How can I prepare? Some answers about the assessment process

How can I prepare?

We'll assess you in a number of different ways (the process varies by region) to make sure you are what we’re looking for. And we’ve worked hard to make sure our assessments gives each person the equal opportunity to show us what you've got.

What are we looking for?

We evaluate each candidate against seven “core competencies”, which are the qualities and skills we’ve found to be essential for success at UBS.

  • Are you able to quickly identify and correctly analyze problems?
  • Do you use information in a structured way, recommending solutions that are logical, ethical and realistic?
  • Are you able to make sound and balanced choices?
  • Can you evaluate the risks of a range of options, making decisions even in the face of ambiguity or incomplete information?
  • Are you able to generate new ideas and creative approaches?
  • Can you identify situations where there is a need for change, and are you able to challenge existing practices and approaches?
  • Do you have an appetite for continuous learning and acquisition of new skills?
  • Can you convey information clearly, articulately and succinctly?
  • Are you able to influence others and make an impact through effective interpersonal and communications skills?
  • Can you challenge convention in a tactful way, without being combative or confrontational?
  • Do you have the determination, drive and enthusiasm to deliver results?
  • Can you demonstrate initiative to take action while always striving for excellence?
  • Are you able to overcome barriers, respond positively to failure and learn from criticism?
  • Are you able to work collaboratively and support team members while also pursuing personal objectives?
  • Are you able to encourage others to participate, listen to different viewpoints and work toward consensus?
  • Are you able to organize your own work, manage your time effectively and stay focused on priorities?
  • Can you develop and monitor clear action plans with realistic deadlines, taking available resources into account?
  • Are you flexible, able to amend plans due to changes or unforeseen situations?

We use two types of online assessments: our UBS Cultural Appraiser and a numerical reasoning test.

The UBS Cultural Appraiser will give you realistic, hypothetical work scenarios faced by current graduates. The scenarios are designed to assess how well you align with our culture and values.

The numerical reasoning test will ask you to solve mathematical problems in business scenarios.


Do your research - The scenarios in the UBS Cultural Appraiser are designed to assess how well you align to our culture and values, so be familiar with these before you take the assessment. Our pillars, principles and behaviors are the foundation of everything we do.

Practice Questions - Make sure that you begin with the practice questions to increase your familiarity with the assessment format and types of questions.

If your application is successful, you'll be sent a link to complete your video interview. We’ll give you the questions and you can record your answers at a time that suits you. Don't worry, you can practice before you begin.


Check out our tips for video interview success in the video and on UBS Backstage:

The final stage of the selection process is a series of face-to-face interviews held at one of our offices. You'll have a chance to meet senior leaders in the business and give us a glimpse into your personality and capabilities. The final interview will be more detailed and focused on assessing your compatibility with us in your desired position.


Prepare - Without sufficient preparation, interviews can be difficult and stressful – even when fully prepared, they can be an intense experience. Know what we’re looking for. By taking the time to prepare – keeping our list of core competencies in mind – you should be confident of a good performance.

Practice - 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 a friend, family member or mentor. The more you do it, the better you’ll get.

Know your area - You don’t need to be an expert, but you need to demonstrate a degree of knowledge about the business area for which you’ve applied. Of course, we’d like you to have a basic understanding of the markets in which we operate, as well as a more detailed understanding of your chosen business area. Asking insightful questions is a great way to begin a good conversation.

Know our people - Attend one of our campus presentations or events to meet us (if available). Or visit our careers blog at Get a sense of who we are, how we operate as an organization, and what our priorities are.

Be open and honest - We want to know about your ideas. We’re also curious about your interests and experiences, and what you’ve learned from them. We want to know about how you think, especially when resolving issues. Who you are is important to us, so let us see you.

Listen and think - Listen carefully to the question, and think about what the interviewer is really asking. Don’t be afraid to take your time when answering. Repeating or rephrasing the question, or asking for clarification, can be a good way to help you compose your thoughts.

Don’t pretend you know - If you don’t know something, just say so. The ability to ask when you don’t know is a strength, while bluffing is a weakness.

Other questions?

Check out our FAQ. But if you're unable to find what you're looking for, please contact us.