UBS Assessment Centre – Ultimate Success Guide with Practice Tests & Interview Questions

This UBS assessment centre guide includes practice tests, top tips and insider secrets for success. We’ll walk you through each part of the day and show you how to prepare. Let’s get started.

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UBS Assessment Centre – What To Expect

Your time at the UBS assessment centre will be spent doing a variety of exercises that test your abilities and intelligence. Here are the exercises that you will face:

Before we look at these exercises in detail, it’s vital that we look at UBS’s list of core competencies. These are traits that are valued company-wide and are the pillars of your assessment criteria.

  • Judgment and decision making
  • Innovation
  • Communication skills
  • Drive and commitment
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and organisational skills

You must demonstrate these skills at the UBS assessment centre. 

Action point: Make a list of examples from your own work history when you have demonstrated these skills. (Think of at least two examples for each.)

Once you have completed your list of examples, memorize it. This will form the basis of your interview.


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You can reflect their own language back at them during your presentation and interview for maximum points. This makes it easier for them to visualise you as employee and colleague.

UBS Assessment Centre: Numerical Test

You will have already completed a numerical test during the initial stages of your internship test/ application, but you will be required to do another one at the UBS assessment centre.

This UBS Numerical Reasoning Test is very similar to the earlier test, however, it’s now 40 minutes long, rather than the original 20.  The pressure will be on as you will be observed while you complete it.

You can learn how to succeed in numerical reasoning test by visiting our Numerical Reasoning Hub.

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UBS Assessment Centre Presentation

Next up is the presentation exercise. Expect to be given a case study to digest, before giving your presentation and sharing your findings/recommendation.

You will need to present for 10 minutes and then there will be a Q&A on your presentation.  This will last for another 10 minutes.

Your assessor will be looking at your content but will also assess you on your delivery and style.

‘Daunting’ or ‘Useful’?

Most people don’t relish giving presentations, but they are a fantastic way to show off your skills, intelligence and personality. Use this time wisely. Be positive and think of how you can use this platform to showcase yourself.

Action point: Read our guide ‘How To Deliver A Killer Presentation At Your Assessment Centre


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UBS Assessment Centre Interview

Your interview will last around 30 minutes. Many of the questions will be competency-based and you must be able to give examples of each one.

This is when your earlier efforts will reap enormous rewards. Do you have a list of examples of when you have demonstrated these traits?

  • Judgment and decision making
  • Innovation
  • Communication skills
  • Drive and commitment
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and organisational skills

Do Your Research

You can expect to be quizzed on your knowledge of the company. Make sure that you take the time to research this or you will be exposed when they ask you for details of your research. Check out the UBS careers website for more info.

Action point: Spend some time reading the latest UBS annual report.

(There is no faster way to get up to speed with the company’s current trading environment and immediate challenges than to read the introductory section of their annual report.)

UBS Interview Questions

You will face some hypothetical questions, it’s essential that you practice being interviewed as much as you can, before the big day. Get friends & family to help you.

Action point: Read some of the free guides in our interview section. They will be a treasure trove for you in your preparation. Check out these articles of ours:

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UBS Assessment Centre: Group Exercise

The last exercise at the UBS assessment centre is a group exercise.

  • You will be grouped with your fellow candidates and be given a pack of information. This will detail some kind of project or campaign.
  • You will have 10 minutes to absorb the information before spending a further 30 minutes working together to come to a conclusion.

As with most group exercises, the conclusion is not all that important.  You are being assessed on your ability to work in a group environment.

When working in a group, try to think about the following things:

  • Are you leading or following?
  • Can you influence without dominating?
  • Can you listen as well as contribute?

Action point: Read our popular guide ‘How To Shine In An Assessment Centre Group Exercise

Want to flourish in the group exercise? Watch this video to learn how:

The All-conquering Importance of Practice

If you’re serious about succeeding at your Deloitte assessment centre you must take the time to practice each of the assessment exercises you will face at the event.

We can give you great tips and advice, sure, but it’s down to you to put the preparation hours in.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from long experience it’s that preparation is the difference between success and failure. Successful candidates are consistently better-prepared than unsuccessful ones.

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