UBS Investment Bank Internship interview

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Hey guys,

I managed to secure a 30 min phone interview with HR and a 1 hour personal interview for an IB internship position with UBS. Pretty psyched. It's a CFO Investment Bank internship so basically I'd be with the Finance team of the IB division.

I've already had an HR phone interview a year ago with UBS so I know what to expect, it's pretty basic and formal: give me your strengths/weaknesses, one big achievement, a tough situation that you managed to get out of, where do you see yourself in 5 years, ... pretty normal stuff that I can prepare for.

But I'm worried about the 1 hour interview with the IB guys. There are gonna be 2 dudes. Thing is I'm not really aware of the details and all of what the Finance team does. Now I know they're responsible of the reporting, forecasting, planning, regulation and controlling processes but what do you guys think I should look up to give me the best chance at landing this?

I have 2 days to get ready. I wrote a seminar paper on the Basel III accords so that might have a positive impact ; I know about the regulations (equity ratios, liquidity requirements, equity buffers, etc...) and how banks have to adapt to the new rules.

This is how UBS describes the position:

* Ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the revenues generated by the assigned front-office trading desks
* Providing transparency and explanation of the Desk's financials to both Finance management and to other key stakeholders
* Ensuring the balance sheet and risk management systems accurately reflect risks involved in the various CFO-IB business/trading areas
* Controlling that the general ledger properly reflects the Profit & Loss and the Valuations of the various products held/traded by your Investment Bank traders
* Providing value-added commentary to Management for Business Planning and Analysis
* Analysing significant market and position factors/trends that are contributing to your Business Area results

So many things going on here, don't know what to start with...

By the way, this would be my first experience. Not a positive thing but the fact that they kept me to go through with the next step is a good sign, means they like my profile. I just have to go balls deep here.

Thanks guys. Really appreciate it.

Comments (103)

Jun 22, 2013

"why UBS?"

Jun 22, 2013

it will, most likely, be a casual talk interview

you are putting too much emphasis on the word IB here - the internship is in another department, in a support/BO role. if it is at the small office, some IB guy might come to say hi, but I think that you will mostly talk to guys from finance division and HR

i would not expect technical questions for finance division - more likely that they just want to see if you are an OK person and pleasant to work with

id expect "walk me through your resume" question and talking about your past experiences in more detail.

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also, just to add:

finance, accounting, CFO etc. teams are part of the "Corporate Center" Business Division at UBS, and not of "Investment Bank", "PWM" or something else, which is why i doubt that it will have to do much with the IB
other usual parts of the "Corporate Center" are Audit, Technology, Inhouse Consulting, Risk, Legal, Compliance, etc. (so generally BO activities)

also, because of the chinese wall at the bank, you are allowed to see limited amount of things, so even though they are throwing IB/trading word in the description of the role, i dont think that it will be connected to those

P.S. i am confident that you will get the job - shouldn't be hard
its a good place for networking with other divisions since hours will not be too hard. i would suggest volunteering to assist corporate/investment bankers, traders, pwm/am guys whenever you can with anything you can (and are allowed to) help with, so that you might get a chance for a FO when the time comes. also, you could ask to rotate to another division or even move to another division. however, first find out if there is a need for an extra guy somewhere etc. don't simply ask your boss right away :D

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Jun 22, 2013
animalz:

it will, most likely, be a casual talk interview

you are putting too much emphasis on the word IB here - the internship is in another department, in a support/BO role. if it is at the small office, some IB guy might come to say hi, but I think that you will mostly talk to guys from finance division and HR

i would not expect technical questions for finance division - more likely that they just want to see if you are an OK person and pleasant to work with

id expect "walk me through your resume" question and talking about your past experiences in more detail.

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also, just to add:

finance, accounting, CFO etc. teams are part of the "Corporate Center" Business Division at UBS, and not of "Investment Bank", "PWM" or something else, which is why i doubt that it will have to do much with the IB

other usual parts of the "Corporate Center" are Audit, Technology, Inhouse Consulting, Risk, Legal, Compliance, etc. (so generally BO activities)

also, because of the chinese wall at the bank, you are allowed to see limited amount of things, so even though they are throwing IB/trading word in the description of the role, i dont think that it will be connected to those

P.S. i am confident that you will get the job - shouldn't be hard

its a good place for networking with other divisions since hours will not be too hard. i would suggest volunteering to assist corporate/investment bankers, traders, pwm/am guys whenever you can with anything you can (and are allowed to) help with, so that you might get a chance for a FO when the time comes. also, you could ask to rotate to another division or even move to another division. however, first find out if there is a need for an extra guy somewhere etc. don't simply ask your boss right away :D

Thanks man.

Yeah I agree, they have like 2-3 different places in the job description where they mention Investment Bank but really, it's part of the corporate center, even though it's the Finance team of the IB division.

Wouldn't a Finance team be middle office? rather than backoffice or frontoffice?

Great advice for the networking part. Yeah if I get it, I'm gonna make sure to maximize the return, I'm gonna do as much as possible that's for sure. Thanks for being confident for me lol but there's quite a bit of competition for these 6 month internships. What makes you think I'll get the position?

By the way, I'm gonna be interviewed by the "Bus/Product Controller - Fx Derivs / Struct Products" and the "Head - CH FX".

Are you sure there's nothing I can look up for the interview? They say it's 1 hour long but if I remember correctly, last time I went it didn't last 1 hour, far from it... but 1 hour long is.....long

P.s. Suit is mandatory I'm guessing? even if it's back office (or middle office). Better to overdress than underdress. The reason I'm mentioning this is because last time I went to interview at UBS, everyone was in polos, t-shirts,... It was also the Corporate Center.

Jun 22, 2013
heebbanker:

"why UBS?"

I don't really have the choice right now, I'm willing to take anything that comes my way, even something at a big 4 audit firm.

I need the experience.

Jun 22, 2013
swissstud:
heebbanker:

"why UBS?"

I don't really have the choice right now, I'm willing to take anything that comes my way, even something at a big 4 audit firm.

I need the experience.

Hah, he meant when they ask you "why UBS?" how to respond. I'd mention how you think they have strong branding especially for PWM but then go into why you want to do IBD and then focus on the strengths of their group (look up current/past deals, mention size/sector of companies, etc.).

EDIT: Sorry yeah, misread. Same advice applies above but obviously your question would be "which desk?" then bring up your regulatory knowledge, and maybe even go as far as asking about their strats and how that would affect your reporting.

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Jun 22, 2013

always wear suit+tie on an interview

later on you may adjust...

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Jun 22, 2013
Truce:
swissstud:
heebbanker:

"why UBS?"

I don't really have the choice right now, I'm willing to take anything that comes my way, even something at a big 4 audit firm.

I need the experience.

Hah, he meant when they ask you "why UBS?" how to respond. I'd mention how you think they have strong branding especially for PWM but then go into why you want to do IBD and then focus on the strengths of their group (look up current/past deals, mention size/sector of companies, etc.).

Thanks man. But, wouldn't saying that my goal is Finance to the Finance team better than saying IB? Mind you I'm relatively new to this so I might be missing something.

Any good questions to ask to make me stand out?

Jun 23, 2013
animalz:

always wear suit+tie on an interview

later on you may adjust...

Ok, will do.

If they ask me why I'd be suited for this role, what can I say?

Should I say something like it's middle office so you get to interact both with front and back office and that I'm good at grasping the "whole picture" of things, can make connections between different things, etc...

Jun 23, 2013

Just checked where I have to go. It's in the Investment Banking building, not the Corporate Center (UBS is all over the place in the Zurich region, IB is separate from Corporate, from PB, etc...)

So does this mean the Finance team of IB is always in the same building as IB? If I get it, it's gonna be awesome, so many networking and contact opportunities.

Even though it's not an IB position, it's pretty amazing and I'm psyched, gonna be awesome.

Jun 23, 2013

My first experience in the finance world was in the Finance division of a BB investment bank and I interned within the team that was also responsable for IBD. Therefore, I give you my 2 cents on this:
1) Finance is not IBD and, even if you are doing the reporting stuff of IBD desks, you will not do anything related to corporate finance, M&A, etc. Probably you (your desk) will compare the current performance with the budget, check which are the top clients, the top desks, and keep confronting their performance with budgets, forecasts, markets, etc.
2) I personally hate saying that something is front office or back office. Obv. front office roles serve external clients while back office roles serve internal clients. The finance people serve internal clients (usually the top management both in Finance, in IBD and very top guy in the management team but still "internal"). I don't really understand what "middle office" mean. If this is something that describes offices that work both with internal and external clients, then I will put in this field only the risk guys which help determining if you can lend or not to some client and help with some credit risk analysis for ECM, DCM and M&A purposes.
3) my interview was 100% about fitting question or random market questions. Don't expect anything techcnical because, almost the time, you can't learn anything useful at school for product controlling positions. When I interviewed there in Jan 2010, they asked my basic "walk me through your cv" questions and something related to the most relevant market trends at that time (taxes on banker bonuses, HF/Banks moving to lower taxed places, higher regulation requirements for the banking industry, Lehman Brothers, etc.) therefore I would go through the FT and try to understand what's going on and know your shit about that.
4) Sometimes, they don't like to see people which are there just to put a good name on the CV and leverage it later on for front office position (even if this is what 50% of people in that situation do, including me). So, it is good to show that you are interested to know everything about the bank, saying that working in Finance you can have a view on how a bank work from the very inside but expect to be asked why you are not interested in IBD or Sales & Trading and be ready to give a good anser to it (if you are studying accounting this can help).
5) Go with suit + tie. As you said, it is better to overdress than underdress. Anyway, during my experience, I've never seen people in the office with polo or casual things.
6) Why UBS and be ready to talk about what UBS has been going through in the last years.
7) no they are not always in the same building.

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Jun 23, 2013

Great info, thanks a lot man.

Yeah I'm definitely gonna check out current financial/economic issues.

Also I think the fact that I wrote a paper on banking regulation is something very positive and can make me stand out, I already know quite a bit about equity ratios, liquidity requirements, capital buffers, etc... so I should definitely mention that.

How can I play the "no experience so far" part? I've been a semi-pro athlete these past 4-5 years, decided to stop because of 1) injuries, lots of them, at a certain point I didn't want to jeopardize my future and 2) You gotta chose at some point, go balls out on finance/banking or try to do both (career and sports). Can I turn the sports/athlete thing into something positive to somehow make up for the 0 experience I have in finance?

Jun 24, 2013

bump to my last questions

Jun 24, 2013

To the "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" questions, what can I say to the Finance team to make a good impression? Should I simply state that my goal is to be working in the Finance division?

Jun 24, 2013

Banking and corprate jobs in general love athletes. The reason? They're competitive, know how to dedicate themselves at a high level (if pro/semipro), and will usually be good looking and in great shape. It's generally a solid "product" to put out in terms of being likeable amongst coworkers, and presentable for clients. Try and spin these points but make them relevant to you.

And I assume you have read Vault's guide to finance/investment banking interviews?? Should be a great refresher for your interview. (just google it.)

Also, try and avoid questions about your lack I finance experience; of course they'll ask, so say you tried your best at soccer, but it wasn't realistic to pursuer so you're now ready to dedicate yourself to a career in high finance.

For the "where you want to be," say you want to learn the in-n-outs of the various roles within a bank, learn as much as you can along the way, and end up in the position that best suits me and the bank, whether Finance, IBD, whatever. Put emphasis on the fact that you want to learn and are passionate about banking, and not just the glamorous jobs on paper like IBD.

Sorry for the typos, iPhones can be brutal

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Jun 25, 2013

From one swiss to another.....heres the key, having interviewed at UBS in swiss multiple times and having done perhaps the most prestigious/important/BSD internship out there (trading of course)....

the interview scene is much different than UK/US. Primarily based on Fit. If the dude likes you and youre not a complete numbnut, chances are pretty good that you'll take it simply because your MA HSG (or you are so at the moment....maybe you wont graduate :) and wont bother too much with technicals (even in this role)

The ONLY thing you have to be absolutely certain about is: WHY UBS(i.e. why this position + the bank and not those fuckos at CS) and WHY YOU?

fuck everything else.....you say the answers to those questions in a confident manner and you'll be doggy-styling those mofo's in no time.....just be very very certain.

also, the BEST way to get an internship in IB / Trading in UBS Swiss is to do a really easy internship (like this one) well and then get your boss to hook you up. Half of the jag-offs on my trading floor got through this way; they hardly interviewed at all when it came to the trading/sales internship because their jerkoff boss thought that just because they could do controlling correctly, they could be a trader (true story)

I think I know a HSG kid in the team youre interviewing btw....

any other questions and feel free to PM

just dont be fucking nervous....with HSG on your resume, in swiss, you'll get plenty of interviews.....youre already on the correct route in that youre applying for these MO/BO roles.....but it'll make it much easier down the road when you'll be able to leverage that shit internally.....

All the best! Go HSG! fuck all these other Imperial/LSE mofos coming to swiss to take our jobs!

Jun 25, 2013

when does this internship start, September?

Because the only thing that motivates me is money

Jun 25, 2013

General stuff only. No one will expect you to know M&A things like how goodwill is calculated, what pro-forma adjustments you need to make to assets/liabs, tax implications of a stock purchase rather than asset purchase. what they prob will expect of you is how form of consideration will affect accretion/dilution. maybe not to the point that cash used will result in less interest income, but definitely stock and debt effects.

Jun 25, 2013

How did the interview go? Are you a target or non-target?

Jun 25, 2013

Anyone have insight on the 30 minute phone screening for IBD?

Jun 25, 2013

Online application

Jun 25, 2013

Have one tomorrow as well. Good luck.

Jun 25, 2013

Are you all targets or non-targets? Just curious cause I know that BBs tend to separate interviews between the two

Jun 25, 2013

non-target.

Jun 25, 2013

^ Cringe

How was the interview OP? Had to reschedule mine...

Jun 25, 2013

Just put the pressure on them by turning the conversation to the recent Department of Justic fine threats and Swiss banks' capitulation.

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Jun 25, 2013

My experience last year was a combination of both. Phone interviews are a screener, so expect only basic technicals if any. Mine was accounting / DCF focused as far as technicals go, but they also asked a lot of fit stuff as well. Really just check the box questions you have probably seen / heard before at this point. Dont sweat it

Jun 25, 2013

I have a phone interview tomorrow for UBS summer internship in IBD in London. Has anyone done it? Care to share the questions? Thanks

Jun 25, 2013

In America, one call was technic focused. The other was very fit. I messed up technicals. I nailed fit part. I was offered super day. I got all of 4 technical questions. Rest were fit. Just nail basic technicals but kill the fit. They were very why UBS and if you were a decent person focused

Jun 25, 2013

This is not an IB internship, just so you know.

Float like a butterfly, sting like the bee.

Jun 25, 2013
TheBlueCheese:

This is not an IB internship, just so you know.

This. This is the equivalent position of working in the finance department at a F500 business.

Jun 25, 2013
NorthSider:
TheBlueCheese:

This is not an IB internship, just so you know.

This. This is the equivalent position of working in the finance department at a F500 business.

Yeah no I agree, even though the internship position has "IB" in it. But at this point I'm willing to take anything really, I really need experience.

On a side note, I'm gonna be interviewed by the "Bus/Product Controller - Fx Derivs / Struct Products" and the "Head - CH FX".

Can you guys think of anything I can look up for the interview? They say it's 1 hour long but if I remember correctly, last time I went it didn't last 1 hour, far from it... but 1 hour long is.....long

P.s. Suit is mandatory right? even if it's middle office. Better to overdress than underdress. The reason I'm mentioning this is because last time I went to interview at UBS, everyone was in polos, t-shirts,... It was also the Corporate Center.

Jun 25, 2013
swissstud:

P.s. Suit is mandatory right? even if it's middle office. Better to overdress than underdress. The reason I'm mentioning this is because last time I went to interview at UBS, everyone was in polos, t-shirts,... It was also the Corporate Center.

Don't have any experience with these interviews, so I'm afraid I'm no help to your other questions. But re: dress, yes, you should absolutely wear a full suit and tie.

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Jun 25, 2013
NorthSider:
swissstud:

P.s. Suit is mandatory right? even if it's middle office. Better to overdress than underdress. The reason I'm mentioning this is because last time I went to interview at UBS, everyone was in polos, t-shirts,... It was also the Corporate Center.

Don't have any experience with these interviews, so I'm afraid I'm no help to your other questions. But re: dress, yes, you should absolutely wear a full suit and tie.

Yeah that's what I'm guessing. It's just that i was quite flabbergasted when I saw how some people at UBS's Corporate Center were dressed. I literally saw some guys in polos, chinos and summer shoes.

Jun 25, 2013
swissstud:

Yeah that's what I'm guessing. It's just that i was quite flabbergasted when I saw how some people at UBS's Corporate Center were dressed. I literally saw some guys in polos, chinos and summer shoes.

Chefs wear aprons, but I would still show up to a culinary interview in a full suit.

Jun 25, 2013

when did you have your interview? i thought (maybe wrongly) they were done a while ago?

Jun 25, 2013

I had it on friday

Jun 25, 2013

they should get back to you pretty soon.

p.s. i thought they were done, too.

Jun 25, 2013

What about UBS in Asia (Singapore or Hong Kong)? has any one heard out?

Jun 25, 2013

UBS has been done for a while. They only held three Superdays for FT, the last of which was Friday 10/1. They might bring in a few select individuals in case they haven't met quota, but there will be no more formal superdays.

Jun 25, 2013

are these interviews IN asia? i woulda thought that they were all over for the BBs by now

Jun 25, 2013

China?

P.R. China (Beijing/Shanghai) or HK?

Jun 25, 2013

P.R.China

Jun 25, 2013

If you get the job you can retire in 1 year with a $50 million yearly pension. Don't fuck it up.

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Jun 25, 2013

Same as every bank:
Story
Ways to value a company
Common multiples
How the three financial statements link

Jun 25, 2013

While on this topic, what percentage of UBS IBD group is staying? From what I read, wasn't the firm cutting most of the group in the coming years?

Jun 25, 2013

staying away from UBS Technology. They're definitely not near the top when it comes to Tech. Healthcare would be my choice. I'm guessing FSLF is something to do with Financial Sponsors / Leveraged Finance and that group is also probably not doing great at this point in time.

Jun 26, 2013

HC is a great group at UBS.

Jun 26, 2013

everyone agrees healthcare is #1 at UBS. what are the second and third best divisions at UBS? M&A and FSLF?

Jun 26, 2013

Healthcare is good, but it is a slave ship

  • justanotherbanker
  •  Jun 26, 2013

FSLF is Financial Sponsors and Leveraged Finance. I believe they also house the restructuring practice. While sponsor activity is a bit slow right now, you might want to consider that UBS didn't exactly overdo it with the leveraged loans, and therefore has a smaller mess to clean up than, say, Deutsche. From 'Winners and Losers from the Credit Crunch - WSJ.com':

"UBS [Winner]: It has largely sat out the LBO-lending bonanza, a point that helped alienate star banker Ken Moelis. Though the Swiss institution passed up on more investment-banking profits for years, it can claim both moral and aEUoethoughtaEU leadership for begging off the LBO lending craze. Few things are as satisfying as aEUoeI told you so.aEU"

As a result of their tight stance on financing, the bulk of UBS' M&A work is/was/will be strategic. My guess is that their deal flow and pipeline will suffer less than competitors who derived more of their flow from sponsor-related activity.

Healthcare is way up there but only a good option if you can handle a TON of work. UBS Healthcare is rumored to be the most heavily worked group on the street.

Power sounds like an up-and-coming group. They poached a key Lehman banker (one of the TXU dealmakers) a few months ago.

Industrial is way up there in the league tables and is massive in the (currently booming) mining sector.

Media is pretty beast... I think they did Reuters/Thomson and are/were advising Virgin Media on their possible sale.

Jun 26, 2013

M&A is solid. HC is a great group, but if you search the forums i do believe someone mentioned that the experience was not that great - i.e., associates doing analyst work, analysts doing absolute crap work, etc.

Jun 26, 2013

How is their Municipal Securities Group? What about doing Healthcare within that group?

Jun 26, 2013

they're strong in munis as far as i know, right up there with Citi.

i also have an interview at UBS over the phone tomorrow with one of the recruiters. looking into m&a, tech (only because I have background, not because they are strong there), industrials.

Jun 26, 2013

Thank you for your views. Thanks justanotherbanker for elaborating.
Good luck gomes3pc.
C.

Jun 26, 2013

UBS TMT recently poached two Lehman bankers, one in Media and one in Tech. They both are based out of New York. Additionally, UBS just poached a Credit Suisse banker to head up the comms equipment practice in SF. UBS Tech is taking market share. NYStateofmind might have a point about UBS Tech in the past but they are on the rise. I would definitely check them out..

Jun 26, 2013

Friend from a east coast target interviewed last week - said first round started with technicals but was mainly behavioral

Jun 26, 2013

First round for me was mainly technical. superday was a mix of both, with more of the senior guys putting more emphasis on the behavioral stuff. As you may have seen around WSO, getting hard technical also depends on your personality and the way in which you answer prior questions. If your answers to normal questions become technical, or you answer things that may not have been asked, you will definitely get more advanced follow ups. If you are concise and avoid trying to do this, technical questions will only come up when it is time for them. In that scenario, they will be the check the box ones with several "curveballs" but nothing impossible unless you came off as a showoff technical-know-it-all.

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Jun 26, 2013

Hedgehog68,

When did you interview with UBS?

Jun 26, 2013

Interviewed and had a super day with them back in December (resulted in an offer). The first-round was pretty basic: background, experience, and technicals based on some of my experience. They brought in 25 for the super day, all of which were internally referred, I believe. They grouped us into five pods and each of us rotated through a series (three) of one-on-one interviews with employees ranging from analysts to directors. The analysts were usually the purely technical based interviews. This was pretty easy, as long as you didn't steer the conversation into something very complex (mine was very debt focused, given prior credit research experience). The associates were usually in charge of asking questions about teamwork skills and your leadership style, pretty easy. Wound up spending ten minutes of my interview talking about motorcycles. The final interview was usually with a director or a managing director and that was geared towards if you were the right fit for the company, mine centered around grilling (one of my interests) since he had never seen it on a resume coming from England.

Main things to be prepared for: 1.) Really know why UBS, they've had issues in the past and have changed up their business strategy, be familiar with this and why you think it'll work. 2.) Don't be a finance nerd, everyone I've met there was extremely nice and personable, try to be the same. 3.) Don't take it too seriously, relax and enjoy NYC. PM with further questions.

Jun 26, 2013

I was at the same superday as grhunt in early December (it was the accelerated superday). He basically hit every point with that post. Good luck

Jun 26, 2013

Agree! They also take a lot of pride in mobility across branches (aka if u start in new york and wanna move to Asia later) as well as the fact that they encourage you to do PT MBA and cover your tuition!

Jun 26, 2013

pretty standard, why UBS, why banking, basic technicals

Jun 26, 2013

Good information, thanks for sharing.

Jun 26, 2013

I interviewed with UBS in January and got an offer from them recently. Go to a target school but UBS strangely did not do OCR this year. Interviews were fairly straight-forward and mostly behaviorals. The 'technicals' mostly involved walking them through previous projects I did at internships on my resume and being able to talk intelligently about them. Just talking to my friends it seems as if "Tell me your thoughts on the economy" is a very popular interview question with UBS too.

In terms of 'answers they like' for the behaviorals, the IBD folks seem to take pride in how UBS has the highest ROE on their IB division out of all the BBs. Throughout the recruiting process, I've also heard them emphasize multiple times the synergies between the ultrahigh net-worth individuals in UBS' Private Wealth business and IBD.

Jun 26, 2013

best advise i ever got: stay away from UBS.

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Jun 26, 2013

ask them why theyre firing people

I'm making it up as I go along.

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Jun 26, 2013
Cornelius:

ask them why theyre firing people

Might as well ask every bank that...

UBS is fine and nothing wrong with interning or working there

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Jun 26, 2013

Become well-versed with the Swiss.

Jun 26, 2013
Connor:

Become well-versed with the Swiss.

lol nice video, except in the case of UBS, that sled would have fell over and crushed the entire team to death.

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Jun 26, 2013

Link didn't work. What position did you apply to?

Jun 26, 2013

post those links again mate

Jun 26, 2013

Love how UBS is laying off 1st year IBD guys in NYC and hiring them over in Zurich. I thought Europe was supposed to be in more trouble than us?

Jun 26, 2013
BlackHat:

Love how UBS is laying off 1st year IBD guys in NYC and hiring them over in Zurich. I thought Europe was supposed to be in more trouble than us?

Not Switzerland.

Jun 26, 2013

Link is broken. Just tell us what the position is.. IBD?

Jun 26, 2013

sorry about the link guys,

hope this one works:

https://jobs.ubs.com/1033/asp/tg/cim_jobdetail.asp...^uAMDqYAjpKmBHsq3PtAZAeHBhkHflrIE5ulLgSChoqALK607o9GNuYKgBgBQ2czO&jobId=85930&type=search&JobReqLang=1&recordstart=1&JobSiteId=5028&JobSiteInfo=85930_5028&GQId=886

Jun 26, 2013

By the way; I'm being interviewed by the Head of Global RWA and one woman who's Financial Rep Specialist - REGION SWITZERLAND RWA.

Pretty serious stuff.

They said there would be no rounds after this. So it was the 30 min phone interview and a 1 hour personal interiview.

I'm feeling quite good today to be honest. Confident, a bit stressed but confident.

I mean, I speak perfect english (here in switzerland it's not common), I wrote a 35 page report on the Basel 3 Accord, I'm young, motivated. They have to hire me lol.

Jun 26, 2013

Hey guys,

so it went good I think, the guy was great, very relaxed, nobody was wearing a suit there, it was almost like the
google part of UBS, couches all over the place, people with jeans, polos,...

so he said that I should think about it and send him an email to tell him if I'm still interested.

and I am still interested of course! There was a decent vibe between us, we both chuckled a few times and the
atmosphere was very relaxed.

Is there like something special I can write that will make him want to chose me even more?

or should I just say I'm still very much interested in the position and that's it?

thanks guys

Jun 26, 2013

DId you already get a call for it? If so did you apply via OCR?

Jun 26, 2013

With some other firms I had initial screenings just to screen through and see if you made it to the 1st round in-person OCR interview.

Jun 26, 2013

Honestly every first round interview is going to be different. Even when I had a first round, and a friend had one with the same firm, for the same position, the questions could be completely different. Most firms aren't THAT structured in their first rounds/screens IMO. The superdays are pretty structured. Just do some general prep for all your first round interviews and prepare for anything they can throw at you.

The worst thing you can do is hear "oh UBS is all fit questions in the first round" prepare for all your fit questions, and then get an analyst that just grills you on technicals for 30 min which you didn't prep for. Pick up some guides (WSO, vault, etc) and prepare for both fit and technical questions for every interview, and then just be calm and be yourself in the interview.

EDIT: Just reread the OP and realized I answered a question that wasn't asked, but my advice is pretty general so I'll leave it.

Jun 26, 2013

Might be able to help a bit more if you could tell us what office? UBS LA, for example, has a long-standing reputation for nightmarish interviews, first or final round

Jun 26, 2013

It's UBS NY. bump.

Jun 26, 2013

Is this OCR or through connections?

Jun 26, 2013

bump.

Jun 26, 2013
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