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Bloomberg L.P. Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Sep 20, 2017
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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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    Sales Department Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England). 1. Phone Interview only.
    2. Video Interview. (will do on Sunday)

    The application process and further stages are very quick. First was the phone interview and then Video interview (30 seconds to prepare, 90 seconds to answer)

    Interview Questions


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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in April 2017.

    Interview

    They called me on time. The questions were based on your cv, so don't write anything that you are not confident or comfortable with. In my case that asked me to talk about my programming project and why I like the particular language. The interviewer tried to help me when I got stuck. Overall, the time ratio was 3:2:1, cv questions, programming test, and asking questions I have.

    Interview Questions

    • Which of these languages you've learn would you recommend to someone who is considering start learning programming for the first time?   Answer Question
    • In which situations binary tree is better than linked list and why?   Answer Question
    • What is OO language?   Answer Question
    • What's the difference between Java and C?   Answer Question
    • What's the difference between heap and stack?   Answer Question

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    Sales and Analytics Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Very nice and well organized process; HR interview, video conference and a personal manager interview; Following topics were included:

    Recent financial news and their impact on financial market; Bloomberg's products (also enterprise solutions); which are the qualities a good salesman should have? A prioritization question; Ask further questions

    Interview Questions

    • Recent financial news and their impact on financial market; Bloomberg's products (also enterprise solutions); which are the qualities a good salesman should have? Ask further questions   Answer Question
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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. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Had online tests, video interview, language test and team leader interview. The first three stages were pretty standard, got the questions as posted on this page. I've read both positive and negative stories about the team leader interview, but mine was overall a positive experience. I went in pretty nervous, but they eased me into the interview and made it more like a comfortable conversation. They were mostly interested to see whether I'm genuinely passionate about the financial industry and Bloomberg. I passed it, and am waiting for my manager interview.
    Some questions i remember: Why Bloomberg? Why Sales and Analytics? What makes you stand out of all other candidates? In-depth understanding of the Bloomberg business.

    Interview Questions


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    Graduate Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. (London, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    One month after submitting my application, I got an email to schedule a technical phone interview with an engineer. 2 weeks later, the interviewer called on time. He introduced about himself and his team at Bloomberg for 3-4 minutes (possibly to attract me to his team if I got the offer and have to choose a team after the training period). He asked me if I had any industrial experience which I said no (my internship was more research-oriented), so we did not discuss further about experience. Then he asked me some basic questions about python vs C++ (they like C++ at Bloomberg). After about 5-10 minutes we moved to the coding question, which I spent more than one hour to solve (I think the expectation was to solve it within 30 minutes). During the process, the interviewer was very friendly and helpful, even though I was quite slow at arriving the optimal solution. Obviously I did not get an onsite afterwards, but my experience with Bloomberg was positive, so I would definitely apply again.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Difference between C++ and Python. Given an operation (integer + string), how would the output looks like in C++ and Python.
      2. Given a list of tuple, each represents a range, e.g. (1,5) is from 1 to 5; the task was to merge the overlapping ranges, like (1, 3), (2, 4), (0,3), (5, 7) should be merged to (0.4), (5,7)   Answer Question

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    I made an online application on their web-site and I got a mail which includes online link for CAT Numerical Reasoning Test. Then I was offered a video interview. There were several questions related myself, financial issues and Bloomberg.

    Interview Questions

    • 1) Introduce yourself
      2) Current financial issues
      3) Understanding on the offered position in Bloomberg   Answer Question

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