I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Citi in April 2010.
Interview Details – Joined as consultant detail interview includes technical questions and screening on knowledge
Interview Question – Smart pointers reference counting Answer Question
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Citi in June 2009.
Interview Details – Competency based skills interview. Had 6 rounds of interview starting with HR and moving to the Hiring Manager. The process while slow was very through and methodical. Focused on business situations you would have dealt with in the past and how you overcame challenges. Hr focused on cultural fit into Citi and organizational model. Professional attitude of interviewers - seemed to be genuinely interested in finding about my skills and relevant experience to the role
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you had to convince the Senior Management of the Company about their strategy being incorrect Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Compensation
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Citi in June 2010.
Interview Details – One of my friends referred my name to the hiring manager. However, the whole process has to go through HR. The initial interview was a phone screen, which was quite easy. Questions about my current job, my career path, why Citigroup, etc.
After that it took them about 10 days to get back to me for the second round of interviews on site. The technical interview was somewhat deep (C++/Java) and I met with 5 different people (roughly 30 to 40 min each). A week later, I went for drug testing. About 10 days after that, I got the offer.
Negotiation Details – Not much room for negotiation - I was able to get a 5% bump on the base salary
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Citi in November 2008.
Interview Details – I was interviewed for the quant position. People are knowledgeable and nice.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Citi in January 2012.
Interview Details – Started with a phone interview with HR, mostly standard personality question.
This followed up with another phone interview with the Hiring manager then 2 face to face interviews with other managers in the company. Most of the interviews were personality and culture related with some technical questions mixed in.
The whole process was quick and efficient. They made me an offer 1 week after the final interview which I gladly accepted. Super happy to work for Citi!
Negotiation Details – They offered me more than I asked, so no negotioations.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Citi in November 2010.
Interview Details – As with any Investment bank interviewing is a lengthy process here and you need to make sure you get a favourable feedback from all your interviewers to get the offer. Depenfing on the level of your sought position you may be interviewed by the Head of Depertment to a few juniors to make sure you "fit well" with the team. So please bring out your personality as much as your professionalism.
Interview Question – What do you want to be doing in next 5-10 years, View Answer
Negotiation Details – In my case being humble worked very much in my favour, I got a nice increase to my previous salary, without asking that much.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Citi in June 2013.
Interview Details – Vice President level position in New York. Had a phone screen with HR. Went to office for first round and met with two people. Came back and met with group leader for final round. About two weeks later they called and gave an offer.
BUT, they RENEG'ed on the offer. When they gave me the offer on Tuesday they told me needed a decision within 24 hours. When I called later that Tuesday to ask if it would be possible to have a little more time to decide, they said "I think we should part ways, you don't sound interested enough" and the pulled the offer.
This story isn't exaggerated at all. Never have I experienced something so unprofessional.
Interview Question – They were all pretty straight forward. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – They withdrew the offer when I asked if it was possible to have a little more time to decide on it. I was visiting my family the next day and wanted to talk to them about it before making my decision.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Citi in January 2009.
Interview Details – interview process was as usual
Interview Question – techinical prodcut queestions were asked Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Citi in March 2010.
Interview Details – I had an HR phone screen interview, then was invited to come in and do a 1:1 interview with three members of the leadership team. After which, I had two phone interviews with prospective peers and a hiring manager. Lastly, I met with the head of the US business. These were all good interviews with good feedback at all stages direct from the HR person who was coordinating the interview efforts. I had a total of 5 interviews. As I am finding, HR processes for large companies are quite fractured. In this case, it took 4 weeks after those interviews to hear anything back from the company. The seniormost HR person basically took the stance of "It's not you, it's us" to explain why they decided to do nothing with the open requisition for the job I was posting for. They never once stated my credentials or fit were in question, just that their internal structure was broken and execs were not in the same place at the same time to make a decision. My advise to those interviewing at senior levels with large banks like citi is, be prepared for the process to take longer than expected. I was consistent in my communication to managers within the business, but still felt a strong boundary between HR and the hiring manager about next steps. Neither was talking much to each other. I am wiser for the experience, but a waste of my time nonetheless.
Interview Question – What makes you tick? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Citi in October 2013.
Interview Details – I was interviewing for several positions with two different managers at the same time. I decided to choose one specific position and focus on interviewing for that only. I ended up having three telephone interviews, one with an HR representative, one with the hiring manager, and one with his manager. There was no in-person interview.
The managers seem very capable and technically knowledgeable, and they know what qualities they are looking for in their employees. As long as you are open and honest when answering the questions, the process is very smooth.
If an offer is extended, you will be expected to complete a drug screen, background check (employment, education, and criminal history), and fingerprinting.
Interview Question – There were really no difficult or unexpected questions. The one that always throws me off is "where do you see yourself 5 years from now?" I still can't figure out a good answer for that one. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was up-front with my requirements, and no negotiation was necessary.
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