I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UBS in October 2013.
Interview Details –
The first interview was in Zurich Altstetten. The HR lady was very nice and explained me everthing in detail. UBS in Zurich has very good social benefits (2. Säule).
The second interview was with the business responsibles. I was sent an email prior to the meeting and had to prepare a presentation about some portfolio.
After my presentation there were the usual questions. Everyone was very nice and open. I felt comfortable during the whole interview.
The job would have included prepping various data (for sales and internal statistics and reports) with SAS.
Interview Question – One question was: Why do you think your current employer would miss you and what did you contribute in your current job that has not been there before. View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at UBS in October 2013.
Interview Details – They Focus a lot on problem solving skills. Think out loud, they want to see how you go about a matter, not if you know the answer. Be honest. UBS employees, management included, tend to be quite normal and approachable people.
Interview Question – Why should you want to come work at UBS given all the bad press? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate enough. Getting promoted is tougher these days, so push hard to get hired at a good rank. Speak to the line managers, HR is rather inflexible.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at UBS in August 2013.
Interview Details – I've had 2 interviews. One 2 H and one 2 1/2 H. This is very long. During this interviews I've discussed with many new collegues and I got a very good Impression of the new team. During the interviews I had some different situations to manage (assessments) and got an Impression what will com with the new Job.
Interview Question – The discussion about salery and Bonus was very strange because this discussion happend in a discussion Team with 5 different peaople - not only witj HR and Management. Answer Question
Interviewed at UBS
Interview Details – It was a nice interview without any unexpected questions or challenges. Questions asked were matter and work related and can be answered easily if you are prepared as you should be when entering a job interview. There was only one interview with the direct line management and after some days I got their offer.
Interview Question – none Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at UBS in December 2012.
Interview Details –
1. Analytical test (math + logics) for GTP positions, you've got to get at leats 50% right. Look out for time. It will be very difficult to complete the entire test, so, be fast and pay lots of attention not to make any mistakes
2. Business interview: very similar to case interviews. You actually get an 8 page case. You've got limited time to prepare it and then present your case. Case arevery numerical and might involve basic concepts of finance (buy, hold or sell equity of company XYZ)
Interview Question – When you finish presenting each business case they'll ask you, "how do you think you went on this case". The right answer should be something like: well, I read it through the entire case ans them listed the most imporatnt points/issues. The next step was working through this issues to understand them and be able to work on them. For each of these main issues, I've thought about possible and viable solutions. After this, I concentrated on preparing the presentation in a way that I would communicate in a way that the public would understand. So, based on this aspects I think I covered the main aspects. Of course, there might be specific aspects that I could have oversaw or missed, but I don't feel that this happened". Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at UBS in September 2012.
Interview Details – I met the country team head through a friend, we had coffee, he liked me and sent me straight to HR for a maths test. I passed and got hired, we negotiated over salary and rank.
Interview Question – It was not the typical interview. I demonstrated previous financial knowledge and the ability to multi task, and show respect to clients. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Difficult! They made no room for manoeuvre on the rank, everyone starts at the bottom if no previous experience, then expect you to pass between 6 and 8 internal exams before promotion is even considered. Salary was more flexible and I got towards the higher end of my rank of 'non-officer'. This Phase was all conducted via email through the HR recruiting dept, who seemed incompetent at the time.
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at UBS in August 2012.
Interview Details –
- First interview with direct manager and HR
- Questions were general on background and motivation to join
Interview Question – None Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation was open and flexible, but I didn't get what I wanted
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at UBS in August 2012.
Interview Details – Took about 4 weeks. First rounf with HR, second round on the phone with hiring manager, 3rd round with 8 people at the offices. Last round was with the whole team, plus HR.
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at UBS in July 2012.
Interview Details – Applied through the website and was contacted for two phone interview, one with the line manager and one with HR.
Interview Question – What did you learn from your previous position? Answer Question
The process took 2 days - interviewed at UBS in January 2011.
Interview Details –
First step with UBS was the online test, which consists of a Numerical Reasoning and a Logical Reasoning (Diagramatical, the one you have to select the right picture) all from SHL. If you are successful, your application is sent to the department head of your choice, in my case Foreign Exchange / Money Market. If they are interested, they will give positive feedback to HR which in turn will arrange an interview date and time with you (of course you'll be contacted this time by a trainee or something).
First interview lasts for 30 minutes and is with HR. They'll ask you questions about you, why you've chosen this programme, why you want to work in Switzerland and so on. German is a plus for positions in Switzerland, so if you stated on your CV that you speak German, the HR will ask you a couple of questions in German.
The second interview lasts 1 hour and a half and is with the department head and maybe with its superior, but anyone one is the head of the other. After a very very long description of their role, which you will not undestand as you'll be nervous and would need some time to get acquainted instead (as opposite to Credit Suisse, where the first questions were to make me comfortable), they'll ask you questions about your experience but also questions related more to the Finance market, although you applied for an IT role. My questions were:
- Tell me a problem that arises with payments, on an IT perspective
- What is an option (I didn't know what it was)
- What does Investment Banking do (I definitely missed this one as I said only issuance of securities while the name itself of the department I was applying for was one of the other products the IB was issueing)
I would say the interview was hard not just because of the focus on Finance although it was an IT role, but also because the interviewers kinda seemed like behaving like "We're UBS and we're the best" and in their questions the general tole was "OK let's see if you're capable of answering this one..." rather than showing interest in your answers. The good thing is that it's the only company, as far as I've seen, which really treats well rejected candidates: they call you personally also to give you a negative feedback, supposedly you can also ask questions to the HR which I did not make as I was expecting this outcome and I kinda knew what was wrong.
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