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Updated Apr 13, 2014
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Management Associate- Africa Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Nairobi (Kenya)

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Citi.

Interview Details – Online process of application where it takes a few months before you are even told if you are going for the first round.
First Round is an aptitude test held at HQ. Pretty easy.
Second round is where it gets tough. Set in a conference room, you sit at the centre, with 5-6 panelists with others listening in on phone. Really a tense environment. They do a good cop, bad cop routine. Build you and break you. Every thing you say is subject to intense scrutiny, always a follow up and no figure goes unrecorded. In fact no fact you state goes unrecorded.

Interview Question – Why do you think, after failing to answer a simple question ( where the KSH, USD rate will head in the next year and why?) satisfactorily, that you are even ready to join Citi?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Got a better offer elsewhere. Plus who want to work with such a wound up group of people?

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Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee
New York, NY

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Citi in October 2008.

Interview Details – Very behavioral-heavy. Interviewers are usually mean and will do "stress-tests" as well. Be prepared to show humility, your experiences working in teams, and why you are interested in a specific line of business. Citigroup hiring consists of an interview on campus (may be with one or two people), a superday that has tons of interviews. Be nice. Don't be mean.

Interview Question – Show a time when you faced a challenge?   Answer Question

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Product Control Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee
Buffalo, NY

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Citi in December 2012.

Interview Details – Very long hiring process takes forever to be hired

Interview Question – Why would we hire you   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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Citi Technology Academy Interview

Anonymous Employee
Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Citi in December 2012.

Interview Details – Initially, Citi requests a CV and cover letter. Selected candidates are invited to an assessment centre, which takes about 5 hours. It consists of an 90 minute examination (simple math & logic problems), two 45 minute interviews (one biographical, one technical), and a team exercise (about 45 minutes). The team exercise is a timed exercise in which candidates work together to come up with a number of proposals for an imaginary company. 10 minutes is given to read the material provided for the imaginary company, and then 30 minutes to discuss and present the proposals to the assessors, who sit around the room taking notes throughout the process.

The biographical interview was quite a standard interview. Very typical questions, such as being asked to talk about occasions when you worked in a team.
Technical interview had a few technical questions, but was largely centred around exploring the candidates interests and the kind of projects, languages and technologies they have experience with.

The assessment centre allows a decision on candidates very quickly, in my case I received word a few days after the assessment centre.

Interview Question – What is polymorphism?   Answer Question

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Banking Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Citi.

Interview Details – I prepared reading the company's most recent annual report as well as news and analyst comments on the firm. This was very benefical as many questions were around recent developments as well as regulatory proposals etc. Overall there were 2 interviews and two exercises including one case study which was pretty much as expected.

Interview Question – Explain one instance, when u made a mistake and had to escalate the problem in order to solve it   Answer Question

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Technology Academy Interview

Anonymous Employee
Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Citi in December 2012.

Interview Details – The position was for new graduates especially, or for career changers who wanted to learn the ways of this company and their programming tools, to prepare them for a career at Citi or for any future software development or application support role. The job was advertised on NIJobs.com, requiring a CV and cover note. They called me one week after applying to ask a few questions about my CV, then called me a few days later to invite me to an assessment centre which was scheduled for a week later. This lasted nearly 5 hours. There was a technical test (numerical/logical reasoning questions, not specific to any job, just fun) where each of the thirty questions had a time limit of three minutes. Then there were two interviews, one technical and one about competencies. Technical interview was about technology, my educational background, the company, the job and general questions about me. The competency interview was where they asked all the "What would you do if... ?" and "Tell me about a time when... ?" type of questions. They seemed to really be looking specifically for answers in the "STAR" format, which is written about on t'internet. Finally a group exercise, where the other interviewees and I had to discuss hypothetical solutions to a fictional business problem for about 45 minutes, while some people listened and wrote things down.

On my day there were between 5 and 10 candidates present. From what I can remember, they were looking to hire a total of about 20 new people, from an unspecified number of candidates. Every employee I spoke to was very nice and the interviews were comfortable. The premises were nice too, with a front door, a ceiling and several light bulbs. Every man was wearing a suit which is the norm for an assessment centre like this, it seems.

They called a few days later to offer me the job and to say a few things about how the academy would be structured and what the salary would be. They did not require me to accept/decline right away as some companies do, permitting me to leave it for a few days if I wanted to discuss things with other potential employers, but I accepted right away. This was about a week ago.

They have yet to ask for references or evidence of qualifications, but that will probably happen in time.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you made an important decision.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It is an entry-level job, so I didn't try to negotiate. I was grateful that they would even consider thinking about maybe possibly hiring me.

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Engineering Interview

Anonymous Employee
Mumbai (India)

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Citi in January 2012.

Interview Details – There are two phases of selection. First, there is a written test on c++, networking etc. Those who qualified, have to go for the interview process. Here, two interviews took place. The first one, they asked technical questions required for the job. In the second interview, they asked about the projects previously I did and asked in detail about them.

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Engineering Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Citi in April 2010.

Interview Details – cv, coverletter,phone interview, face to face interview, offer

Interview Question – c#,wcf,wpf,, design patterns, web services,xml   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – ask as much higher as possible, pay freeze for 2 years.

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Server Support Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Citi in September 2008.

Interview Details – Was asked about desktop support and server support. Asked about SQL and configuration of servers. What did I know about exchange? Configuring Outlook. TCP/IP and DNS configurations. Asked about Excel / word . and how to reinstall the applications if needed. What about network connections and how to troubleshoot the connections if needed.

Interview Question – I applied for server support. She wanted to know about my SQL expnce. i kept asking her if she was looking for server support or a DBA. She didn't understand the diff.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No. They had a set rate and that was "hard coded"....

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Investment Banking Analyst Interview

Investment Banking Analyst

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Citi in February 2011.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview several weeks after applying online...later than most of the other investment banks had already dished out offers or said no. Analyst asked me general questions about interests (why investment banking? past internships? blah blah) and then guided me through basic technical questions (two similar companies, different P/E's...why?). Thought I did OK. Followed by a Super Day 4 days later, which had 3 interviews---one more fit, and two more technical

Interview Question – Take two currently identical companies. One has a higher P/E ratio than another. Why could this be?   View Answer

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