Huge congratulations to Rui who has secured a graduate role with UBS! We caught up with her to discuss her application to UBS, her motivations behind joining the firm and what tips she would offer to other Bright Network members.
Why did you apply to UBS?
I applied to UBS as it is a bank with a strong leadership, a clear focus and an ability to adapt. UBS, by having the foresight to shift the company's focus towards its leading Global Wealth Management business, displayed the company's adaptability, its willingness to innovate and its desire to never settle but to continue to seek new ways to grow.
Why did you apply to this role?
I applied for a position within Group Operations due to the diverse range of roles offered, the many opportunities to develop transferable skills and the large potential for technological innovation within the division. There is a huge variety of available roles ranging from roles in business analytics to change management to risk controls. The division offers the opportunity to gain exposure to all parts of the bank and a broad understanding of the industry. Coupled with the rotational aspect of the graduate program, the diversity of roles further provides an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as communication skills, versatility, attention to detail, problem-solving skills and project management skills. Furthemore, given the division’s potential for technological disruption through Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning and Blockchain among others, the division provides an exciting environment where one can be continuously be challenged to improve efficiency.
What was the application process like?
Upon submitting my application, I was invited to complete a numerical reasoning test and situational judgment test. Having passed the tests, I was then invited to complete a video interview. Finally, I was invited to an assessment day where I had a series of face-to-face interviews with managers within the Global Operations division.
What three tips would you give to fellow Bright Network members looking to follow in your footsteps?
1. Apply early. I submitted my application before the start of the new academic term and received an offer within the first few weeks of university. This allowed me to enjoy the rest of my academic year without having to worry about submitting applications and attending assessment centers.
2. Be well prepared. It shows when one comes to an interview unprepared. Be sure to keep in mind what the bank looks for in its candidates and be ready to discuss a recent piece of financial news that you found interesting.
3. Practice. From the numerical reasoning test to the video interview and finally, the assessment day, it is important to practice. With practice comes confidence and experience, enabling you to perform to the best of your ability.
What was the hardest interview question you faced?
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