Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at UBS in January 2013.
Interview Details – I went through several face to face interviews. The second required a "public" presentation to several UBS employees. This was intended to simulate a public seminar, questions from the attendees made this a challenging event. The final hurdle was a test. It consisted of lots of math and problem questions. Very challenging and a tight time constraint.
Interview Question – The interviews and presentation were pretty standard stuff, but the test was a monster. I'm not sure I was intended to finish. I started estimating when I realized of the time crunch and still left one question unanswered. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Trainee position didn't allow much room, but I managed to get a five grand bump to the base.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UBS in October 2010.
Interview Details – I first spoke with a recruiter on the phone and after that went well I met with one of the VP's. The second interview went well, very informal.
Interview Question – What kind of projects have you worked on in the past? Answer Question
The process took 2 days - interviewed at UBS in January 2010.
Interview Details – Interview process was fairly direct. Initially there was a one on one interview that mainly reviewed the compensation structure and what was to be expected from a sales goal perspective. The second interview took place over the phone with an HR director and confirmed my background and legal check.
Interview Question – How do you plan on building a business within our company and why do you believe you will be successful at it? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at UBS in November 2009.
Interview Details – I really thought the interview couldn't have gone better until the interviewer asked at the very end, "what do your parents do for a living?" It just really threw me off and I started to get sidetracked, trying to figure out what implications the answer to my question might bring. Seeing as my family has a pretty humble background, I think it may have cost me the position.
Interview Question – What do your parents do for a living? Answer Question
The process took 2 days - interviewed at UBS in October 2009.
Interview Details – The entire process was very organized and formal. I arrived at the hotel in the early evening and went straight to a formal dinner, where I was joined by 20 or so other candidates. The next morning was the start of an all day interviewing process. Each person was given a schedule which detailed exactly which interviewers they would be meeting with throughout the day. The questions were more about personality type and why you felt you would succeed in this industry. Overall was a good experience.
Interview Question – How do you respond to multiple tasks? Give an example. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at UBS in August 2009.
Interview Details –
It begins with the submission of your application, I went through an employee referral so I don't know if this is done online, although I'm sure it is. The next step is you do a phone interview with a recruiter, they ask you basic questions, I had some industry experience already so my questions was mostly based on my knowledge of the industry. Once you pass that process you take two test at a UBS location. They are web based, and timed, one test is problem solving based, the other is more mathematical. The purpose is to determine if you have the capacity to pass the series 7. Once you pass the test you do another phone interview (same recruiter as before), behavior based questions, then they do a background check, drug test.
If you pass all that then they fly you and the other recruits to the market area HQ for two days of interviews. After that you find out if your in the program or not.
Interview Question – Explain why you want to be in the financial services industry and what you think it means to be a financial adviser. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation took place, they recognized that I had some prior experience and some licenses. That put me a few steps a head. Plus, the package was fair. I liked to see they were willing to invest money in their new hires. Shows they want you to succeed and ultimately make it back for then.
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