FactSet Interview Questions

Updated 20 Oct 2014
Updated 20 Oct 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview Details

    Online Application, 3 Online Tests (Maths, Simple Excel functions, Finance Multiple Choice) Face-Face interview (Quick, to get a feel for who you are), Assessment Centre (In-Depth Interview with Senior Staff, Group Assessments and MicroTeach Presentation), Offer

    Interview Questions
    • If not from a finance background, study Investment Banking and Investment Management, and the differences, and what Factset could do for both of them differently.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at FactSet.

    Interview Details

    Application + 1 hour Phone interview, 3 hours on site interview including product demo, technical screening and soft skill session. Tech part was really challenging in terms of data structure questions...

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at FactSet in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    After the first step of submitting the application form, I was invited to a Google chat. The questions were a mix of the typical ones such as ''Why Consulting?'', ''Tell me about FactSet?'', etc and some more targeted to the position such as favourite part of the Finance world, why; difference between Investment Management and IB; You need to know a lot about the company because after the typical question about clients they asked you to explain what kind of their products would be used by the different clients and how their software would help the professionals. It will also be useful to read through the annual report in order to answer questions about their competitors.
    If you were successful with the interview they send you 3 tests- numerical, financial markets and an Excel one. The numerical- pretty easy, financial markets- easy for people with genuine interest in the financial world, the Excel test- not too complicated, but it's a weird online version which does not allow you to do a lot while using the programme, I found that irritating. After you complete these, they send you another Excel test, again not difficult, you download it so it's a normal version, the pressure is the time.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your favourite part of Finance? (It was tricky for me since I could not say that there is anything in particular that I am crazy about.)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Financial Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at FactSet in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial stage - Online tests: I was given a numerical test, an excel test (basic; know how to use vlookup, conditional formatting etc), and a financial knowledge test (all calculation questions have formulae provided, but you should know things like index and exchange locations)

    Face to face interview: Basic questions about why factset, why finance etc, along with some financial competency questions (difference between IB/IM, how would a portfolio manager use our software)

    Interview Questions
    • What company indicators would someone in M&A look for in our software when looking to make an acquisition? How would a buy side trader use our software compared to sell side?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at FactSet.

    Interview Details

    I applied online to their website and got an email from the recruiter for a telephone interview. The telephone interview was mainly based on OOP concept and about the projects that I have worked on recently. The telephone interview was scheduled for 1 hour, but it lasted more than that. I was asked every single question on OOP concept. My programming language preference was Java, so was asked lots of question on that. Also asked question about software engineering process, lifecycle etc. Next it was mainly motivational questions like where do you see in next 5 years etc. They give importance about individual projects and go deep into technical details. After the telephone interview, within 1 week I got an invitation for an onsite interview. There were 3 stages of the interview. First a friendly chat and brief description about the company. Then came the technical round. Lots of questions on Tree, specially Binary Tree, their concept, implementation and optimization. Expect questions on Memory Leak, Stack Overflow etc. A piece of code was given and was asked to walk through the code. Another code was given and expected output was asked. This technical interview was very much rigorous and you need solid knowledge about Data Structure and Algorithms to face the questions. Next came the HR round, which comprised of typical questions, like which environment you prefer to work team or on your own and why etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a piece of code, modify the same to implement recursively. Now explain which implementation would be better in terms of performance, memory management and why? What would be the drawback for the recursive implementation?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at FactSet in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    sent my CV, got a reply a few days later asking to attend an interview

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Graduate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had a 1st round interview, which included three tests and a half hour interview with one of Factset HR members.

    Questions were
    How did you here about Factset?
    What information do our software give?
    What would an investment management firm use our software for?
    What differentiates us from our competitors?
    What interests you about IT? How have you made sure you've kept upto date with IT, prove your interest?

    Basically when preparing for the interview make sure you research the company thoroughly, they aren't going to ask you too much about yourself.

    Good Luck!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  9.  

    IT Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at FactSet in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    The written test are straight forward, make sure you read the questions and do as it said.
    Math: easy
    Finance: French CAC, Financial statement
    Excel: frozen panel, standard deviation
    Interview questions:
    Why IT consultant?
    Do you know what we do?
    Do you have experience in a client facing role?
    Tell me what a factset IT consultant daily life is like.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at FactSet in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Called for my final interview for FactSet a few weeks ago.
    It was based upon why I want to work for the company, and how I have experiences that would make me good at the role.

    Interview Questions
    • If a current client and a client who is on a trial of FactSet call you up at 5pm on a Friday, whose problem do you prioritise?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at FactSet in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Attended first round testing and interviews following review of my online application. Testing comprised of maths, finance and Excel tests after a 1:1 interview. FactSet's HR department were very good and even gave feedback on my interview and tests after being told I was unsuccessful, this feedback has been very useful going forward.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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