Citi - Citi - Graduate Opportunities Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Citi - Graduate Opportunities

    3.8571/5 | Interview date: March 2018 | Job offer? Yes but declined |

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    Sectors: Banking

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    After initially filling out an online application, consisting of basic biographical information and educational history, I was invited to attend an assessment centre.

    The assessment centre comprised:

    Psychometric tests (numerical and clerical)
    Interview 1 (CV-based)
    Interview 2 (competency-based)
    Group exercise and presentation

    Most difficult question

    This job may involve repetitive administrative tasks - would you become bored by that?

    Interview tips

    Try to think of good examples for a variety of competencies before your interview. Although a specific list like some employers provide is not available, the typical competencies such as leadership, teamwork, taking initiative, overcoming difficulties and working under pressure provide a good starting point around which to structure your answers.

    Follow the news and be knowledgable about current affairs, particularly in the banking sector, for your interview.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There were around a dozen candidates attending the assessment centre. The first exercise involved a numerical test and a clerical test. The numerical test was straightforward and much easier than similar tests I have completed for other companies (GCSE maths standard at most). The clerical test required you to read information from a source and tick boxes on another sheet about which types of information had been mentioned in the source. This was not difficult but required you to work quickly.

    The tests were followed by two individual interviews, each with two interviewers. The first was concerned with your CV and your educational and professional experiences. There were also questions about your motivations for the job and why you wanted to work for Citi. The second interview was more competency-based, looking for experiences where you could demonstrate skills such as leadership, teamwork, working under pressure etc. The interviews also offered a good opportunity to ask questions about the role and working for Citi in general - I found that the interviewers were happy to talk about their experiences, which was very helpful.

    The final task was a group exercise with about 5 of the other candidates. Each person was given a copy of the case study and had to come up with ideas during individual reading time. We were then given around half an hour to discuss the case as a group before presenting our ideas to a panel of 5 assessors.

    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

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5

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