Bloomberg L.P. Interview Questions

Updated Sep 22, 2014
Updated Sep 22, 2014
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview Details

    1st interview with HR - phone screening
    2nd interview with direct manager - 45min via phone general questions
    3rd interview with 2 team members - 1h30 talked about why you're interested in the role, why bloomberg, how you can contribute. Pretty straight forward. Do your research beforehand about the company.

    Interview Questions
    • Your knowledge of the financial industry and experience within it.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Saw posting on campus job site. Was contacted by a recruiter about a week later. Had interview two weeks later on campus. 2hr technical interview

    Interview Questions
    • Find the largest gap between two numbers in an array   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview and in house interview

    Interview Questions
    • The phone interview was about:
      Tell me about yourself
      Why Bloomberg
      Competitors
      Why finance
      Why Bloomberg Is different
      Latest new

      In house interview:
      Sell a bloomberg terminal that someone use reuters
      Example of sales something
      Example of problem solver
      What is bloomberg tradebook and clients
      What is asset management
      Different between option and future
      1 to 10 your finance knowledge please do not say 10
      The las test iPo
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had an initial phone interview with a HR person and after asking some basic questions about my history and expectations I was told they would get back to me regarding doing at test. They sent me the information regarding the test that evening and I completed it a few days later. I was then told I would be interviewed by 2 engineers again over the phone. Since this was for their database team they ask some questions related to database internals. Specifically, can you explain the life of a query starting from the user issuing the query? This is the only one I really recall since the others were not very significant.

    Interview Questions
    • I think the most difficult was the life of query questions which I think I answered fairly well since my last role was as a developer for a major database vendor.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Global Data Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First round is a phone interview. Make good preparation and don't be that nervous. Good Luck!!!!!!

    Introduce yourself
    why bloomberg
    why global data
    team experience
    innovation experience
    a situation you face difficulties

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  7. 22 people found this helpful  

    Financial Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    From the online application (bloomberg website) to the phone interview took around 4 weeks (a first interview was scheduled within 2 weeks but the interviewer didn't call so we rescheduled). The phone interview was quite straightforward and I was asked the following questions
    1- Kind of a strange question. Generate all 3-digit combinations of 1-9 but not repeats in the sense that if you have 123, then 231, 321, etc. are not allowed. [nested for loops]
    2- Reverse a given sentence (no use of library methods, arbitrary spaces between words). Make it faster. [start at the end and find and print words one-by-one].
    3- You are given a 3L and a 5L container and unlimited supply of water. How to make 1L?[I found a longer solution but the short on is pour 3L into 5 twice.]
    4- A program/algorithm which given mL and nL buckets figures out how (if possible) make kL. [we discussed the solution and the interviewer was nice and gave me a hint. Its a DP problem].

    The next day, I received and invitation for on-site interview. The travel schedule part was straightforward and convenient.
    I was invited to the NY office. There was a group of around 30 people like me. They hold you for a few minuts to issue a security badge. Then there is a tour about all the 31 or so aquariums and fishes at bloomberg. Eventually, there is breakfast and then the interviews come find you. There is 4 rounds of interview. Rounds 1-2 are technical, 3 is management, and 4 is HR.
    Some questions I remember:
    1- Find shortest path on a chessboard from low left corner to top right. You can move right and top only and some cells are inaccessible (DFS).
    2- You have sorted arrays A and B with sizes m and n. Assume at the end of array "A" you have "n" empty slots. How to merge with minimum number of operations (start at the end instead of beginning). Prove it works (induction).
    3- Some runners running in a field with some "k" sensors. We get events of runnings locations. How to print the top "m" runners? (array of lists or hash table of lists depending on the location of the sensors. each list is one sensor). Some questions on how to identify the ordering within each list.
    4- CPU Cache implementation. How to implement the least frequently used procedure.
    5- Scheduling some jobs over "m" servers. Centralized vs distributed implementation? How to implement.

    The management interview was interesting and I liked the two managers. HR was fine too. I did not do any negotiations.

    Interview Questions
    • The chessboard problem. I first mentioned BFS and use of a Queue but the interviewer kept asking about some data structure with less memory that I could extract due to the simple structure of the graph. I did not understand what he meant. I eventually mentioned DFS and proved it works uses less memory.
      The cache problem took a long time. I kind of though I failed it at some point. I had no prior knowledge of the topic since I am not a CS guy. I eventually, used an array to store the access time to different items and O(n) search through it to find the least frequently used one. The interviewer did not raise the complexity. He wanted me to write code on a paper (which is hard, esp. in C).
        View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I did not do any negotiations. I accepted the offer for some time in the future since I need to resolve the visa part.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Global Customer Support Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process took 3 weeks. I applied through the company website (for the Italian speaker position), in the end of july, and they called me back, the after day to plan a phone interview. The phone interview was quite easy and they asked me simple questions , such as: what do you know about Bloomberg, the competitors, the clients, the role, and questions about myself ( introduce yourself, my strength, my weakness).
    The phone interview took 30 minute.
    After 4-5 days they e-mail me that they would like to meet me personally.
    I gave the dates to go to London, I paid by myself the flight (It was really expensive, because of the summer time) and I had the house interview.
    They asked me lots of things, but simple, as the phone interview.
    Questions: Do you feel more leader or support? How would handle an angry customers? why you choose Bloomberg? An example of when I've been a support to my co- workers.

    Interview Questions
    • An example of when I've been a support to my co- workers   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Global Customer Support Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and I got a call from HR Manager for the phone interview and I was invited for the in house interview on the same day. I was interviewed by a team leader for an hour with a role play at the end. After the interview I shadowed a person who works for BB for 30 mins. During the shadowing session, I received an invitation email from HR for the final interview. At the final interview I was interviewed twice one from another team leader and the other from the head of GCUS. I think it went well.

    It's been a week since I completed the interview and I am still waiting for the result..

    I hope I get the job there.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    There are four stages to apply for this role:
    1. Online Application
    2. Telephone Interview
    3. Panel Interview
    4. Panel Interview with Manager you will report in to.

    The online application is straightforward. Exhibit a keen interest in Bloomberg, Financial Markets and Sales.

    The telephone interview tests your interests of the aforementioned topics and see you can hold a conversation over the telephone. They fire questions in an attempt to make you uncomfortable to test your ability to maintain composure. They ask fundamental technical questions here.

    The Panel interview is with someone form Sales and another from Analytics. They test your technical knowledge here and explore where your strengths/weaknesses lie. They then focus their attention on the answers that you give and drill deeper to identify your expertise on the subject. A sound understanding of financial instruments is an advantage.

    I made it to the third stage and missed out.

    Interview Questions
    • What research have you done lately?
      What is the difference between a forward and future?
      What is the difference between an option and future?
      What would you choose, an option or a future?
      What is an option premium?
      How would you sell 20 Bloomberg Terminals?
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    - online application
    - they got back to me the next day and arrange a telephone interview for 4 days later
    - telephone interview conducted by HR about 20 mins basic motivations and skill questions
    1. Why Bloomberg?
    2. What skills do you think you can offer?
    3. What does Bloomberg have over their competitors?
    4. When are you available to start if you are successful?
    5. Do you have experience of customer service?

    - a week later invited to the 1st in house interview
    (30 min shadowing [use this time to your benefit to ask as many qu's as you can before the main interview as it is not a test!] + 1hr interview with 2 interviewers)
    1. Why Bloomberg?
    2. What products do Bloomberg offer?
    3. Who are Bloomberg's competitors?
    4. Have you ever experienced a time you could not please a customer?
    5. How has your past experience in customer service relate to what your position entails?
    6. What career path would you like to go down in the future?
    7. Why this position?
    8. What have you gathered the analytics team does from the shadowing you had?

    - didn't make it to the 2nd in house interview :'(

    The people were nice in general. Interviewers were nice, the man was a bit poker face and drills deeper into the answers you give, the woman was a bit more open, having more of a conversation with you.

    Interview Questions
    • 1. How is the Ukraine crises affecting the Mumbai economy?
      2. What effect is the Scottish independence likely to have in China?
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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