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Bloomberg L.P. Financial Sales and Analytics Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 15, 2014
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Financial Sales and Analytics
London, England

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in July 2014.

Interview Details There are four stages to apply for this role:
1. Online Application
2. Telephone Interview
3. Panel Interview
4. Panel Interview with Manager you will report in to.

The online application is straightforward. Exhibit a keen interest in Bloomberg, Financial Markets and Sales.

The telephone interview tests your interests of the aforementioned topics and see you can hold a conversation over the telephone. They fire questions in an attempt to make you uncomfortable to test your ability to maintain composure. They ask fundamental technical questions here.

The Panel interview is with someone form Sales and another from Analytics. They test your technical knowledge here and explore where your strengths/weaknesses lie. They then focus their attention on the answers that you give and drill deeper to identify your expertise on the subject. A sound understanding of financial instruments is an advantage.

I made it to the third stage and missed out.

Interview Question – What research have you done lately?
What is the difference between a forward and future?
What is the difference between an option and future?
What would you choose, an option or a future?
What is an option premium?
How would you sell 20 Bloomberg Terminals?
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Financial Sales and Analytics
London, England

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in August 2014.

Interview Details Process in 3 stages: 1. telephone interview, 2. face2face (or video conference) and a 3rd and final face2face interview.

Why finance and why Bloomberg (I studied marketing so it was sort of hard to convince them why I want to go into finance now)? What can Bloomberg give you what other companies cannot give you? Sell a Samsung phone to an iPhone owner and lover. Mention 3 arguments why Bloomberg should take you on.

Telephone interview:
It is rather short and they are bombarding you with questions just like why Bloomberg, why finance, what does Bloomberg do, who are our competitors, why would a company use a Bloomberg terminal, give an overview over the Ukraine crisis.

1. F2F interview:
Similar questions as telephone interview, digging a bit deeper. They really want to know why you want to work for them and what your sales and people skills are. If you don't have a finance background be honest and tell them you're not an expert but you are keen to learn and be prepared to answer why you want to learn more about finance! They also ask you about different scenarios at the help desk and how you would handle them.

I am still waiting to hear back from them whether I made it to the 3rd stage or not!

Interview Question – Why finance now and not marketing or communications (which are my degrees)?
What does Bloomberg give you that another company couldn't give you?
What other jobs did you apply for so far?
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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics
London, England

I applied online - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in July 2014.

Interview Details Applied online for a French-speaking position. Process took about a month. Went through 2 steps so far: Phone interview with expectable questions (why Bloomberg? Why not investment Banking?), 1 Video-conference (with prior 30 minutes shadowing) in NY and another one still ahead!
The people I interacted with so far were extremely nice and pleasant to talk to.

Interview Question – If you get inquiries from a trader, a sell-side analyst and a CEO at the same time. How would prioritize and why?   Answer Question


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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics
London, England

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in July 2014.

Interview Details Online application, phone interview, video conference interview as I was not in London at that moment, passed to the final interview, which is still ahead of me.

All interviews were with people from the Sales & Analytics team, not HR. The two interviews were quite similar - main emphasis on why Bloomberg, how is it different from competitors, why this job and not bank (I have a degree in banking), then how to sell the terminal to non financial company, how to sell it to a customer if he can get it cheaper from T. Reuters.

Interview Question – Most unexpected question was about Bloomberg Order Management System and the use of it by asset/wealth managers i.e.: what happens when I want to invest in a stock, what does the wealth manager do?   Answer Question


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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics

I applied online - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in March 2011.

Interview Details Was great! very quick and efficient, very well organised. HR and other hiring managers and interviewers were very nice and represented company and its values to the best - made me really want to work there!

Interview Question – No tricky questions really - rather a lot of examples from previous experience, situational questions as well as technical questions, for example: describe in simple words what is a standard deviation.   Answer Question


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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics

Interviewed at Bloomberg L.P.

Interview Details There was continuous focus on the ethos of the firm-I was asked why do you want to work for Bloomberg?, Why the role of Sales? How has your previous work or academic background made you suitable for the culture of the firm? How would you sell a Bloomberg Terminal to a firm like Tesco?

Interview Question – How would you sell a Terminal over a rival firm?   Answer Question


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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics

Interviewed at Bloomberg L.P.

Interview Details I applied online through BBG website and within 2 days got an email invitation to phone interview 20 minutes, walk me through your CV, questions like why BBG, who are competitors, why not investment bank, question about bonds, generally pleasant experience, 30 min later invited via email to in-house interview.

Interview Question – How conflict in Ukraine / Russia influences financial markets.   Answer Question


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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics
London, England

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in June 2014.

Interview Details Just had a first phone interview. General questions for 15 mins. ex). Why did you apply for Bloomberg? Why did you chose a job in London? (because there are many offices around the world) What did you learn from your internship with xxx? Explain the difference between stock and bond?

Interview Question – Differences between stock and bond-because I haven't studied Finance or Economy.   Answer Question


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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics

Interviewed at Bloomberg L.P.

Interview Details Through a recruitment agency
1. Phone interview - 15min, why BBG, why customer service, why financial data industry, why sales and analytics etc.
2. 2nd round - 1hr, walk me through your CV, why sales, why BBG, etc.
3. 3rd round - 40min, based on experience, some unexpected questions, do expect to be grilled

Interview Question – When was the last time you lied to someone   Answer Question


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Financial Sales and Analytics Interview

Financial Sales and Analytics
London, England

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Bloomberg L.P. in May 2014.

Interview Details I had a phone interview roughly 1 week after my application to the London office. There were a few, fairly simple, regular questions. Make sure you know how is Bloomberg different to their competitors. Don't say that they are the best company in the industry because they will say it's not...

Interview Question – 1. How would you sell a terminal to a company outside of the financial industry?
2. You are responsible for Morgan Stanley's account and they are firing 500 employees hence returning 500 terminals. How do you minimise the damage to bloomberg? You cannot give any price discounts
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