C Hoare and CO. Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Private wealth management graduate scheme

    5.0/5 | Interview date: August 2015 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Banking

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    There where 3 stages to the interview process after an initial CV and cover letter approval, which were:

    Initial interview
    The initial interview was undertaken by junior members of the team, employees who had recently finished the grad program themselves. In this interview they asked questions around my CV to gather greater detail about what I had done during my time in education and also work experience. There was also a couple of standard competency based questions, e.g. 'Describe a time you recently working in a team and how did it go?'. This interview was relatively informal and was more of a get to know you type interview.

    Online test
    After being successful from the initial interview they sent me some standard online tests to do on numeracy and verbal reasoning.

    Second round interview
    The final stage was a second round interview with 2 more senior members of the bank, again they asked more competency based questions however this time it was more formal and harder questioning that required more details explanations and reasonings. This interview also included a question about the reasons that I applied to their specific bank and reasons for wanting to do wealth management.
    Finally the interview was followed up with a quick brief from the HR team asking a few questions on your knowledge of the bank, also giving a description of the role and the salary and benefits.

    Most difficult question

    Describe a time you didn't agree with a manager?
    What are your reasons for wanting to do wealth management?
    Describe a time you work with a difficult person?

    Interview tips

    Make sure you have a very good reason for wanting to do wealth management and also be able to back up what you have claimed as your reason.
    Make sure you come dressed very smart as it is an exclusive bank and you need to look presentable.
    read the news and relevant press around the business sector and maybe prepare a few questions to ask them at the end to show you know what your talking about.

    Experiences at the assessment centre


    Interview steps


    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

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