Capital One Principal Interview Questions

Updated Mar 12, 2015
Updated Mar 12, 2015
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    Principal Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Capital One.

    Interview Details

    First interview with a recruiter, second one with a hiring manager and the last phase is an on-site interview. Everyone was very nice during the entire process, and very quick in getting back to you.

    Interview Questions
    • Walk through the resume. What kind of econometric models are you familiar with? Which statistic tools have you used?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Principal Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Capital One in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process began with a corporate recruiter who was very personable and easy to speak with. The interview process was very long, detailed, and included multiple phone and in person interviews. There were technical interviews with several staff members of varying levels/backgrounds and behavioral interviews with senior and C level management. The entire process was actually very enjoyable. The online process of filling out paperwork was one of the best I've experienced.

    Interview Questions
    • Detail a recent situation where you had to convince someone to go with your idea. Detail the situation, idea, and the solution they accepted and why you believe they did. You have 15 minutes.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They actually went above and beyond what I asked for and they have a very impressive benefit package overall.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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
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  5.  

    Principal Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    interviewed at Capital One in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was asked to interview for a Principal Financial Analyst role at McLean, VA HQ for a role in their Chicago, IL office. Company flies candidates out and pays for initial travel expenses (air and hotel). While interview was good and well structured (1 day, 4 interviews - 2 behavioral, 2 case interviews), what they neglect to tell you is that your 'other' travel expenses are not reimbursed. They still owe me money after 3+ months. For a 'supposed' global financial services company, they must be short on cash flow.

    Interview Questions
    • Should i travel across country for an interview?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    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
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    Principal Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Anonymous Employee 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
  8.  

    Principal Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Principal Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Anonymous Employee 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
  11.  

    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

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