I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at KBC in March 2011.
Interview Details – it is a very straight forward interview, not many questions asked.
Interview Question – how did you accomplish so much during your career Answer Question
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 months - interviewed at KBC in October 2010.
Interview Details – Two rounds of interviews and an Assessment Center to check knowledge. There were no actual technical interviews.
The first two rounds verifies if you regular HR interviews with motivational and cultural fit checks.
The Assessment Center (AC) is a whole day thing with multiple tasks to check various skills. It included math, understanding of written text, presentation, etc. The toughest one was an in-tray exercise. Most of the tasks have short deadlines.
It's very positive that they shared the extended result, you can learn a lot from feedback.
Interview Question – Usual HR questions, e.g: Tell me your 3 positive / negative attribute. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Very hard to negotiate, they have a rigid pay-scale structure in place.
I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at KBC.
Interview Details – Most important aspect is the name of the university you graduated.
Keeping a moderate profile, not too showing off.
Speaking dutch will increase chances to receive an offer.
Interview Question – Everything was rather simple. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KBC in June 2009.
Interview Details – Very straightforward and to the point. The whole process took a month
Interview Question – No difficult and unexpected questions. All questions to the point. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online - interviewed at KBC in August 2012.
Interview Details – I applied online for a trainee position to K&H bank in Hungary wich is a subsidiary of KBC.
Standard questions about my studies and future plans and how much hours could I work. Then they talked about what would be my task. Nothing special.
Interview Question – They didn't ask any difficult question, just the standard stuff. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at KBC in March 2011.
Interview Details – As part of the interview process we had to first submit resumés, then take a mathematics test and a verbal test. Then, those of us who did well enough were called to an interview with HR. The interviewer asked the standard questions about why I wanted to work there, what my plans for the future were, and how I thought my degree might be useful. The questions were very broad and I got plenty of time to develop my answers. None of the questions were very hard.
Interview Question – Give a few specific examples on how your degree is going to be an asset working in retail banking. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at KBC in October 2011.
Interview Details – Firstly I was invited to do three cognitive tests at home: An numerical test, a logical test and a verbal test. (Not very difficult.)
After completing the test I received a mail inviting me to call HR to make an appointment for an assessment center. This part was at the groups' headquarters in Brussels.
It consisted of : 1/ Redoing the 3 test partially. 2/ a group exercise: a business case -- lunch-- 3/ 1:1 interview of about 1h.
Of the 5 candidates, 2 were asked to stay and the other 3 got feedback of why they weren't selected.
The 2 successful candidates are invited to go in the last stage of the day, to do a presentation(for commercial functions) or a panel interview. If they pass it successfully they will be invited for a interview with a manager of the desired division, who will have the final call of offering them a contract.
The assessment day was well-organized, reception was very friendly.
Some advice for people going to the assessment center and want to pass it.
-Don't be omnipresent in the group exercise. Give everybody the time to express his/her ideas. (which can be pretty frustrating if the others have no economical/business background and don't understand the working of a company) I got the feedback I was going to fast and needed to give more time to others to think.
-Don't be to ambitious. I have the impression KBC is looking for "grijze muizen". People who do there job well, but not with the ambition of becoming CEO(exaggeration;)).
- Flemish identity. If you think Flanders is the center of your universe go to KBC. I know the KBC group is present in other parts of the world, but the KBC bank (not CBC) has the typical Flemish mentality. If you feel more international, go to another bank (but go to KBC at first to experience an assessment center ;-))
- Stay calm at the 1:1 interview, although the other interviewers were very friendly, mine was not. Trying to see how far she could go. ( probably a test, well executed)
- Have a clear path you want to achieve. Which is pretty difficult for recent grads.
My feeling about my day:
I had a good day and learned how not to survive an assessment center.
I got an honest feedback, got some points I need to ameliorate and learned KBC is not a company I want to work for.
Good luck guys
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How are you going to achieve this?
Why investment banking? View Answer
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at KBC in September 2011.
Interview Details – The total procedure for a standard assessment takes 3 stages. This is for almost any function whether its commercial of operational. They make a selection of the candidates after every round, and always give you feedback, even if you don't make it through a round. If you get to the final round, they let you go home, and let you know afterwards if the final assessment was positive. If it was, you will get an interview with linemanagement of the job you want (on the condition that there is a vacancy in the line of this work). Mostly there is at least one. The problem is when you want something very specific, it is unlikely they will find it for you. They will give you a job offer somewhere in the line of your ambition but as it is not your first choice, you might still have to prove yourselve against other candidates for the same job offer.
Interview Question – What personal achievement are you most proud of? Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at KBC in March 2010.
Interview Details – Not very involved , managers did not seem to know the market very well
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