S&P Capital IQ Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated May 1, 2015
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Software Engineer Interview

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

Application

I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ (New York, NY).

Interview

First interview was a phone screen, which covered the basics of object oriented design. Second interview came a couple months later and was on site with three individual engineers. This interview was bit more in debt, it involved 3 questions related to algorithm design, application design and a high level implementation the database objects required to store the applications data with the correct normalization. The questions were quite manageable and came from regular scenarios which would occur in most enterprise solutions. The last interview was over the phone and was strategically focused on the technologies that position required. Mostly focus on SOA and the Microsoft stack which can be used to build these type of solutions.

Interview Questions

  • One of the interviewers asked about database isolation and optimizing a process which will have a high level of concurrency. This was not difficult for me but was unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation

I had a pending offer and they matched it.

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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ (New York, NY) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Three interviews:-
    1. First Round(phone) :HR based interviews with general HR questions and provided a coding Quiz(Fraction point).

    2. Second Round(phone): Interview with the hiring manager, general questions about my experience and courses taken at school. Discussed about my projects and how I could improve it now, and also went over the quiz.

    3. Third Round (on-site) : 3 Round interviews with 4 different people(two in the last round). First round asked general question for 10 mins and provided to a coding quiz to be solved in 45 mins.

    It had 4 questions ,all Data structures and OOPS based.
    1.Least Common Ancestor in a BST.
    2. Merging two sorted lists.
    3.How to Designing cache to return data faster (solution-hashtable) and how to improve it with multiple requests(multi-threading..)
    4. How to design vending Machine.

    Second Round, the interviewer went over each solution and asked questions around the problem, improvements, and running times.

    Third Round, two interviewers went over OOP, Design Patter, multi-threading, etc. Asked me to design and write codes for a Deck of cards for Blackjack, and some features of BlackJack Game(shuffling, players, giving cards to each player, etc).

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing too hard, brush up on data structures and OOP.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Negotiated starting date.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at S&P Capital IQ (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I applied through my university's career web site before 2009, and was contacted for the first round interview.

    First round - Two technical interviews with software engineers. We were given a paper test with 5 questions that have been stated close to verbatim in previous reviews (find closest common parent of two nodes, reverse a linked list, count # of bits in a byte, db schema, cache design). The interviews are essentially a review of that paper test, and you may be asked to answer a slightly-modified version on one of the questions.

    Final round - Two technical interviews and one HR interview. Both of the interviewers were senior engineers, and they asked different types of programming questions that are more or less on par with the paper test in the first round. The HR interview was very relaxed.

    During the process, you eat lunch with other employees (with no connection to the interviewers) and may ask questions. My process was quick; I was contacted the day of the first round interview for the final round invite, and I was contacted a week after the final round with an offer and accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • -Finding the lowest common parent of two nodes can be tricky
      -Detecting a palindrome (this was asked to nearly every candidate when I was applying)
       
      Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Was able to push back start-time, and slightly change the compensation.

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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ (New York, NY).

    Interview

    This varies depending on the level - be prepared to answer core questions about Microsoft tools like C# and SQL Server

    Solid knowledge of OO design principles is important and try to be concise as some interviewers will write you off if you keep jabbering.

    I did not come across any general knowledge or other non technical questions but it is recommended that you brush up on what's happening in the industry to show that you are motivated.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Not much. I liked their offer

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ (New York, NY) in April 2012.

    Interview

    There was an initial paper exam consisting of five question which were not particularly hard.
    They included
    i. write a function that gets the number of set bits in a character
    ii. Reverse a linkedlist
    iii. Find the least common ancestor in a tree

    These questions are used as a conversation starter for the actual interview.
    It is important that you get them right but I doubt if they are of any great consequence

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    The pay was a bit low compared to other offers

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ (Hyderābād (India)) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Interview process for the Mobile App Developer
    - There were 3 rounds, First one technical other two manager
    - The interview was mainly on JAVA and bit of Android & iOS
    - Manager rounds were just a formality

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mumbai (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ (Mumbai (India)) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through campus placements. There were supposed to be 5 rounds. First Aptitude then Technical Aptitude and then 3 interviews. But in my case there was only one interview. The whole process got over in an hour. The first aptitude had a few questions on quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning; a section on programming related MCQs and another on database related questions. It seems quite difficult but surprisingly got through. The second test had 2 sections One programming related where we could answer using logic/pseudo code/actual code/algorithm and another with database queries. Even this was difficult. Infact the Interview was pretty chilled out. General Questions based on Linked lists, queries, indexers, trees,etc. they were more interested in the approach rather than actual knowledge. In all a pretty good experience

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ (Hyderābād (India)).

    Interview

    3 Rounds of Interview: 2 Technical & 1 HR.. First round comprised of resume based questions and couple of small algorithm based ones.. Second round was completely on Algorithms

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ in March 2014.

    Interview

    The placement process had 4 rounds. 1st one was the aptitude round which had questions from verbal and quant. Next was a written technical test. Then there was a technical interview followed by a telephonic interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jabalpur (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at S&P Capital IQ (Jabalpur (India)) in March 2014.

    Interview

    It was a campus interview process. They shortlisted the student on the basis of CV. basically They shortlisted on the basis of CPI (CPI > 7.5). They shortlisted 10 students out of 20 -25. After a week they took telephonic interview. There are two interviewers on the telephone. It was purely technical interview. They asked questions related to the operating system, dbms and java (basically oops concept).

    Interview Questions

    • They asked about the binary tree.   1 Answer
    • Asked about deadlock   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    for internship there is no such negotiation. To get selected you should have sound knowledge of Java, and DBMS.

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