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Bloomberg L.P.
Graduate Software Engineer (London) was asked...16 December 2015

Given an array of integers, delete the max and min numbers (both could appear more than once) in place. Do it in O(n) without shifting.

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1. find max and min in first loop 2. In second loop following if element is min/max = simply increment a counter else a[i-counter] = a[i]. Less

You could do in one loop, with two cursors :)

Go through the array twice. In the first run save the min and max, in the second run remove them. Both steps are O(N), so the entire algo is also O(N), it does not matter that the array is walked twice. Less

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Questions about a modified form of blackjack as well as one about sending messaged on stone tablets.

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I meant what was the details of the blackjack question? just create a pysdocode / program to win against player? what other rules were there to consider? Less

Hi Could you kindly advise what the expectations were in the answer to this question? Were you to write a program for blackjack? Do you have the choice of programming in any language of your choice. Is pseudo code acceptable? Less

Flapjack is the name of the game that was given, similar rules to black jack, and uses a points based system with 5 rounds. You are supposed to design a program that allows a human to play with a computer. Can be written in pseudo code. Less

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Ocado Technology

There are 2 ropes which both last for 1 hour when burning. Use these 2 ropes to get 1 hour and a half.

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Burn first rope (1hr). After that burn second rope but on both ends(0.5 hr).

Join two ropes and burn one in the middle and the other in the end

Why are we burning ropes?

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I show them my IOT project which works with the MQTT protocol. They ask what other protocols are available for IOT.

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If you ask ROUGHLY, it's like a list of incomplete small programs you need to complete/solve. Like a in-class CA. The purpose of this is to understand how you solve problem (logical thinking stuffs). Less

I am not from coding background and have my knowledge limited till functions. Hardly I know anything about classes and objects and other OOPS concepts. So are the questions more inclined towards OOPS concepts or can they be solved without OOPS? Less

I answered them that I have no idea. (lolz)

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Examples of teamwork etc. general questions like that

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What are group exercise like?

They change it frequently but roughly you have some requirements, and you either have to figure the solution or build the solution (i.e. hiring a candidate based on their skills and requirements, building a Lego bridge to the requirements etc) Less

What’s the best way to response in group exercises? I mean what things you should do in group exercise Less

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Write a function that returns the nth power number, where a power number is a number that can be expressed as x^y. Note that the power number sequence is in ascending order (4, 8, 9, 16, 27, 32, ...).

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Would 25 also be a power number? 5^2

Can y=1?

This is the actual series 4, 8, 9, 25, 27, 32, 36. Here x, y > 1, so the smallest power number will be 2^2 i.e. 4 Less

IMC Trading

something related to artifacts.

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A very easy question solved it in a few minutes.

Hi, thanks for you review. Can I please know how long it took to get online assessment result for completing? Thanks. Less

Hey, can you please tell what was asked in 30 mins video interview, i.e your second round? Less

Eclipse Trading

What is your shortcomings?

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Actually the process is still going on, I went through a technical interview after that and waiting for the final one. Less

Is there any algorithm question?

my shortcomings are also my virtue, those BS, lol


Asked me a broad range of questions on algorithmics

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I brushed up on my algorithmics taught in the 2nd year of my university course before going to the interview. Search algorithms, trees etc. should be sufficient Less

Hi, may I ask if OOP designing question included in the onsite interview?

Hello, did the technical interview involve white board coding or is it not really that style of interview? Thanks! Less


Present a project that you've worked on

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I am interested that how did you reply during the phone interview so that finally they invited you to do in-person interview? Less

Did you finish all the five programs in the first round?

Hi, I would like to know more about the coding test, did you finish it in one hour? How many questions? I receive 5 questions too, I applied as graduate program as well and I haven't any MCQ questions, just coding tasks and 1 hour was not enought time. Less

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