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7 important things to help you excel in the UBS hiring process: 

  1. UBS recruits for many positions, including interns, analysts, corporate client solutions, and traders, among others. The company expects their employees to demonstrate the following competencies: Problem analysis, judgment and decision making, innovation, communication and impact, drive and commitment, teamwork and collaboration, planning and organizing. 
  2. The hiring process varies based on position, but generally includes an online numerical and logical reasoning test, a first round interview and an assessment, including a competency based interview and numerical test.  You might also have a phone interview. You will also be asked to take place in an assessment centre, which includes a written numerical reasoning test, a presentation, interview, and a group exercise. 
  3. The test providers for the online assessment tests are either CEB SHL or Talent-Q. JobTestPrep provides tailored preparation packages that include both these test provider formats. 
  4. Generally, you can expect to hear back within 1 month after submitting your application. The specific amount of time depends on several factors, including time of year, the position you are applying to, and the amount of applications human resources is processing at a given time. 
  5. JobTestPrep provides preparation packs for positions at UBS including internships, wealth management positions, analysts, and client service positions. 
  6. To succeed on the interview and impress the interviewer, it is important to be calm and composed; to talk slowly and clearly, and to have thought-out answers to every question. 
  7. Other interview tips include: Be prepared, use your contacts, build a relationship, make the right impression, don't panic, be honest, play to your strengths, use your initiative, and show passion. 

UBS Interview

In your interview with UBS, you should expect questions focusing on your competencies, such as collaboration, problem-solving, and customer relations. Come prepared with answers about your experience addressing situations which relate to key competencies relating to the UBS corporate clients solutions position.

UBS Phone interview

If you are successful during the online testing stage, your next assessment is the UBS telephone interview. The UBS phone interview is mainly competency-based and focuses on assessing you against the key competencies valued at the company. You will be asked about your background and then the interview will move onto the competency questions.

UBS Video interview 

Video interviews are generally conducted with software in which you are presented with a question and then given time to record your answer. For this interview, it is very important to ensure that you have a story to back up your answers. This is best done using the STAR method: first talk about the situation, then the problem, and finally how you dealt with it.

UBS In-person Interview

If you were scheduled for a face to face interview, chances are likely it will be a competency-based interview. This type of interview assesses your skills against UBS's values and the requirements of the job for which you are applying. Ahead of the interview, prepare by thinking up as many examples as you can for each required skill. Read up on UBS and the trading job. Draft answers to common questions, and then rehearse answering them.


Sample UBS Interview Questions

Please see examples of questions you may encounter as a potential UBS corporate client solutions position below

  • Why UBS?
  • Why your chosen business area?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  
  • What is your understanding of the division to which you have applied?
  • What are your capabilities?
  • Why should i select you?
  • How many cars do you think there are in the US?
  • What did you learn most from your previous experiences?  
  • Why do you want to work for UBS?  
  • If you had $10,000 to invest anywhere, where would you put it? 
  • How to work as a team player and a team leader?
  • What other banks have you applied to?
  • What differentiates UBS from other banks?
  • What's the best stock you've bought?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What was one of your greatest challenges, and how did you overcome it?
  • Why do you want to work at UBS?
  • What is the current price of Amazon stock?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in trading?
  • How would you invest one million pounds?

UBS Assessment Centre

Aiming to hire the most professional and knowledgeable people, many employers consider interviewing job applicants an insufficient means of determining their suitability for a position. Even pre-employment testing, a popular way of sifting through job candidates, does not guarantee that the right person will be hired. What largely increases chances of weeding out wrong candidates is a combination of such tasks and activities as group discussions, presentations, role playing, social events, case studies, and psychometric and various written tests. This combination is achieved at assessment centres that host pre-employment events to which prospective employees are invited to demonstrate their professional aptitude individually and in groups. The length of such pre-employment events at assessment centres varies from several hours to a couple of days. While performing different activities, job applicants are expected to show such traits as adaptability, analytical thinking, commercial awareness, creativity, leadership, and good time management. There is strict elimination at every stage of the assessment process, so not every job candidate arrives to the final interview with high managers that, if they are favorably impressed, may bring an invitation to become an employee in their organization.


UBS Position FAQs

How Long does the UBS Hiring Process Take?

The hiring process depends on the number of tasks you have to fulfill. Typically there are hundreds, if not thousands of candidates all applying for the same job. Whilst most of them are filtered out through the use of online tests, that still leaves many who have to go through face to face assessments and interviews.

Online tests and automatic application screening typically take no more than a week. However, you will only know if you have got through to the next stage of the application process once the job posting has been closed. The company will normally take a further month to come up with a shortlist of candidates who should attend interviews and assessment centres. These assessment centres usually take place in the first three months of the year and you get the results typically about a week or two afterward. We can therefore say that the entire process can take up to six months.

How Are CEB SHL Tests Scored?

SHL aptitude tests are usually comprised of multiple-choice questions. The possible marks for each question are correct, incorrect, and unanswered. When you submit an SHL aptitude test, your answers are first measured against the correct answers. Then, your correct answers are counted, and the rate of correct answers is calculated. To learn more about how results are calculated, read more on the SHL test results page

What should I Emphasize During my UBS Interview?

Typically you should emphasise why you are the correct choice for the job. You should bring in good examples from past experiences to show that you have the skills needed to succeed. Use the STAR method to answer questions as this provides a complete picture and is an engaging way to answer.  

Tips for UBS Assessment Day?

  1. There are a lot of different exercises that you will face during the day. It is therefore really important that you get a good nights sleep if possible. Remember, a relaxed mind is the best mind.  
  2. Try to be friendly even if you are nervous. It is often the interaction between candidates and workers that convince the assessors that you are the right choice for the job. 

Come Prepared

UBS’s recruitment process is rigorous, but with extensive practise, you can improve your chances of being selected for a position. Start preparing yourself now for the company’s aptitude tests, interviews, and assessment centre with JobTestPrep.

 

 

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