23 intense questions you’ll have to answer if you want to work at the world’s largest hedge fund

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Bridgewater Associates is the largest hedge fund in the world.

It’s also known for an intense corporate culture of radical truth and radical transparency. “I’m sure our reputation on the Street is that we’re completely insane,” one employee told New York Magazine’s Kevin Roose back in 2011.

That reputation comes from the top.

In his legendary manifesto “Principles,” Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio asks, among other things, that employees “humiliate themselves” in pursuit of truth, and he also compares the process of self-improvement to “when a pack of hyenas takes down a young wildebeest,” Roose reports.

It’s an understatement to say that Bridgewater Associates is not right for everyone. So how do they find the perfect young wildebeests for the job? That starts with a gruelling interview process.

“We ask people questions that actually don’t have a right or wrong answer, such as: Should there be a market for transplant organs?” Dalio tells Bloomberg. “The answer doesn’t really matter. It’s totally great if the person’s thinking on the subject ends in a different place than the beginning, because moving forward together to get at the best answer is more important than being right from the outset.”

We sifted through reports from Glassdoor to find some of the diciest, trickiest, and most intense interview questions Bridgewater could throw your way. Whether you’re applying to be a summer associate or a manager (or just looking to spice up your conversation at dinner parties), here are a few questions worth mulling over in advance:

This is an update of an article originally written by Rachel Sugar.

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