I guess some of you worked in other banks. According to your personal experiences, what differentiate Citi from the other Investment Banks?
Hi Tai. I believe you will receive different answers depending on if you speak to HR or the actual team as we assess different things. For me, and my team, we try to assess if the person is someone we would be able to work with, so it is much about how you present yourself. I appreciate people that are curious, nice and humble. At the same time we are of course also assessing capabilities and how you demonstrate these.
Hello Aishling, nice to meet you!
In terms of technical questions and the way you assess applicants, what would you say is the way to prepare?
Hi all, just building on this. How would you recommend one conducts themselves in a group task during an assessment centre? Thank you
In terms of preparation, I would recommend you Google "investment banking questions" and 100s will show. You should practice these and what is very helpful is to do mock interviews with friends. It can be uncomfortable, however, I promise you that it will pay off to come prepared for the interviews.
Mette, would you recommend reading Investment Banking by Rosenbaum? What about brainteasers or mental math?
It is a tricky question and depends on the dynamics of the group. It is important that you do not fall to the back. Make yourself noticed and present your ideas. Try to demonstrate your ability to have discussions and present arguments.
Would it be possible for an International Studies & Chinese Language Graduate, to join an investment banking program?
What do you think is the core value of Citibank's culture? Thank you.
Thank you very much for your answer. Could you give me any insight into what these group tasks may entail? Thank you
I have not read the book, so I can not say. What is useful is to come our events and speak to people to get an understanding of what we do. Once you go into preparation for the interviews, I would recommend doing a few brainteasers - more to be prepared for the format and practice your calculation skills.
Thank you very much.
I believe it is hard to put one word or sentence on Citi's values and culture (huge organisation) and it depends on your point of view. From my personal point of view, Citi's core values are about developing people and delivering good work to clients (internal/external). In order to keep good staff that can deliver the work, a lot of effort is put into making sure we are happy, motivated and stimulated.
Andrew, I cannot recall the correct details. However, I believe you will be presented with a case with multiple solutions where you would be asked to discuss the possible solutions. People will have different views (which we expect) and you need to collaborate and explain in order to reach a joined solution.
Thank you very much Mette, what assessment criteria would apply to these tasks, other than making active contributions?
This question is beyond my knowledge. Let me defer to HR to answer this. I think the overall question to be answered is "will this person be able to work in a team and the dynamics that comes with it?"
Hello Mette, thank you for your time answering the questions. Just following the developing aspect you mentioned above, could you share a bit more detail about how Citi has been working to promote employees' happiness and motivation? Thank you!
Thank you for your answers, i look forward to hearing from them.
We do lots of surveys measuring how people feel - and these are of course great indicators. What I personally have experienced is that senior management in their respective teams have taken a personal interest in taking care of juniors. If an issue is raised, it is taken seriously and the problem is addressed.
Thank you so much for your answer Mette! Have a great day!
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