Prepare for Citi Numerical Test and Assessment Centre

Applying for a job with Citi? Citigroup Inc. recruit across a range of levels with 150 summer internships, 250 Citi graduate scheme places and countless experienced professional positions each year in the UK. Learn about the recruitment process you can expect with Citi, and how to prepare for success in each stage.
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As one of the largest multinational financial service companies in the world, Citigroup Inc. offer a great opportunity to anyone working with them. Competition is high for places, and the assessments are challenging. It is advisable to prepare thoroughly ahead of each stage to give yourself the best chance of success.

There are four stages to the Citi recruitment process.

Citi Graduate Scheme

Citi's graduate programmes usually span two years. You can apply for schemes in the following areas: corporate banking, investment banking, global transaction services, sales and trading, investment research and analysis, capital markets origination, private banking, risk management, operations, technology, infrastructure and development and HR.

Citi Application

Your first step towards getting a Citi job is to complete the Citi online application. This application contains several different components. Your CV provides Citi with all the details they need about your education and work experience to date. Your cover letter provides the detail about you and what has led you to Citi now. Include your narrative about why financial services, why Citi, and why your chosen business area. Illustrate your cover letter with your extra curricular activities, and what they have taught you. Get information on how to construct an eye grabbing CV and cover letter with our CV builder package. The final part of the online application is your answers to a set of online application questions. Answer every question fully, plan your answers, and arrange them with the STAR method to ensure you have covered the best of every example.

Citi Online Psychometric Tests

If they are happy with your application form you will then be asked to sit psychometric tests. For most divisions you will need to take a Citi numerical test (operations, HR and technology divisions require you to take a Citi logical reasoning test instead).

Citi Numerical Test

Citi's numerical reasoning tests are Talent Q tests – you will be presented with data in the form of tables and charts and you will be given a number of multiple choice questions. The Talent Q test is different to some of the other numerical reasoning tests you will have taken in the past as they are adaptive. Each time you get a question right, the next question will be harder until your level has been computed. Hence, taking practice tests is key in the lead up to your test as familiarising yourself with the format of the test, learning how to answer questions will improve your overall score. Prepare for your Citi numerical reasoning test with our Talent Q Elements style practice pack.

Citi Logical Reasoning Test

If you are applying for Operations, Human Resources or Technology, you will also be required to sit a Citi logical reasoning test. In this non verbal reasoning test you are usually presented with a series of shapes forming a pattern and asked which symbol is likely to follow the given pattern. Citi's logical reasoning test has a reputation for being relatively difficult. By taking practice tests you will improve your speed and accuracy in identifying the correct answers. Prepare for this style of test with our logical reasoning practice pack.

Citi Interview

If you successfully pass the Citi online test, you are next invited to up to two Citibank interviews. These are either face-to-face or phone competency based interviews, each lasting around 40 minutes.

The aim of these interviews is to measure how well your skills match up to what Citi are looking for. They are looking for evidence of your interest and motivation in working with Citi. Be prepared with examples that demonstrate your skills, and organise them using the STAR method. You should also read up on the area you are applying to, about Citi and the industry in general. Once you have pulled together all your answers, the final step in your preparation is to rehearse delivering your answers. One of the best ways to recreate interview conditions is through a mock interview. Our Skype based interviews offer those mock interview conditions with feedback designed to help you improve for your interview.

At this point in the recruitment process you may have to sit some psychometric verification tests, which means that you will take samples of the psychometric tests from the previous stage under invigilation so that they know you didn't cheat.

Citi Interview Questions

Some of the questions asked in Citi interviews in the past are listed below. These questions are a guide designed to give you a feel for the type of questions to expect in your interviews.

  • How did the financial crisis happen?
  • We are only looking for the best people. How do you think you stand out among the other candidates?
  • Where do you see Citi in 5 years?
  • Why Citi?
  • State a time when you were asked to do something, and you weren't sure exactly what needed to be done.

Read up on some more common questions and approaches to answering them on our free guide to interviews (pdf).

Citi Assessment Centre

The final stage of your recruitment process is the Citi assessment centre. The structure of Citi's assessment centre varies across division being applied to. In general you will be asked to participate in some/ all of the following activities:

  • Group task - as a group you are given a case study to work through as a team. Examples of case studies include listing three improvements for a company, or planning for a merger between two companies. During the exercise additional information will be added to change the focus of your discussion. Your discussion is assessed by a team of assessors who are looking for evidence of how you work as part of a team, your contributions, and of the time management in the team as a whole. Gain tips on how to approach this assessment with our group exercise pages.
  • Individual case study presentation - in this exercise you are given time to prepare a short presentation to deliver to your interviewer. Examples of this include listing your recommendations for a business hoping to move into a new market. This exercise assesses you on how you work with a case study and on your presentation skills. Brush up on both ahead of your assessment centre with our case study practice pack.
  • Competency based interviews - this is another opportunity for the Citi recruitment team to gather information about you and your skills. See above for the questions you can expect in your interview.

In summary

Citi graduate careers or places on the Citibank internship are highly sought after as a peerless start to your future in finance. As a result you want to ensure that you do not let yourself down throughout the recruitment process. Prepare thoroughly for each stage to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of Citibank careers. This page has set out the Citibank UK graduate scheme recruitment process stage by stage and highlighted the resources available to help you prepare to do your best.

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