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UBS Interview Questions & Reviews in Switzerland

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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Neutral Experience

Associate Director/Quantitative Risk Analyst Interview

Associate Director/Quantitative Risk Analyst

Interviewed at UBS

Interview Details – First round technical: Time series, standard statistics / probability theory and option pricing. This include regression, bootstrap, binomial tree etc. Second round: was about the job and the team. This interview was very relaxed. A third interview was with HR, typical HR questions why this job? describe a situation where you were under pressure etc.

Interview Question – What are the main advantages of EGARCH models?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Head of Department Interview

Head of Department
Zürich (Switzerland)

I applied in-person - interviewed at UBS in May 2011.

Interview Details – one interview, as a professional freelancer I sell services, so the negotiation is to sell my basic service at the optimum price and then upsell to include other services. Therefore I will sell PMP project management for $1000 per day, for an extra $500 per day an agile service is available etc

Interview Question – Why should I pay extra for agile, I am hiring you?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – The market rates for the services you wish to purchase over the duration specified is $xxxxx.xx per day, for an extra $xxxx.xx per day you can get Six Sigma added to the service, for an extra $xxxx.xx per day you can get agile added to the service. What option would you like?


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Wealth Management/Intern Interview

Wealth Management/Intern

Interviewed at UBS

Interview Details – First I received a call from the HR regarding the documents I send in. They tested my english skills. All in all it was quite chilled. Then I received an invitation to an interview with the CIO of the WM department.

Interview Question – No big surprises. Asked me the typical stuff like why UBS and why WM. Also asked me some stuff about my CV and my experiences in the banking sector.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Didnt have one


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Wealth Management Intern Interview

Wealth Management Intern
Zürich (Switzerland)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at UBS in February 2012.

Interview Details – 1. I submitted an online application

2. 1 day later, I was invited to an online assessment (IQ test, math questions, etc.)
--- 6 days later: I was invited for two interviews, with HR and line managers

3. HR phone interview (1 week later)

4. Personal interview with two line managers, director and associate director (1 day later)

Interview Question – Why did you apply for exactly this position?   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Data Analyst Interview

Data Analyst
Zürich (Switzerland)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UBS in February 2012.

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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Quantitative Analyst Interview

Quantitative Analyst

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at UBS in February 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.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Cash Management Consultant Interview

Cash Management Consultant
Zürich (Switzerland)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at UBS in August 2012.

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


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Reporting Expert Interview

Reporting Expert

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


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

GTP Interview

GTP
Zürich (Switzerland)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at UBS in November 2009.

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


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Assistant Client Advisor Interview

Assistant Client Advisor
Zürich (Switzerland)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at UBS in June 2008.

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.

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