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UBS Sales and Trading Interview Questions

Updated Jan 30, 2015
Updated Jan 30, 2015
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    Sales and Trading Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at UBS.

    Interview Details

    Applied through online and had a phone interview before being invited to AC. Had to take one numercial test (paper, 20 questions in 20 min). Also had a case study (30 minutes to prepare). Had just one interview all the questions were behavioral.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the questions were behavioral so guess the most difficult question was what are the recent trends in the market?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Sales & Trading Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at UBS in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter and traders came to campus first for an info session. Invited a select few to dinner that night. Then came to campus a few weeks later and selected students to have informational interviews (which were sort of first round interviews). They selected a few from that pool to ask to dinner that night. Then a month later in January they did a phone interview and three on campus interviews and gave an offer that night.

    Interview Questions
    • In response to my stock pitch asked which large institutional investors held the stock.
      Square root of 3?
      What will happen when interest rates increase?
      I have a cake, I want eight equal sized pieces and you can only slice three times, how do you slice?
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    3 Week decision period no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Sales & Trading Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at UBS.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with MD (few questions on markets and some brainteasers) followed by super day (five interviews and a desk shadow). Overall, the process took about two and a half weeks. Not too bad at all.

    Interview Questions
    • Some tough brainteasers and stat questions, wasn't grilled on markets   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales and Trading Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    focus more on market than other firms
    everyone at the firm is focused because of the recent downsizing/ However, they are a good group of people trying to do the most they can.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Sales and Trading Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at UBS in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    I had three phone interviews in four days. The phone interviews mostly consisted of fit questions and explaining my interest in finance. I did get some market based questions to make sure I read the news (did you see bank earnings reports, Ford or GM, BOA or Citi, etc.). Got one question on probability.

    Interview Questions
    • Which would you choose to invest in...Ford or GM?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Sales and Trading Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at UBS in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    1. apply online 2. Invited to a reception dinner 3. Invited to interview

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Sales and Trading Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at UBS in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    Was asked about my interest in finance and the standard "walk me through your resume"
    Then asked about my view on the markets. Several interruptions led to tangent questions about my specific view. One of them was " given your market view where would you invest 1 million dollars now and how would you do it" What are the benefits of implementing the strategy that way versus another way?
    Then I was asked some technical questions about skills and knowledge that I listed on my resume. If you say you know econometrics, they might ask you what is R squared, what are its shortcomings, how might you overcome the shortcomings? Finally I was asked a brainteaser that came directly, word for work, from wall street interview prep books. If you read those books you can answer the questions correctly. Was never contacted again.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Sales & Trading Analyst Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at UBS in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed for a Sales & Trading Summer Internship via phone. Got the interview through connections and recommendations, claimed no experience or knowledge outside of coursework - putting me slightly ahead of the history majors and physics majors that they recruit. Took place with the head of recruiting, who formerly only interviewed MBAs in the final rounds. It showed. He asked for justification why I wasn't going for a sell-side internship, in-depth macro (personal opinions), stock picks, options & trading strategies, and valuation formulas. Everything went pretty well, with sputters because I was advised that it would be a strictly behavioral interview, except for the stock picks - I'm a poor college student with no money in the market and 18 credits on my schedule, be real.

    Interview Questions
    • What are some equities - by industry, mutual funds, and ETFs that you would buy right now?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Sales and Trading Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at UBS in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    I did an on campus interview for the first round, and headed to the final round in Stamford, CT, as that's where the main trading floor is. The interview experience was pretty mixed- some of the interviewers were very friendly and gave a lot of advice, while others just looked really tired. A lot of brain teasers and math questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you think you were selected for the final round of interviews?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Sales and Trading Placement Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Initially filled in online application which was followed by a phone interview - mainly competencies based(with HR) and one question "How would you invest 1 mln GBP"
    Then followed by Assessment Centre where we had a case study, a presentation and two rounds of interviews plus numerical test. Both interviews were commercial awarenesss even though the fist was supposed to be competencies I was only asked one competency. Was also asked a brain teaser which was a basic maths question.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

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