Bloomberg L.P. Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Sep 2, 2015
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    Financial Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in July 2015.

    Interview

    first round of telephone interview with a software engineer, which lasted about 1 hour. classical questions like why bloomberg, heap VS stack, exceptions, multithreading, hash functions. 2 tasks on hackerrank. and at the end I asked him some questions like what he is currently working on, the structure of the team.

    Interview Questions

    • read the following code and tell me the output, and is there anything wrong about it? #include <iostream> class A { public: A() { foo(); } virtual void foo(int a = 10) { std::cout << "A = " << a << std::endl; } }; class B : public A { public: B() { foo(); } virtual void foo(int b = 20) { std::cout << "B = " << b << std::endl; } }; int main() { A* aPtr = new B(); aPtr->foo(); delete aPtr; return 0; }   Answer Question
    • write a function to compare 2 strings of the same length, find the number of different chars. e.g. myCompare('bond','debt') = 2 myCompare('xxxx','yyyy') = 2 the 2 input parameters are const   Answer Question
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    Global Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Just phone interview. The girl was not friendly or anything. Everytime I was finished answering a question we had awkward silences and I had to say something like "that's all". She asked me a lot about team work experiences. It took 15 minutes. I got invited for an in office interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Bloomberg? Why a technology focussed firm like Bloomberg? team work experience? what makes a customer service perfect rather than good?   Answer Question
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    Software Development Programme (Permanent) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in July 2015.

    Interview

    En tout, j'ai eu 4 entretiens. Le premier, d'une durée de 45 minutes, s'est déroulé sur Skype. Cet entretien était principalement technique, avec différentes questions algorithmiques. Je n'avais qu'un interlocuteur, qui était ingénieur chez Bloomberg. L'entretient s'est déroulé comme suit : Présentation de l'entretien, l'interviewer s'est présenté, ensuite je me suis présenté, ensuite question technique, puis j'ai pu poser des questions. Le second devait durer 1h30, et finalement s'est achevé en 1h. C'était également un entretien technique sur Skype, avec deux recruteurs cette fois. Même architecture que le premier. Les deux autres entretiens se sont déroulés dans leurs locaux de Londres. Le premier était technique et du même acabit que les deux premiers, sauf qu'il a débuté par des questions de motivation. Le second était un entretien avec un RH, qui m'a demandé de parler de chacune de mes expériences / formations en précisant pourquoi j'y étais allé, pour j'étais parti, et ce que j'y avais fait.

    Interview Questions

    • Aucunes questions sur la finance. Par contre, à chaque entretien, on m'a demandé "Pourquoi Bloomberg ?". Si la réponse donnée peut correspondre à une autre entreprise, ils vous diront "Oui mais, tout ça peut correspond aussi à une autre entreprise, donc pourquoi Bloomberg ?"   Answer Question
    • Question technique : "Vous avez une liste d'entier du style [1, 2, 3, 4, 42, 21, 4, 3, 2, 1]. Comment trouvez vous le premier entier unique de la chaine ?" (Dans ce cas, 42)   Answer Question
    • Question technique : "Écrivez une fonction permettant de déterminer si la chaine de caractères donnée en paramètre est un palindrome". Donc "Kayak -> true / bb -> true / Glassdoor -> false" Écrivez une fonction permettant de savoir si une chaîne contient un palindrome. Donc "Kayaktest" -> true / "patte -> "true" / "abcdef" -> false   Answer Question
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    Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Online app - phone interview (analytics team leader) - 1st In house (sales manager? + analytics team leader) - 2nd in house (uk sales manager + analytics specialist) - final round (european head of analytics) Telephone interview was really really easy. About 10 min and it was basically the team leader telling me about the firm and introducing herself. 2 hours later I got an email saying I passed, arranged in work shadowing and house interview in a week. I did not feel that good about my 1st in house interview, but I got really good feedback after that, and I heard back in 2,3 days with an email saying I got invited for another round of interview. I definitely felt it went BAD for my 2nd house interview but I passed again - sometimes they just grill you a little to see how you react i guess. Got a phone call 2 days after confirming date for final round. My final round with head of analytics was amazing, she was such an inspiring person and it felt like chatting instead of having an interview. In the end she asked me if I had any questions and my final question was when should I expect to hear back from them and she said Now, YOU GOT THE JOB. Every single round focused on Why Bloomberg and Why Sales. Need to come across as really passionate about working with people, client management/client service, etc. and that you care about the firm and really passionate about the firm. Prepare these two questions and you got 50% of the interviews. Other stuff: - your experiences/ CV run down: this depends on your experience, they just wanna see what you have done that's going you help you contribute to the firm, what skills you developed - the normal stuff. - Bloomberg products: I got asked in both in-house interviews how would Bloomberg help an industrial firm. Focus your answer on investor relations, as in, every public firm needs to publish their annual reports through somewhere for investors to see, AND every firm needs to keep track of how their competitors are performing, and Bloomberg provides that. Other than that, talk about risk control and cash management. - current financial affair: very minimal, occasionally slip in one,two sentences in your answers and they won't ask more. For example, when I was talking about industrial firms can use Bloomberg to reduce foreign exchange risk, I mentioned that the Krona appreciate (that same week )a great deal so a european firm with debt in Krona just lost some money there. - financial concept: I rated my finance knowledge 5 out of 10, so they asked me to differentiate bond and stock, which was a really easy one. Just be honest, if you don't know it's totally fine.

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you excited to sell Bloomberg? (I said I never thought about that, she did NOT like that...) You know sometimes you don't use FCF for DCF, what *do* you use then? (I said I don't know. He goes, fine.)   Answer Question
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    Technical Support Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    My interview started with a phone call from one of the team leaders. The call lasted for about 20-30 mins. I was asked general questions about my previous work experience and normal questions about my motivation to apply for this job. Passing that, I was invited for a 2nd interview but this time via Skype. I was again interviewed by another team leader but this time the questions were more related to customer service and my own experience about dealing with customers. I was asked to give examples of previous situations I had on dealing with different customers. Examples of difficult customers situations, how I've handled, and I was also asked to give an example on what was the most imaginative and proactive way I've resolved a customer's issue. I then received an invitation to attend to a meeting at their offices in London. They've arranged and paid for my flights, including one night staying in a hotel not far from the office. The interview was very nice and basically consisted on them talking about the company, company's culture and all the aspects related to the job position. We then did couple of group exercises together with the other candidates and afterwards, he had a guided tour of the all building. The last part of the interview was having individual one to one interviews with 2 of the customer support team leaders. Again, similar questions as before, work experience, why Bloomberg and what were my motivations for applying for this role. They also asked what were my goals for the next 3 or 5 years. I just received an invitation for the last interview back at the London office and this time, it seems that we'll have a simulation test. They will book me again my flights and let's see what happens. I am very excited as my 1st experience when visited Bloomberg's office in Finsbury square, it was mind blowing. So far, nothing bad what so ever about the all interviews process...fingers crossed now!

    Interview Questions

    • Why Bloomberg? Why are you applying for this role? What was the most creative way you resolved a customer's issue? Where do you see yourself within the next 3 to 5 years?   Answer Question
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    Sales and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Video conference for people abroad. Very friendly recruiting staff. The process was rather fast and efficient. They support you in presenting yourself in the best way. No tricks involved. Very strong focus on culture and work ethic. The outlook is good as they seem to have a consistent training program in place. Probably a very good place to kick start your career.

    Interview Questions

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    Sales and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I had phone interview firstly, it lasts about 15 min and you generally talk about your skills, Bloomberg's products, competitors,terminal, financial news. 1:1 interview was more intense, lasted about half an hour. The part about yourself was pretty classical, they ask you why you chose finance, what skills you have that is essential for this role etc. etc. In terms of financial knowledge its a bit tougher, you will have to talk about things like asset classes, current news in financial markets and banking. Generally, you also have to know Bloomberg's clients, company culture & competitors.

    Interview Questions

    • What skills do you think this role requires? Can you give an example where you showed these skills?   Answer Question
    • What current financial news are you following? Can you give another example other than the one you told ?   1 Answer
    • Do you have any sales experience, can you tell me about a time that you sold anything?   Answer Question
    • If you were to sell a Bloomberg to a customer, how would you have done it?   Answer Question
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    After submitting my applications, I had an invitation for phone screen interview with one of the software engineer in Bloomberg. The phone interview was not too hard. They asked a lot of c++ basic, such as what are the difference between array and pointer, stack and heap in memory, and static variable. For the coding part, I was asked to implement a function to get the Fibonacci sequence. After the phone screen interview, they invited me to the face-to-face interview. The questions was not too hard. Some basic c++ stuffs and algorithm. However, I did not perform well when I had the face-to-face interview.

    Interview Questions

    • what are the difference between array and pointer, stack and heap in memory, and static variable. implement a function to get the Fibonacci sequence   Answer Question
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    Android Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Recruiter contacted me to schedule a skype interview with couple of Engineers. I assumed the Engineers were not well versed about the Android platform and asked few questions and expected a standard textbook answers. There was a coding test but don't think they thought through the question well as I asked for for details about the requirements, they changed their mind and asked me to write a solution for a different problem. They called me for a subsequent interview but I declined.

    Interview Questions

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    Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    telephone interview followed by two inhouse interviews. The telephone interview was very easy with basic questions. The two inhouse interviews were with 2 people each, one from Sales and one from Analytics.

    Interview Questions

    • nothing unexpected. Why Bloomberg; Why this role; How would you convince someone to buy the terminal; questions about the products and financial news.   1 Answer

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