As one of the largest multinational financial service companies in the world, Citigroup Inc. offer a great opportunity to anyone working with them. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read up on some more common questions and approaches to answering them on our free guide to interviews (PDF).
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:
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. Preparation with JobTestPrep's resources will ensure that you are the most competitive candidate you can be. Start preparing for success today.