Bloomberg L.P. Interview Questions

Updated 23 Apr, 2015
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview

    Applied to interaction designer role through their job portal with referral by a friend who's already working there. The UX team sent me a design exercise and promised a timely feedback on my design. I submitted a detailed design process, medium fidelity prototype and a design document. There were never feedback. I waited for 2-3 weeks and finally my friend reached out to HR, then HR sent me the rejection email directly. No words from the UX team whatsoever. I spent a lot of time finishing the exercise but they didn't even bother to reach back to me even they promised so. I mean, as a new grad, I know my approach to the question was probably amateurish in the eyes of their pros, but at least you could try to act polite by living up to your tiny promise.

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    • Design exercise: design a small feature in their financial product.   Answer Question
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    Software Developer Interview

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview

    Applied through campus website and interviewed on campus. Was asked mostly questions related to my resume. Interview consisted of two recruiters asking me questions. Questions were mostly basic algorithms / data structures. Was asked to implement answers in coding language of choice.

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Difficult Interview
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in February 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through school's co-op system, interviewed by 2 engineers. Interview was almost completely technical: 2 coding questions that were reasonably challenging. The interviewers are really knowledgeable so it felt a little intimidating.

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    • Your usual data structures, time complexity analysis, and algorithms question.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview

    I applied through the bloomberg site and got did a brief telephone interview to setup a programming interview. They didn't turn for the first time, and the interview had to rescheduled. I think, the interviewer and interviewee are not well matched.
    The interviewer was asking me to find a looking in a single-linked list, that has a t-shaped split? Was he referring to the loops in Graphs or Trees?

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview

    Applied online and was contacted by a lady from HR. She was very pleasant and set up a 30-min phone interview. There was nothing surprising except she indicated that the level of statistical analysis needed for the role was less than what the job advertisement suggested. A few days after the interview, I was emailed about a 2nd round interview. This was with two team leaders in the department I would be working. Most of the questions they asked were simply behavioural. I was sent through to a 3rd round interview with a Manager. Overall, he was extremely condescending and continued to ask me the same questions that I had answered in my previous two interviews. In the end, I feel the entire process was a waste of time: 3 interviews repeating the same information which could have been avoided with better communication between departments.

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview

    Interview process started with a phone call. Recruiter messaged me that it will be a coding question on HackerRank but rather interviewer asked me only theoretical questions. Recruiter was very nice and scheduled interview after a quick chat,

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    • Internal Architecture of HIve and Hbase   1 Answer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in December 2014.

    Interview

    1st round:
    (nothing about the position)
    It was a group interview on campus. There was a case and the HR head asked for a group discussion. Since that was a random story, you have nothing to prepare. But make sure you show your best discussion skills and show your team work to the manager.

    Then, 3 people from my group had been selected to see the manager right after.

    2nd round: Meeting with the manager.
     He asked me about details from my work and volunteer experiences.
    Why Bloomberg?
    Which sector do I like the most? (I said Fixed income)
    Why is it more risky to hold you asset to a longer time horizon?
    Why Finance?
    Competitors?

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview

    I was contacted by the HR for a technical phone interview. They missed our first appointment but it was rescheduled to a second in a couple of weeks. The interview itself was easy. However, the interviewer (I checked in Linkedin) seems to be confused. He started with a single linked list and want me to find a loop. I gave him an approach. Then he started to emphasis on a T- shaped link (?!). In such case how can the list be singly linked? In such case, won't the linked list become a tree?

    I also aghast how they matched the interviewer with the interviewee. I have a PhD but the interviewer seems to be have a bachelor degree. While, the qualification doesn't matter there is big gap between the thinking of an undergraduate and a graduates (no offense).

    I was not selected for further stages. Irrespective of the outcome, I would have been happier if I had been interviewed by a more competent person. I was interested in the job as it matched my skillsets and there is a lot for me to contribute to organization. However, such behavior makes one have second thoughts.

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    Global Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview

    Had two interviews and failed
    First interview was a basic question, why bloomberg?why this position?what do you want to become?what was your most interesting course?etc...
    Second interview was a more question about my future in Bloomberg. I wasn't prepared enough,so I failed.However, the question was a quite reasonable things to ask.

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    • How do you want to use the knowledge that you acquired in Bloomberg?   Answer Question
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    Financial Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waterloo, ON
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (Waterloo, ON) in October 2014.

    Interview

    One technical screen followed by another nontechnical round with a manger. The first screen was your typical big company coding interview. The second round was about why I applied to Bloomberg and to see what my interests were.

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    • Why do you want to work at Bloomberg over other companies?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was happy with the offer so I didn't negotiate.

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