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Updated Jun 9, 2014
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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in October 2011.

Interview Details – The interviewer for the phone interview was awful. He asked vague questions like "If you run into a problem in the constructor, how would you solve that?" If you ask clarifying questions, he thinks you're stupid for not understanding such a simple question. I will likely never apply to Bloomberg again.

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  • If you run into a problem in the constructor, how would you solve that?   Answer Question
  • If you run into a problem in the destructor, how would you solve that?   Answer Question
  • There's different data coming in different frequencies. How would you design the database?   Answer Question

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New York, NY

The process took a day - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in October 2011.

Interview Details – given a bunch of points, find one line that covers the largest number of points

Interview Question – given a bunch of points, find one line that covers the most number of dots   Answer Question

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Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in May 2011.

Interview Details – First online test, then having a phone interview of technical questions, finally on-site.

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  • How many times to scale the 12 coins to detect 1 fake coins   Answer Question
  • How to write the sqrt function using only +,-,*,/   View Answer

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New York, NY

The process took a day - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in May 2011.

Interview Details – Online IQ test for about 40 minutes. Asked standard IQ test but also some design process, software questions.

Interview Question – Given a shape, flip it around to and pick the correct outcome   Answer Question

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New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in February 2010.

Interview Details – I was first asked to do an online skill test before the onsite interview. The online skill test has questions about brain teasers and programming. For the onsite interview, (it is part of the Bloomberg Discover Day event), it was held in room where over 30 Bloomberg employees were sitting there, each will be interviewing a candidate. That means over 30 people are being interviewed all at the same time separately but sitting very close to each other. I have to say that environment was a mess and in the end, I found that the interviewer even got the wrong resume for me which was actually the resume for the next round of candidates right after me. I was asked a brainteaser question and linked list. The interview lasted for about 15-20 minutes for the whole around of ppl I guess.

Interview Question – write code for deletion of a node in a single linked list   Answer Question

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Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in October 2010.

Interview Details – Bloomberg came to our school during our career fair. The whole interview process will require 3 days. Each day lasting about 30mins. The first two days they will give you riddles or a problem that you have to solve using a language you know or in C. The last interview is a HR interview.

The first 2 interviews will be stressful, they are simulating the work conditions in the company. The last interview will be less stressful.

Interview Question – There are 8 balls. 7 of them are of the same weight. 1 ball is heavier than all the others. You are only given a basic balancing scale. Find out which ball is the heaviest one using the least number of comparisons.   View Answer

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New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2010.

Interview Details – Three bucket , one filled with Apple, one with Banana, one mixed with Apple and Banana
Each bucket is labeled with a wrong label, how can you label the three bucket correct

Interview Question – try to get the square root of x   Answer Question

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Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2010.

Interview Details – Interviewer started with asking about my project, but soon became disinterested. Later we talked about data structures and algorithms. He asked about sorting algorithms and their complexity. Then he asked about how will you design a telephone book. He then went into UNIX and asked some commands related to file modifications.

Interview Question – What kind of data structure will you use to implement a telephone directory?   View Answers (2)

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Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in September 2010.

Interview Details – Took the normal IQ test consisted of shapes rotating, logical games section, and verbal question.
Overall felt pretty difficult.

Interview Question – 2,3,5.7, what comes next?   View Answers (2)

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Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in February 2010.

Interview Details – First there is a online evaluation system. Basicly you can choose from c c++ java for evaluation. Then you will be contacted by two engineers to do some coding and brain teaser over phone. At last, three on site interview will happen in a day. One for programming, one for design problem and one for HR

Interview Questions

  • Some basic time and space complexity problems of every sorting algorithm, link list and array comparison.   Answer Question
  • Hash table is a popular question here. They will ask if you have used it before. Which lib you used or how did you write it out. Java is much easier than c++ to resolve this.   Answer Question
  • Brain teaser: two person have two pizza for food, but only one of them is holding the knife. One cut per pizza. Each has only one chance to have the priority to choose one slice of a pizza. It means a process of cutting, choosing, cutting choose. How many of the pizza can the one with knife get maximum?   View Answers (3)

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