UBS SONRU First Round Video Interview

I have a first round SONRU video interview with UBS for a 2018 IBD summer analyst position. I've done the Goldman and JP video interviews so I'm somewhat familiar with the setup, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience/insight to offer into UBS' system? Thanks!

UBS Video Interview

The UBS SONRU video interview consists of approximately 8 questions. Candidates receive 45 seconds to prepare (adjust the camera, light etc) at the beginning and then 2 minutes to record each question with three minutes to answer why you want to work at UBS. There is not time to prepare between the quetsions once the interview starts.

SONRU Video Interview Questions

User @pulululu" notes

pulululu:
Interview consists of standard behavioral questions.

User @treeman" noted that the interview was:

treeman:
Seven questions, four of which were behavioral (favorite leadership experience etc.), two light technicals (walk me through a DCF etc.), and then two minutes at the end to say whatever you want.

User @InvestmentBankHopeful" interviewed for the technology division and received these questions:

InvestmentBankHopeful:
  1. Why UBS? What differentiates UBS? What interested you? (3 minutes)
  2. How do you keep up with current industry?
  3. What's the role of IT in a global bank?
  4. Tell me about a time when you had to explain complicated things to someone with little knowledge
  5. Tell me about a time when you worked towards an important deadline
  6. Tell me about a time when you worked with little guidance
  7. What are the challenges of the IT department?
  8. Any further comments

How to answer "Why this..." Questions

Why do you want to do finance or investment banking? Why this firm? Why are you a good fit? Research the firm beforehand - what their "About Page" focuses on, what values and principles they abide by. Tailor these answers for each firm or industry and practice them.

Example Why UBS? Answer

I first became interested in UBS when attending an informational session at XYZ school. There I spoke with an alumni about the Wealth Management Group and the Graduate Talent Rotational Program (GTP). After expressing an interest in the rotational nature of the GTP, she put me in touch with a few other alumni in the group who, after connecting, invited me to visit the NYC office. Overall, I really connected with the collegial nature of the firm and UBS' focus on the client which has led me want to really want to work/intern with the firm.

How to answer: "Tell me about a time..." Questions

These are the questions they ask when they want to know about your leadership, or dealing with a difficult client, or persuading someone, etc. Here the trick is to answer the right question. For every question, map out the story using the SOAR framework. Describe the Situation (10-15 seconds), Obstacle (10-15s), Action (60-75s), and Result (15-30s). Stories for these questions should be 1.5-2 minutes long and focus only on what's important.

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Sep 19, 2017 - 11:09am

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Oct 7, 2017 - 4:14pm

Guess I'm the first to share the questions I got, hope it helps someone. I applied to technology, and I got this Sonru interview. It consisted of 8 questions, you get about 45 seconds to prepare (I think, might be wrong) and 2 minutes to record your answers though first question is slightly longer. Do practice at the start cos you don't get a rest between questions. Anyway, the questions were:

  1. Why UBS? What differentiate them? What interested you? (you get 3 minutes for this one)

  2. How do you keep up with current industry?

  3. What's the role of IT in a global bank?

  4. A time when you had to explain complicated things to someone with little knowledge

  5. A time when you worked towards an important deadline

  6. A time when you worked with little guidance

  7. What are the challenges of the IT department?

  8. Any further comments

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:17pm

hello guys, i did the SONRU interview 10 days ago for CCS and havent heard back, does anyone one how long do they take to review them and answer (if you are out, do they even send you an email)

thanks a lot and good luck with your interviews!!

Nov 14, 2017 - 8:25am

i am pretty sure that they send an email even if u fail. i waited already for 6 weeks and no answer while my friend got rejected after 3 days

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:18am

i mean that in theory banks don't wait till the deadline date of applications and they start reviewing your application once they get it.

Jan 9, 2018 - 4:21pm

Did my CCS London Sonru on the 6th, haven't heard back yet. Anyone know what the timeline is looking like?

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Apr 18, 2018 - 12:18am

UBS AG GTP-Public Finance Sonru Interview (Originally Posted: 12/02/2017)

Hello, this is my first WSO post. I applied to the UBS GTP-Public Finance program in NYC in early october and just submitted my SONRU video interview for it last week. I was wondering if anyone else knows about the interview process and when we should be expected to hear back? Pretty sure the program is pretty new too.

Apr 18, 2018 - 12:19am

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Apr 18, 2018 - 12:20am

UBS Public Finance Video Interview (Originally Posted: 12/08/2017)

Hey! Does anyone know what questions I should expect for a first round interview for UBS for their Public FInance Gradate Talent Program ?

Also, does anyone know what I should expect as a whole of the program? I'd really appreciate it!

Oct 9, 2018 - 3:39pm

hey everyone - did someone do the sonru for summer analyst in london? if so what were the questions? would appreciate every help and response - as nobody really did it so far! ;)

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:41am

Hi, apart from some behavioral questions which I don't remember there were:
- Tell me about two companies that in your opinion should merge
- Tell me about a recent UBS deal/transaction
As last question (n. 8) you have 2 minutes to say whatever you want

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