Royal Bank of Scotland Interview Questions

Updated Aug 30, 2014
Updated Aug 30, 2014
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    Financial Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I work on the graduate scheme. Fairly standard recruitment process. Apply online with CV and 3 detailed questions answered. If successful followed by online assessments and first round interview. Final round is an assessment centre involving interviews, group discussion and a presentation. There is a lot of focus on RBS values and people standards so make sure to read it up

    Interview Questions
    • Quite detailed competency questions and presentation with only 15 mins to preparre   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Fixed graduate salary - no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Corporate Banking Graduate Interview

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

    I applied online - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Finish the application form; finish the online test (situational judgement, numerical and logic); attend the 1st round interview; attend the Assessment center (group discussion, presentation, individual interview and mentoring session); offer if succeed

    Interview Questions
    • situational judgement interview question: your department are implementing a new project and your manager asks you to handle the process. However, one of the member strongly disagrees with this project and refuse to cooperate. What would you do?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    CIB Summer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    Assessment centre on last day of Spring Week in London, Bishopsgate. Interview plus presentation. Competency questions had already been covered when interviewing for Spring Week, so the questions this time around were more technical.

    Interview Questions
    • For the case study at hand, what debt to EBITDA ratio would you advise?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    (M&IB) Operations Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    First round: HR telephone interview, basically has two parts. The first 30 minutes is competency and fit, and if you do well enough you will proceed to the next 30 minutes, which is mostly work ethic and personality.
    Was notified within 48 hours that I had passed the first round, although the next round was not guaranteed.
    Waited around half a month to be invited to the assessment centre.
    Second round: asessment centre with four components
    1. A 1 hour one-on-one interview, exactly the same as telephone interview except face to face with an Operations member
    2. Group Interview: each people gets a different case, and you have to work in a team to prioritize them.
    3. Written Exercise: make a recommendation according to the group exercise
    4. One-on-one role play: based on the group interview, you need to advance your case to the person the interviewer is pretending to be.

    Interview Questions
    • Role play interview includes questions where the interviewer can be quite hostile and unwilling to change.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Technology (M&IB) Graduate Programmer 2014 Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    Fill out application online, attach a CV and covering letter, and complete a personality test. Different graduate programmes might have different reasoning tests. For Technology (M&IB) it was a logical reasoning test (has to be one of the most difficult tests I've ever seen, I think it was adaptive, questions got more difficult). Followed by a phone interview, which lasted about 30 mins, these are carried out by an external company. There were 3 questions and each had a few follow-up questions with it. 1. Why have you applied at RBS? (Follow up questions included 'do you think RBS are facing any challenges at the moment?') 2. Describe a time when you helped someone else achieve a goal. 3. Asked to rate self on a scale from 1-10 on doing the right thing. Which led to "describe a time when you were asked to do something you felt was wrong? Why did you feel that it was wrong? What actions did you take?"

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you helped someone else achieve a goal. (Requested not to use an example from university)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Risk Analyst Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    1 Interview Face to Face and 1 phone interview - Internal Transfer.
    Good experience, nothing negative noticed, Incompetenent Line manager. I dont have more words to add.
    Good experience , easy interviews

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Didnt negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    CFD Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied for the job via a recruitment agency. Process took around 3 weeks and included 3 interviews with various members of the team. Interviews were quite casual but relatively technical. RBS were very quick in setting up the interviews and HR appeared to do a good job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Spring Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted via email to inform me of an on campus assessment centre the following week. The assessment centre consisted of two interviews. Both had a large competency component to them with the second interview also posing some logical questions. Overall the interviews were reasonably laid back with both interviewers seeming friendly and approachable to any questions that i had afterwards.

    Interview Questions
    • how can you cut a cake into 8 identical slices with only three cuts.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Graduate Trainee Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    After completing online application through RBS, I had to do 3 separate tests online. First one was logical reasoning, second was quantitative and third was business scenario questions. Never had to do the third one before with other applications. It was mainly questions like what would you do if you had an argument with another co-worker. After passing the tests, they will invite you to arrange a time for phone interview. It was someone on the other end reading questions off a list and typing out your responses. The interview was awkward and they don't ask you more than 4-5 questions. There's no follow up and they expect you to talk for 30-45 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were very standard. Mostly competency based, nothing to catch you out. I think the most important thing they look for is if you understand the details their grad program offers.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Developer Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    One stage process.
    Questions on Core Java and SQL. Written Java and SQL test. normal level nothing difficult.
    Then detailed questions on last project. In my case it was a product development, so questions like what is different in the product compared to other known products being used in the industry. questions about how it works.

    Interview Questions
    • Why develop another open source product when there is already a good one available.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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