Interview preparation

Without preparation, interviews can be difficult and stressful -- and even with preparation, it will be an intense experience for you.

Interview preparation

By taking a meticulous approach to preparation and keeping our core competencies in mind, you can feel confident in performing well in your interview.

Know what we’re looking for. We evaluate each candidate against seven core competencies, a term we use to describe professional qualities and business skills. We see these core competencies as essential building-blocks for success at UBS.

Practice makes perfect. The best way to improve your interview skills is to use them. If you have not had much interview experience, participate in interview workshops on campus, and practice interviewing with friends, family, a professor or a business associate. The more you do it, the better you’ll get.

Know your area. You do not need to be an expert, but you need to demonstrate your knowledge and focus on the business area for which you have applied. You should research general information about the firm, gain an understanding of the markets in which we operate and have a more detailed knowledge of your chosen business area. Asking insightful questions is a great way to begin a good conversation and promote dialogue.

Know the people. Make sure you attend one of our campus presentations or events and meet with representatives from UBS. Get a sense of who we are, how we operate as an organization and what our current and future priorities are.

Relax and be yourself. If you’re properly prepared, you have no reason to be nervous. Think of the interview as a focused conversation. There is no need to put on an act or impress by exaggerating.

Be open and honest. We want to know about your ideas, interests and experiences, so that we can discover what you have learned from them. We want to know more about your thought processes and how you resolve issues and address problems. Who you are is important to us, so tell us.

Listen and think. Listen carefully to the question, and think about what the interviewer is really asking. Take your time; you do not have to answer immediately. Repeating or rephrasing the question or asking for clarification can be a good way of composing your thoughts and preparing your answer.  

Don’t pretend you know. If you don’t know something, it’s better to admit it. Honesty will get you further than bluffing.

Open up. Don’t limit your answers. Open questions give you the chance to express yourself, so be thorough and give appropriate examples in your responses.

Be direct. On the other hand, try not to be long-winded in answering a very specific question. Brevity can be a virtue, especially when time is a factor, so get to the point as quickly as you can.