FactSet Interview Questions

Updated Jul 1, 2015
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Youngstown, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at FactSet (Youngstown, OH) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Very comfortable and professional. Applied. Got called for an interview about 2 weeks later. Got offered the job within two days after their interviews were over. Do your research about this field before going to the interview. They don't expect experts, but you should know a little about the current economy.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at FactSet in June 2015.

    Interview

    I have a family member who works for the company. They referred me for the position and I got a call from a recruiter who then set up a phone interview during the next week.

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    • What has your job search been like?
      Why did you choose your school?
       
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    I got a call from someone in HR, and we talked about my classwork and school projects. A few weeks later, I got an email telling me that there were some openings, and we scheduled a technical phone interview.

    The phone interview was very straightforward. They asked me about basic OOP questions (ex. polymorphism, generics, access modifiers). I was notified the next day that I had passed this round and we scheduled on onsite interview.

    There were seven sessions: product demo, three technical interviews, HR interview, lunch, and interview with the director.

    Technical interview one: They gave me C++ code for a linked list, and asked me to determine the output and to suggest improvements for the code. Even though I don't know C++, I was still able to follow the code based on my Java skills.

    Technical interview two: Code a stack with push(), pop(), and getMin() at O(1).

    Technical interview three: Class diagrams for a car rental service and corresponding database tables.

    HR interview: We went over the previous interviews, and then there were some behavioral questions.

    Director interview: Array based question - no coding here, just discussed approach to solving the problem.

    They said that I would hear back in two weeks, but I got a call just two days later with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • 1) Linked List code review
      2) Code a Stack
      3) Design question
       
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    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate - the offer was very generous.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview with a manager at FactSet who seemed thoughtful and courteous. He asked mostly standard interview questions about my knowledge of FactSet and my experience and approach towards communicating with clients, troubleshooting their needs, and suggesting additional solutions. He also told me about the company culture and what was expected of the role.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at FactSet (Chicago, IL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I was referred from a former employee which resulted in an initial phone interview. After that, I was scheduled for 4 interviews in their Chicago Office. Those 4 interviews consisted of talking with 2 consultants, the regional director, a consultant manager, and lastly two other consultant managers.

    Interview Questions

    • Rate yourself on a scale 1-10 in Excel, would then ask you to answer questions according to your answer.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at FactSet (Hartford, CT) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through university career fair. Got a phone interview scheduled in the next week. They asked thorough object oriented concepts and basic sorting questions. Also was asked 2-4 basic questions on tree traversal etc and told to explain the pseudo code. There was no actual coding involved anywhere.
    Got a call for onsite in 2 days. The onsite interview was pretty straight forward standard Factset approach. In the first round I was given a C++ code of linked list implementation and asked to find bugs. Some of the other people interviewd on same day were given Java code though. In the second round they asked me to design some card which I said I am not familiar with then they told me to choose any game of my choice. I choose Tetris and they asked to explain everything on board. I have previously prepared for Tetris game and studied the classes so I started explaining that then the manager changed the class design and told me to explain with the classes he described and use OOP concepts like inheritance, polymorphism etc. I did my best and explained all functionalities but I might have confused them a bit.
    In the third round they initially asked some UNIX commands questions and then asked to write code for a tree traversal question on board. And they asked to explain searching a dictionary. I explained it through Trie and they asked many more questions about Trie. I did well in this round. The interviewers told me that all technical questions were done for the day so I felt relaxed.
    Then a guy from my team took me to a restaurant for a lunch but continuously asked questions for next 1.5 hrs which I didnt really expect. He asked everything from Priority queues, AVL trees, distributed programming etc. I couldnt answer many questions here and I felt terrible. He is smart but also sounded very arrogant and was always belittling my previous company experience. I didnt even eat quarter of my lunch with him continuously asking questions. None of the other people on my day were asked any technical questions in the lunch though.
    Next round was with HR, which was basic feedback round and general questions.
    Last round was with the hiring director. He explained the job role which is mostly working on the DB and said it involves only about 30% programming and rest analyzing. I had a certification in DB2 in my resume so he went on asking questions about DB2, MySQL etc. I unintentionally didnt show much interest in this role and then he explained another role which is also work on DB but involves a bit more programming of 70%. At the end he asked me choose one of them, but i said I am fine with either of them(which is a big mistake).
    At the end there was talk with an executive along with all other interviewees.

    I got decision on the next working day and I didnt get the offer. I thought I performed well and was expecting they wouldnt consider the lunch interview. But I guess they did and it would have really impacted the decision. Also the final round with manager wasnt that good which might also have impacted.

    Overall I really liked the interview procedure and the hospitality of Factset. I am really disappointed that I couldnt get in although I performed well in most rounds. The only bad experience I had was the lunch interview from the member of the team.

    Interview Questions

    • C++ code of linked list implementation, Tree traversals, Tetris game design, Trie, OOP concepts.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at FactSet in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied through School job web side and 1 week later I got invited for a on campus interview. They asked me general questions about C++ and its generic question as well as a coding question, which you need to implement a queue using only stack.

    A week later I got invited to an On-Site interview, there are 4 most important parts, Code review, Technical design, Algorithm, and discussing with site manager

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at FactSet (New York, NY) in April 2015.

    Interview

    One phone interview, then an in person interview in their New York office. The interview consisted of 4 interviews, of which two were one on one and two were two on one interviews. They asked to walk them through my resume, there were some behavioral questions, as well as some brain teasers.

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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at FactSet (New York, NY) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The process has taken over 4 months for me at this point and still no decision made. The progression goes as follows: phone screening interview ->1st round interview with potential boss -> 2nd round interview with higher up / team meeting. Great company, but it's unfortunate that I've put off other offers having expected to hear back by now.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked various behavioral questions that you might expect in different interviews   Answer Question
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    Fixed Income Technology Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at FactSet (Chicago, IL) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview > On-site Interview. The phone interview consisted of a set of basic questions about my resume and my previous experiences.
    The on-site interview was more involved and had multiple stages of interviews with multiple parts of the team covering C++, descriptions of previous experiences, and some work with general expressions.

    Interview Questions

    • Go through a set of code on paper and identify the problems and describe a better implementation.   Answer Question
    • Given a set of rules for a general expression, create a general expression to find X   Answer Question

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