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Operations Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in March 2014.
Interview Details – Second Round Assessment Centre
There were three tasks
1. One to one interview
2. Group exercise
3. Presentation to one interviewer evaluating the group exercise.
1. One to one interview
Based on the reviews I had found online I was expecting the first interview to be why JP Morgan, why operations, why investment banking. Instead it was very similar to the first round interview. All the questions were competency based with things such as give an example of when you introduced a new idea/overcame barriers to change/ prioritised lots of different tasks/worked with a difficult member in a team etc. The interviewer was lovely, it was very relaxed and informal and lasted 45 minutes. There were no unexpected or difficult questions just make sure you learn your competencies.
2. Group exercise.
Assessment centre groups can range from 4-8 candidates. To start off we were sat around a boardroom table and each given a booklet of information, rough paper and a calculator. The purpose of the exercise was explained, basically you are a strategy team evaluating three operating systems which need updating and deciding which two out of the three should take priority.
The first part of the exercise is 30 minutes of silent working time to read through the information. My advice would be to read quickly and make sure you get through to the end of the booklet. Make full use of the highlighters and feel free to rip the booklet apart to put it in a logical order, or keep relevant bits together. Also use the calculator to work out the cost of updating each system. Its basic maths, just a case of picking out the right information.
The one thing I cannot emphasise enough is that each person’s booklet is different and contains unique information that other candidates don't have in their booklet. The idea of this is that every person needs to contribute to the discussion as you all have something unique to share. Sharing all your unique information is one of the key points that you get assesed on so make sure you do this.
After the initial 30 minutes of silent reading are up, the assessors come into the room and the mock strategy meeting effectively begins. It is a very bizarre and forced situation to be in and you will find yourself and the other candidates behaving very oddly! There really isn't much you can do to prepare for this. Our group was a bit of a nightmare. The best advice is that the task the group has been set is very clear and you must achieve this by writing out your proposals on the piece of paper given. My group ran out of time as the person time keeping failed to do so! Furthermore the person scribing was overpowering and did not let everyone speak.
After the group exercise I was really downheartened and thought there was no way I could possibly be succsesful after the poor performance in the group exercise. The presentation is basically an opportunity to redeem yourself and be open and honest about where you think the group went wrong and the part you played. The presentation is only to one interviewer and you can sit down so its much more like a discussion than an intimidating boardroom presentation.
You are giving 20 minutes to prepare your presentation on how the mock strategy meeting went. You are given a prompt presentation structure sheet which is really useful and I just followed the layout of that to the letter.
Be really honest with the interview and show that you are aware of your own personal development needs. So for me, I mentioned that there were times when I should have been more assertive especially when I could see we were running out of time. I also said that I regretted that I hadn't made more of a conscious effort to include quieter members of the group. You will be asked to comment on the performance of your teammates too which can be uncomfortable, however they behaved, do not bad mouth them at all but be honest about where you think they could have improved.
My overall experience was really positive. All the interviewers were friendly and approachable and the whole process was welcoming and not at all intimidating.
Negotiation Details – Graduate scheme, no negotiation.
Technical Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in January 2014.
Interview Details – Two rounds of assessment centre after the initial application screening process. No online tests and no telephonic interviews. The first round involved two sessions of general competency and general technical interviews. Questions like what is in your opinion is the current innovative technology? why JP? why this role?
The second round was a full assessment day with 5 rounds of interviews. The first two were technical. They involved coding algorithm and explaining the answers to the interviewer. The third was a situational competency . Fourth was a group exercise on cloud compuing vs virtualisation and the fifth was assessing the performance of oneself and the group members in the group exercise.
Interview Question – Situational competency questions like describe a situation where you had to work with something you had no previous experience with? Answer Question
Technology Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in January 2014.
Interview Details – After filling in the online application I heard back after a month and a half for the first round interviews consisting of technical and competency interviews each of 45 minutes. The competency based interview was about the reasons for applying to JP Morgan and knowing about the leadership and team work skills. The technical interview comprised of the projects I had undertaken in my professional studies and the details I had mentioned in my CV.
Interview Question – How will you test a mobile? Answer Question
Operations (Graduate) Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in December 2013.
Interview Details – On 10th December, I had a first-round interview at JP Morgan (Bournemouth). Actually, it was 2 30min-long interviews. People were really nice and friendly. Most of the questions were typical (why JP Morgan, Why Operations, what are typical responsibilities/duties in Operations, where do you see yourself in 10 years, leadership and team-work examples).. However, you should focus on situation-based questions (i.e. what would you do if...). Other questions:
- Why Bournemouth;
- describe a problem you faced and how did you dealt with it;
- how do you work with people who share different working style?
- tell me of a time you were working in a team with a difficult person..
Interview Question – can you talk about a time you have helped someone to achieve something. Answer Question
Operations Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in November 2013.
Interview Details – After online application and testing, I got invited for an interview in their Bournemouth office but sadly I did not make it to the final assessment centre stage. No feedback given though I thought my overall performance was good. Some questions are more advantageous to those who did summer interns in this firm. Make sure you can quote original words from CEO Jamie should you mention him and also be able to talk about specific businesses should you mention that.
Interview Question – Very standard competency questions plus scenario based questions which are a bit more difficult to answer. There's a bit of financial terms and jargons in some questions and people who did summer interns in this firm may find it easier to answer them. I left out those terms in below questions for easier understanding:
1. When you're required to draw a financial ratio from a complicated dataset but you identified certain flaws in it, what would you do about it?
2. When you need to work with IT and client service department to implement a software project, what's your approach? View Answer
Operations Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in January 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through an agency called SEO. They added my details to their pool of candidates and JP requested I apply online. I answered their questions online and took their test. Passed and was called to for a 1-1interview. Got there on the day and had 2 interviews. Both had a mixture of competency based questions and situational questions.
Interview Question – Give me an instance when you had to deal with large volumes of data. How did you go about it, what were difficulties and what was the result. Answer Question
Assistant Vice-President Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in April 2011.
Interview Details – 3 rounds of interview, one with manager, one with SME and manager and one with HR
Interview Question – You must know how bank makes money, and your job inside out... Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was pushed down on salary. HR team was very aggressive and kept me pushing to accept a lower salary rate my misleading me to believe that they have an amazing healthcare package (gimmicks)
Programmer Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in December 2011.
Interview Details – Logic reasoning and numerical tests first, then the first round interview. You ***MUST*** bring the email they sent you in the online application system (not even in your email). The security guard don't care about applicant if you don't know the name of your contact. And this is just ridiculous, i've got interview in other tech and consulting giants and none of then asked me for the bloody letter. The interview started late for half an hour. Technology interview was easy and very general, the guy was easy going, 15yrs+ exp. in JPM. The competence interview was humiliating, being assumed to be a liar in the very first question... The lady was absolutely offensive and in no way that I can work with her, if she is going to be my supervisor. In general, the interview was badly organised, and the process was different from the description stated online. All the applicants were confused on the day
Software Developer Summer Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at J.P. Morgan in June 2009.
Interview Details – First was an online test, pretty standard (I think SHL). Then they called me for an on-site assessment centre. Very polite and agreeable people. First step was to prepare a presentation in 20 minutes about a provided case study. Second was a group exercise where 5-6 employees/interviewers took notes while the candidates interacted and discussed. Next came two one on one interviews, mostly personality, background and motivation type questions like:
- mention a time where you had to act like a leader
-why jp morgan
- mention a mistake you made and how you coped with it
- three of your strengths