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FactSet Interview Questions

Updated 11 Jun 2019
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  1. Helpful (7)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at FactSet (New York, NY (US)) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Referred by an employee 3 months ago. Got a phone interview and then invited to on-site interview. The on-site interview included: 1 product representation; 2 Code review; 3 OOD; 4 Algorithm implementation; 5 Lunch interview; 6 HR interview; 7 Director interview.

    Suggestion: If you are a Java person and want to do back end development, this company may not for you. FactSet is a C++ shop. As far as I know, the on-site interview also proved what I heard, the employees who only know Java will be asked to either maintain legacy code written by Perl or do front end development using javascript. Java person barely has a chance to be assigned C++ back end development in FactSet.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Code review was 3 pages long code about a triangle class, needed to find the errors, design flaws... You got 10 mins to read the code. keep an eye on the Java syntax, argument list which is too long , null values, pass by value/reference, generalize some duplicated codes into a method, abstraction... If you told them you use Java, this triangle class has a high chance to be your code review.   Answer Question
    • 2. Some questions about OOP and OOD: design a chess game.   Answer Question
    • 3. Wrote an algorithm to get the number at nth row and mth column in the Pascal's Triangle. Generate the triangle from the 1st row to the nth row and then find the number at column m is NOT allowed, you need to use a formular to calculate the number, what an awkward thing. If you do not know the formular then you are screwed.   Answer Question
    • 4. Given a dictionary and a NxM matrix where each element is a character. Asked to write code to find all the valid words that can be formed using elements in a row, column or diagonal in the matrix.   Answer Question
    • 5. Director interview involves going through your resume, discussing about your projects and some behavior questions like why FactSet? You also needed to prepare some questions to ask.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    Contrary to what most people have been saying about FactSet's interview process, it is slow and tiresome and they tag the candidate along for a long time before providing any feedback, even after the onsite interviews!

    The interview questions were technical, most of them were easy, its just that the software engineers (interviewers) are so not up to the mark! One interviewer asked me to write a SQL query, and any programmer would know and agree with me that there is more than just one way of writing an inner join--either using the 'join' keyword or do a cross join and add a suitable predicate condition! However the interviewer's knowledge of SQL is so limited that he claimed his answer (with the keyword) was the only correct one! There were other such instances! And FactSet is going to base their decision on my candidacy based on this interviewer's impression of my query-writing skills?! Si perfecto!

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview with a senior engineer. He was a very nice person and explained me a few words about the position. Then he asked several technical (programming) questions. I didn't get the job, and was not contacted again but that was expected because I didn't answer correctly to all the questions

    Interview Questions

    • No unexpected question, I was just not prepared for the job   Answer Question

  4.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at FactSet in October 2013.

    Interview

    1. phone call, non-technical; just gauging interests
    2. waiting period (1-2 weeks)
    3. onsite interview; all interviews are done in pairs; it's pretty rare that one person will ever be more than an observer. Two rounds of technical, one of experience, one round of human resources, and then a feedback round (which I don't think has any effect).
    4. short waiting period before response.

    Interview Questions

    • Considering the other questions I normally get asked, none of these were hard. Good general advice: Try to be agile in thinking, and like every whiteboard interview ever, they like it when you talk. They cover algorithms and style.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CT (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT (US)) in November 2013.

    Interview

    I applied to Factset through campus. Had an on-campus interview in 2 weeks. After the on-campus interview, I was informed that they would like to conduct a final round of interview at their Norwalk office. Factset gave me an array of dates to choose from for the final round of interviews. The final round of interviews is one whole day, which includes 3 technical rounds, 1 director round and 1 HR round.

    Interview Questions

    • FactSet interview structure is standard. 1 Object oriented design round, 1 code review round and 1 data structures and Algorithms round.   1 Answer

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CT (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT (US)) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I applied at a on campus career fair. There was a 30 minute phone interview and 3 weeks later I was invited to interview at their Norwalk office. There were 3 technical interviews and 2 personality interviews.

    Interview Questions


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT (US)) in October 2013.

    Interview

    HR phone interview followed by a technical phone interview.
    Onsite: 3 technical interviews, one Director interview and one HR interview.
    Interview Questions:
    1. Code Review: Find bugs in a linked-list implementation.
    2. Design: Design the game of Chess.
    3. DS and Algorithms: Find a number in a Linked List, Implement Google Auto-complete, What data structure to represent employees in a company.

    Interview Questions

    • Implement Google's autocomplete.   1 Answer
  8. Helpful (3)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at FactSet (Norwalk, CT (US)).

    Interview

    The first step is a screening interview. This is typically a phone screen, but for university applicants, this can be a campus interview. The screening interview lasts about 30 minutes,

    The second and final round is an on-site set of interviews that lasts most of the day. The actual interviews vary by department. This is a rough schedule:
    - 9:00 Demo of the software
    - 10:00 Quiz
    - 10:15 Tech Interview 1
    - 10:45 Tech Interview 2
    - 11:30 Code Review
    - 12:15 Lunch
    - 2:00 Director Interview
    - 2:30 HR Interview

    Interview order and times can be slightly different,

    Interview Questions

    • You are given a stream of directions in [up, down, left, right]. Each direction means move one unit in that direction. After completing the movements, you will return to the position where you started. Compute the area of the shape you created.

      I was asked this when FactSet interviewed me a very long time ago. I liked the question so I sometimes use it myself when I interview other applicants..   4 Answers

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    I applied online and got an email from recruiter after couple of weeks (6 - 8) to come up with few time slots for a technical phone screening and to share a piece of code written by me. I emailed them the code and few suitable time slots for interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview was not scheduled. After 3-5 days, the recruiter got back to me when I followed-up multiple times, saying that the hiring manager has decided not to move ahead with me! It was so unprofessional. Didn't expect that from company like Factset.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at FactSet.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume on career fair. After a phone interview, I was invited to onsite three weeks later. Three rounds of technical interviews and none of them was very hard.

    Interview Questions


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