UBS SONRU First Round Video Interview

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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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Comments (79)

Sep 11, 2017

standard behavioral questions

Sep 12, 2017

Do you know if it's like JP where you get more than one take? Or just one run through? Thanks

Sep 12, 2017

Also wondering about how many questions any how many tries!

Sep 13, 2017

Hey guys, does anyone could share the questions of UBS's video interview?

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Sep 14, 2017

Just did the interview - very technical and no competency.

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Sep 14, 2017

Hey Healy! What do you mean by very technical? Could you please explain it in more details?

Sep 15, 2017

Hello
What do you mean by technical? Do you mind if you share with us the questions asked (I am supposed to do it today)

Sep 16, 2017

Hey did you get any technicals? I think Healy is bsing....

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Sep 16, 2017

Hi! Can you share the questions? I am supposed to take the interview on 20th.

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Sep 25, 2018

hi I'm wondering if it is only allowed to record once?

Sep 19, 2017

bump

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"

Sep 19, 2017

sooo if i didn't get a sonru then i guess i'm out?

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Nov 13, 2017

Yeah pretty much, Sonru is 1st round. Sry mate :(

Sep 24, 2017

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Sep 24, 2017

Haha literally, everyone in here is competing again each other. No one is going to share that info.

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Oct 4, 2017

How did these video interviews go? All behavioral?

Oct 5, 2017

Hey everyone, has anyone done the video interview of UBS Asset Management summer analyst question and can share what is the question inside the video interview? Thanks.

Oct 21, 2017

Hi. Did you complete yours? I am doing mine tomorrow

Oct 21, 2018

Hi, I'm supposed to do mine for AM today, are there any AM specific questions in the Sonru or is it just competency ones?

Oct 5, 2017

Anyone hear back from first round? Not sure how long the reviews for video interviews take.

Oct 7, 2017

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
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Oct 28, 2017

can anyone confirm these questions to be similar to theirs - even for other intern positions at UBS?

Oct 28, 2017

Mine were different.

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Oct 7, 2017

Anybody hear back for 1st round?

Oct 7, 2017

i had done my interview like 12 days ago and still didn't get a reply

Oct 8, 2017

what group?

Oct 11, 2017

Did mine 6 days ago and haven't heard back, but apparently that's not long. Can anyone explain to me what CCS really is? What is the equivalent at other banks?

Oct 11, 2017

CCS is investment banking division , underwriting equity, debt and M&A deals

Oct 11, 2017

Anybody hear anything for Hong Kong CCS after this round?

Nov 4, 2017

have you heard back yet?

Nov 5, 2017

nope, 5 weeks gone already. u?

Nov 5, 2017

what do they mean by further comments? Is it more like is there anything else you would like us to know about you to aid us with your application?

Nov 5, 2017

i think so) what else can it be

Nov 13, 2017

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

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 14, 2017

are you applying for the graduate program too? its seems logic that they are not rushing as this program starts in july 2018,

Nov 15, 2017

At my school for SF Tech IBD, they let those who were getting super days know within a few days. super day was one week after the last person completed their SONRU in our group.

Nov 15, 2017

what do you mean with rolling basis??
thank you

Nov 15, 2017

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.

Dec 18, 2017

how long did people hear back from their video interview? Thanks

Dec 26, 2017

Did my Sonryu Interview in September - have anyone heard back yet? I checked my application and it says under review still. This is for IBD, DCM, WM

Jan 9, 2018

did you apply to the gradute program? if so, where? i applied for Madrid but havent heard back. i did the video interview 2 months ago

Jan 9, 2018

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

Jan 9, 2018

did mine for london like 7 weeks ago and still havent heard back which makes me think theyre full and just keeping us on hold

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Jan 31, 2018

Have you heard back yet? i did my sonru november 6th but it still says assessment in progress

Jan 29, 2018

I did my UBS Sonru interview for IB COO (NYC) in December. I cringed at how excruciatingly bad I did when it was over. Somehow, I heard back in mid January and was invited to superday at their office in NYC.... Wish me luck.

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Oct 5, 2018

Hi, I am going to take the video interview for IB COO. Would you like to share the questions? Many thanks.

Oct 19, 2018

Hi, I'm wondering would it be possible for you to share some insights on the questions you got? thanks!

Apr 18, 2018

Has anyone done the sonru FRC interview yet?

Apr 18, 2018

Hey lwan002, sorry about the delay, but are any of these useful:

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Nov 7, 2018

Hi, I was wondering if you could provide the questions they asked in the SONRU video interview for Public Finance

Oct 9, 2018

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

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

Oct 23, 2018

Everyone is invited for the video interview, right?

Oct 23, 2018

I knew a kid that didn't get it. 4.0 from a nontarget

Oct 25, 2018

Interesting. I received the invitation straight after completing the online tests.

Oct 25, 2018
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