UBS Interview Questions

Updated 15 Oct 2014
Updated 15 Oct 2014
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    Head of Department Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at UBS.

    Interview Details

    Applied for the job in summer took 2-3 months to get through all interview rounds. Overall a very good process and positive experience. I found the interviewers very friendly and personable. Since I would be working alongside these stakeholders, the interview process only added to my drive to get the position. It was a pleasant chat about my skills/experience. The only interviewer I met face to face was the HR rep. Final stage of the process is the background check.

    Interview Questions
    • None - all pretty standard. If you know your area of expertise it is not difficult.
      HR interview questions follow a standard competency/situational based format. -- One of the questions was 'When was the last time you made a bad decision and what did you learn from it'
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation possible so I was told :-(
    It was a good offer nevertheless
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Associate Director, Client Advisor Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at UBS in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Strung out, lack of communication and poorly organised. Interview dates and times changed and had a number of visits for relatively short interviews. Didn't have any face to face contact with HR which was odd. Lack of any detailed feedback and information was not readily volunteered. Apparent low morale of interviewers. A great firm no doubt but received impression poor morale and politics.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Summer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at UBS in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    After the online application I got a phone interview which was only competency based. Then I was called for the AC where there were a presentation, two interviews one competency and the other commercial and a group exercise

    Interview Questions
    • How would you evaluate company XXX? ( i was applying for a sales and trading position)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Emerging Talent Program Zurich Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at UBS in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    two interviews - first one with HR and second one with line manager; first interview in German except for two questions and second one in English, as he was from the UK

    Interview Questions
    • I had to write an essay: If you could employ one person for UBS except you, who would it be and why? which is what they asked me about in both interviews. The other questions were competency based and the HR one was more about the programme.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Technology Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at UBS in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    First had to complete 3 On-line tests. That was successful, leading to the phone Interview. They had set questions to ask and were looking for certain competencies, they provide details on their website on what they look for. They invited me to their Liverpool office and made me sit 2 on-site monitored tests (including SHL Maths). If you failed the maths, you would be immediately sent home. This was followed by a 30 minute face to face interview where some technical questions (Do you know what Agile development is?) were asked, some competency based questions (tell me about a time when half a team wanted to do A and the other half wanted to do B) and some questions about my application. Finally, as a group, we had to have a discussion to make recommendation on hypothetical situation they provided us with. This was monitored by the people who took the interviews (3 people).

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very generous pay, negotiating would be rude...
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Technology Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at UBS in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Fill out online form and two SHL tests. Quick 10 minute phone interview, standard questions (1 group work question, why UBS, what would make a good intern on this programme).

    Recieved invitiation to assessment day and had to do another SHL test. At the assessment day there was a 20min SHL Maths test to take followed by a 30min essay writing exercise (there were four scenarios and you had to choose two, topics a reported security flaw in the Microsoft server system, how would you go about fixing it, what are the issues and key factors etc).

    One 30 minute interview, purely competency (wasn't asked any technical questions at all), asked about teamwork, greatest achievement, dealing with tough situations etc.

    Finally, 45 minute group exercise case study. We were the Amazon board of directors and had to decide to invest money into one of four business areas, agree as a group and come up with 3 main reasons for doing so. Halfway through the exercise an 'urgent message' came in from the CEO that we had to develop a new product/service that could launch in 5-10 years time, so the group also had to come up with ideas and discuss that.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your greatest achievement (other than the one you wrote on your application!)   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Seemed like a great place to work but I felt I had a superior offer elsewhere.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone interview 10-15 minutes got flustered on the phone didn't get through

    Interview Questions
    • 1 million dollars what would you invest it in? In hindsight a decision you would have done diffferently   Answer Question
    No Offer
  9.  

    UBS Sales and Trading Internship Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at UBS in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    1st round phone interview followed by the assessment centre in London

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Marketing Intern Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at UBS in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    five 45 min-long interviews in the same day, with people from different departments. each interviewer retained professional distance, but were nice and approachable

    Interview Questions
    • "what was the biggest mistake you've made so far in your academic or professional career"? and "could you name one person who's career path you really admire, and explain why"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at UBS in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had a conference call for about an hour with 2 future members of the team. Talked about me and them. They asked me question to test my knowledge and I asked them questions about what kind of job they are doing. Overall very friendly, but was a little problem with connection: I was in Russia, another person was in London and another person in Sydney (Australia).

    Interview Questions
    • There wa a multitasking question that was a bit tricky.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation phase.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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