Online Application

For this initial stage you are required to submit basic personal details and previous grades etc. Only a CV is required. There are basic motivational questions as well.

Example task

‍Expect something along the lines of 'Tell us something interesting about yourself?'

How to respond for success

‍I ensured that I showed a clear interest in Investment Banking - as that is the division that I aim to work within. I also ensured that my CV was quantitative as well as qualitative - numbers are KEY. The format of my CV is certainly something that stands out - it is clear and easy to read, it is also consistent throughout.

As firms like UBS receive so many applications, a lot of the time initial applications go through automated screening where bots either accept / reject a CV based on basic criteria the firm is looking for. Therefore, I went through online CV checkers to see if my CV got rejected automatically and what online bots would rate my CV.

Expect a few hours wait before progressing to the next stage.

Online Tests

There were two tests - numerical and logical reasoning. They were both timed (around 30 minutes each). To prepare, I practiced numerous tests from various websites online so that I was ready.

Example task

‍Expect basic numerical and graph calculations, along with time management, shape and patterns questions.

How to respond for success

‍I worked fast as well as trying to being accurate - you also will receive a feedback report after the test. I'd definitely say practice a lot before you do the tests and ensure that you have a good internet connection and a quiet place to think.

Expect a few hours wait before progressing to the next stage.

Video Interview

This took me around 15 minutes to complete. I went through basic questions and practiced them, for example, why UBS? I also researched UBS and their core values thoroughly beforehand so that I knew what to talk about and what business areas interested me. I wore a suit to the interview, not only to look professional, but to feel it too. ​

Example task

‍Expect questions along the lines of Why UBS? Please talk about a current story in the news that interests you? There was also an optional question at the end to add any more information if you wanted to.​

How to respond for success

‍I researched the firm thoroughly, I knew what I was talking about and what interested me so I went into deeper detail in regards to those things. Advice I'd give is to research a lot and not to write down and try to remember things - find parts that genuinely interest you as that will enable your interview to flow well. Also, maintain eye contact with the camera and if you stutter or hesitate - don't worry - everyone does and I did too. Just carry on and don't give up!​

Expect a 2-3 month wait before being offered a position.
Full process available
You'll get a detailed description of the final stages of this application
Full process available
You'll get first hand advice about habits for success and work culture.

Online Tests

There were two tests - numerical and logical reasoning. They were both timed (around 30 minutes each). To prepare, I practiced numerous tests from various websites online so that I was ready.

Example task

‍Expect basic numerical and graph calculations, along with time management, shape and patterns questions.

How to respond for success

‍I worked fast as well as trying to being accurate - you also will receive a feedback report after the test. I'd definitely say practice a lot before you do the tests and ensure that you have a good internet connection and a quiet place to think.

Expect a few hours wait before progressing to the next stage.

Video Interview

This took me around 15 minutes to complete. I went through basic questions and practiced them, for example, why UBS? I also researched UBS and their core values thoroughly beforehand so that I knew what to talk about and what business areas interested me. I wore a suit to the interview, not only to look professional, but to feel it too. ​

Example task

‍Expect questions along the lines of Why UBS? Please talk about a current story in the news that interests you? There was also an optional question at the end to add any more information if you wanted to.​

How to respond for success

‍I researched the firm thoroughly, I knew what I was talking about and what interested me so I went into deeper detail in regards to those things. Advice I'd give is to research a lot and not to write down and try to remember things - find parts that genuinely interest you as that will enable your interview to flow well. Also, maintain eye contact with the camera and if you stutter or hesitate - don't worry - everyone does and I did too. Just carry on and don't give up!​

Expect a 2-3 month wait before being offered a position.
Full process available
You'll get a detailed description of the final stages of this application
Full advice available
You'll get first hand advice about habits for success and work culture.
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