Application preparation

Application preparation

Before submitting an application to UBS, you should do your homework. That means knowing something about who we are as well as understanding – and feeling comfortable with – our competency based application process. Following the steps below will help ensure that you’re well prepared to submit an application to UBS.

Our website is a great place to start learning about UBS – the downloads & research section is a good place to start. Company information is also widely available from a range of other sources. Talk to your friends, family and anyone else you know who might be able to provide some insight into who we are and what we stand for. While you're researching, try to get a feel for our different business areas and think about what roles might interest you. 

One great way to get acquainted with and learn more about UBS is by attending one of our campus events. Our on-campus presentations, educational workshops and marketing events will give you some insight into our business and a chance to experience our culture. For more information on events in your area, check out our events section.

You should think about what you would like to know about us. In particular, you should take advantage of any opportunity you might have to meet some of our people. Ask as many questions as you can and see what you can learn from their stories and experiences. Talk to our managers about their roles and how they work. Anything you learn from current UBS employees will almost certainly be useful later in an interview. Finally, understanding how we assess our candidates will help you better understand what we’re looking for in applicants.

Our assessment begins the moment you make contact with us, so it’s important to make a good first impression.

Your choice of college, university or business school has already told us something about your abilities and ambitions. Now we want to get to know you better as a person. In the beginning of the process, your passion and motivation are as important to us as your academic achievements

We are interested in your ability to connect, communicate and build relationships with people. We want to know if you are the kind of person who can attract clients and, if so, how you might treat them. We also want to get an idea of what sort of work colleague you would be. Building strong relationships is very important in our business. Your initial contact with us is therefore an excellent platform for you to demonstrate that you have – or have the potential for developing – the requisite communication and social skills.

By now, you should have a basic knowledge of our organization and a good sense of our approach to business. If you’ve decided that UBS is the firm for you, then it is time to apply for a position. Take a look at our programs and open roles and think about the business area or areas in which you would like to work. We also recommend that you review our online application tips.