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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.
1. 1st Round Phone interview with the HR, 2. 1st In-house interview with two managers (Sales & Analytics), 3. 2nd In-house interview with two senior managers (Sales & Analytics), 4. Waiting on the last in-house interview! Make sure you know why you want to work at Bloomberg, why you want this role, what you can bring, and prepare lots of scenario questions!
- Why Bloomberg, What do you know about Bloomberg, Why do you want to leave current company (as I am trying to change my career), Bloomberg's Products, Why Sales, Why Financial Analytics & Sales, What are the qualities do you have that make you suitable for this role, Current Events, Scenario Questions Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)) in April 2015.
Got a 30 minute phone interview with an HR rep from New Jersey days after I applied. Subsequently, he suggested me to the London office and I received an email with a new interview time minutes after the call.
- - Why Bloomberg? - What do you expect from the job? - What sources do you believe Bloomberg use? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.
I applied online and received an invitation for a phone interview two days later. The phone interview was mostly motivational and cv-based: drive me trough your cv, why Bloomberg? Why this role?.. The same day I received an email inviting me to an in-house interview. In-house interview: tell me about your academic background? Why this position? What does the role entails? And some technical questions. All interviewers were very friendly. I haven't yet received a feedback so still going on.
- Why bloomberg?why this role? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in April 2015.
Very friendly and encouraging Interview. One question I didn't quite understand and she was more than happy to rephrase and ensure that I answer it properly. They Interview process has more of conversation style instead of following a rigid question structure.
- Why Bloomberg? What differentiates Bloomberg from its competitors? If a Bank had 300 Bloomberg Terminals, but decided to close down its equity department with 30 Terminals how would you handle the situation? How would non-financial institutions use Bloomberg? Tell me about a finance story that interests you and explain it to me like I dont know anything about finance Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 days – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.
1. Pre-screening interview with recruiter. 2. More thorough interview with Bloomberg (about 45 mins). Very friendly, very few unusual questions, not too difficult. 3. In-House interview. a) Shadowing for half an hour and b) Interviewed by three people, one of whom to test me on my foreign language skills, the other two with a pretty rigourous examination of CV and motivations. c) Repeat, except different three people, different foreign language, and questions more about situational judgement and role-playing. This bit was particularly difficult, they want to see if you will crack under pressure. 4. Final interview with seniors and heads of departments. To be successful in this interview: Make it clear you have a passion for finance - this is what will truly decide if you are right for the job. Have evidence of your success in client service/ what makes you good within client service. Practice role-playing and specifically how to deal with stubborn and rude clients.
- Why have you applied to Bloomberg instead of other multinationals in finance? Answer Question
Helpful (9)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P..
Sent an online application, got a phone interview with all the normal questions you get always (why bloomberg?, why this position? who are our main competitors? what about bloomberg's corporate behaviour you like? give me an example of a position of leadership you filled? etc.) Phone interviewer was very nice and the whole thing took about 20 minutes. got an invitation for an in-house interview that same day.
- (why bloomberg?, why this position? who are our main competitors? what about bloomberg's corporate behaviour you like? give me an example of a position of leadership you filled? etc.) Answer Question
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Phone interview starting with "Why Bloomberg", moving on to a discussion of language features of Java and C++, a question about data structures, then two coding questions on HackerRank. Not very difficult, it was more or less a basic competency test.
- Why Bloomberg? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)).
I applied through the website. I was contacted by a recruiter after about 18 days. This interview was for the software engineering intern position at Bloomberg's office at London. The process begins by a phone interview and then a video conference. If everything goes well, They will get you to London for an onsite interview. Actually I did not make it to the video conference. I was rejected after the first interview although the questions were very easy and I am sure I have answered well because they are pretty standard and basic questions. Also there a couple of HR questions about Why are you willing to work for Bloomberg and So on...
- What is the difference between c++ and Java? What are the primitive data types in Java? What is the JVM and the Garbage Collector? Implement a method to decide whether a string is palindrome or not. 1 Answer
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)) in March 2015.
After they reviewed my application which I had submitted two weeks ago, I was invited to a telephone interview. The interview started with my knowledge about Bloomberg. And the interviewer would like to know why I am interested to the software engineer position. Then I was asked to describe a project in Java and a project in C#. After that, we entered the technical test phase. I chose Python as my language. He asked me to do some operations on given strings. After that, there were some basic questions on Python language. The interviewer is quite nice and helpful. I really like him. I made a few mistakes in the coding, but he gave a lot of hints and he was even more patient than me. (I was so nervous when the output was not what I want.) Now I am waiting for their response.
- What do you know about Bloomberg? Answer Question
- Why do you want to work as a software engineer at Bloomberg? Answer Question
- Describe a project that you made. Answer Question
- What features have you written in Java? Answer Question
- Compute the longest group of characters in a given string. (e.g. Given "aabbbaabaa", the output should be b3, as "bbb" is the longest substring consisting of the same character in the string.) Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in March 2015.
I applied for the Global Data graduate programme starting September 2015. I applied through employee referral. I didn't get the job. Thus, applying through referral won't get you the job. Let's pass through. After passing the screening, I was called by a HR employee from NY. The interview lasted about 10 minutes and the only question was "why bloomberg". After 5 minutes I was invited to an interview in London. 1st live interview with two team leaders. One girl one boy, both working for fixed income and funds. The guy was really annoyed by my cv but the girl seemed much more interested. Differently from A&Sales or more specific roles, there are no finance-related questions. Only motivational and regarding the role itself. Make sure you go through the questions you find in here and IMPORTANT to have an overview about the role go into the "review" section here in Glassdoor, where you will find many info about it. Briefly, the role is mainly data entry, project management and crm. Questions: Talk about yourself; Why bloomberg; why this role; how you imagine the typical data analyst day; how you work with data; what's the link between this role and your previous experience. I thought it was horrible, but a few minutes after the interview, I received the mail stating I was invited to the next stage, one week later. 2nd live interview (I was said to be the final) with two managers. One guy one girl. To be completely honest with you, I will tell you this. I had no previous financial-related experience, only a data-entry role in a non-financial company and a "restaurant" job. The people I was competing with (you will meet many waiting with you for the interviewer) had previous internship experience in IB or just finance-related professional experience. I was totally out of place but I used this to motivate myself. The interview started first with the guy and then he left (you will understand why) leaving me with the girl. He started asking about my previous "restaurant" experience, laughing at my face. I knew this was just to see how I handled this situation but I answered straight away with no panic. Then he stressed on the typical food products "I am hungry, would you advice this or that?". Still, no panic, this was just to stress me. Finally, when the girl came in, he introduced me like "this guy has totally no experience in Finance but he worked in a restaurant". He left, but I was ok. The rest of the interview was mainly motivational, asking about the role itself. But the girl seemed much more interested. However, I thought I handled the interview in a very nice way and it was way better than the first one. Two days later I received a call saying that I was not chosen, mainly because I didn't have much experience in finance and I was not financially literate to handle the job. Guys, to be honest, just sell your skills if you don't have professional experience in finance. This is where I think I failed, I could have been much more direct and better articulate my answer, but honestly this is the only thing I can blame of myself. This role is mainly data entry, so try to know some VBA stuff and modelling which might be interesting for them to know. This was my second ever application for Bloomberg, but both ended up at the final stage with no interest because of my lack of experience. Moral of the story, sell yourself but please don't focus on the fact that you DO NOT have experience in finance but you DO have it in a retail environment because this won't make you look more humble or financial literate. Well, just show them that you can handle working with data. Answer straight away. Be clear and go straight to the point.
- Main questions: Why you Why BLB Why not IB or IM Rank these three things: customer service, research, data entry (be prepared to pre-empt this question) If you were bored, how would you motivate yourself with your work? What does a global data economics analyst do? Do we do forecastings? (NO WAY, only dividend forcasting) Tell me more about the role. What are the key three facts? (data analysis, customer focus, project mgmt) What asset class would you like to work in? Would you prefer to work indipendently or to be constantly monitored? If you had to choose two qualities for being a successful data anlyst, what would you choose? (PROACTIVITY and being INDIPENDENT. Guys, i've asked twice this question at the end, and they twice answered this to me. I post it here because i know it's a typical question they do), How do we ensure data quality? (they do it internally, they have several teams who clean data for each other) Can you use VBA language for financial purposes? (no big deal if no, but remember it's a tech company so they would rather like it. it's a step more to get the job). Answer Question
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