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Updated Apr 12, 2014
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Software Developer

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 Question – Find the largest gap between two numbers in an array   View Answer

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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics
London, ON

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

Interview Details Phone interview and in house interview

Interview Question – 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
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Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

Senior Software Development Engineer

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 Question – 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

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Global Data Interview

Global Data

Interviewed at Bloomberg L.P.

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 Question – Use five words to describe Bloomberg   Answer Question

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Financial Software Developer Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2013.

Interview Details I was interviewed on campus ( University of Maryland ,college park ) . I got a call through career fair . The first interview happened at the fair itself, I was asked a simple mathematical questions , and a simple programming questions .
Then there were 2 back to back tech interview . Some of the questions that were asked :
          Given a list of exchange rates , between several currencies . Find out if it is possible to profit while moving through currency , exchanging , and ending up at the same currency you started with .
          There was a question about implementing vectors ( from STL ) .
         To implement a queue by using stacks .

Third interview was a not really technical although person asked me about python , asked me to write some basic code in python .

Interview Question – The question about inner workings of templates in C++, syntax etc , was unexpected . I had coded and prepared from a more algorithm and data structure point of view . I knew some these c++ internals , but that was not the skill i was showcasing . I have given other interviews , and such software companies ,rarely ask these language specific questions . As a result whatever interviews i gave post this one , i claimed to know only C, lol.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I did not do much negotiation . I had only one offer back then .

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Global Data Summer Internship Interview

Anonymous Employee
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in March 2014.

Interview Details Applied online, after 1 month they contacted me for a phone interview. 3 weeks later they called me for a 1 day hiring event in London. There I had a group activity and interview (mostly behavioral).

Interview Question – Why a small equity investor should be willing to purchase the whole terminal?   Answer Question

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Data Training Program Interview

Anonymous Employee
Skillman, NJ (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in April 2014.

Interview Details 1st round: Phone interview
Asked extensively about my resume and work experience. Asked why I wanted to work at Bloomberg and what I knew about the company. Also asked about recent news happenings. Overall, it lasted about 30 minutes.

2nd round: In-person interview
Met with 4 managers, 2 at a time, plus a bonus fifth manager at the end who was particularly intrigued by my background. What I liked was that before the official interview, I was introduced to two younger employees who talked about their positions and gave some interview tips. Generally, I had to talk a lot about my resume, what I knew about the position (specifics), and my work experiences. One manager asked a lot about my leadership skills.

Interview Questions

  • What led to the 2008 financial crisis?   View Answer
  • What are your weaknesses and what personal skills do you need to work on?   Answer Question
  • Fast forward one year: if you were quitting Bloomberg, why would you be quitting? Provide three reasons.   View Answer
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Sales and Analytics Role Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in April 2014.

Interview Details Bloomberg
-self-introduction
-group discussion
-> give suggestions to Bloomberg to attract candidates to apply the jobs
-> ask the investors questions to get more information e.g. prefer high risk or low risk
 and give suggestions to her (must be supported by the news)

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Customer Financial Service Representative Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at Bloomberg L.P.

Interview Details Phone interview

Interview Question – Metrics, How do you multi task (very important to know how to answer this question), customer experience, and things on resume.   Answer Question

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Software Developer Interview

Anonymous Employee
New York, NY (US)

I applied online - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in April 2014.

Interview Details Applied online, heard back few weeks later.

Scheduled for one phone interview. After the interview, heard back like 10 days later for invitation for onsite.

I scheduled onsite, but did not heard back ( no trip arrangement or anything) until a day before the interview, saying the interview was delayed by one day. (was getting frustrated).

When to onsite, with 4 rounds:

1. Interview with 3 R&D interviewers - general technical questions.

2. Interview with 2 R&D interviewers - same

3. Interview with HR - Behavioral

And then HR told me I'm done, and as I was leaving, he said no wait, you have one more so I did.

4. Interview with 1 R&D (i guess manager)

I had deadline in just 2 business days from the interview and HR told me that I should find out by then, but did not heard anything back.. Until exactly a week later I got an offer~ ha

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