By Sujeet Indap and Mary Childs The group of college seniors had gathered for a relaxed, celebratory dinner. Each of the roughly dozen students had survived a rigorous interview process to earn a coveted job offer from Bridgewater Associates, the wildly successful and wildly iconoclastic hedge fund based in Westport, Connecticut. The dinner was a chance for the new recruits to meet Bridgwater professionals and each other, as they decided whether to accept entry-level positions.Yet despite the variety of schools represented, the Bridgewater team was startled to learn that most of the kids were already acquainted with each other, having already met during their high school days. Two students had competed on the Teen Jeopardy television quiz show. Several others had met during Model United Nations competitions.“There was this web of connectivity among this group of students who fit the culture at Bridgewater and we were able to fortuitously tap,” said Robin Levine, a veteran of various management and operational roles at Bridgewater.
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By Sujeet Indap and Mary Childs
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