FactSet Europe Limited Interview Questions & Answers

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    3.5714/5 | Interview date: March 2014 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    1st Round Interview and 3 Tests. 2 hours total

    20 minute face to face interview on my history, motivation for consulting role, why I want to work for FactSet and a few competency based questions. I didn't like my interview much, I felt like my interviewer was just rushing through and not really bothering to listen or even converse with me much.
    How did you come across FactSet?
    Had you heard of FactSet before?
    What do you know about FactSet and what they do?
    Why do you want to work at FactSet?
    Why do you want to work in finance?
    What specific parts of finance are you interested in?
    What do FactSet consultants do on a day to day basis?
    Why did you choice you degree subject?
    What transferable skills did your degree give you which would be relevant for this role?
    What did you gain from your work experience?
    Why are you interested in a technology/software based role?
    Where else have you applied to?
    How might an investment management or investment banker use FactSet programs?
    Why FactSet is better than its competitors?

    Most difficult question

    Which particular part of finance are you interested in?

    Interview tips

    Show a keen interest in finance and have a lot to say about it and really do your research about finance. This will be useful for the interview and the finance test. The finance test covered a range of topics. Moneyweek YouTube channel maybe useful or chat to friends who work in the industry. If you really impress with finance knowledge they are more likely to have you as it seems to be what they are looking for. The numeracy and excel tests were not hard granted you have used Excel sufficiently before. The numeracy test was not difficult, definitely not harder than GCSE level maths.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    1 and a half hours to do a Numeracy, Excel and Finance test for the 1st Round assessment centre

    Numeracy Test - percentages, ratios, fractions, foreign currency, algebra and problem solving questions.
    x(x+3)=28

    Excel test - formatting cells (Bold and date), formulae - MAX() SUM() MIN() STDEV, VLOOKUP, Freeze panes, making charts, conditional formatting

    Finance Test - testing my interest in finanacial markets. This could be challenging or easy, it depends on your background. It was multiple choice though, which made it easier. CAC - French. also central banks change interest rates due to inflation.

    The 2nd round assessment centre will feature a whole other range of tests, including a mini teach, exclusive to FactSet

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

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    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5
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