FactSet Interview Questions

Updated Aug 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online (with a referral). Had an initial phone screen with HR who was friendly and asked about my background, what I understood about what FactSet did, how I follow the markets, and discussed a bit about my educational background. Was invited in to interview at the offices in NYC; consisted of a short demo of the software, 5 interviews (3 were 2:1, one with an HR manager, and one 1:1), and then taken out to lunch with two younger Consultants and the rest of the candidates. Expect your standard questions such as Why FS? Explain this position to someone on the street, how do follow the markets, behavioral questions, etc. As for technical, I was asked to rate myself 1-10 and then had a corresponding excel problem to do in front of my interviewers (I suggest rating yourself on the conservative side), I had the brainteaser involving measuring 4 gallons with a 5 and 3 gallon jug, figure out which ball is heaviest out of 8 using a scale twice, and then was asked to determine 40% of 18,000 with no calculator. AWAITING DECISION**

    Interview Questions

    • What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given and who gave it to you? Who is someone who admire in the business world? Pitch me your favorite app. Pitch me your favorite restaurant. Explain excel to a grandparent. Explain FactSet to someone on the street. Explain the stock market to a 5 year old.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    A friend of mine referred me. Got a mail from recruiter in Norwalk after almost 1 month. Chose SFO as preferred location and was redirected to SFO recruiter. Recruiter in SFO mailed me after 2 weeks and scheduled a phone interview. Phone interview was easy. They asked about OOPS and data structures, also asked me to code 1 program (Questions below). Got a call to onsite next day. Onsite interview was average. Usual FactSet format. 1 datastructure/algorithm round, 1 design round, 1 code review round and an interview with hiring manager. Also lunch with 2 engineers.

    Interview Questions

    • Phone Interview: OOPS and data structures. Coding Question: Interweaving of 2 linkedlists. Join 1->3->5 and 2->4->6. Output: 1->2->3->4->5->6.   Answer Question
    • Onsite: 1. How do you find intersection area or coordinates of 2 intersecting windows or rectangles. (x, y) coordinate of leftmost corner, and width and height of the windows are given.   Answer Question
    • Onsite: 2. Design spreadsheet in Excel.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at FactSet (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    one phone interview, once it done they will contact your if you are good for an on site interview, one on site interview, it is whole day interview, technical question in the morning, other interview in the afternoon. Lunch is provide.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I got a call after the career fair at college. There was an initial phone in round, where some basic OOP and data structure questions were asked (virtual function, virtual table, hashtables, linked list etc). After this initial screening, I was invited for an onsite interview. There were 5 rounds in total. 3 technical, one with director and finally HR. HR round seemed to just take feedback on the interview process. The entire experience was quite pleasent.

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    Software Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at FactSet (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Get phone interview 3 days after application submitted. In the phone interview, they ask about your resume and why you choose factset, then ask three technical questions. Technique question include one basic language problem, one coding problem and one free answer problem.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. array, linkedlist, arraylist. How they work and comparison. 2. Fibonacci serial. 3. If you have one giant text file contain many string. How can you write a function to know if the input word is in the file.   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I had two phone interviews and one in-person interview. The process was very laid back and friendly, which reflects the overall atmosphere here. My first phone interview was with someone from HR and then heard back about a week later to have another interview scheduled with a Consulting Manager on the phone and eventually a Senior Consultant in person. The process was very quick and I always heard back within a reasonable amount of time. Everyone was extremely nice throughout the whole process.

    Interview Questions

    • If you got this job and someone asked you what FactSet does and what you will be doing there, what would you tell them?   Answer Question
    • Explain a leadership and/or mentoring experience you've had and what you learned from it.   1 Answer
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    Financial Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    They’ll bring you in at 9am and you’ll sit down with a Consulting Manager who will take you through an informational 30 min segment on the company w/ 3-4 other candidates. From here you’re broken into 4 separate interviews, in random order: Technology Interview; Finance Interview; Leadership Interview; Helping Others interview

    Interview Questions

    • Q: What's a P/E ratio? What are common market indexes investors refer to; explain EBITDA; why your major? What makes you a good leader? Who do you look up to? explain a common misconception people have about you? Name a split-second decision? Talk about a B/S, I/S, CF statement; What's EPS and FactSet's stock price?   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CT
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through college. First there will be a technical interview. Interviewer will go over your resume quickly and ask you a technical question. May require pseudo code implementation details over the phone. After this you will be called for an onsite for a full day interview. The day starts with 3 technical rounds. First, is a code review, then a design question. Third is an algorithms round. After that you have HR round followed by Hiring Manager/Director round. Results are informed within a week.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical Phone - Design a calculator that parses calculations given in string (use infix to postfix using stacks) Onsite: First : Code Review (C++ implementation of Linked List with missing code and or errors. Identify those and suggest improvements) Second: Design (any) game of your choice. (Use Object Oriented Programming concepts for classes) Third: Create auto-complete suggestions for user input string. (I used trie) Fourth: HR -talk about your preferred role and responsibilities Fifth: Director - Discuss resume and a problem in high level details (no coding)   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CT
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT) in February 2015.

    Interview

    First they will ask for you to send sample code, and that will mostly dictate how your interview will go. They mostly work in C++, but they are fine with Java if you understand your OOD concepts.

    Interview Questions

    • If you have a sorted array that is initialized with size 100, the values stored would be for example 1, 2, 3,.... ect. Describe an algorithm that would check if there is a duplicate number and if so return it.   4 Answers
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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    the interviewer asked normal background questions first and asked a little about each of my previous jobs, standard questions. look up other example questions and logic questions for sample interviews online. the actual answer does not matter as much as your confidence and the logic behind how you arrived at your answer. do not hesitate

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