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Citi Analyst Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst

I applied online - interviewed at Citi in January 2011.

Interview Details – Applied online and immediately got called to schedule a phone interview which was with HR and was very formal. Following that was an interview with the hiring manager which was mainly situational questions.

Interview Question – Not too hard.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much room for negotiation.


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Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
New York, NY

I interviewed at Citi in April 2011.

Interview Details – Got selected for a campus Interview with two people from the department. On-site interview with 5-7 people (1-2 from each team), based on your resume, they choose who they want to speak to.

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Citi.

Interview Details – Called in for personal interviews. Had three rounds and was pretty standard. whether good at excel, access.
Was expecting more challenging questions. It took less than two hours. HR was friendly and people were nice and welcoming.

Interview Question – Called in for personal interviews. Had three rounds and was pretty standard. whether good at excel, access.
Was expecting more challenging questions. It took less than two hours. HR was friendly and people were nice and welcoming.
  Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Citi in July 2013.

Interview Details – Be confident, you got the interview that means they are interested. Look comfortable and simply tell them why you would do this job better than anyone else.

Interview Question – past experience as analyst. be prepared if you don't have work experience in the position you got the interview for.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I accepted what they offered without negotiation


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Citi in January 2010.

Interview Details – 1) Phone call - all behavioral
2) In-person Interview - all behavoiral

Interview Question – What are some examples that demonstrates your perseverance?   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

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Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
Buffalo, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Citi.

Interview Details – Jobs posted on Citi website. Apply for postings. Depending on the need or if you know someone, it may be weeks before HR calls you if both they and the hiring manager would like you to be interviewed. Depening on department, interviews could involve multiple people or multiple visits. It may take weeks after the interview to hear back from HR--even if you send follow up emails. After an offer is excepted, it takes a few more weeks to get pre-employment work done and then another few weeks to get all system access that is required.

Interview Question – What do you hope to gain from Citi if you were to be offered a position?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It took some time to negotiate and it has to go through a few levels of management as it is budget-related. Unless you have valid reasons to request an increase it will be denied. THey usually only counter offer about $2K more than original with reason.


Accepted Offer

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Difficult Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Citi in October 2013.

Interview Details – I initially found the job posting through my campus career center and submitted a cover letter and resume in early September of my senior year. An alumnus of my college who works at Citi Private Bank came in to the career center in early October and interviewed a few of the applicants, including myself. We didn't get any feedback from the college or Citi until a week after the initial interview when four of us were invited to New York for the final round, which took place two weeks later on a Friday. The following Monday, the HR department got back to us with their decisions.

Interview Questions

  • If you had a client who ran a company that makes shoelaces and who doesn't know about anything except the shoelace business (i.e. he knows nothing about personal investments), how would you recommend he invest his money and why?   View Answer
  • If you were to get this job and then look back in five or ten years, why wouldn't you think it was a waste of your time?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. They make a standard offer to all of their first-year analysts and it is very much a take-it-or-leave-it situation.


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Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Citi.

Interview Details – Applied online and contacted by HR via email. This was followed by a phone interview with HR and two rounds of interviews with various Directors and Vice Presidents. The process took almost 7 weeks, but was delayed due to external circumstances.

Overall the interviews were standard items: walkthrough of resume, behavioral questions, and some technical questions. There were some additional questions on my fit with the team because I did not have prior experience in the financial services industry.

Interview Question – Why would we hire you, someone with no prior experience in financial services, over another candidate with experience in financial services?   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Citi in January 2010.

Interview Details – Incredibly quick interview process, flew in the morning, had 3 one on one interviews with mid-senior level professionals and received an offer the next day

Interview Questions

  • why do you think the financial crisis happened?   Answer Question
  • if i were a supplier of these office chairs, what would i be concerned about?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – n/a


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Citi in October 2010.

Interview Details – Fairly standard bulge bracket investment banking interview. Technical questions were significantly easier than most banks - focusing on very basic things like "What is a DCF" or "How would you value a company" without digging into the details. Seemed like there was a huge emphasis on "Why Citi".

Be prepared to understand why you want the job and be able to express how much you want it. Citi seems to be focused more on people and not preparation (i.e. "fit" questions and not technical questions), so it's significantly easier than most interviews so long as you have a good narrative.

Interview Question – What separates Citi from other bulge bracket investment banks?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Not a top tier BB bank, and their business seems to be in lux. Perhaps if their outlook improves it might be a good place to start.

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