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Capital One Principal Interview Questions

Updated Oct 23, 2014
Updated Oct 23, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Capital One.

    Interview Details

    Online interview: Basic compsci and probability questions. Takes between 10-60 minutes.

    Phone interview: More of the same, a bit of experimental design. Gave me a model and asked for any criticism.

     Didn't make it past this stage.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
  2.  

    Principal Process Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Prolonged negotiation about base pay, eventually a sign on bonus was agreed to make offer more attractive
    Accepted Offer
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Principal Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • The case study on rewards points. I am not allowed to disclose the questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Principal Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Principal Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Did not try to negotiate since it is higher than my expectation already.
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Principal Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Probably the case of examining profitability of rewards credit card vs traditional credit card.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Principal Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plano, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plano, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Capital One in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    - applied online and rec'd call from recruiter
    - 1 week later, completed phone screening with hiring manager
    -2 weeks later had 4 separate 1 hour interviews with three members of the team and 1 from a separate org. (2 job fit, 1 case study, and 1 behavioral).
    -next steps are approx 2 weeks for decision.

    Each interviewer asked 5-7 questions during the hour. The remaining time was spent discussing the company/culture and I was given opportunity to discuss/ask questions of the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you had to prioritize.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you had to work with someone you didn't like   Answer Question
    • Case study:

      Began with generic business logic discussion.

      Math involved profit/breakeven formulas using values in the millions and fractions of percentages. A basic function calculator was provided, along with paper and pencil.

      Ended with determining which of two options is the eat investment for the company.
       
      Answer Question
    • tell me about compliance based trainings you've completed   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Principal Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • None - cases were very simple - anyone who has an MBA from any school should be able to get through the cases   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Principal Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Capital One.

    Interview Details

    I was working for Capital One as a contractor & my manager notified me that they were creating a position for me to become full-time. I was then contacted by a recruiter and she was extremely helpful through the entire process. She notified me that I would take a personality test as well as a numerical reasoning test. I took both assessments online after doing the practice assessments. I was notified via email that I passed all tests and an official offer via phone was made a day later. I accepted and started onboarding 2 weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • I didn't not have any interview questions. I can say the Numerical Test was somewhat difficult for me; however, I passed.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They offered more than I anticipated; therefore, I didn't feel the need to negotiate in my case.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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