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Updated Jul 22, 2014
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Consultant Interview

Consultant
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in May 2010.

Interview Details – 1. Phone interview. Asked what stock I'm following and why. Also are there any stories I'm currently interested in relating to financial markets.
2. Group interview. Met with head of consulting and current consultants. Asked about company and what ny understanding of the buy and sell side is.
3. Group lunch. This is a lunch so I'd recommend being friendly but treat this like an interview. Do not get too comfortable.

Interview Question – Explain excel to your grandmother who is computer illiterate.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Norwalk, CT

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at FactSet in January 2011.

Interview Details – I initially applied for a job through a friend and didn't get a callback. After a few months another position opened and I applied again through the friend. A few weeks went by and they called back. First I was contacted by a recruiter, then I had a phone interview, then I came in for an in-person interview.

The in-person was a whole day. It started with a presentation of their product, then a code review, two design reviews, a lunch, and finally an interview with the director of the department.

Several days later I received a phone call with an offer.

Interview Question – The most difficult question presented to me was a C++ code sample that I had to review. It contained numerous logical and syntax errors, as well as poor coding. I had to debug the sample by hand and explain how I would fix the code or re-implement it. The difficulty was doing so on pen and paper and catching all of the problems, including several very subtle ones.   Answer Question


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Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in May 2014.

Interview Details – Had 2 rounds of telephonic interview for a database developer role. After they were satisfied was called onsite for a full day interview. Started the day with database design, then next round was to write specific queries. Followed by object oriented questions. The department manager took me out for lunch where he discussed about the work environment and the expectations from the role. The last was an HR discussion round.

Interview Question – Most of the questions were scenario based so if you have come across the scenario you would be able to answer   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The pay was not sufficient for me.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Norwalk, CT

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at FactSet.

Interview Details – Best interview process I've been through. Went to information session at my college, then was invited to interview on campus. Very straightforward interview with behavioral questions and company questions. Next was invited on site in Norwalk for final round interviews. Went through 5 interviews all very casual and straightforward. Make sure to do your research and have good questions for these interviews to show your interest in the company.

Interview Question – How proficient with Excel are you? Then turned around the monitor and had me facilitate finding certain criteria in a spreadsheet
What stock would you sell me right now and why?
Tell me about news related to finance
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at FactSet.

Interview Details – Applied through the career services website at my college and got a half hour first round interview. This one is pretty basic, mostly behavioral questions and stuff about your background/interests/career aspirations.

I received a call a few days later informing me that I got a second round interview in Chicago. They take you out to dinner the night before so you can ask questions to some current consultants at the company. The "super day" of interviews was definitely pretty tough. They start off by doing a quick demo of the product, then there are 4 interviews all in a row, which are about 45 minutes each. They were pretty intense- lots of questions you'll never expect but they want to make sure you are quick on your feet and don't get flustered. A lot of questions about your background, why you want to work there, what makes you better than other candidates, etc.

Interview Question – What's the biggest sacrifice you've ever had to make? (not hard, but definitely threw me off)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at FactSet in June 2010.

Interview Details – Quick process - if they hire, they will get back to you quickly. Interview is 5 interviews with different Consulting managers and then lunch with a current Consultant. The main thing they look for are people skills.

Interview Question – No difficult/unexpected questions - most were just converstional.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negoations - they have a set starting salary for all incoming Consultants.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineering Intern Interview

Software Engineering Intern
Norwalk, CT

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in January 2013.

Interview Details – I had an initial phone screening which was quick and was asked some simple java questions such as the differences between an interface and an abstract class....very simple stuff. We also went through some of my previous experiences from my resume.

I was flown to their Norwalk office for an on site interview. There were four rounds where the first one was a Code Review. I was given code in C and I had to search for memory leaks and other optimizations. I had a data structures round where the question was regarding linked lists. My third interviews was regarding object oriented programming and how I would design a Chess game in java. My last interview was more casual with a senior director and had some behavioral questions.

The recruiter was very prompt and made all the traveling a seamless experience

Interview Question – design a chess game in an obejct oriented fashion   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Consultant Interview

Senior Consultant
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at FactSet in January 2011.

Interview Details – There was a phone interview with the recruiter. Followed by 5 in person interviews that went over my background and why I want to be a part of FactSet. Study the company and you will be fine!

Interview Question – Logic question and brainteaser   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Norwalk, CT

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at FactSet.

Interview Details – The first step is a screening interview. This is typically a phone screen, but for university applicants, this can be a campus interview. The screening interview lasts about 30 minutes,

The second and final round is an on-site set of interviews that lasts most of the day. The actual interviews vary by department. This is a rough schedule:
- 9:00 Demo of the software
- 10:00 Quiz
- 10:15 Tech Interview 1
- 10:45 Tech Interview 2
- 11:30 Code Review
- 12:15 Lunch
- 2:00 Director Interview
- 2:30 HR Interview

Interview order and times can be slightly different,

Interview Question – You are given a stream of directions in [up, down, left, right]. Each direction means move one unit in that direction. After completing the movements, you will return to the position where you started. Compute the area of the shape you created.

I was asked this when FactSet interviewed me a very long time ago. I liked the question so I sometimes use it myself when I interview other applicants..
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in October 2013.

Interview Details – 30 min on campus interview - Received a call less than a week later for an on campus interview in San Francisco

Everyone is very nice and the office in San Francisco is beautiful. Make sure that you know a lot about the company, what it does, and who it markets its products to. Know financial information for the company. Be prepared to answer brain teasers.

They mostly want to see if you can explain things very clearly and that you can explain things differently depending on who you are speaking with. Also, they want to see that you are honest and easy to get along with.

Interview Question – Explain a stock split and how to use excel   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non Negotiable

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