FactSet Interview Questions

Updated Aug 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    - Phone Interview: Pretty easy questions like what do you know about FactSet. What news providers do you read? - In person interview: You meet with about 5 different people who work at FactSet. All asking you the same questions that are listed on Glassdoor. If you do your research and be prepared you will do great.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT).

    Interview

    Simple phone screen. In-person interview. I met with 3 different groups of engineers that asked questions. Had to write answers on a whiteboard. They took me to lunch. The people are pretty friendly, but mostly fresh out of school with no other professional experience. I don't think they asked really valuable questions. I don't think someone knowing the difference between "private" and "protected" is a real indicator of their overall abilities.

    Interview Questions

    • It was basic C++ standard stuff. "Create a class with a virtual function" etc...   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I got the salary that I asked for.

  3. Helpful (1)  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Overall experience was great! Had 5 interviews then lunch and two 5 minute quizzes. The interviewers were extremely friendly and seemed genuinely interested in learning more about your background and why you are a great fit for the job. There weren't any difficult questions asked if you had prepared by going through the previous questions listed on glassdoor. I recommend reviewing basic functions in excel (if statements, vlookups, pivot tables) before the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you choose your school? Why did you choose your major? Tell me about news going on in the financial world What stock would you recommend investing in? Why FactSet? What do you know about FactSet? Why consulting? If someone asked you what FactSet does and what your job is there, what would you tell them? Who are FactSet's competitors? What do you like to do in your free time? Tell me about a time you broke the rules for a good reason What qualities do you think a consultant should have? What would your last manager say about you? What news providers do you follow?   Answer Question
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  5. Helpful (1)  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Youngstown, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (Youngstown, OH) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Very comfortable and professional. Applied. Got called for an interview about 2 weeks later. Got offered the job within two days after their interviews were over. Do your research about this field before going to the interview. They don't expect experts, but you should know a little about the current economy.

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    Database Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (Boston, MA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    There were three rounds.technical phone round(30minutes), HR telephonic(30minutes), In-person interview (Around 2 hours). Was little nervous for telephonic rounds but had a pleasant experience for OnSite experience. I was taken straight to conference room with a team member and a lead on phone call.

    Interview Questions

    • Telephonic Round What are types of recovery in sql server What kind of backup plan will you suggest for a data warehouse environment. What kind of experience you have with Business Intelligence How do you apply and validate patches and service packs HR Telephonic: How did you hear about us Do you know what FactSet does What was your experience working in a team Have you ever worked with Remote teams why you are looking for a new job What is your experience in your current job In Person Interview : On site interview mostly was like a discussion and they were trying to relate if my experience can add a value to their problems they are dealing currently.Few questions like how do i validate data for duplicates, experience in documenting processes, oracle to sql server migration,BI Tools etc.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    I got a call from someone in HR, and we talked about my classwork and school projects. A few weeks later, I got an email telling me that there were some openings, and we scheduled a technical phone interview. The phone interview was very straightforward. They asked me about basic OOP questions (ex. polymorphism, generics, access modifiers). I was notified the next day that I had passed this round and we scheduled on onsite interview. There were seven sessions: product demo, three technical interviews, HR interview, lunch, and interview with the director. Technical interview one: They gave me C++ code for a linked list, and asked me to determine the output and to suggest improvements for the code. Even though I don't know C++, I was still able to follow the code based on my Java skills. Technical interview two: Code a stack with push(), pop(), and getMin() at O(1). Technical interview three: Class diagrams for a car rental service and corresponding database tables. HR interview: We went over the previous interviews, and then there were some behavioral questions. Director interview: Array based question - no coding here, just discussed approach to solving the problem. They said that I would hear back in two weeks, but I got a call just two days later with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • 1) Linked List code review 2) Code a Stack 3) Design question   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate - the offer was very generous.

  8. Helpful (4)  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online (with a referral). Had an initial phone screen with HR who was friendly and asked about my background, what I understood about what FactSet did, how I follow the markets, and discussed a bit about my educational background. Was invited in to interview at the offices in NYC; consisted of a short demo of the software, 5 interviews (3 were 2:1, one with an HR manager, and one 1:1), and then taken out to lunch with two younger Consultants and the rest of the candidates. Expect your standard questions such as Why FS? Explain this position to someone on the street, how do follow the markets, behavioral questions, etc. As for technical, I was asked to rate myself 1-10 and then had a corresponding excel problem to do in front of my interviewers (I suggest rating yourself on the conservative side), I had the brainteaser involving measuring 4 gallons with a 5 and 3 gallon jug, figure out which ball is heaviest out of 8 using a scale twice, and then was asked to determine 40% of 18,000 with no calculator. AWAITING DECISION**

    Interview Questions

    • What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given and who gave it to you? Who is someone who admire in the business world? Pitch me your favorite app. Pitch me your favorite restaurant. Explain excel to a grandparent. Explain FactSet to someone on the street. Explain the stock market to a 5 year old.   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I had two phone interviews and one in-person interview. The process was very laid back and friendly, which reflects the overall atmosphere here. My first phone interview was with someone from HR and then heard back about a week later to have another interview scheduled with a Consulting Manager on the phone and eventually a Senior Consultant in person. The process was very quick and I always heard back within a reasonable amount of time. Everyone was extremely nice throughout the whole process.

    Interview Questions

    • If you got this job and someone asked you what FactSet does and what you will be doing there, what would you tell them?   Answer Question
    • Explain a leadership and/or mentoring experience you've had and what you learned from it.   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I got a call after the career fair at college. There was an initial phone in round, where some basic OOP and data structure questions were asked (virtual function, virtual table, hashtables, linked list etc). After this initial screening, I was invited for an onsite interview. There were 5 rounds in total. 3 technical, one with director and finally HR. HR round seemed to just take feedback on the interview process. The entire experience was quite pleasent.

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  11. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT) in February 2015.

    Interview

    First they will ask for you to send sample code, and that will mostly dictate how your interview will go. They mostly work in C++, but they are fine with Java if you understand your OOD concepts.

    Interview Questions

    • If you have a sorted array that is initialized with size 100, the values stored would be for example 1, 2, 3,.... ect. Describe an algorithm that would check if there is a duplicate number and if so return it.   4 Answers
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