Royal Bank of Scotland Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 9, 2014
Updated Aug 9, 2014
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  1.  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed for vacancy in Amsterdam office. Team has people in UK as well. Selected for the interview through a B-school in Netherlands (through resume book). There was only one face to face interview with two analysts from the team.

    Interview Questions
    • A question on mathematics was asked initially, to explain the loss distribution for defaults if portfolio has multiple counterparties. Later on questions based on modifications to this distribution were asked, i.e., what happens at the tail when correlations increase..etc. I was expecting questions on modelling expected exposure, etc in terms of market risk. But the question topics were random for other candidates as well (some were asked CIR model). They basically test the most basic mathematical knowledge and how we apply it.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    (M&IB) Operations Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    First round: HR telephone interview, basically has two parts. The first 30 minutes is competency and fit, and if you do well enough you will proceed to the next 30 minutes, which is mostly work ethic and personality.
    Was notified within 48 hours that I had passed the first round, although the next round was not guaranteed.
    Waited around half a month to be invited to the assessment centre.
    Second round: asessment centre with four components
    1. A 1 hour one-on-one interview, exactly the same as telephone interview except face to face with an Operations member
    2. Group Interview: each people gets a different case, and you have to work in a team to prioritize them.
    3. Written Exercise: make a recommendation according to the group exercise
    4. One-on-one role play: based on the group interview, you need to advance your case to the person the interviewer is pretending to be.

    Interview Questions
    • Role play interview includes questions where the interviewer can be quite hostile and unwilling to change.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New Delhi (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Delhi (India)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took a day - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview was quite technical in nature. Everything related to banking and finance were asked by the interviewer. Also, there were certain misleading information was provided relating to the growth and salary increment in interview as well as orientation + Induction. HR people are themselves not clear about the policies they will beat around the bush but will not answer your query.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chennai (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chennai (India)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was a detail process, couple of rounds of Technical screening, followed by competency based written tests, then again a couple of rounds of Technical screening (this time face to face), then again Management rounds and finally a HR interview (salary expectation). It was a tough process but structured.

    Interview Questions
    • Usually all the questions are competency based and it was scenario based, questions are pretty much available or taken from many internet sites but with a decent preparation one can crack it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I had to negotiate twice to come closer to my expectation, you need to press foot and negotiate :)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Technology (M&IB) Graduate Programmer 2014 Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    Fill out application online, attach a CV and covering letter, and complete a personality test. Different graduate programmes might have different reasoning tests. For Technology (M&IB) it was a logical reasoning test (has to be one of the most difficult tests I've ever seen, I think it was adaptive, questions got more difficult). Followed by a phone interview, which lasted about 30 mins, these are carried out by an external company. There were 3 questions and each had a few follow-up questions with it. 1. Why have you applied at RBS? (Follow up questions included 'do you think RBS are facing any challenges at the moment?') 2. Describe a time when you helped someone else achieve a goal. 3. Asked to rate self on a scale from 1-10 on doing the right thing. Which led to "describe a time when you were asked to do something you felt was wrong? Why did you feel that it was wrong? What actions did you take?"

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you helped someone else achieve a goal. (Requested not to use an example from university)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New Delhi (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Delhi (India)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process starts with a HR round followed by an aptitude test which consists English, numerical ability and typing test followed by technical round wherein you may be asked about your interests in banking, general banking terms and concepts

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation allowed
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Software Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Gurgat (India)
    Anonymous Employee in Gurgat (India)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Written test by e-litmus. It is only aptitude and logical and verbal reasoning ie. No technical questions. After written, selected candidates were called to Gurgaon office for interview process (all selected candidates from all over India). Interview was day long process where GD, presentation round and personal interview was conducted.

    Interview Questions
    • How to check if a Binary tree is a BST?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Senior Risk Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    1 Interview Face to Face and 1 phone interview - Internal Transfer.
    Good experience, nothing negative noticed, Incompetenent Line manager. I dont have more words to add.
    Good experience , easy interviews

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Didnt negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    went through a recruiter. the process was very quick. Once I had the interview, the offer followed within 2 weeks. The bank is in need of a lot of contractors as no additional permanent staff can be hired due to head count limitations. they do offer contractors internal opportunities as well, so it worth sticking with.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chennai (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chennai (India)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    Interview process will have a general discussion(GD), and a simple analytical written which also contains, typing test and general english. after that a common HR round. for experienced, the corresponding team manager and team leader will take the interview to check on your skills

    Interview Questions
    • comfortable with any shift time? and how long will you stay here if you are hired?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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