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Bloomberg L.P. Applications Developer Interview Questions

Updated Oct 26, 2014
Updated Oct 26, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Developer - Applications Infrastructure Programming C/C++ Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had a recruiter connect me with the company. Submitted application via their online career site. Received a request to go through an online technical assessment process within the next two days. The assessment had two parts, 40 questions each. First part was specific to C, the second to C++. Fairly straightforward, basic pointer-type questions. Had three days to complete the assessment. Once completed, I was contacted within a day to schedule a phone interview for the following week. The phone interview was a bit more detailed, but still within the C/C++ scope: how do you determine endianness without library calls, write strcmp without library calls, etc... Having passed the phone screen I was invited to the in-person interview after two days. The in-person interview consisted of three technical and one HR session(s). The technical questions were, again, straightforward C/C++: implement itoa without library calls, implement a thread-safe queue push()/pop(). Was presented an offer by the end of the day via my recruiter.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a web log find the top 10 most visited sequences of 3 URLs.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiations ended up at the starting point: I gained nothing over what I had originally asked for. This may have been because of my recruiter, but overall the offer is fair, regardless.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Recruited at university career fair. Went through four rounds of interviews in three sessions, all on campus. First two were 2:1 technical interviews, next two were behavioral with someone from HR followed by a manager. Received response one week later.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P..

    Interview Details

    1st round is easy, some C++ and algorithms. 2nd round is totally unexpected. A lot of CS stuff were asked. I am not CS, I have no idea.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me how to compress files. And the classical dictionary problem.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Took more than 6 weeks until got the interview offer. It was 1-hour telephone interview. Being asked several questions on data structure and algorithm and no questions on background and CV. Most of questions are not that extremely hard and the interviewer was kind enough to help. After a few weeks, got the rejection.

    Interview Questions
    • Is there any algorithm to verify whether a linked list is circular or not?   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online as well as at University career fair.
    Received call for on campus interview after two days. Process comprised of 4 rounds.

    Round 1: [45 mins] Two software developers: Started off with a few basic questions regarding keywords and their implementation differences in java and c++. Then moved onto questions on dynamic memory allocation. This was followed by a programming question about binary search trees. Finally was given a brain teaser to solve within 10 minutes.

    Round 2: [45 minutes] Two software developers: Received a call one week later for another round of interview. This interview was totally based upon programming questions. I was told to write around 5 programs on paper within a span of 45 minutes. The interviewers were very nice and expected me to tell them what I was thinking while writing the code.

    Round 3: [30 mins] Senior Technology Manager: Interviewed the very next day on campus. The senior manager was very nice and initially asked me questions based on my background and why I am interested in the field of financial technology. Why Bloomberg LP? This was followed by about three programming questions. This seemed to be an interview where they want to check if you will be a good fit for any of there teams.

    Round 4: [30 mins] HR Manager: The last two rounds were back to back. The HR manager again asked me questions pertaining to my background and my summer experience. She asked me to give a list of companies where I have been interviewing along with Bloomberg. My salary expectations and availability to work.

    Received a call around 5 working days later that I had been accepted into their program.

    Overall a very nice experience. They were timely in getting back to me after each round of interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • All questions are based upon core C++ concepts. Be prepared to make changes to your code as per the requirements of the interviewers. Make sure you practice writing code on paper as it is totally different from writing code on the computer. Also do not underestimate the non- technical questions as they do give equal weight to them as well.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I accepted the offer and did not negotiate as their compensations was way above my expectation coming straight out of graduate school without any full time experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Troy, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Troy, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Met a recruiter at the campus career fair. Interviewed on campus by two of bloomberg's developers. It was almost entirely a technical interview. I had to code a fairly straightforward algorithm and answer a probability question.

    About two weeks later I received an e-mail for a phone interview. I Responded for an appointment, but received a rejection e-mail shortly after.

    It may have been a mix-up on their part but I felt I performed adequately on the first interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Suppose there is a building with 25 floors. If n-1 people enter an elevator and press a floor button. What is the probability that when the nth person enters, the 19th floor has already been pressed?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I met one recruiter in a on campus info session. Applied online and got an phone interview invitation pretty soon. The interviewer was nice, and asked me a bunch of brain teaser(might have something to do with probability). After one week, I got a positive feed back and was invited to an on-site interview plus company tour.

    Interview Questions
    • The phone interview is pretty easy. The on-site one is more technical and they did ask some concept that I did not know of.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Met recruiter at campus career fair, and we chatted about my background (getting Ph.D. in non-CS field). Asked why I would want to work at Bloomberg, and why as a software developer. This question comes up often (and for good reason), so know your answer well. Asked to interview the very next-day on campus.

    Two rounds of on campus interviews (back-to-back days) followed, both in 45-minute two-to-one format with software developers. Given my background, was mostly high level data structure/algorithms/logic questions, but was asked to write code/pseudocode at every round.

    Last round was with HR and a senior manager. HR is mostly behavioral, manager starts with behavioral/background, but spends most of the time asking a rather difficult/open-ended question.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a string of characters (e.g. Scrabble tiles) and a dictionary of allowed words, how would you use those tiles (without replacement between words) to construct the 10 longest allowed words?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in College Station, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in College Station, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Met recruiters in a career fair. Got an interview slot instantly.
    In person interview with 2 developers.

    Pretty simple programming questions:

    1. Given a string find the 1st non duplicate character
    2. Given stock prices for 8 days, find the maximum profit you can make by buying and selling the stock on different days.

    Interviewers are extremely helpful. They drop many useful hints.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First round phone interview. Technical quesitons and brain teaser.

    No Offer

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