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Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in May 2010.
Interview Details – 1. Phone interview. Asked what stock I'm following and why. Also are there any stories I'm currently interested in relating to financial markets.
2. Group interview. Met with head of consulting and current consultants. Asked about company and what ny understanding of the buy and sell side is.
3. Group lunch. This is a lunch so I'd recommend being friendly but treat this like an interview. Do not get too comfortable.
Interview Question – Explain excel to your grandmother who is computer illiterate. Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in May 2014.
Interview Details – Had 2 rounds of telephonic interview for a database developer role. After they were satisfied was called onsite for a full day interview. Started the day with database design, then next round was to write specific queries. Followed by object oriented questions. The department manager took me out for lunch where he discussed about the work environment and the expectations from the role. The last was an HR discussion round.
Interview Question – Most of the questions were scenario based so if you have come across the scenario you would be able to answer Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The pay was not sufficient for me.
Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in February 2014.
Interview Details – On campus first round, heard back a few hours later that they wanted me to come into New York for a final round. 4 interviews with managers and then lunch with two current consultants. Nothing too difficult, one excel problem which was pretty easy for someone with an excel background.
Interview Question – Nothing too technical. One excel problem with if-statements, and a few basic finance problems. "What is a stock?" Really nothing too difficult. Answer Question
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at FactSet in January 2014.
Interview Details – I have been through the phone interview and was asked some basic questions, why factset, some questions on my experience straight from my resume, what I think I would be doing, why I wanted to work in this field. After all the explanations and a few more questions, it takes about 30 minutes
Interview Question – Nothing very difficult, just have to be on your toes for some questions, like explaining the market, and also prepare for some excel questions. Answer Question
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in November 2013.
Interview Details – Initial on-campus interview and then a super day in NYC
Interview Question – Explain the stock market to a 6 year old Answer Question
Senior Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at FactSet in January 2012.
Interview Details – The initial phone interview was rather straightforward, but the interviewer was kind of short and arrogant. Normal CS-theory questions about Big-O running times for specific algorithms and what sorting methods would be optimal given a set of data.
The on-site interviews were 4 back to back interviews with two being engineering topics (algorithms and data structures was the first, in-depth system designs the second). The other two were personality and HR tests, if you consider those to be real interviews (which, I guess they kind of are).
Interview Question – How would you implement a relational database schema where the only method acceptable is to store data is by using plain-text files? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Content Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at FactSet in December 2009.
Interview Details – My interview was informal and lasted about five minutes.
Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at FactSet in May 2013.
Interview Details – Referred by an employee 3 months ago. Got a phone interview and then invited to on-site interview. The on-site interview included: 1 product representation; 2 Code review; 3 OOD; 4 Algorithm implementation; 5 Lunch interview; 6 HR interview; 7 Director interview.
- 1. Code review was 3 pages long code about a triangle class, needed to find the errors, design flaws... You got 10 mins to read the code. keep an eye on the Java syntax, argument list which is too long , null values, pass by value/reference, generalize some duplicated codes into a method, abstraction... If you told them you use Java, this triangle class has a high chance to be your code review. Answer Question
- 2. Some questions about OOP and OOD: design a chess game. Answer Question
- 3. Wrote an algorithm to get the number at nth row and mth column in the Pascal's Triangle. Generate the triangle from the 1st row to the nth row and then find the number at column m is NOT allowed, you need to use a formular to calculate the number, what an awkward thing. If you do not know the formular then you are screwed. Answer Question
- 4. Given a dictionary and a NxM matrix where each element is a character. Asked to write code to find all the valid words that can be formed using elements in a row, column or diagonal in the matrix. Answer Question
- 5. Director interview involves going through your resume, discussing about your projects and some behavior questions like why FactSet? You also needed to prepare some questions to ask. Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at FactSet in August 2012.
Interview Details – Started off with a phone interview with a recruiter and followed it up with one with a developer there. I was unable to actually come on-site for a while the 2nd phone interview, and they were very willing to wait till I was available. I interviewed in their New York office, and the hospitality was AMAZING. They were extremely friendly, and I got a great vibe from the place. The interviewers definitely made me want to work there. In addition, my recruiter was absolutely AMAZING. Unlike many other recruiters for other companies, she was extremely helpful and replied back to my e-mails in an extremely prompt fashion. Overall, I would definitely recommend this company.
Interview Question – Asked to describe how I would design the back-end for Chess. In particular, they wanted to see what kind of abstractions I would make, and how I would treat the board, the pieces, and create the front-end to interact properly with the back-end. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Decided I wanted to pursue other options (not necessarily industry nor financial software). But partially regret not accepting
Software Engineer Intern Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at FactSet in April 2013.
Interview Details – Met with a company recruiter at a school career fair, handed in my resume, and also applied online. Soon, was contacted via e-mail to setup a phone interview. Was asked to describe stack vs. heap allocated memory, the usefulness and time-complexities of various arraylist operations, and the applications of hashmaps. Finally, was asked to implement a program that determined if a given integer array was a palindrome.
Interview Question – For the final question, the interviewer asked me to hand-write the code and explain it to him over the phone. Moreover, he wanted verbatim code, not pseudocode. This felt pretty peculiar, but not impossible. Answer Question