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Bloomberg L.P. Interview Questions in London, England

Updated May 23, 2017
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    Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in May 2017.

    Interview

    I am an international student, after my first round recorded interview, there was a language availability test. it basically went through your resume and asked the current financial market. And I was informed I passed the language availability test, next round will be team leader interview and I am gonna take it next week

    Interview Questions


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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    I applied online through careers section of Bloomberg. The application was for entry level software engineer at Bloomberg London site. I needed to upload my resume and cover letter. My language of choice for the interview was C/C++. I had one phone interview (1:1) and two video interview (2:1). Following this, I was called for onsite interview at London office and had three round of interview there (2-tech, 1-HR). Following onsite interview I had a final interview with tech head at London site.

    Interview Questions

    • 1.Pointer basics.
      2.Bracket matching:
      /*

      "(aa)bb" -> true
      "[ aa [ bbb ]" -> false
      "aa } bbb { c" -> false
      "aa [ bb () ]" -> true
      "[aa { ] cc } ]" -> false

      */
      3. Design and implement a web browser which supports the functionality that at any given instance you can efficiently tell the top 5 visited websites on basis of number of visits. This question was a variant of LRU cache and it can be optimally implemented using a map and doubly linked list.
      4. Run length encoding of string. See below for example:
      aaaaabbbccd → a5b3c2d1
      xyz → x1y1z1
      5. Merge overlapping intervals. See below for example:
      [1,3] [2,5] [8,9] → [1,5] [8,9]
      [1,3] [2,6] [4,99] → [1,99]
      6. Given a binary tree, tell whether this is a valid BST.
      7. Implement a generic hashmap in C++. Make sure to use templates, good hash functions and be ready to discuss design to handle collisions.

      There will be behavioral questions. Make sure to prepare for the question : Why Bloomberg?  
      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 2+ months. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Online application, Online assessment (basic maths), Online interview (video recording), Phone interview (language), Face to face interview

    I've been recommended to apply for different team as a result of my last interview with them. I prepared a lot and was well received but my answers were very much technology-focused rather than customer service focused. It's important to demonstrate that you know what you will be doing and what's required in this role. But this position's staff turnover is quite quick and they don't like seeing people come and go. So you need to convince them that you are suitable for this role and that you will be happy with what you will be doing here.

    Interview Questions

    • What's your motivation to work for Bloomberg?   Answer Question
    • Where do you see the Bloomberg is going to be in 5 to 6 years time?   Answer Question

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    Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Ok, Let me start off by saying this was by far the most intense interview process that I've been through. I spent days studying, compiling the interview questions on Glassdoor and really practicing them. The process started as follows:

    1. Apply Online
    2. Numerical Test
    3. Video Interview
    4. Interview with Team leads (1 from sales, 1 from analytics)
    5. Interview with Analytics manager & Head of Sales

    Video interview:
    The video interview was definitely a new experience for me. It was intimidating given that you are given 30 seconds to prepare for the question, and 90 seconds to answer. There is only one shot.

    1. Practice question
    2. What motivated you to make an application to Analytics & Sales?
    3. Please explain your understanding of what your day-to-day role would be like working in the analytics department.
    4. At Bloomberg, our core product is the Bloomberg Terminal. Please talk me through some of the additional financial products and services we offer our clients.
    5. Being interested in the financial markets is critical to the Analytics and Sales role. Please talk me through how one of the following news stories has impacted the financial markets in the past year: 1. The UK referendum on exiting the European Union 2. China's impact on global growth and the implications for developed markets. 3. Recent changes to US Federal Reserve monetary policy.
    6. What attracts you to working in a client facing role and what do you believe would make you successful ?
    7. Imagine you are due to meet a prospective client for the first time. How will you make sure the meeting will be a success? What will be your approach before, during, and after the meeting?

    Interview with team leads:
    This interview which from what I have read from reviews on Glassdoor, is the most difficult. However, in my case this was the most laid back. They had read my CV and were interested in getting to know me.

    1. Walk me through your CV and give me the main take-away from each position
    2. What have you been doing in the past year?
    3. Why Bloomberg?
    4. Why London?
    5. Why Sales & Analytics?
    6. How well do you understand how we make money?
    7. What do you think you will be doing in Sales & Analytics?
    8. What would you do to stand out in program?
    9. Although you will be receiving financial training, its training about the financial markets and how it relates to the terminal as you will be helping customers use the terminal. We don't actually work in the financial markets. Does this still interest you?
    10. How do deal with a client who wants a discount or will cut terminals to achieve discount. They are also cutting competitors.
    11. What type of customer or prospect would you target to subscribe to BB services, given that we are pretty much saturated in banks, asset management firms, etc.
    12. What have you been following in the markets. Please explain what you have been following and how this affects Bloomberg and it's clients.

    Interview with Analytics manager & Head of Sales:
    I am trying to remain impartial while writing this part, but this was by far the worst part of the interview process for me. One of the interviewers had no interest in getting to know me. The other interviewer from analytics, backed up and said she wanted to get to know me and asked me where I was from etc. The sales interviewer was rude, aggressive and showed no interest from the very beginning. Ultimately in this interview there was a role play to sell an item, which I completely bombed, however this is a training program and no previous experience is sales or finance is required.

    1. Why Sales? Why Bloomberg?
    2. Your answers are generic, tell me why?
    3. Let's back up, tell me where you're from and walk me through your CV.
    4. If you had to choose main selling point of Bloomberg terminal, what would it be and why?
    5. Again what you said is pretty generic.
    6. Sell me something that you like. my case a computer. They will give you a scenario. Role play begins now.

    From this interview, I felt like I had obviously completely bombed it, starting off on the wrong foot with the sales interviewer and then failing the sales roll play. HOWEVER, I received an e-mail from HR saying that they were trying to contact me regarding my interview. From what I have read, Bloomberg calls you to talk to you about your offer before sending via e-mail. In my case, I received a phone call from HR, asking me how I thought I did in the interview, and then telling me the managers had decided that I would not be selected for this position. THIS by far was the worst. I would have much rather received a rejection e-mail. But to call and tell me that, was a slap in the face. It really changed my perspective (The whole experience.) I felt that I crossed 3 deserts and 5 seas through this whole process, the amount of time invested to work for a "glorified call center." I am trying not to be bitter, but this is just the reality.

    Interview Questions


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    Equity Data Analyst Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    1. A web interview where you answer 7 questions and send them in remotely.

    2. A phone interview

    3. A group assessment day

    4. Final interview

    To be honest the web interview is pointless and should be dropped from the recruitment process.

    Assessment day was a mix of experienced professionals and fresh grads.

    HR people where friendly. Feedback was vague and not applicable to my performance.

    Interview Questions


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    Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    After cover letter and CV submission, I was invited to take a numerical reasoning test that was untimed. After passing that, I was invited to answer 7 timed (90 seconds) questions. (I suggest practicing succinct answering for that part!) Then I was invited to a F2F 1-hour interview with two team leaders from both sales and analytics. Second round F2F was 1 hour with two managers from both sales and analytics. Final round was 1hr F2F with the regional head of department.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain to me why the price of oil is where it is at now. Why has it gone up and then down so much in the past years.   Answer Question

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    Sales and Analytics Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    There is already a lot of information on here about the video interview so I will not add to that. Use the information on here! Very useful. I was very prepared for my interview as all the questions had already been posted by another user and while I did not write a script or even come up with the answers in bullet points I had already thought about my answers to those questions.

    What I will do in my post is give some insight into the language ability test component since I did not find any information on here about that. My recruiter told me that there is nothing to prepare for it but had I prepared I probably would have made it through (I didn't). Obviously what you are asked all depends on the tester and to be fair they probably aren't expecting you to be on a native level but I think preparation would help, if anything to give you some confidence so you don't hesitate so much (if you are like me and are out of practice in your second language not having used it since leaving school quite a few years ago). I do believe that they are testing language ability rather than actual content of your answers but again, giving half decent answers would help with confidence and thus fluency.

    After this phone call you will have half an hour to find a news article (she asked for one in the area of the topic I suggested talking about) and produce a short summary of it in your tested language. Don't spend too long finding an article, I did that and didn't have time to produce a good summary (especially when I had to google translate very specific terms like IMF).

    Interview Questions

    • - Self introduction
      - Talk about something that has been going on in the news
      - Explain how interest rates work
      - Explain what bonds are
      - Explain what shares are
      - (Since I gave really crap answers above) Do you keep up with financial markets on a regular basis?
      - Why do you want to work for Bloomberg?  
      Answer Question

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    Sales and Analytics Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    No assessment centres or team exercises, only face-to-face interviews after the video stage. All interviewers were extremely nice and genuinely interested. All questions asked were either based on my CV, or have been previously posted on Glassdoor, which is probably the best resourcefor preparation. Main point is articulating your motivation to work for the company and knowledge of the market environment, products, and competitors. At least perfunctory knowledge of the Terminal and some commands is also quite helpful. A lot of articles on Bloomberg and its history from the FT/Politico/Institutional Investor et al. are also recommended.
    Overall, the interviews were extremely easy, no hardcore knowledge of finance is required (I mean, if you say you're interested in finance and don't know what a CDS is, you may need a reality check). HRs are very efficient: feedback is given the following day. Plus you can help yourself in the pantry (yay, free snacks).
    9,5/10 would interview again

    Interview Questions

    • Fav Terminal command and its value. Company outlook and market in 5 years/opportunities. Main one: Why Bloomberg and not competitors?   Answer Question

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    Global Data Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    I have received a telephone interview. It is almost all about competency questions, like why Bloomberg, why Global data and company value and so on. Only one technical question lists below.

    Interview Questions


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    Junior Account Payable Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    I took the application through a career agent which took me 3 weeks till they confirmed me the date of the interview. I was first introduced to the lobby on first floor which was absolutely stunning. Typically the food court, kind of like an IKEA food corner where people drop by for snacks or drinks but they are all free. I waited for about 15 minutes. Supposedly the interview should be held at 15:00 but they were like 10 minutes late to come down stair and get me. I interviewed in the London office with 2 interviewers, a team leader and her subordinate, both were eastern European.
    They didn't ask any competency based questions but more about my CV and my previous company/job. It seemed that they didn't have a set of questions prepared but asked me whatever that jumped to their mind, in which I felt a little bit unprofessional. I must say I didn't sleep well last night and kind of messed up with the "first 30 seconds" and left an "ok" impression towards the interviewers. During the interview, I felt like they aren't interested on me and want to end the interview asap (i saw one of ladies kept looking at her watch discretely). It would be a miracle if I got the offer so God help me.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself   Answer Question
    • Why you study this degree? Can you tell me about your dissertation?   Answer Question
    • Can you tell us your previous role and the company? What sort of business they are doing?   Answer Question

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