Interview: Bloomberg (Round 3 – Final)

Currently sitting on a train to Bristol.  There is a middle-aged man sitting opposite me wearing dirty painters clothes.  He’s got a small bag with him carrying a few more items stained with paint.  And he’s flipping through a book on graffiti.  He’s not what I imagined Banksy to look like.  Maybe I should ask him if he’s looking for a publicist.

I must apologize for this writing.  I met up with some friends after my interview in London to drown away some sorrows, and so the details of it are not as fresh in my mind as they might have been.  Anyways, just to clarify, this was one of those “What Not to Do” type interviews.

Position: Sales & Analytics
Dress Code: Formal

I went in feeling very confident.  Well… I say confident–my hands weren’t shaking furiously so we’ll say that’s confidence.

I went up to the mezzanine and waited for the respective person to come fetch me.  I had been given a specific name so when I was approached I automatically greeted the guy by his surname.  Sure enough this wasn’t the guy I was told it would be (I think I’ll just give up on the name-game from here on out).

As we made our way to the elevator I remembered I would need water for this and so took Ed up on his offer.  So we doubled back before heading upstairs.  As I entered the elevator, something went awry.  It felt as if I had walked right into the door edge and next thing I knew my cup was on the floor with water everywhere.  You can see where this is going; on our way to a fantastic interview.  I look up at Ed and two other guys waiting to get into the elevator.  Did I just walk into the wall?!  No.  I’m not that drunk.  Feeling like a complete idiot and the others just staring confused, I gathered and stuttered that the door must have randomly and quickly jotted out and in again, hitting my shoulder as I passed through.  “Great start to an interview.”  We laughed it off and continued on up.

We met my other interviewer, the head of analytics and support.  More banter was exchanged about my recent wet spill in the elevator—mostly at my expense—and we headed into one of the oh so many transparent rooms that make Bloomberg oh so transparent and great.

Then the laughing stopped and I proceeded to get interview-raped full stop.  Diving right into the “Why Bloomberg?”  “WHY” Bloomberg.  Not a little why.  “WHY Bloomberg?”  So I gave them a well structured 3-point response saying what I looked for in a graduate job and how Bloomberg fulfilled each one of these points.

“So whyyy Bloomberg?”

Did I not just answer that?

Then I proceeded to make what I thought wasn’t such a bad idea at the time, as I had given the same response at FactSet and they fully understood what I was getting at: when asked where else I had applied…

…I told the truth.

WHAT?!!?  You’re applying to companies outside of our industry and skillset?!?!  Are you pucking joking?!  Why-are-you-even-here?

Now those weren’t the exact words they used.  But I was made well aware of my foolish mistake by the interviewers.  Let’s just take a break right here and specify:

Lesson #7:  Whatever you do, do not tell them where else you have applied.  Under any circumstances.  Just.don’t.pucking.do.it.

What I should have said was, “Oh yes, I’m glad you asked that question.  I’ve applied to Thomson Reuters, Capital IQ, FactSet, and Dow Jones Newswire.  As well as a few other software companies for similar positions.  I love data.”  Or with a dead-panned face, “I’ve only applied to Bloomberg; I can’t see myself working anywhere else.”

Instead, I chose the honest route and listed off more than a handful of companies that had nothing to do with Bloomberg.

The interview just went downhill from here.  “So WHY.THE.F Bloomberg?”

Then they shot some situational questions at me.  “What would you do if someone called in complaining about the service received from two other helpdesk people.  They had all said they would solve the problem and never got back to them.”

“I would aaask them to tell me what the problem was and I would not rest until it was solved.”

“That’s what the last person said, I’m not telling you the problem.”

“I woooould ask them for their place of business and have someone sent over personally in the morning.”

“That’s what the last person said, I’m not telling you the problem.”

“I wouuuld file a complaint for the person through whatever means were available to do so.”

“Ok.”

“What would you do if someone called up complaining that 10-year bond yields were down but the number on the screen was green.”

“I woooould check if it was wrong on my screen.”

“It’s not wrong.”

“It’s not wrong?  …What?”  I was in the mindset of resolving customer complaints, so I was caught off guard when he threw this technical question at me.  There was no problem with the system.  “When bond yields go down, prices go up, thus the owner of the bond is better off, hence the number is green.”

“Correct.”

So couldn’t he have just asked me, what happens when bond yields go down?  Rather than make me look like an idiot trying to figure out what could possibly be wrong with the software.  Okay sure, it was a noob mistake on my part.  But whatever happened to all that “interviewers are not trying to catch you out” crap?

“What’s 1.5 squared?”

Queue ramblings of me throwing out incorrect answers and them giving me no sign if I’m right or wrong.  I graduated with a near perfect score in high school maths.  Why am I cursed with this inability to put into practise what I have proven myself so adept at in the past?!

So I take a more structured route to solving the problem and do it in fractions.

“3/2 * 3/2 iiiisss 9/4… yes? No? …Yeah.. it is.  9/4.  Final answer.”

They just stare at me.

“What..?  It’s not..?  Okay…”

“We want to see what approach you take to solving the problem.”

“Alright, soo I suppose I could remove the decimal point.  Multiple 15 by 15.  That’s… 225.  Divide by 100.  2.25.”

“Correct.”

You dirtbags.  That’s 9 over 4!

I’m really hating these guys now.  I don’t want to work in your glorified call centre.

“Let’s say you are put in charge of Morgan Stanley.  What would your short and long-term strategies be?”

“How do you figure you’ve got what it takes to be a good salesperson?”

“What skills do you think you’ll need for this position and how can you demonstrate that you have these skills.”

So yeah, as you can probably guess, I didn’t get this job.  Well, they haven’t actually told me yet but as you can see, it didn’t go well.  The interviewers used the silent treatment on me the entire time.  I’d give an answer, and they’d just sit and stare.  So I’d try and waffle something more out in an attempt to appease them.  Still, nothing.  I would literally have to say I had nothing left to say.  These interview techniques: I’d expect of an investment bank, but not a call centre.

To all those looking to apply to Bloomberg, be aware that you must first  complete 1-2 years work on the help desk before moving on to a sales or analytics position.

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77 thoughts on “Interview: Bloomberg (Round 3 – Final)”

  1. I must concur with the noughty graduate.
    After 3 rounds (presume you are including the phone interview). I had firmly decided that even if I was offered a job I would not be taking it.

    For one thing, I got different answers to the same question (is CFA sponsorship a given) at all three rounds!!

    Factset was much more professional, and sounds more impressive to work for. Plus they call a helpdesk a helpdesk!!

  2. haha! I got the 1.5 squared question as well and stuck to my guns with the 9/4 answer haha despite that silence. I was completely stumped when they asked what I would do if someone complained about the bond price being wrong on bloomberg’s systems. I started blabbering on about par values and issue values to which the interviewer kept retorting “I know how bonds work thankyou very much why is the price wrong! Bastard.

    I have a thing where if the interview has turned into a complete disaster (with no hope of pulling it round) I just try to go out in a blaze of glory. In this case I just said ‘actually having seen the place a 2nd time I have realised I dont quite fancy working as a glorified tech support zombie ‘ and the interview came to a close right there and then.

  3. Hi!

    I really like your blog, it’s very interesting. I’d love to have discovered it earlier when I was being interviewed at FactSet.

    I’m filling the application form for Bloomberg. I have a question, Did you upload a covering letter and your marks at uni?
    There is an space to upload them with your CV.

    Do they actually check this? I havent got yet the final results, so I dont know wheter or not to upload what I got.

    Thank you very much!

    Johanna

  4. Hi Johanna,

    No I did not upload my transcripts. But I did upload a covering letter.

    Covering letters are a lot like gift-wrap. You can’t give someone a present without it being gift-wrapped first. However, you can spend hours making sure the folds are perfect and the ribbon is taut, but most of the time the reaction is the same: a few seconds of appreciation before being ripped to shreds and thrown into the bin.

    Thanks for reading.

    -TNG

  5. Thank you for taking some time to speak with us about the Analytics and Financial Sales Programme position. We make every effort to find the best person for the role. We have reviewed your candidacy and we regret to inform you that we will not be extending an offer of employment to you at this time. We appreciate your interest in Bloomberg and wish you success in your future professional endeavors. We encourage you to stay current on our career opportunities by visiting http://thanksbutnothanks.con.

    Regards,
    Bloomberg Human Resources

  6. Hi TNG and others,

    Disappointedly, I didn’t get the job. It’s so hard I have been searching over a year now and hate my part time job – despite it being like channel 4’s new comedy ‘Phone Shop’! Feedback was quite standard you answered the questions but we felt you could have articulated your answers better. The only thing that let me down was myself…yes my nerves got to me!! Why? Before i go there i was confident to say the least – but the aim of this interview was to see how i handled being under pressure and see how you work.

    The job specification states there interested in “meet[ing] the real you” but the style of the interview was far short of achieving this. I can understand it now what there where achieving but give us graduates a break.

    The interview was with Rob and Mark, both managers of their own department seemed quite nice until i got into the lions den. The ball got moving and answered basic competency questions. He did emphasised the same question more than once…Why Bloomberg? Why? Why? Have I not answered that…”what are you not happy with?” I asked, he looked at me with some sort of disgusting look on his face.

    At some points of the interview it felt like an interrogation, just finished solving an irate customer scenario and he drops a maths question. It was wrong, he was like “what? Your going to tell my clients that?” worked it out again and answered it correctly even talked him through it. I don’t know how these questions where looking for these key competencies other than making me doubt my answers. Yes TNG “whatever happened to the interviewer not catching you out”. Now I’m feeling annoyed but I’m going to salvage this had high hopes on this.

    I left the building and began to cool down. I was gutted put my head down. Found a Tesco and a homeless guy who wanted change to eat but no one acknowledged him…felt really bad and I thought I had it tough so I bought him lunch and lots of snacks. I don’t think Londoners especially know what charity is, except an elderly woman who stopped and said good on you. That made my day and his smile told a thousand words.

    I must admit I am very disappointed in the job description, it stated a “passion for finance” and when asked questions that were more tailored to a person who had prior working knowledge not a mere ‘interest’ as advertised. I felt cheated and I did try to learn some finance but that clearly wasn’t enough when he asked me to explain market cap? WHAT? HUH! I apologised and he explained but asked a further difficult question.

    Transparency is supposedly embedded in Bloomberg’s culture, shame it can’t be seen when the vacancy was posted. It should have stated the position will lead to an analytics role but your starting not only as a generalist but the role is being part of a HELPDESK, no point in dressing it up in anything else other than what it actually is!! I just applied to Factset and it said it straight!

    I am still passionate, motivated and determined to work in finance at the top level. Bloomberg did through me off course but I have learnt some valuable things a good learning curve.

  7. Thanks for the detailed response, MAS! I am truly sorry to hear that it did not go well for you.

    I am still not sure how to navigate the “why have you applied here” question. You need a passion for finance, but overly expressing that passion will have your interviewers inquiring as to why you’re not applying to banks.

    These experiences are forcing me to accept that most companies are full of shit. And if I want to get a job with them I’m going to have to, for lack of a better term, out-shit them. All my friends with jobs tell me that you have to lie/exaggerate if you want to get a job. I have enough trouble not blurting out facts about myself that dig me into a hole.

    My advice with regards to solving math problems: write them out. There’s no sense trying to juggle numbers in your head when you’re under that kind of pressure. I don’t think they can hold it against you for utilizing whatever strategy you are most comfortable with. In fact, that’s probably what they are looking for.

    Keep us posted on any further interviews. I wish I could attach a comment board so you, the reader, could keep me updated on your applicadventures.

    And good on you!

    -TNG

  8. TNG,

    You are without a doubt, the baddest man.

    However, is there any chance you could shed some more light on the 3rd round interview?

    I have a second round interview coming up and I’m feeling quite confident now I know what to expect. In all fairness, it doesn’t seem too bad, provided that the bullets are dodged.

    In terms of round 3 however, you’ve told us to expect:

    “Why Bloomberg?” x 5
    “Where else have you applied?”
    “What would you do if someone called in complaining about the service received from two other helpdesk people. They had all said they would solve the problem and never got back to them.”
    “What would you do if someone called up complaining that 10-year bond yields were down but the number on the screen was green.”
    “What’s 1.5 squared?”
    “Let’s say you are put in charge of Morgan Stanley. What would your short and long-term strategies be?”
    “How do you figure you’ve got what it takes to be a good salesperson?”
    “What skills do you think you’ll need for this position and how can you demonstrate that you have these skills.”

    …Is there anything else you’d reccommend watching out for

    and lastly, provided you don’t mind, could you elaborate on how long the interview lasted for and was your final round just an interview (i.e. no more shadowing/tours or such like)

    Thanks in advance!!!

  9. Hahaha, cheers for the comments Jerome.

    Well provided they haven’t changed the sheet of questions off which they work, I’d say if you prepared for these, you’d be more than prepared. This interview was well over a month ago so my memory evades me as to what else they may have asked. But this list is definitely the ones that stood out the most. I would assume I was also asked general competency questions as well (eg. Describe a time when…).

    You’ve already got a huge head start with this list. And if you get an offer, I’ll be happy with a cut of your signing bonus.

    The final interview lasted, I think, about 45 minutes. There were no tours or shadowing or anything. Just entered the building and was called up for the interview.

    Wish I could be of more help.

    Good luck.

    -TNG

  10. I’ll do my penance in the analytics department, get cushy with the boys in sales, then sneak you in through the ‘back door’ avoid the help desk at all costs!

    big up yourself mate, you are truly the naughtiest graduate!!

  11. TNG,

    To be honest, from what you’ve said, I’m really quite surpirsed you didn’t get the job…

    Apart from getting beasted when you admitted to applying elsewhere and stumbling when they tried to catch you out on the maths and bonds questions (as I’m sure 95% of applicants would),why do you think you really didn’t get the job? Did they give you anymore constructive feedback? I’m starting to think there might not actually be a point in even bothering to apply, it seems like they’re looking for some star!!?

    Keep up the good work/Viva la revolucion x

  12. Anony,

    I didn’t ask for feedback. I knew from when the guy rolled his eyes halfway around the building and back in response to the application question that there was little chance for recovery.

    Personally, I think I just have a really bad problem with anxiety, once it grabs hold, I have a hard time suppressing it. Preparation is always your best bet. I think I could have been more prepared. Also, the fact that I had just had the final interview with FactSet which went really well, I just assumed that success would repeat itself with Bloomberg. But FactSet did eventually tell me that the reason I didn’t get it was because I seemed more interested in other areas.

    Just have to face the fact that companies can be a lot more picky with who they take on these days. And if they have the money to interview a ton of applicants in order to find the right person, then all the power to them. But mind you, make sure you clarify who’s covering travel expenses before you accept an invite. I’ve heard of them not paying out.

    But hey, if I had had this post to refer to before going into the interview, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t have been offered the job. Learn from my mistakes! Remember, I fail so you don’t have to. It’s not a noble job, but it keeps me off the streets.

    Viva nuestras generación

  13. Thanks for the advice TNG, I sincerely hope you manage to find something out there. You deserve it. You’ve got a great turn of phrase and a good writing style, you should apply to the Reuters’ financial journalism grad scheme!x

  14. Haha, thanks Anony,

    We aaalll deserve it though, don’t we?

    Journalism?! Haha, you may be on to something there but English was always my worst subject. Was always a leftist in the brain department.

    Wow, just read this article and it’s pretty much spot on. I feel so conformed.

    http://homeworktips.about.com/od/learningstyles/a/leftbrain.htm

    I do like writing though. I’m a fan of good grammar and punctuation. May write a book some day!

    Thank you very much for your guidance Anonymous Contributor.

    Got an assessment day on Friday. Should be fun.

  15. Hi TNG i try to read your blog and new posts once a week its nice to escape from reality looking for a job. I would definitely keep you updated mate.

    @Jerome and others interested in Bloomberg. Guys I was given some fantasic advice from TNG about the interviews and questions. As you have read my experience was horrible and was very similar to TNG but the questions where different and based on your response so please take great care not to get caught out Mark and Rob are sharks and will attack from the word go. Honest.

    In the interview Rob and Mark looked at each other in such a way that I felt like taking them out! They were rude and HR are not that helpful feedback was standard – i could have done better but i gave it my best and there is something for all of us. if you guys nned further advice drop a message i do check. Hope TNG don’t mind.

    @TNG if you exaggerate too much they can tell and to be passionate its the way you speak and what you say. I am really like you good heart but still struggling to find a job. I have lost count on my applications just do them and wait for the best.

    Take care and all the best

    MAS

  16. @MAS & TNG

    Thanks for the advice boys.

    Don’t you worry, I’ll be ready for Rob and Mark, should I get there!! I’m kind of looking forward to it now that you guys have bigged it up so much and if I end up in hot water, i’ll drop the old classic:
    ‘actually having seen the place a 2nd time I have realised I dont quite fancy working as a glorified tech support zombie’

  17. ^ HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA

    Love it. Best reply to the best comment.

    Mas – I dunno if it’s a problem on my end, but I can’t click on anyone’s name nor message them.. didn’t even know I had an inbox. Eeeegh, I’ll google it later.

    Wish me luck boys, assessment centre tomorrow.

  18. I got through the phone interview even though I thought that I was awful at answering the questions. I even said “I’ll pass that question” (twice!) but still got put forward to the second interview that I turned down. Think that I’m way too over qualified for a help desk job…

  19. TNG dude,

    This is…like..i mean..like… Great stuff, dude!

    Enjoyed reading this. Have actually got 2nd round interview on friday and look forward to meeting this Rob and Mark characters!

    I am from an engineering background and have 7-8 years experience in the industry doing consulting. Obviously, dont have a background on finance, know basics about financial markets and analytics. Trying to break into the finance sector. I guess everyones gonna say is that this job is not for me then if its a ‘glorified helpdesk job’. But I thought I will give it a shot nevertheless. Now that I have read all these posts I am not gonna be disappointed if I dont get this as I actually wanted to specialise in analytics (derivatives). Thanks for your posts anyways and I will let you knwo how it went :-0

    bestest,
    R

  20. Mr. R,

    Thanks for reading, glad you’re a fan.

    I am not sure if “Rob and Mark” were the same guys who interviewed me. I only refer to one of them in my post, Ed, and that’s a fake name. Don’t use any real names in my posts. Not sure if these were fakes names created by MAS either. Regardless, I think the point is clear, the interviewers at Bloomberg will not let you off easy.

    I wish you well on your career change, Mr. R. I hope you have a good story to back up your decision to do so, and of course, why BB.

    Let us know how it works out.

    -TNG

  21. I totally love this blog,it keeps me off from the depression that comes with applying to over a thousand jobs a day. Please keep it up, don’t let it die, you are assisting a lot of us in ways you’d never imagine.

    That said, i remember applying to Bloomberg a couple of months ago, not minding the fact that i had just obtained a Masters in a very qualitative finance course, i taught the Financial sales and Analytics will do great to keeping me busy and earning some money while i looked for the saner jobs.

    So i got through the phone interview and the assessment centers, i was amazed at my genius, i thought all other job applicants who never made it through those stages are probably just dumb as that was my first interview in the UK.

    So the final interview came and i was all confidently dressed, ready to match my interviews, Rob and Mark , with the very best of wits.
    Of course i waited in the lounge and helped myself to a caffeinated drink just before the interview {probably my greatest undoing} and then 5 minutes later a tall looking unfriendly guy who only managed a plastic guy introduced himself and later led me to the gallows….

    I got the standard why why why Bloomberg, what dude? weren’t you listening to me?…ah! i got the cold silence treatment as well, and throughout the process, they acted as though it was against the company policy to smile at interviews.

    I was shot with a question on the difference between Credit default swaps and interest rate swaps…the difference between Long iron butterfly strategy and a straddle…

    Lastly, i was asked if Bloomberg had plans of setting up an office in Africa, and i was asked by the company management to spend a week establishing initial connections, how would i plan my week.

    I knew i didn’t get the job before i left the premises.

    I am applying again for their analyst role in Bloomberg New Energy Finance, it would be great to hear from anyone with experience regarding this.

  22. Anonymous,

    I applied for New Energy Finance, I guess I didn’t fit the description because I was rejected flat out haha.

    Sounds like the TNG experience is pretty common then. Pretty much exactly how my final interview went. I got that Africa question too, but the country was just a generic “emerging market”.

    I think they get all their HR tactics from their buddies in the banks. Although I’ve never interviewed with a bank, I’ve been told that’s pretty much how it is. Shame.

    Anyways, thanks a ton for the comments. My mission is accomplished if people actually gain something from reading these reviews/rants. Not sure what will happen with it should I ever GET a job. Will probably turn into a general graduate help column/place to continue expressing inner rage.

    If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing!

    -TNG

  23. Hi TNG,

    I got through the 2nd round interview and got invited to day for the 2nd in-house interview. THe interviewers were fine and friendly enough and I didnt feel threatened. But I guess the final interview is where they get all business like and nasty, coz its normally with the Head of Support and analytics, the guys who would decide if they want to pay for you or not! :-)

    Have you had any luck with other applications?

    R

  24. Hello again Mr. R,

    Glad to hear it went well. Yeah I can’t remember who interviewed me, but one was definitely Head of European Sales. Of course, you will deflect their attempts at intimidation now that you have thoroughly prepared yourself from all of our experiences.

    I’m in the process of a couple. Got a phone interview for an accountancy position at a private equity house tomorrow. Then next week a final round assessment centre for a finance scheme. But that’s not within the financial services sector. An employer would see that as not being motivated enough to work in financial services. I see it as a necessity if I’m ever going to put food in my kids’ mouthes.

    (Note: the use of the term “kids” is for figurative purposes only).

    Good luck to you and yours sir!

    -TNG

  25. Hi TNG
    I really enjoye reading this, i was looking for some more info on this position because I applied quite a few weeks ago. I’ve been invited to second round interview in their offices (they say they’ll reimburse travel cost which is quite nice as they want me to go for a interview on another continent… can you confirm this ?)
    I still have one important question, what salary range did they propose you ? I suppose they asked you to shot first but you may have succeed to get a more precise amount.

    Thanks for this funny blog

  26. Hi Dadinho

    I’m afraid I can’t be of much use to you. I did not have to go to another continent for my interview. However, I can confirm that Bloomberg does not reimburse travel costs for local assessment day interviews (post-telephone). But obviously you’re in a different situation, and if they told you they’d reimburse you, they have to.

    Truth be told, they told me they would reimburse me AT the interview. Six weeks later they finally told me that they didn’t reimburse for assessment day interviews. I complained to the people who I had spoken to and they finally said “if you were told you’d be reimbursed, we will reimburse you, but we don’t normally.” It took over 9 weeks for the money to get into my account.

    As for salary, most companies won’t disclose this until they have made you an offer. Same goes for Bloomberg. You can check out Glassdoor.com for a rough idea.

    Good luck

    -TNG

  27. When I was shadowing a guy during the assessment day session, I asked him about the salary and was told its around 33k + 3k bonus = 36K..this is only for financial sales and analytics programme. Others may vary.

  28. I’m supposed to go to a 2nd round interview in January for this role. I am not a fresh graduate, and i have 3 years of sales/finance experience. If they dared to treat me that way in an interview I would walk right out of there.

  29. I actually cancelled it. I don’t want it badly enough. And hopefully they will offer an interview to someone else that will take full advantage.

  30. Hi Guys

    Thanks for all the answers, tomorrow I’ll finally have a video-conference interview for this job. I’ll let you know about video-conference specificities :)

    R, the salaries you mentioned are in GBP, USD, EUR ?

  31. TNG and All,

    Firstly TNG i’m an avid reader of you blog spot, its helped me a lot so far. i am very grateful for it.

    as for Bloomberg, yes Rob and Mark (their real names) are there to rattle your cage, so to speak. The trick is not to be thrown by their questioning style, they are testing you ability to deal with high pressure questioning, because yes thats what you will be doing on their A-desk for the first 9 months or so, before you have the choice of becoming Sales or App-spec etc, where again you will be questioned by financial professionals who know their market well, why should they choose bloomberg over Reuters or Factset?

    good luck TNG and all, and again this blog is very much appreciated.

  32. TNG,

    You are a legend! I love this blog and I have every confidence that you will get a decent job eventually.

    I’ve got an assessment day with FactSet this Thursday.

    I know it was quite a while back, but could you elaborate on the tests they gave you.

    All the best,

    dags2011

  33. Thanks Dags,

    I elaborate quite extensively on them in the Factset Round 2 post. They are a cinch. Everyone is always so worried about them, but the truth is, if you are going to get this job, it’s going to be as a result of your efforts in the “board room”.

    I wish I could say more, but I wrote those summaries whilst on the train back from the interview. They provide as much information as I was able to remember at the time.

  34. Dear Mr TNG (and others that have posted responses),

    Please could you stop making this blog so interesting…. I have an interview for FactSet on Monday that I am meant to be preparing for but instead I have sat here for what feels like 3 hours now and just kept reading! lol!

    Loving the blog and all the advice – good luck to all you job hunters out there!

    Peace and love to y’all!

    Dips

  35. Haha, I apologize for the inconvenience, Dips, but we just can’t help it 😉

    If you go through all my posts and note down all the questions I’ve been asked (quick ctrl c+p) and things where I got stumped (as I don’t usually repeat similar questions in all my posts), and briefly outline how you’d answer them, you should have no problems at all. I think I’ve been asked every question in the book.

    There’s a starbucks near FactSet’s office. Go there an hour and a bit before your interview with an FT in hand and read thru a couple of the articles that strike you as important/interesting. Not only will this prepare you for the odd financial-interest question, it’ll also make you feel like you’re someone important reading the FT in a Starbucks (tip: don’t order a passion fruit blended juice drink). You laugh, but it honestly helps me get my mind off the interview ahead of me. A little bit of a confidence boost too 😉 (I’m an all-black, no sugar kinda guy; sugar’s for wimps).

    Oh and one question I think you should spend a particular amount of time preparing for is, “Why don’t you want to be an investment banker?”

    As I’ve moved onto accountancy/back-office/mid-office type jobs, I simply say “I’m not a salesman.” Short and to the point. But you may have to think of something else, as Sales could be a big part of your future at FactSet.

    Good luck, quit procrastinating (except if you’re reading this), and tell your friends about TNG 😉

    -TNG

  36. Dear TNG,

    Your blog is fantastic and really helped me with the recruitment process at Bloomberg. Thank you!

    I just wanted to dilute some of the scary stories that have been told here about the final interview. The questions ARE pretty similar to what has been said and will link to your previous answers. However, in my interview Bloomberg employees were far from intimidating and inconsiderate. Both interviewers and myself actually had fun and laughed!

    This must have just been luck (fingers crossed for the result), but I wanted to reassure future applicants that Bloomberg interviewers will not necessarily come with a shotgun and a despicable attitude to the final interview. There is hope!

    Once again, thanks for all your help.

    K

  37. Should you get the job, please email me to discuss my cut of the signing bonus and future salary royalties.

    Maybe they were nice because you came prepared and were unfazed by their offguard questions! Yeaaaah. That’s it.

    All the people I met up until the third and final interview were just as you described, all fun people.

    Well, glad it went well for you. (Remember to email me).

    TNG

  38. Dear TNG,

    I’m finding your blog really interesting and also getting a light-hearted side of the tedious world of millenial job applications helps a great deal bro.

    Its reassuring to know that others are also receiving as much rejection as I am.

    Does anybody know how the Thomson Reuters Busines Graduate Program compares to the Sales and Analytics program at Bloomberg?

  39. Well I was thinking of applying for this role with Bloomberg, might think again! If you do a search regarding this role at bloomberg in google then this blog ranks quite highly, I wonder if Bloomberg is aware. No-one here paints the role in positive light at all, is it literally just 9 to 5 on a helpdesk?

  40. This is where you start, yes. Depending on how well you do/the benchmarks you meet, I think they said you could be transfered after ~9 months.

    9 months ain’t all that bad for being in the trenches. It’s good money too.

  41. You can either do 7am – 5pm or 8am – 6pm.

    The job is initially a helpdesk, yes, but I think a lot of people are failing to see the significance and value of starting out there before progressing to the sales/consultancy positions. Think of how much you will learn of the Bloomberg Terminal, of general financial knowledge, and of the varying clients and their varying requirements by answering their questions all day every day.

    Amazing way to learn.

    My story is very similar to everyone elses above. 1st in-house interview was a piece of cake. 2nd was where I was torn a new hole where the sun don’t shine. It’s all a good experience and you should always take the positives from everything, even if you failed to make it to this or any other role. There are always lessons to be learned.

    Best of luck on all your endevours, oh Generation: Lost.

  42. I’ve done a little more research and decided to apply. The interview reviews given here (very helpful and a generally a good blog to boot by the way) and on glassdoor.com give the impression of a very touch company to deal with in recruitment terms. If my initial application gets anywhere I’d hope I could do well given sufficient preparation. But no doubt that is what everyone else thought having read exactly what I have. So we shall see!

    If it doesn’t go anywhere I’ll just have one more to add to my count of rejections, so why not. Big numbers are always impressive.

  43. Only tip I will give you is to be yourself.

    Honestly, I know how much we all hate hearing that when asking for advice but in this situation it really is necessary. Maybe the 1st in-house interview you can get away with lying through your teeth about how much you love data and financial analytics, but the 2nd in-house interview with the big boss man… don’t even think about it.

    He’s seen it all, heard it all, used it all before. They will tear you to shit if you waffle or lie. Like the blog post says, be true to yourself and honestly convince yourself about why you want this job at this company, then relay exactly those thoughts to the interviewers. That’s all they want. An honest person who actually wants THIS job (i.e. not just any job to get out of unemployment).

    I’d also say not to pay too much attention to what people have written about the questions asked. Both in-house interviews will be completely tailored and unique to your CV and the answers you give. They didn’t follow any structure as such, just asked questions off the back of the previous ones. So really, there isn’t much preparation you can do, other than what I said above – convince yourself 100% that this is what you want, and it will show in the interview.

    Good luck.

  44. Thank you for your post. I received an offer from Bloomberg. For me, the interviewers were all nice and friendly.

    And wish you all the best in your job hunting.

  45. Your experience totally resonated with me.

    I went to the final round and believe I had the same interviewers as you, because all they tried to say was ‘why the f. do you want to work for Bberg’

    Despite how hard, sincere and polite I tried to reiterate what I like about BBRG and how it fits my career prospect, they just try to discredit everything I said. It was borderline rude and unprofessional.

    One interviewer said she’s not impressed with my answers. She once heard from some candidates that they loved BBRG so much they told their paper cups from the cafeteria to use at home every day! (isn’t that stealing?)

    Fine, if all you want is not talent from a candidate but some cheesy confession of BBRG love Go For it. I don’t work for this glorified call center.

    I would not have applied had the job posting indicated any hints of this job nature (help desk support). You can’t really tell from that ‘analytical sales’ job description until you went to the interview.

  46. Stick it to em’, Jane.

    I used to think that Bloomberg’s cafeteria was the bee’s knees when it came to job perks. But the company I’m with puts their benefits to shame.

    Keep on searching, you’ll find something better and more worthwhile I’m sure.

    -TNG

  47. I just came across this blog now having been through the interview process for bloomberg and accepting an offer.

    Strange how people describe it as I found the interviewers quite friendly and relaxed.
    The questions were very much about why you want to work for bloomberg and your passion for finance. Both of those are key.

    On a plus note, I can tell you the benefits are very good. Not just a good starting salary (around just under back office IB salaries at a bulge bracket) but also other benefits like health/travel insurance etc..

    Did anyone ask about CFA qualifications as I forgot to ask whether they would fund it?

  48. Hi I got invited to telephone interview on thurs for bloomberg, i got experience in sales but financial markets knowledge is average. any ideas what question they will ask apart from comp based questions? BTW this is a extremly helpful forum.
    DJ

  49. Hi everybody, this blog has been really good for my preparation. For the people that got an offer, how much time did bloomberg take in order to send you a response?
    I ask because its been a lot of days since I showed in for the thirt and last interview.
    Thanks

  50. Hey Guys..i have recently applied for the same position in Asia..
    Had a telephonic interview some days back and have a call for the 2nd round…
    How many rounds do they have in all?? And if at all any1 can help wid the structure of these rounds??

  51. Hey Guys,
    Very interesting blog, I have recently applied for GCUS in London and after a successful phone-interview I was invited for a GCUS event and interview a week later which went on for over 3 hours and involved 9 candidates working as a group. The event consisted of 3 different group activities and finally an individual interview and 20 minutes shadowing one of their helpdesk staff. As most people have mentioned above there was very little about myself, all the questions and activities was “Why Bloomberg” “Why Bloomberg” “Why Bloomberg” “Why Bloomberg” … I personally think I have performed really well at the interview and have enough relevant experience for the role. However after the interview I was told we would get a response within the next few days, 10 days later and nothing. So I have then decided to send a friendly e-mail to the recruiter asking when should I expect to hear back from them and expressing once again my interest in the company, at that point I was hoping for an e-mail back even if I was unsuccessful at least with a feedback (as a company of that size and “status” should do) but this is what I got instead, an automated email:

    “”“Thank you for taking some time to speak with us about the Global Customer Support Representative – Portuguese Speaker position. We make every effort to find the best person for the role. We have reviewed your candidacy and we regret to inform you that we will not be extending an offer of employment to you at this time. We appreciate your interest in Bloomberg and wish you success in your future professional endeavors. We encourage you to stay current on our career opportunities by visiting http://about.bloomberg.com/careers_find.html.

    Regards,
    Bloomberg Human Resources”””

    Very disappointed with this recruitment process, there were 9 candidates at the event/interview and it would not take much effort to e-mail each individual candidate with a personalized feedback.
    I think Bloomberg is a great company with a lot of potential and great staff but it lacks on the recruitment area and that has really put me off.
    Good Luck everyone and all the best in the job search.
    HR

  52. Hi HR,

    Firstly, thank you for sharing your story. I’m sorry to hear you weren’t successful in getting an useful feedback.

    If the page views for this post alone, combined with my experience with Milkround, Bloomberg is by far one of the most active recruiters in London. That says to me that either they spare no expense in trying to find a handful of candidates that suit their criteria, or they have a very high turnover. But most likely both. Rarely have I come across a company which gives individual feedback. Though you know a good HR department when they do!

  53. Anyone interview in november for the Bloomberg Sales and Analytics Program in NYC? I had first round phone interviews about 6 weeks ago then had in office, first round and was invited back in the afternoon for a final round. It has been 2 weeks since the final round and HR says a final decision still has not been made. The position starts Jan. 14th. Has anyone had similar experiences waiting? Or have people allready heard?

  54. Hi All!
    I had my final interview at Bloomberg two weeks ago and I’m still waiting for the results…I didn’t receive any rejection letter nor the email/call that I’m in. I followed with an email few days ago and asked about the results, still no information apart from the short note from HR that ‘they will get back to me with some feedback’…and of course no info since then…Any ideas how to read that? How long did you wait for results yourself?
    Btw, the recruitment process consists of 4 stages now (first being a phone call, last 1:1 interview with the department head).

  55. Hi guys,

    I am also wondering the same thing as the post before this one. It’s 2014 now, any new protocol for this role or experiences?

  56. Hi,

    I also have a phone interview scheduled with Bloomberg LP in Asia for a helpdesk position. I’m wondering how well I will do since I have no financial background and it seems everyone else knows a lot more than me. I hope they realize this before they ask me tricky math problems or something about financial matrices! I have been reviewing financial basics, but I doubt this will help me if they ask a more sophisticated question.

  57. Hi guys,

    just come back home from the 1st interview at Bloomberg: Global customer service representative role. I still confirm the process: application -> short phone call -> 20 min phone interview -> 1st on site interview …. and let’s hope another one.

    Questions during interviews: take a look at glassdoor: it’s all written there. On site interview is more CV focused however. Keep in touch!

  58. update: just done the 3rd and last interview at Bloomberg. Fingers crossed now. However… WHY BLOOMBERG, WHY WHY WHY I can confirm that 😀 But for WHY BLOOMBERG… all the questions were related to you CV/Experience and why you would suit the position. This time the interview was performed by a team leader and her manager. First 15 minutes I shadowed a guy from customer service department in order to see how they work. Keep in touch!

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