I have a first round SONRU video interview with UBS for a 2018 IBD summer analyst position. I've done the Goldman and JP video interviews so I'm somewhat familiar with the setup, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience/insight to offer into UBS' system? Thanks!
UBS Video Interview
The UBS SONRU video interview consists of approximately 8 questions. Candidates receive 45 seconds to prepare (adjust the camera, light etc) at the beginning and then 2 minutes to record each question with three minutes to answer why you want to work at UBS. There is not time to prepare between the quetsions once the interview starts.
SONRU Video Interview Questions
Interview consists of standard behavioral questions
@treeman noted that the interview was:
Seven questions, four of which were behavioral (favorite leadership experience etc.), two light technicals (walk me through a DCF etc.), and then two minutes at the end to say whatever you want.
@InvestmentBankHopeful interviewed for the technology division and received these questions:
- Why UBS? What differentiates UBS? What interested you? (3 minutes)
- How do you keep up with current industry?
- What's the role of IT in a global bank?
- Tell me about a time when you had to explain complicated things to someone with little knowledge
- Tell me about a time when you worked towards an important deadline
- Tell me about a time when you worked with little guidance
- What are the challenges of the IT department?
- Any further comments
How to answer "Why this..." Questions
Why do you want to do finance or investment banking? Why this firm? Why are you a good fit? Research the firm beforehand - what their "About Page" focuses on, what values and principles they abide by. Tailor these answers for each firm or industry and practice them.
Example Why UBS? Answer
I first became interested in UBS when attending an informational session at XYZ school. There I spoke with an alumni about the Wealth Management Group and the Graduate Talent Rotational Program (GTP). After expressing an interest in the rotational nature of the GTP, she put me in touch with a few other alumni in the group who, after connecting, invited me to visit the NYC office. Overall, I really connected with the collegial nature of the firm and UBS' focus on the client which has led me want to really want to work/intern with the firm.
How to answer: "Tell me about a time..." Questions
These are the questions they ask when they want to know about your leadership, or dealing with a difficult client, or persuading someone, etc. Here the trick is to answer the right question. For every question, map out the story using the SOAR framework. Describe the Situation (10-15 seconds), Obstacle (10-15s), Action (60-75s), and Result (15-30s). Stories for these questions should be 1.5-2 minutes long and focus only on what's important.
As digitial interviews increase in popularity - review guides to the J.P. Morgan, Barclays, BlackRock video interviews.
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