New Grad - Passed all interview problems, still rejected from Bloomberg onsite

New KPTv18
Sep 24 23 Comments

Hi, I recently interviewed onsite at Bloomberg and I wanted to share my experience and get some feedback.

A little about me, I go to a small non-target school and did one internship at a big non-tech company. I have also been doing LeetCode every day for about 3 months now and started to feel pretty confident at solving problems. Applied to Bloomberg and was invited onsite.

The first interview, I solve the first problem with a good solution and then come up to the optimal linear time solution with some hints. The second problem, I am able to explain the entire thought process and how the solution could be implemented and the second interviewer told me that there was no need to write it up. I felt pretty good after this interview.
The second session went even better, the first problem was a tree problem that I solved within 25 minutes and to which I answered all the follow-up questions. The second problem was also solved pretty quickly as I immediately had the right intuition. Answered all the follow-up questions and the interviewers left about 15 minutes before since they had no more questions.

Felt pretty good, explained my thought process as clearly as possible, and covered test cases and edge cases. Right after my second interview, HR comes in and walks me out. I then receive a rejection email.

I am really bummed about it and I am trying to understand what could've happened and what led to this outcome. I have more interviews set up with other companies and I would like to make sure that this doesn't happen anymore. Thanks!

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  • Indeed / Eng uPrj01
    The key things here are:
    1) you feel confident solving leetcode problem.
    2) you have more interviews.
    You are in a great position. If I was you I would ask a friend with interview experience for feedback. But chances are you are already good at this, rejection happens, you will end up in a better place than Bloomberg.
    Sep 24 1
    • New KPTv18
      OP
      Thank you very much for putting things in perspective! I appreciate it and I try to see it as experience that can only be beneficial!
      Sep 24
  • New / Eng katnis
    Sorry, maybe you are one of them arrogant kids & they probably decided on the spot that you were not a good culture fit.
    Sep 24 9
    • Bloomberg aJwI87
      Communication is important. Are you asking the right questions to clarify the problem? How do you respond when the interviewer suggests something, gives hints, etc.? How enthusiastic are you about the company and its culture?
      Sep 24
    • New KPTv18
      OP
      How do you express your enthusiasm and excitement for the company & culture during a technical interview? I was asked about my resume & then we moved directly onto the problems. I thought culture fit was later assessed with HR & the hiring manager when the discussion is less of a technical focus! I must be mistaken & this would explain why I didn’t make it! Thanks for the pointers!
      Sep 24
    • Bloomberg aJwI87
      Did you ask relevant questions at the end of your interviews?

      Based on your description of how the second interview went, it seems like you had no issues at all when solving the problems -- which could have been interpreted as you knowing about the problem(s) already.

      Additionally, you mentioned that you finished your second interview 15 mins before time, which also seems like the issue here. Generally, interviews which I have passed have typically consumed the entire amount of interview time or went over it. 15 mins is long enough to cram in another problem and assess your problem solving skills.

      It could either be that you were perceived a bad cultural fit, or your first interview did not go as well as you are believing it to be given that your second interview ended 15 mins early.
      Sep 24
    • New KPTv18
      OP
      Makes sense, I didn’t see it that way, thanks for providing insight! I appreciate it!
      Sep 24
    • I don't know much about Bloomberg so I won't make judgements about that company. But I have a friend, upper management, at a national company that has a specific product focus. They do not innovate in their field and have no intention of it.

      Anyways, what he told me is when I graduate, as a developer, I would be bored at his company. They keep their product working, and slowly improve it. They prefer not to have the 4.0 grads that are passionate about something that isn't their product. These are the type of people that are not inspired and they would prefer to retain rather than train a new grad to only see them leave in a few years. Not everyone in the industry hops to new jobs every few years.
      Sep 24
  • Intercom awb
    Were you an asshole?
    Sep 24 3
    • Indeed / Eng uPrj01
      Even if he was, that's not a problem, it's about hiding it during interviews. This industry is full of assholes
      Sep 24
    • Intercom awb
      Indeed. That’s why I asked ‘were you an asshole’, not ‘are you an asshole’.
      Sep 24
    • New KPTv18
      OP
      I do not think I was! As I said, I come from a school where students do not get a lot of those opportunities so I was pretty grateful to be considered but I just wanted some pointers about what I may have done wrong! Thanks for answering!
      Sep 24
  • Susquehanna International / Eng Kristaps11
    There’s a hiring quota and they found someone they considered better than you. Doing well on the interview doesn’t guarantee an offer. Just keep your head up and keep grinding.

    Edit:
    Didn’t read the original post carefully. If Bloomberg walks you out before the manager interview after lunch you just didn’t do as well as you thought for the coding rounds. Still, keep your head up and keep grinding.
    Sep 24 3
    • New / Design EzSJ06
      Yeah I remember I was hiring for a position for a small startup. Only had one spot open. I really liked candidate A. Had a few calls with them and was excited to bring them onsite. Unfortunately candidate B just happen to apply right at the same time. I brought both onsite and both were great. Candidate B was stronger. I would have hired candidate A if he applied a few weeks earlier. It’s just luck sometimes.
      Sep 24
    • New KPTv18
      OP
      Definitely, that was my first thought but wanted more pointers about what could’ve happened, someone must’ve aced it big time, probs to them! Thanks!
      Sep 24
    • New / Design EzSJ06
      You could have done better at the interview but their background was more relevant. Or maybe they meshed better personality wise. It’s not only about solving problems but who they think would be better to work with.
      Sep 24
  • Citrix Systems oops!!
    Ask the HR if they can provide you with any "pointers" that will help you when you apply again to Bloomberg.

    Instead of directly asking for feedback, which many companies have a policy of not giving. This way you might know what happened
    Sep 24 1
    • New KPTv18
      OP
      Interesting, I knew about the policy but maybe asking for pointers for future applications can definitely get me an answer. Thanks for the idea!
      Sep 24
  • Bloomberg Enig16
    Usually, most candidates code up two problems for both interviews for a pass.
    Sep 24 0

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