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Capital One Principal Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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Principal Project Manager Interview

Principal Project Manager

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Capital One in May 2011.

Interview Details – it is a 50-50 chance to get in no matter how good you are. So take a chance if you really like to work there. u do not need to prep because it does not help.

Interview Question – You need to impress everyone in your face to face interview.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Principal Operations Analyst Interview

Principal Operations Analyst
Richmond, VA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Capital One in May 2014.

Interview Details – After the initial case study over phone, I was called to Richmond for a day long process. The arrangements were excellent, from flight reservation to hotel to transportation.

The interview day had 4 interviews- two behavioural and two case studies. I think I underestimated the behavioral interviews and did'nt go well prepared. The 1st case study on reward points was quite tough and I screwed it up under pressure. The second one on call center was easy though and I think I nailed that.

But obviously, you need to do well in both the case study as well as the behavioral.

So, prepare hard for behavioral, practice your responses with your friends/ well-wishers and ask if your responses sound convincing.

I did not make it but I thought I got a fair chance.

Interview Question – The case study on rewards points. I am not allowed to disclose the questions.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Principal Process Manager Interview

Principal Process Manager

Interviewed at Capital One

Interview Details – Initial contact via phone call then phone screen and round robin power day interview. Interview was conducted in person at their HQ in Mclean. Met with several of their folks over about a 3 hour period and final interview was with the hiring manager. Most of the interviewers were nice and easy to speak with, except one person that was cold and stand offish.

Interview Question – standard tell me about a situation in which....   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Prolonged negotiation about base pay, eventually a sign on bonus was agreed to make offer more attractive


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Principal Quantitative Analyst Interview

Principal Quantitative Analyst

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Capital One in May 2014.

Interview Details – The recruiter called first and arranged a phone screen with the hiring manager. After two weeks, they flew me to the HQ in McLean. There were 6 one-hour interviews including 2 job fit, 1 behavior, 1 role play and 2 case studies.
In two business days, the recruiter told me that they decide not to process ...

Interview Question – missing data questions   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Principal Data Analyst Interview

Principal Data Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Capital One.

Interview Details – Submitted my resume to one representative at our campus job fair and got a phone interview later. Soon I was notified to go for an onsite interview at Wilmington, DE office. The onsite interview took a whole morning with 2 rounds of behavioral interviews and 2 rounds of case interviews.

Interview Question – Tell me a time when you have to learn a new skill.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not try to negotiate since it is higher than my expectation already.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Principal Operations Analyst Interview

Principal Operations Analyst
Richmond, VA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Capital One in February 2014.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter through LinkedIn about the position. After speaking with the recruiter, I was set up with a phone screen with an operations manager. This phone screen consisted of a fairly simple case about a call center. Only have to be able to do basic conversions and be able to explain basic business principles. After the phone screen, I was informed that I would be moving on to the on site interview in Richmond, VA. However, because they only have these one thursday every two weeks, I had to wait for 5 weeks after the phone interview to do this onsite interview.

The onsite interview was very efficiently done. They give you transportation to Richmond, and provide a hotel room for the night. Two behavioral interviews, and two case interviews. The behavioral interviews were very typical behavioral questions, answer in the STAR method. The case interviews were slightly tricky, but essentially are just calculating profit under different scenarios. Also have to be able to explain business implications of different scenarios.

Interview Question – Probably the case of examining profitability of rewards credit card vs traditional credit card.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Principal Associate Interview

Principal Associate
Richmond, VA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Capital One in November 2011.

Interview Details – Spoke with a recruiter. Dropped a resume. They got in touch with me and said I would have to take an online test that all Capital One employees must take. There are practices online on their website. This test was unsettling, but despite the fact I thought I did poorly, I passed. Then you schedule a phone interview. It was quick and behavioral. Then an in person set of interviews. Cases and fit. Not terribly difficult. Then once they gave me an offer, they match you to a manager, and you come in and speak with them. If the fit is good, there you go, otherwise move to a different manager and try that. You don't apply into a specific group initially.

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Principal Associate Interview

Principal Associate

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Capital One.

Interview Details – Applied on a job posting on the web. Got an email from the recruiter with a link to an online case. Based on the case I was called into Richmond for a day long interview session ( 3 business cases, 2 behavioral interviews). After one week, I was called in for two job fit interviews in Mclean, VA

Interview Question – None - cases were very simple - anyone who has an MBA from any school should be able to get through the cases   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Principal Quantitative Analyst Interview

Principal Quantitative Analyst

I interviewed at Capital One in August 2013.

Interview Details – case studies are simple maths and behaviour is easy. but people there are arrogant and stubborn. one interviewer even made a critical mistake in the case study until I feel something wrong and pointed out, but before it that person look like 'why u are so stupid and don't know such an easy question'. another interviewer for case study tried to make me agree that the strategy you use in manufacturer industry can be comparable to that in credit card industry. job fit interview was funny too, the interviewer believed one of my method in my previous work was not good. well in statistical world there are a lot of families, you can not easily say one is absolutely better than the other, not let alone that method I used is well establised in the industry for a lot of years. finding him/her to be so confident of his/her theory I asked if he/she has a PHD, the answer is no. and that interviewer couldnt understand the method I used in dealing with a tricky problem neither.

generally what I feel is that the C1 interview is a paper tiger.big bank usually means laid back work style and slow paced bc they are rich and don't need to work too hard. they are not as excellent or smart as you think . i saw a lot of people here worry about C1 interview. what I can say is to take it easy, be confident, and don't be scared. for more experienced candidates, they can more easily judge the whole process.

Interview Question – none   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Principal Coordinator Interview

Principal Coordinator
Plano, TX

I applied online - interviewed at Capital One in December 2010.

Interview Details – Went through a brief phone interview going over my qualifications and salary expectations. Then an onsite interview asking about work history, what the job was about, what my qualifications were, then 2 or 3 behavioral questions.

Interview Question – Why should I NOT hire you for this position?   View Answers (2)

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