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Finance Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Citi in February 2008.
Interview Details – The hiring process was very efficient. The time between the first phone interview and their final decision and offer was very little. The phone interview that I had initially was difficult but also very helpful. I was given some resume tips which definitely proved to be very useful. In both interviews I was asked a lot of financial questions and given simple cases to analyze. The second round of interviews was very nicely organized and allowed me to get a better idea of the people that work in the company and of the exact character of the job.
Interview Question – What do you see happening next with the economy as reflected by the current crisis? Answer Question
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Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
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 (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
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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Management Associate- Africa Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
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?
Investment Banking Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Citi in January 2011.
Interview Details – I submitted a resume to their HK investment banking office on December, 2011. Then 3 round phone interviews, then I was reached out by two people in a industry group. The final round (superday) was in January, I met three people with 30min for each.
Interview Question – Compare Citi with my previous company. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No need to negotiate.
IT Management Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Citi.
Interview Details – Hiring process was tough for this program. It is a management training program. I went through 5 different interviews and a presentation to get this position. Overall the interviews were not bad and the people interviewing, while very busy with there daily work, set asside time to learn about you before your interview and have questions specifically designed to your experience.
Interview Question – I have been in the work force for a while. None of the questions were unexpected. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation due to the fact that this was a IT Management training position.
IT Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Citi in August 2010.
Interview Details – Recruiter contacted within a few days of submission. Set up first round of interviews with the hiring manager and a colleague. Second with HR Generalist / secondary manager. Followed up with recruiter within 3 weeks since there was no communication. Recruiter called back with an offer, accepted, started with 2 weeks.
Interview Question – Technical questions (excel based) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate but should have.
Technology Graduate Leadership Program Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Citi in April 2013.
Interview Details – I gave my CV to the Citi on a job-expo, but that time there was no open job fro fresh graduate. So they contacted me later, the recruitment sourcer asked me that this program can be interesting for me. So I thought why not, lets give a try. I passed all the numerical, verbal test, and the first phone-interview where they tested my English too. After they sent me an invitation for the AC. The AC started at 8:30 and I was the first one who finish with all the interviews, so I was leaving the building aroud 14:30.
AC started with a very detailed presentation about the company and the program. After we had to fill 2 tests, one English grammer, one IT. Enlgsi test was really easy and basic. IT test was easy but tricky. I was not expecting this kind a questions, it was more about Microsoft products and handeling simple softvers. There some international questions like a bit Geography, time zones and national days of countries. This also surprised me.
After they seperated us for small groups, and we had to do 3 group exersize. They were not easy at all! Our native language is not English so it challenged us to understand what to do and also how to get some solutions. Everybody found it a bit hard.
After a big break we did our presentations, and had an HR interwiev. Presentation was really great for me, they are very strickt with the 5 min, but as I am very use to this, it was easy for me be in time. Questions were good, all the managers were extemrly kind. Even the day was not easy for me, best AC experience ever!!!
Interview Question – Write down all the countries where the spanish language is spoken. - This was just unexpected.
How do you handle your weaknesses? - This was ok, but still be careful with the answer Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I had decline a very very good offer... When they called me few weeks before that am I interested in this oppurtinity, I started the whole converstation with my studies, that I can not start working before 1st of July. They called me back, it wont be a problem, so lets apply. I did, I went the AC, so they called me after one week with an amazing offer. I opened the mail, and everything was more what I accepted. At the end I saw that I have to start at June... So I wrote back that this is not what we talked about at leas 3 times, I even have a written "converstation" about this. Now everything was for the nothing, I am very very dissapointed. I think I wont get a new offer with the new starting date, I did not get any answer for my last e-mail. At the beggining I told that I apply if for sure I can start in July. Now I feel awful, declining a dream job with awsome salary, but there is no way I can start in June, because I have exams and the big final examination to graduate. I am very disappointed, I feel they misled me.
Leadership Development Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Citi in January 2009.
Interview Details – It was well coordinated by the recruiter. Set up meetings. Took time. Subsequently I've seen others that were conducted by other recruiters that were not well managed.
Negotiation Details – Requested % above current salary and we reached an agreement
Operations Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Citi in August 2013.
Interview Details – Four 20-minute one-on-one interviews, followed by a 1 hour group exercise. The one-on-one interviews were very technical, while the group exercise was aimed towards seeing how you work within a team using softer skills.
Interview Question – What is the euro-dollar exchange rate and how does it compare with the euro-dollar exchange rate during the euro crisis?
Explain Dodd-Frank and how it affects Operations.
Explain Quantitative Easing and how it affects Bond prices, yields, and interest rates. Answer Question
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