Royal Bank of Scotland Interview Questions

Updated Aug 30, 2014
Updated Aug 30, 2014
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    Spring Week Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    They are all Standard questions. Two interviews given by HR followed by someone sounding more professional. HR straight face while the other one looked chilled but the questions seemed to have some underlying purposes

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Graduate Trainee Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    After completing online application through RBS, I had to do 3 separate tests online. First one was logical reasoning, second was quantitative and third was business scenario questions. Never had to do the third one before with other applications. It was mainly questions like what would you do if you had an argument with another co-worker. After passing the tests, they will invite you to arrange a time for phone interview. It was someone on the other end reading questions off a list and typing out your responses. The interview was awkward and they don't ask you more than 4-5 questions. There's no follow up and they expect you to talk for 30-45 minutes.

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    • Questions were very standard. Mostly competency based, nothing to catch you out. I think the most important thing they look for is if you understand the details their grad program offers.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Developer Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    One stage process.
    Questions on Core Java and SQL. Written Java and SQL test. normal level nothing difficult.
    Then detailed questions on last project. In my case it was a product development, so questions like what is different in the product compared to other known products being used in the industry. questions about how it works.

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    • Why develop another open source product when there is already a good one available.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Spring Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, then had to take many online tests including a situational judgement, maths and logical test. Invited to a long telephone interview (45mins-1hour) containing questions relating to my interests in the company itself, the challenges it faced and then general situational questions. Called to confirm the placement within a week.

    Interview Questions
    • What challenges are RBS facing in the present and in the future?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviews are competency based as well as technical. Competency questions are generally situational, such as "Describe a situation where you encountered conflict in the workplace - what did you do to overcome?" Answers expected in the standard format Situation/Problem Encountered/Actions Taken.
    I was moving from contract to a permanent role but still had to undergo this formal competency process.

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    • Also had to prepare a 15 min technical presentation on any topic of my choosing followed by Q&A.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was a contractor moving to permanent so was able to negotiate my desired salary ahead of starting.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Risk Management Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Online application, online tests, phone interview, assessment centre. For the maths make sure you practise the correct tests (not SHL) and for the assessment centre follow their instructions carefully. They don't try and catch you out, but they do expect you to read in detail the packs they give you and understand basic financial statements.

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    • Most difficult part was the presentation to a colleague, in which you had to stand your ground in a role play exercise with senior management   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Your selection depend upon your feedback from your previous manager and peers. If your feedback is good then even if your interview is not that good , you might get selected. However you should know atleast the basics of your area.

    Interview Questions
    • It was a technical question from my previous profile , which was relevant to the position i was applying   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    HR will try to negotiate hard, however if you know someone from inside it would be help you understand how much you should ask. However if you ask as per the market standards it will be ok
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Private Banking Officer Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Interview Details

    The interview was essentially split in to two parts. First off competancy based questions,followed by more job and bank specific questions. The whole process on average lasts 45-60 minutes depending on how detailed you are with your responses.

    Interview Questions
    • "Name a time you had to deal with a difficult colleague and how did you overcome the situation!   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Little to no negotiation, unless there are staff shortages or you have a very strong CV you get what you're offered. At most you may be able to haggle and extra £500 on your annual salary
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    It took about a month to wrap up the complete process. The normal of rounds are not fixed. I went through 4,some went through 3 or less.

    The questions were related to project management and people management. in most of the rounds as it was expected.

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    Reasons for Declining

    The salary was not meeting my expectation.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    FInance Trader Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day - interviewed at Royal Bank of Scotland in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    4 interviews consisting of competency based questions. Name a time you dealt with a difficult person. Solved a problem.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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