Credit Suisse is a global company providing complete banking solutions. There are approximately 250 graduate jobs available every year and a number of 10-week internships available as well. The recruitment process for the Credit Suisse graduate program and Credit Suisse internship is the same, whilst experienced hires can expect a series of interviews down the line.
The Credit Suisse application is the first stage of the recruitment process. The application itself is fairly standard with two main areas to focus on: your CV and cover letter. The Credit Suisse website provides specific advice on how to approach both of these, so it is important that you refer back to these pages when preparing your application. The cover letter is particularly important to Credit Suisse as this is where the company looks for evidence of your qualities.
Key points to include in your letter are listed below. Make sure to include examples for each one, thereby giving yourself the chance to move on to the next stage of the application process — the Credit Suisse online tests.
Once you have completed your online application, you will be sent two (sometimes just one) tests. These tests are PSL Kenexa tests, which are slightly different than some of the other assessment tests you may be used to. Each test is multiple choice, lasting 20 minutes apiece. The Credit Suisse numerical and verbal reasoning tests are explained below.
The Credit Suisse verbal test assesses your ability to use and understand information presented in written formats. Once again, you must answer the 20 questions on the test in the 20-minute time frame allotted. This test examines your critical thinking skills, asking you to analyse the information provided in order to choose the correct answer from a set of options. Advanced critical thinking tests require difficult and sometimes seemingly convoluted thinking patterns. By taking practice tests, such as our Kenexa-style verbal reasoning practice test, you can train yourself to think in this way and improve your score on the real test.
This test examines your ability to use numerical information. You will be given a table, chart, or graph with a fair bit of information that you will have to process quickly. You will then be presented with multiple choice questions for which you will have to choose the correct answer out of five options. In order to choose the right answer, you need to be able to manipulate the data. All in all, there are 20 questions to answer in 20 minutes, so you must have confidence in your skills going into the test.
Credit Suisse takes its interviewing very seriously, so expect at least four separate interviews. Typically, you will have one soon after completing the Credit Suisse aptitude tests and another three at the Credit Suisse assessment centre. The first interview will mainly focus on competency questions, such as, “Tell me about a time you were in charge of a team. How did you deal with differing opinions, while still working towards a common goal?” See below for a list of some Credit Suisse past interview questions.
Before the interview you should thoroughly research the role you are applying for, as they may ask you about why you want it. Try to come across as enthusiastic about the company and the job. Even if you don’t quite get the answers right, your enthusiasm about the company will carry you through. Prepare a series of examples that can be used to illustrate your answers against any skills they may ask about. Practise delivering answers with the STAR method to ensure that each example is fully worked through.
As you progress through the interviews, the questions will move from competency-based questions about you, your skills, and your attitudes in the workplace to more technical or knowledge-based questions. Below are some examples of questions from Credit Suisse interviews in the past.
In contrast to many assessment centres, the one you will encounter at Credit Suisse is much more interview-based than others. You will have to go through three interviews in which you will be tested on your knowledge of the company, your role within it, and how you think you will fit into the company. There will be five other candidates there with you, and you will be expected to interact with them even when not performing an activity together. There will also be six managers there assessing you along the way. You will have an interview with each of them, and, as each of them may be your future manager, it is a good idea to create a rapport with them. If they like you enough, they will hire you.
There is only one major exercise that takes place together at the Credit Suisse assessment centre - the Credit Suisse group exercise. Normally, you will be divided into two groups of three and given 10 minutes to read through a case study approximately five pages long. The case study will usually state a problem as well as the solutions offered to deal with it. You must then discuss the different solutions offered for about a half an hour. During this stage of the proceedings, you should make yourself heard without being too forceful. Following this, you will have 10 minutes to give a presentation on the solution you came up with and be questioned on it by the assessors.
Make sure you are well-prepared for your interviews by having answers ready about practical things you have done related to the position, as well as by preparing competency answers.
Credit Suisse’s recruitment process is heavily biased towards interviews. However, to even get a chance at the interviews, you must ensure that you pass the Credit Suisse online tests at the start of the process. Preparation is key as you set out to impress at each point. This article has given you an insight into what to expect, as well as a set of resources available to help you prepare.
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