Capital One Principal Interview Questions

Updated Jul 31, 2015
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    IS Audit - Principal Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Capital One (Plano, TX) in July 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted by an internal recruiter to apply for an existing position in Plano, TX (that of IS Principal Auditor, specifically). Between that initial conversation and providing my resume, the position was filled out of the Richmond, VA office. Odd, but okay. The recruiter expressed interest in me still, continuing the recruitment process by having a phone interview with someone in the same department I would be working. It went well and I was invited in for one of their "Power Day" programs, consisting of 4 interviews - 2 job fit and 2 behavioral. During one of the behavioral ones, the interviewer mentioned my potential responsibilities as an IS Manager - Internal Audit. (This is a higher level than Principal Auditor, requiring more experience but also offering better pay.) Confused, I asked for clarification in my thank you e-mail later that day and was told I was now being considered for the Manager level position. Fast forward 3 days later when I was contacted by the recruiter. Despite having the job qualifications, I was told that there was not a business case for the Manager position and thus they could not extend an offer. So, to summarize: 1) contacted to apply for existing position; 2) position filled in another location; 3) asked in for an interview; 4) position switched on me without notice; 5) declined for job due to business need not existing (again, for new position they changed it to). Very unethical and deceptive hiring practices. Beware!

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to be persuasive to win someone over on a decision.   Answer Question
  2. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Capital One in June 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was entirely too long and a total waste of time . After the initial assessment and 2 phone interviews ( months apart) I was brought in for a 4 hour face to face ??? 4 hours ??? I wish Capital One realized that we are in the finance industry and not saving lives nor are we working for the secret service. The amount of assessments and repetitive " So tell me about your resume" was just ridiculous. My first interview was supposed to be lunch and job fit . I purposely didn't eat because I didn't want to not eat and be rude. Well the first interviewer came in and for 40 minutes we talked about my resume ( which I already discussed with her for 25 mins two days before on the phone). Within the first 15 minutes of my four hour interview I wanted to leave. I was told that the group I was interviewing for worked weekends all year round and late nights all year round. I clearly value a healthy work life balance and working there clearly wasn't that . After the 2.5 hr mark I picked up my bag and was just going to leave (since the third interviewer was 15 mins late ) as soon as I get up she walks in and she's asking me situational questions. I clearly checked out at this point and was just answering so I could get out . My attention span was done . By the last interviewer I was just annoyed ( although I didn't show it I felt it) I was never so happy to leave. On my way back to my car all I could do was laugh. What I received from Capital One was it is very uptight . Everyone had this attitude of arrogance and a chip on their shoulder. I expected no offer since I totally checked out and trust me I wouldn't have accepted if I did . Advice to capital one: Get it together!! The reason you are always hiring is because people are always leaving .

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you had to convince someone to go along with your idea   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
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    Principal Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Capital One (Richmond, VA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Phone screen with recruiter. This was 30 minutes to discuss resume and past experiences. Behavioral interview with hiring manager. This was pretty basic, run of the mill questions. 2nd behavioral interview with Director and hiring manager. Typical behavioral questions..."tell me about a time when...." "what are your strengths/biggest weakness".

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you used your powers of influence to impact decision making   Answer Question
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    Principal Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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

    They actually went above and beyond what I asked for and they have a very impressive benefit package overall.

  7. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

  8.  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    interviewed at Capital One in October 2014.

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer
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    Principal Process Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    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

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

  10. Helpful (2)  

    Principal Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Capital One (Richmond, VA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    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
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    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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 ...

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