices across the globe.
No financial experience is necessary to succeed at Optiver. Many of our new hires have no prior knowledge of the trading industry before joining – our training program teaches you everything you need to know in order to thrive in your role.
Final interviews will be conducted virtually until further notice. However, there will be opportunities to visit our offices in person once you are extended an offer.
In general, the interview process starts with an assessment followed by a behavioral phone screen. The final step is a virtual interview with the hiring team.
On average, the interview process takes about 3-4 weeks. This timeframe depends on the interviewee’s availability to complete the interview steps. However, this interview timeline can be expedited if needed.
Final interviews do not require technical preparation. However, our team will provide you with resources and tips to ensure you have a smooth interviewing experience.
We have a casual dress code in our offices, but we recommend you dress business casual for interviews.
We strive to get back to candidates within 2-3 business days post-interview and will be in close contact throughout the interview process. Should you need an expedited offer decision due to conflicting offer deadlines, please inform your recruiter. Feedback can be expedited as quickly as within 24 hours of the final interview.
Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to share specific feedback with each candidate. However, we recommend reviewing 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#, Java, and sometimes Python.