Citi First Round Interview - Investment Banking

16 September 2009 - 2:20am


Has anyone been for a first round interview with Citi for Investment Banking? If you have, please share your experiences! Thanks!

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  • 9 December 2010 - 11:17am
    • msra6cf2mosha

    can anyone tell me what test do they take in first round interview of operations. is it logical or numeric ?

  • 2 November 2010 - 5:09pm
    • mei06

    Hi all,

    Has anyone been to Citi first round interview lately? Does it includes a numerical test?

    What was it like? SHL ?? harder or easier than those online ones?

    And are they gonna be 2 rounds of interviews one competency and one technical??

    thanks for sharing!


  • 4 March 2010 - 8:12pm
    • ekopro

    Hi all,

    Would appreciate if you guys could give some info about general/specific questions asked for the first round interviews for IBD FT grad. position.

  • 20 February 2010 - 1:28pm
    • Nutcracker

    can somebody help me with the AC? Need more information about what kind of questions should I expect and what exactly was given on the group work and on the case study! thanks!

  • 20 February 2010 - 3:07pm
    • sw111

    Hey, you can send me a message if you need info - did the AC couple of weeks ago.

  • 13 February 2010 - 1:39pm
    • abc1

    guys - can someone please notify me of how the AC is marked?????

    i had my AC on Thursday - 1 of my interviews went really really well, another 1 was fairly decent, another 1 was okish......
    my group exercise and presentation went well so i thought that was ok..

    i'm normally right about how my interviews went when i get home - so based on this information - will i be eligible to recieve an offer from Citigroup?????


  • 25 January 2010 - 2:25am
    • sw111

    Has anyone had AC for IBD intern yet? Or is anyone doing it on Wed?

  • 30 December 2009 - 12:06pm
    • il206

    Hi I sent two apps one for ops grad and one for cmo intern. For cmo I did numerical and got the same mail... But I isn't get a numerical for ops grad... U think I should email them??

  • 30 December 2009 - 5:30am
    • il206

    browncargos ...

    I also applied for OPS and got the email on 7th saying im "no hold".. but nothing since... =(((((

  • 30 December 2009 - 10:50am
    • browncargos


    Got an email from them last week saying something like "we are still interested in your application. We are planning to hold ACs in Jan & Feb. But at this point we cannot tell you whether you will be invited to one of those"

    This reply is after I did the numericals. In which stage of the process are you (you finished 1st round or telephone interview?) and Grad or intern? I am for grad.

  • 29 December 2009 - 10:00pm
    • MSS

    Hey guys,

    I applied to Citi Technology Grad Scheme way back in September (mid september) and received an invite for online tests a couple of weeks after my application. It wasn't until mid october until i was invited to a first round interview and then a further week until my invite to the assessment centre. It then took another 3 weeks or so for me to find out the outcome of the assessment . I then had another meeting/interview with one more manager at Citi which was much less formal. So for you guys who are waiting, this will give an indication of how long the process is, and not to get too worried if you are still waiting.

    Regarding the first round interview, there was a confirmatory numerical test, and a diagramatic test which was very intensive, but I don't think they expect you to finish it. There was also 2 interviews.

    The assessment centre was also intensive, but you feel comfortable throughout the day. It included 3 one on one interviews. There was also a report style activity where you had to write a report depending on the information you were given. You also have to do a presentation which is related to this report, and finally a group activity which again is linked to this report.

    I hope this helps.

    Unfortunately I don't usually come On wikijob too often, but if anyone needs more info they can send me a message and I will try and respond.

  • 21 December 2009 - 3:12pm
    • daisy

    @RealKoblitz: yea, 11th Jan, so i gotta see u der! u also apply Risk, dont u? u have any ideas abt the interview in Jan?
    but we dont know many places are left : (

    @solomon bro: i hope they r still taking more : (

    @browncargos: now u r done with the test, hope they ll contact u soon for the interview, i was kept on hold for really long as well, so keep ur hope up!

    merry xmas u guys

  • 21 December 2009 - 12:34pm
    • NealKoblitz


    I got the invite too. London on 11th Jan?

    I met people who had done a Risk AC back in early Dec - must be more places available though!

  • 21 December 2009 - 1:40pm
    • browncargos

    Applied for Full time analyst Operations & tech-Generalist way back in Oct.... got numerical invite 3 days back... seems like they had kept my applicaiton on hold & now since they might have more places available so want to proceed with it...
    Anyone else in same situation..?
    Also, what is the next stage after a numerical..? Is it face to face or telephonic interview..?

  • 20 December 2009 - 8:31pm
    • Solomon Bro


    Probably the intake number will be more or less 10 in total. 5 for GIRM and 5 for Global Risk Track. However they held lots of AC's in december and spread offers ... Therefore, I don't know how many places left .

  • 20 December 2009 - 8:32pm
    • animetaphor

    Hi all, do you think if the banks haven't specified degree qualifications for interns, will they ever consider taking someone with a phd totally unrelated to hardcore financial services? im thinking of HR...that might be a way around it. Still some internship programmes do rule out grads or phds...
    XD Please can you guys advise me? thanks!

  • 20 December 2009 - 6:30pm
    • daisy

    @solomon bro,
    hi, i applied for Grad - EMEA corporate functions - Full time Risk Management

  • 20 December 2009 - 4:23pm
    • Solomon Bro

    @ daisy

    grad or intern?

    GIRM or Global Risk Track ?

  • 20 December 2009 - 4:13pm
    • daisy

    hi u guys,

    i applied to Grad Risk with Citi way back to Oct. did my test in Nov and was just invited for first round face to face interview in london in Jan 3 days ago. Any of u guys apply to Risk as well or any experience with risk interview?
    i also want to know how many intake they take this year?

    any help is highly appreciated

  • 14 December 2009 - 1:51pm
    • abhi15

    I applied for Citi's Global Transaction Services full time analyst position..I recently had my online numerical test which i felt i did well..could anyone tell me how long does it take to get a reply after the test and what is the next it a telephonic interview or face to face interview? Has anyone applied for the same position and got a response yet??


  • 9 December 2009 - 10:57pm
    • NERVA10

    Just call the the HR department and ask nicely. They won't say no to you, its how I find most of my information during my application process. Call their switchboard and ask for HR:)

  • 8 December 2009 - 2:56pm
    • IBD_Haunter

    (My personal opinion) I think, they are checking their headcount figures and if they have already given out offers for that position, then they are checking how many are accepting the offer. That is, they are waiting for see, how many more people they need to recruit for that role. That's what I think personally. Obviously, if they didn't like your application at all, then they would have rejected you straightaway, instead of putting you on hold.

  • 8 December 2009 - 3:18pm
    • ibd_MD

    I agree Ibd_haunter. Let's see what happens, finger X to get into the next round

  • 8 December 2009 - 2:52pm
    • 123i

    has anyone been invited to take a citi test for the internship? i applied for capital market orig.

  • 8 December 2009 - 2:45pm
    • hazelground

    you passes the test, but this does not seem to guarantee a place in the next round, unfortunately...

    keep us posted..

  • 8 December 2009 - 2:31pm
    • ibd_MD

    I applied for IT full time Analyst program in London way back in sept, did the numerical test on 1st of Oct, and today I got this email. I dont know if I have passed the test. What do you guys reckon from this????? cheers

    Dear XYZ,

    Thank you for completing the online numerical test. We are very interested in your application.

    We are currently reviewing all strong applicants against our business requirements and have placed your application 'On Hold' during this process. We will contact you again shortly to confirm if you have been selected for the next stage of the recruiting process.

    In the meantime, thank you for your patience and your continued interest in Citi.

    Yours sincerely,

  • 6 December 2009 - 10:36pm
    • mustafa

    CMO grad role. testing was a loooong time bak.

  • 6 December 2009 - 9:13pm
    • Aj


    Is it for S&T internship or grad role? When did you do your numerical test? How long did they take in contacting you?


  • 6 December 2009 - 8:12pm
    • hazelground


    they have. I was told in a recent event at Citi...but they also mentioned there would be a few more ACs in december/january..
    but no further info.


  • 6 December 2009 - 7:02pm
    • IBD_Haunter

    any news regarding full-time CMO??

    havent heard back anything since the Numerical test.

  • 6 December 2009 - 9:02pm
    • mustafa

    buddy i have a first round confirmed...except for the date. they r deciding with the guys from the business wen to hold...i was told most probably b4 christmas.

  • 6 December 2009 - 5:13pm
    • kchbjerry

    hey audrey . i applied for S&T summer intern , but haven;t got any reply. how about u ? Which divison did u apply to ?

  • 6 December 2009 - 5:04pm
    • audreylee

    @ Nerva10,
    Congrats! glad you made it through.
    i just got done submitting my numerical test for internship next summer; keeping my fingers crossed.
    Hope you have a blast @ citi and pls do keep us posted of your progress.

    Does anyone know if Citi has started their first round of interviews for summer interns?

  • 5 December 2009 - 11:56pm
    • NERVA10

    Hi Aj,

    I can try to help with my limited knowledge. Its not always been a smooth road for me either, but every "no" you get, the closer to "yes" you get to I believe:) If you need to know something just PM me.

  • 5 December 2009 - 5:49pm
    • Aj

    Congratulations Nerva10; thats superb. I hope you will keep visiting Wikijob and offer us some help if we get through to the AC. I have applied for internship and done the numerical test just over a week ago. Thank you.

  • 5 December 2009 - 5:18pm
    • NERVA10

    Hello everyone,

    Having gone through the whole process with Citi full-time S&T analyst program, I can describe the process for those who are still in progress with the applications. After my numerical online test it took me about 10 days for them to invite me for the 1st round interviews + paper numerical test.

    The paper numerical test as others said was SHL and fairly standard. Interviews were competency based. But if you meet one American guy, he might love to ask lots of brainteasers, which was the case for me.

    It then took about 4 days for them to tell me I passed the 1st round and that they were going to put us to assessment centre. However they had to get a date set up first, which ended up being 3rd of December. I think we were one of the last assessment centres for the full time position in S&T. In total there were 15 candidates on Thursday, quite few from France and Germany.

    The assessment centre consisted of written exercise, case study prepation/presentation for one assessor. There will be 3 competency interviews and then group exercise, where the original interviewers and the presentation assessor will all be assessing the candidates in the group exercise (5 candidates per group). (Edit: on a note when I say competency, it also means financial market knowledge and ability to discuss various hot issues.)

    I was very fortunate to be offered the position yesterday evening and I consider myself very very lucky. I wish you all the best and remember to prepare for everything, including practice of writing reports.

  • 4 December 2009 - 10:11pm
    • hazelground


    yeah, it is shl ...nothing to worry about, just make sure you maintain speed throughout...
    well, i attended an event today at citi and again we were told that they had already given offers for CMO summer internships but then the recruitment would continue for some time. I dont know why, but I feel slightly suspicious about this info :)
    let's hope we all get invited to the AC . fingers x

  • 3 December 2009 - 5:15pm
    • mustafa

    Guys i have Citi CMO grad first round in due course(no confirm date as yet but probably before christmas). can any one suggest what to expect or could share their experience

  • 3 December 2009 - 10:11am
    • IBD_Haunter

    I know that they had first round interviews for ICG - CMO - couple of weeks ago.

  • 3 December 2009 - 10:08am
    • Arzoo

    like kay, i would like to know about that too.. as i havent heard from them since i completed my tests on the 20th of Nov!

  • 3 December 2009 - 9:54am
    • k4y

    can someone let me know if Citi have finished recruiting for ICG grads for 2010?

  • 3 December 2009 - 9:28am
    • IBD_Haunter

    Hey does anyone know whether Citi CMO is done recruiting grads this year??

    I called up the HR last week and she told me that they are still interviewing......... but has anyone got any info about whether they are done for the year?

  • 2 December 2009 - 4:10pm
    • Tech_2011

    @audreylee Thanks for the response. I got the reply from HR as printed below. He said it will take 3 business days. How did you get your test reset by 24 Hours. Can you tell me that you got the same response from them stating 3 working days and then got reply in 24Hrs?

    Dear Girish,

    I have contacted our technical support team regarding your issue and they will let us know if your score can be retrieved or if you will have to re-take the test.

    It can take up to three working days for them to contact you, but please do not hesitate to contact me in the meantime, should you have any further queries.

    Kind regards,

    Graduate Recruitment Team

  • 2 December 2009 - 11:15am
    • audreylee

    i encountered the exact same issue, i emailed HR and tech support straight away. in my case they got back to me within 24hrs- HR didnt mind as it was a technical issue. Tech will probably have to reset ur test again. Dont sweat it!

  • 2 December 2009 - 10:32am
    • Tech_2011

    Hi guys,

    I got problem with online tests.

    Yesterday night I took online tests and at the end of the exam when I click the finish button browser shows 404 error and exit. Whwn I tried to login immediatly the server couldn't reach. When I check this morning I still got "Invite to Online Tests" on my application and there is link to exam aswell.

    Can someone plase advise me what steps do I need to take. I put a mail to [email protected] from where I got invitation from. I'm worried how much time do they take to get back to me. If anyone got contact details of HR please mail me([email protected]) I will ring them to clarify next steps.

  • 1 December 2009 - 11:42pm
    • k4y

    hey guys,

    i applied for the ICG way back in September but have not heard anything. In October, I was told that my application is under review by business area and I thought that I would get an answer fairly quickly. Its been a month and a half now but still no updates. I emailed HR a few times but they keep coming back saying that my application is still under you think it is worth expecting anything? is anyone else in the same boat?

  • 29 November 2009 - 1:45pm
    • harsh

    ive also given the test yest...dunoo how long will we hav to wait before gt interview innvite...
    which uni?

  • 29 November 2009 - 5:42pm
    • audreylee

    @harsh, do keep us posted if u hear anything; im from UCL.

  • 24 November 2009 - 11:59am
    • VG1324

    I have a first round iview with Citi, S&T. Has anyone gone through that? What was it like, and how does it differ from the 2nd round?

  • 29 November 2009 - 9:03am
    • audreylee

    @VG1324, which scheme did u apply for? I've also applied for S&T, summer internship- just took the test today (encountered some tech issues) but was wondering how long it takes for them to get back- just wanted to get a rough proximate so that i dont have to linger around hoping to get an invite back!