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CapitalOne Analyst interview

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Taha MalikFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at CapitalOne
Interview Process
Test Interview Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
30 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Written
Interview Experience
The test was purely based on Data Interpretation. Every page had 3 charts and 5 objective questions based on those charts. There was severe time constraint in the paper and my selectivity among the questions proved beneficial in clearing the cut-off.
Round 2

Interview

Interview Experience
Preliminary Case Interview: Duration -10 minutes (Just after the Written Test) - One on One Case Interview.

"Tell me about yourself" was the first question asked to me. I just told him a few things about myself mainly focusing on the financial projects I did. Then he gave me a trivial case study as follows, "There are two economical classes, Prime and Sub-Prime, and I had to give a Motorcycle loan to one of them. Whom should I give?" I was supposed to ask him any information that I would require to solve this case study. Whenever I used to get stuck he gave me hints to work upon. And finally, based on the value he gave me I could compare the profit from both the classes. The main thing about the case study was the way of solving it and how interactive was I with the interviewer.
After this, the next round was held during the placement time. They had given us the link for few practice case-studies. The Case Study given at their website is the most important one. It helps you understand the standard approach they look for in a candidate.
Round 3

Interview

Interview Experience
1st Case Interview: Duration – 50 minutes

My interview was of the longest duration compared to others, so if your interview is a lengthy one then be happy :). The case was based on Credit insurance involving simple mathematics to reach a logical conclusion. 
The Case Study: - "Capital One reached its customers for new offers through postal mail. They had 2 kinds of postal services, A class and C class. In A Class, if the customer had changed his address then the postal service would update the address on the letter and it would reach the customer at the new address. In C Class, if the address is changed then the customer would not get the mail. I was supposed to tell which one of the postal service was better in two conditions, 1st when no. of mail to be made is fixed and 2nd when amount to be spend in mailing is fixed."
I found this case simpler than the earlier one. I managed to complete the case in just 20 minutes. The interviewer was very impressed with the speed with which I was able to solve the case. It was enough to make me realize that I had made it.
Interview Tips
The main thing that you need to remember in Case Study of this sort is that you need to speak your mind. It helps the interviewer understand the way you are thinking. So if you have made some calculation mistake he wouldn’t mind that because he knows that you are going in the right direction. This was something the interviewer told me that he liked about
me.
Skills

Skills Tested

    General Tips
    The Biggest question that all of us face in final year is "WHAT NEXT". With the options like CAT/GRE/CORE/FINANCE/CONSULTING it becomes extremely difficult to select just one. Initially I had no idea what it was going to be, but after my internship I knew that I wouldn't be going for either core or higher studies. After talking to seniors, I realized that doing MBA after one or two years of work experience would be better - you know what you have to focus on and would also give you a smoother platform to change your field of job if

    you are not comfortable in it. So my choices just narrowed down to jobs in either finance or consulting. Looking at the job scenario in our placement season, I knew I had to prepare for all of them. That is one of the reasons I appeared for CAT because it is always good to have an option and also preparing for CAT helps a lot in placement preparation. One needs to be thoroughly prepared for each of the placement processes.



    Resume:

    A resume is one of the most important things which mark the first impression upon the interviewer. You should devote ample time to work upon it. Every company looks for a different kind of candidate to suit their purpose; make sure your resume fits that profile. Prepare resumes separately for each sector with some minor changes for companies of same sector. Get your resume checked and rechecked by some alumnus in the company you are

    applying for.



    PPTs:

    The best way to know about the company is through its PPT. It gives you the details of the work profile and also tells you what kind of candidate the company is looking for. It is an opportunity to get all your queries, regarding the company and the work profile clarified.



    Written Test:

    Usually the CAT preparation is more than enough to crack the data interpretation and aptitude tests (excluding the technical tests). Practice plays an important role here to be able to solve the lengthy tests speedily and accurately. People aiming the finance companies must read Economic Times (specially the editorials) regularly to form a broader perspective of the financial situation all over the world.

    Group Discussions:

    I used to think that GD is just another formal bulla session that we have. But it turned out to be a complete disaster when I had a GD round during an Internship process. It is just not what you speak that matters, but also how well you convey your points, how well you work in a group, do you understand the group dynamics, your body language, and other group etiquette that matter. The most disappointing thing was that when SPO had started this session for GD practice very few people turned up. It is through these sessions that you learn

    the Do's and Don’ts of a GD. With every GD session that we used to have, I used to learn some new thing or the other.

    Case Studies:

    At first case studies seem to be highly intimidating. The workshops on Case Study by SPO helped me clear all my apprehensions, and then the process became a lot easier. Initially we used to solve a case in a group of 2-3 people and afterwards we did it individually discussing the methodology that we adopted and the different solutions that we approached. The discussions were the most important part as we learned what mistake we committed. It helped us frame our mindset in the right direction.

    HR Interviews:

    To be able to do well in an HR interview one needs to do a lot of introspection about one’s own self. This helps you in answering some very basic questions like your strengths, weakness, your future objective etc. You should be able to modify your answers according to the company profile. I prepared for HR interview in a group of 3. Initially, we gathered all the questions that the interviewer is likely to ask. We divided our answers based on the

    company profile and also prepared examples to support our qualities. Finally we conducted 3-4 rounds of mock interviews.
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    CapitalOne Analyst interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus for Analyst role at CapitalOne
    Interview Process
    Resume Shortlist Test Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Behavioural Interview
    Round 1

    Resume Shortlist

    Interview Experience
    Don’t know clearly what the criteria was but almost everyone with a CPI above 6.5 was shortlisted. Around 270 from whole batch were shortlisted for the next round.
    Interview Tips
    A point worth the mention here is that Cap One offered two profiles exclusively. The other one was data scientist with same package being offered in which lesser number of students sat and no case interview was there on day 0, only final interviews. Good for guys with a hands-on coding experience as competition was very less and they ended up extending offers to 5 students from 24 who appeared in test there compared to 2 in Analyst profile
    Round 2

    Test

    No. of Questions
    30 questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: Data Interpretation
    Interview Experience
    Most important round as highest elimination take place here and also first impression about you is formed whether you will be given any preference in interview slot, forgiven for a tiny bit of mathematical errors during interviews or not.Please practice a lot, as it sounds easier to many but it is not. Everyone around you is of same caliber. CAT aspirants will be direct benefactors here.
    Pen and paper based test (Maybe they look at rough work although I didn’t write a single word, just marked the options). A module was given with 30 questions. Calculators are allowed but time crunch is still there. No negative marking though. Better be prepared for it and get a general idea of average profit percentage, CI, SI and INFLATION rate. Many of the questions were based on that which were relatively easy but not everyone was able to comprehend what the actual meaning is.
    Interview Tips
    If you are comfortable through first passage then mostly each of them are related in continuation to it. But don’t waste all the time on a single question. Move on and please tick any of the option if not getting to an answer (No negatives). Try to attempt as many as possible to reduce performance pressure in further round. The better you perform, easier it is to navigate further rounds as they have a mindset of already selecting you. Don’t cheat, H.R. caught someone and believe me it was not pleasant to see a batch mate being yelled at in front of her.
    Round 3

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: It was a simple case study concerning micro-finance company in a village with two possible clienteles.
    Interview Experience
    65 students were selected in the analytics profile for a case interview a day before the D-Day. It was simple but I screwed up and did wrong calculations almost three times. He corrected me each time though. There is not too much to explore, they don’t expect you to be sailing through these with knowledge of finance, as they are aware that most of the students have little experience whatsoever. Only Math part is seen and decisions are purely based on Math. Then he talked about my projects and a little about my intern in an algorithmic trading firm. I guess he knew that I had no background in management whatsoever (No PoR and a modest CPI). I was selected anyway for Day 1 interviews among 24 students who steered clear.
    Interview Tips
    Point to be noted – A little imagination on possibilities of exploring business and good conversation skills will help here a lot. Try to convince him that you want to be like a consultant to their clients. Most of the batch mates aiming for Cap One prepared case studies which I apparently did not. I sat their mostly fearing worst outcomes. But my good score in DI test went a long way and helped me a lot.
    Round 4

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: One about a telecom company involving broadband plans and some differentiation to get point where maximum profit is obtained. Somewhere down the line he asked me another point where zero profit zero loss condition occurs
    Interview Experience
    They were late by an hour or two (good for everyone, specially in Kanpur which on December 1 is unforgivably cold) which went perfectly with my plan of appearing in GS before.
    I don’t remember another one but there was a case interview apart from the one mentioned above. I suggested pretty good alternative business ideas in this one though on his demand of how to maximize profits, capture more market share and expanding the business. He tried to deter me and told me that my calculations were wrong. I knew they weren’t but I cross-checked it anyway and politely refused to admit any at all and said that I beg to differ in this matter. I have to say I was pretty confident securing an offer earlier at GS.
    Interview Tips
    Jot down you points carefully in neat and nice way on the paper provided. Appearing like a professional doesn't hurt anybody. They collect paper afterwards. Also you will asked to draw graphs. So if you write whatever they say, data will be easier to get and previously solved problem's data will help furthermore.
    See technical term for it in sample case interview here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cDT5YZQwOs. Take a look at it positively if you want to do well, it will probably help you a lot. The point is be confident, that way you won’t commit any errors.
    Round 5

    Behavioural Interview

    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Mathematical Aptitude
    • Graph Theory
    • Business Acumen
    • Conversation Skills
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    CapitalOne Associate interview

    11.7k views
    Divyesh MistryFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Associate role at CapitalOne
    Interview Process
    Test Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Behavioural Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    No. of Questions
    15 questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: Data Interpretation
    Interview Experience
    The test basically involved solving 15 Data interpretation questions. The test was pretty easy, and hence accuracy was very important to qualify for the next round.
    Interview Tips
    Solving DI questions from any CAT practice book will be more than enough. The actual questions in the test are much easier. Just be read the question carefully and you will be able to solve it.
    Round 2

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Finding the average profit on a given loan
    Interview Experience
    Initially the interviewer tests your basically conceptual knowledge regarding the cost and revenue streams for a loan and then expects you to calculate the average profit given the required data. This was a pretty small interview lasting only about 10-12 minutes or so.
    Interview Tips
    Keep conversing with the interviewer and clarify any doubts. Do not mess up with the calculation.
    Round 3

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Choosing between two marketing schemes
    Interview Experience
    Again, the interviewer tests your basic understanding regarding making a decision to select between two marketing schemes. Then, after being provided relevant information, you are expected to make an informed decision, do the break-even analysis and plot a graph.
    Interview Tips
    You need to show the interviewer your grasp of business concepts. A good knowledge about economics and a business acumen helps. The math is easy, just be careful not to mess it up. Also, keep conversing with the interviewer and help him understand your line of thinking, this would enable him to assist you and get you on the right path.
    Round 4

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Economics of setting up a new ATM
    Interview Experience
    You are expected to do the math to assess the profitability of an ATM and qualitatively discuss the factors to be considered while setting up a new ATM.
    Interview Tips
    Again, think aloud and use your common sense if ever you feel that you do not know an answer. But mainly be confident.
    Round 5

    Behavioural Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Tell us a time when you asked your peers for help and what was the result
    • Question 2: Tell us a time when you had to learn something new for an assignment/project
    • Question 3: Tell us a time when you delivered results in a short deadline while working in a team
    Interview Experience
    The interviewer is very friendly and it is more of a chat than an interview. Also, they will get into the specifics of the example you provide just to understand the situation better and to know how you handled the situation.
    Interview Tips
    Be well prepared with all the general HR and behavioral questions and think about specific examples that you would like to bring up.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Confidence
    • Communication
    • Basic Mathematics
    Skill Tips
    If you are selected for the interview, chances are that you already have the necessary math skills to succeed. Remember, the only things which are going to get you through are confidence, alertness and business acumen.
    General Tips
    To sum it up, more than anything, just be confident.
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    CapitalOne Business analyst interview

    11.5k views
    Sooraj KapurFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Business analyst role at CapitalOne
    Interview Process
    Test Case Study Interview Behavioural Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Duration
    35 Minutes
    No. of Questions
    30 questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: Data Interpretation
    Interview Experience
    It was basic data interpretation questions. They gave us a graph or a couple of graphs and asked questions based on them. Calculators were permitted, so it was mostly about speed and application.
    Interview Tips
    Solve CAT level questions for Data Interpretation, which is a more advanced level. That should make these questions relatively easy. Just practice sums as much as possible to crack this first round.
    Round 2

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Choosing between two car varieties based on various costs.
    • Question 2: Choosing between in-branch and out-branch ATM's (factoring in various parameters)
    • Question 3: Choosing a marketing strategy for Capital One (Phone Calls or Letters).
    Interview Experience
    The company basically looks for how logically you think as well as how effectively you can communicate while working on a problem. The question will be a relatively straightforward case with basic math involved. There are three rounds of Case Interviews, with varying problem statements, to test your thought and working process
    Interview Tips
    Ensure you write everything systematically, and keep the conversation going with your interviewer. Tell him/her what you are doing constantly. Double check your work, ask questions and be calm and confident. The process is very relaxed so take your time. If you have a doubt, don't hesitate to get it clarified. Organise your workings clearly so you may come back to it easily. Don't get flustered if you make a mistake, check your working and correct it.
    Round 3

    Behavioural Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Narrate a time when you sought the help of your peers and tell me the outcome.
    • Question 2: Tell me a time when you overcome an obstacle in a project or task and the outcome.
    • Question 3: Tell me of a time you learned something new for a project/work.
    Interview Experience
    This was the last round of interviews. It was very relaxed. If you've made it this far then you have a very good chance of receiving an offer letter. It's more of an HR Interview with easy flowing conversation. It is to gauge your communication ability and to get a better understanding of what you've done previousy in terms of work, projects, etc.
    Interview Tips
    Be calm. It's a very relaxed interview with a flowing conversation. Be confident. Don't be afraid to take a moment to think. Ensure you answer the questions in a manner that highlights previous work that you've done, or any other accomplishments. DON'T LIE. Be genuine and calm.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Analytic Thinking
    • Logic
    • Communication Ability
    Skill Tips
    Don't be nervous. The process is well organised and conducted. It is swift and interesting too. Just stay calm and don't be shy.
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Books
    • Any CAT Book for Data Interpretation.,
    General Tips
    I've already said all there is to say earlier. But I'll re-iterate. The interviewers are very nice and relaxed. So just be yourself. Communicate effectively and be organised in your thoughts and workings.
    Motivation for applying
    I loved the job profile and it was the first company I sat for on campus. I didn't want to continue with any tech related jobs. The company too, has a fantastic atmosphere in the work place.
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    CapitalOne Associate interview

    11.6k views
    AnonymousFresherNot Selected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus for Associate role at CapitalOne
    Interview Process
    Test Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Test Sections
    • Section 1: Data Interpretation test
    Interview Experience
    Adaptive DI test. Level of difficulty less than CAT.
    Round 2

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Simple Case Interview
    Interview Experience
    This is a very simple case interview. The case was as follows: Client is a micro-lender, they loan funds from a big bank @ 6% SI and loan out the money to farmers at 10% and 20% SI. The segmentation is 60% and 40% respectively. Calculate profit/customer. What is the profit if 2% customers default (uniformly from both segments) on the loan? (Ans: loss incurred)
    Interview Tips
    This is a very simple round, just stick to the essentials of keeping your structure + calculations neat & clean. Communicate well. You'll get through.
    Round 3

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Main case Round
    Interview Experience
    Case: We are a telecom company, planning to launch a new subscription plan. Decide if we should go ahead or not. The plan is as follows: We charge the customers $0.99 for the first 20 minutes and $0.08/minute thereafter. The cost incurred by the company is $0.07/minute. Should we go ahead with the plan?
    You will be asked to draw a graph between Profit and minutes spent on a call. To come to a decision you might ask the interviewer for some more data like the distribution or the average time spent by a customer on a call. But none of this is information can be used to decide if we should go ahead with the plan. Unless you have a distribution of percentage of customers vs time spent on an avg call, you can not decide the fate of the plan.
    On our campus, almost everybody answered a yes(go ahead) or a no for the plan and still got rejected. I think the actual answer is "None of the above. With the present information nobody can predict if the plan will be profitable in the long run.
    Please do not say we can use historical data to come to a conclusion, I did, the question he then posed to me is can we really use historical data to predict the usage pattern of this plan by our customers?? The answer is no, we can not use historical data, as the customers will have an incentive to speak for close to 20 minutes per call.
    I also looked at the problem from a customers point of view to check if a customer has an incentive to pick this plan over the others. I asked for the cheapest plan/s out in the market currently, so the interviewer told me that the cheapest plan cost the customer $0.08/minute.
    After getting this data, I looked at intersection of the time band at which it becomes cheaper for the customer to pick our plan over the 8 cents plan and the time band which is profitable for us.
    I came to the conclusion that the band is very narrow to be profitable and that I do not think that it will generate net profits. So we should not go ahead with the plan.
    I assumed that there wont be a large chunk of customers in the above mentioned time band. This is what I think my mistake was.
    I believe there is no way of definitely saying whether we should go ahead or not. Hence the answer must be Cant be Determined.
    FYI: I also suggested him to launch it in a small region/zone so as to figure out the distribution of customers. No good.
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Books
    • Wharton Casebook,
    Motivation for applying
    Chill out workplace. No pressure of work. But no future either :P wont land you in a great B-school. This is just an office opened by a recently grown American company. They have an office in India just to show the Investors that they plan on expanding and are investing in India and Philippines. I don't think the real work happens here. This might sound like a rant, but you should go ahead and prepare for this company. Its one of the best options straight out of college. Or to settle down or if you like to chill a lot....
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    CapitalOne Analyst interview

    11.4k views
    Anuj Gupta FresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at CapitalOne
    Interview Process
    Resume Shortlist Test Case Study Interview HR Interview Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Resume Shortlist

    Interview Experience
    First step involved writing down everything that I had accomplished in my tenure at IITB. Then, grading each point on the basis of accomplishment and innovation involved along with details in about 4-5 lines. Carefully went through 10 resumes from the previous year to get an idea of the prevailing format. Prepared a resume and got the feedback from 4- 5 people and then on the basis of the feedback finalized the resume. I attended the Pre-Placement talks of companies, I was interested in. It was a good exposure for understanding the skill sets and the values that companies were looking for in a candidate and the possible future paths in the organisation. The talks also helped in  increasing the overall awareness about the different companies  
    .
    Round 2

    Test

    Test Sections
      Interview Experience
      a) Written DI based test with emphasis on interpreting graphs, calculating percentages etc. 100 people shortlisted. Candidates go through psychometric test
      Interview Tips
      Interview preparation was best done in groups of 2-3 at a time: One interviewer, one interviewee and one observer. Tests were best prepared for by referring to the CAT study material
      Round 3

      Case Study Interview

      Interview Experience
      c) ~40 people selected after this stage d) 3-4 interviews –first case study , second HR , third and fourth case study. 3 people made final offers. a) First case study involved understanding the details of two marketing strategies. Then, comparing the effectiveness of the two in terms of revenue generated incase of limited budget and in case of specific no. of customers to be contacted. The final task involved calculating the point at which transition occurred in effectiveness for the two strategies for the two cases.
      Round 4

      HR Interview

      Interview Experience
      b) Second interview consisted of HR questions like a. Why capital one? b. Why not research? c. An instance of working under time and resource constraints? d. An instance of leadership. e. An instance of innovation and thought leadership.
      Round 5

      Case Study Interview

      Interview Experience
      c) Third interview was again a case study involving credit card strategies. The task involved calculating the effect of reduction in the credit limit or an increase in the rate of lending for high risk customers. In both the cases, it was required to calculate the % reduction in customers for the profit to remain same. Then a question was asked regarding which strategy I thought was better and how would I decide it? Note: Capital one case studies are simple mathematical case studies with a focus on understanding and calculations. These are different from the ones asked by consultancy companies like Mckinsey BCG etc. where the candidate is expected to ask the right questions before supplying any data. All the data for case studies in Capital one is provided at the start itself. If someone wants to appear for this company, what all should he/she ideally prepare? Someone preparing for Capital One should practice numerical case studies like the ones gives in Tucks Case study book 2002. They should also try the case studies available on the capital one website. Its important to prepare the HR based questions well because they might ultimately decide whether you are in or out. Another important advice is that you should think aloud while solving the case studies. It helps a lot in avoiding silly mistakes as well as in keeping the interviewer interested.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

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        CapitalOne Associate internship interview

        7.1k views
        Aman ChoudharyFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Associate role at CapitalOne
        Interview Process
        Resume Shortlist Test Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
        Round 1

        Resume Shortlist

        Interview Experience
        Resume Shortlist was strictly done on the basis of CGPA ! All candidates with CGPA 7.0 and above were shortlisted for the test.
        Round 2

        Test

        Duration
        35 Minutes
        No. of Questions
        30 questions
        Test Sections
        • Section 1: Data Interpretation
        Interview Experience
        A total of 30 questions were given to completed in a short span of 35 minutes. A set of 5-6 questions were based on a set of three graphs (generally line chart, pie chart, bar graph). Questions were based on simple calculations and test was aimed at keeping a check on accuracy and speed of the candidate
        Interview Tips
        Practice a few Data Interpretation exercise to understand the graphs easily.
        Round 3

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Money Lending Business
        Interview Experience
        The case was about Market entry for a Money Lender in a village. The case included identification of potential customer segment, revenue streams. Then there was some data provided regarding the interest and various kind of loan models that would be used by the lender. I was then asked to work on the profitability. This case was more on the qualitative side.
        Interview Tips
        - Keep communicating with the interviewer. Involve him in the case solving process.
        - If at any point of time, you are unsure about the approach you are following, ask the interviewer.
        Round 4

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Customer Acquisition (Break Even Analysis)
        Interview Experience
        The case was about a credit card company who uses various kind of marketing strategies (mail, calls etc) for customer acquisition. The interviewer started with the discussion on the marketing techniques. The data included costs, acquisition rate, and the average profits. I was asked to calculate the break even point.
        The case was numerical and easy to crack once the data was provided.

        Interview Tips
        - Calculate accurately. Never answer wrong because of the speed.
        Round 5

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Customer Delinquency and Fraud Management
        Interview Experience
        The case was about a bank who was observing a higher delinquency rate and fraud. The data provided was about loss per customer, average revenue etc. The case typically numerical after some discussion on strategy about reducing fraud.
        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • Speed
        • Accuracy
        • Ability To Analyse
        Resources

        Preparation materials

        Books
        • Case In Point,
        Motivation for applying
        Good Perks, Big Brand.
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        CapitalOne Summer intern internship interview

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        Ashwin SinghFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Summer intern role at CapitalOne
        Interview Process
        Test Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
        Round 1

        Test

        Duration
        35 Minutes
        No. of Questions
        30 questions
        Test Sections
        • Section 1: DATA INTERPRETATION TEST
        Interview Experience
        Capital one usually conducts a data interpretation test to shortlist students for interviews.
        This test also has some weightage in the final selections as it is a metric to judge your
        speed and accuracy of calculations. There are 30 questions in 35 minutes so the strategy to crack
        it is not to get stuck on confusing questions and maintain a good speed/accuracy balance.
        50 students were shortlisted for interviews from among 160 who gave the test and the
        cutoff must have been around 22 or 23 out of 30.
        Interview Tips
        CAT questions help.
        Know a bit about inflation.
        Round 2

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: A short quantitative case on the profitability of a bank
        Interview Experience
        I was asked about a bank which borrows at 6% and lends at 10% to one class
        of debtors and 20% to a riskier class. I had to determine the profitability of the
        bank given a common dollar loss rate and average loan size. This was an easier
        case and involved basic common sense to get to the final answer.
        Interview Tips
        -Don't make errors in calculations
        -Keep on communicating with the interviewer even if you get stuck.
        Round 3

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Long quantitative case based on the economics of a breakfast chain with falling sales
        Interview Experience
        I was first asked which factors might have led to the falling sales, for
        which I gave around 6-7 possible reasons.
        Then he gave me a lot of data about the breakfast chain and two possible
        decisions the breakfast chain could make. I had to determine the viability
        by analyzing the data given.
        Interview Tips
        -Again be accurate in your calculations. Even a small mistake can lead to a wrong final conclusion.
        -Imagine the company given and all possible sources it can derive revenues from.
        Round 4

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Analysis of the profitability of credit card companies
        Interview Experience
        I was introduced to the concept of transactors and revolvers
        and given some basic information about their spending habit.
        This was followed with an analysis of the profits to the credit card
        company due to these two classes of credit card holders.
        It is a bit confusing if you don't know how exactly credit card companies
        earn money and what the cost of funds are for transactors.
        Interview Tips
        -Know the terms used by credit card companies like interchange rate, cost of funds, dollar loss rate before your Capital One interview. Also know the sources of revenue of credit card companies.
        Motivation for applying
        Strong in analytics. Great work culture and perks.

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        CapitalOne Business analyst internship interview

        10.8k views
        Shreyas VishwanathanFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Roorkee for Business analyst role at CapitalOne
        Interview Process
        Test Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
        Round 1

        Test

        Test Sections
        • Section 1: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
        Interview Experience
        It was an easy test with basic DI and LR questions. There were around 18 questions to be done in 20 minutes.
        Calculator is allowed so speed was not be a problem.
        Interview Tips
        A great presence of mind and accuracy is needed. Try some CAT style DI/LR questions.
        Round 2

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: A case study to find out what is more profitable: monthly or daily bus membership.
        Interview Experience
        Initially, the interviewer asked me a general question of what factors should be kept in mind while renting a new place near the office as well as if it is away from the office. Then the case study data was given, and various profit and loss questions were asked with some tricky conditions.
        Interview Tips
        Maintaining one's cool and calm is a must. Try to solve the questions fast, but it is always better to give a late answer than a wrong answer.
        Round 3

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: A case study with profitability of ATMs.
        Interview Experience
        Some general financial knowledge was tested, as in what are the possible sources of income of commercial banks. Then the ATM case study was given, in which I had to ascertain the places in which setting up an ATM will be profitable. I was also asked to draw graphs for the profit/loss equations, and had to interpret some data from it too.
        Interview Tips
        Strong mathematical skills and basic knowledge of economics will come in handy in such interviews.
        Round 4

        Case Study Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Case study on choice of means of transport.
        Interview Experience
        This was the final case study, and was similar to the previous ones, with a bit more tricky cases. Some HR questions were asked:
        Why Capital One?
        Why analytics?

        And similar ones.
        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • Case Analysis
        • Quantitative Aptitude
        • Economics
        • Quick Maths
        Resources

        Preparation materials

        Books
        • Any CAT Book For Data Interpretation,
        Courses
        • Economics Courses,
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        CapitalOne Analyst interview

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        ANIMESH DWIWEDIFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at CapitalOne
        Interview Process
        Test Resume Shortlist Case Study Interview Case Study Interview HR Interview
        Round 1

        Test

        Test Sections
          Interview Experience
          Capital One conducts a DI/DS type quiz which contains questions ranging from compound interest to inflation, before announcing a final shortlist of 200
          Round 2

          Resume Shortlist

          Interview Experience
          After that there is an online psychometric analysis plus resume based short listing which leaves around 50 candidates for the interview.
          Round 3

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Experience
          ROUND1:
          CASE STUDY: The first study lasted for as long as 20 min. My case was that of dominos evaluating a new scheme wherein they would offer a discount of 30% instead of 100%, in case wherein pizza could not be delivered within 30 min. I was asked how this would change the revenue and the profit. They stressed on the reasoning that I gave in the first half of the study and the calculations in the second half.
          Round 4

          Case Study Interview

          Interview Experience
          ROUND 2:
          CASE STUDY: The second was harder and very extensive. It was a customer acquisition scenario in which a credit card company has to choose from amongst three strategies. They gave me a set of data such as cost of sending out fliers, lending rate, default rate, average spending per customer, annual percentage return etc. and I had to evaluate all the three strategies in term of long term and short term profit and then choose one of them.
          Interview Tips
          The thing to be kept in mind with the cap one studies is that there is no end point for any study and they will keep asking questions after questions as long as there is time. Hence those who answer correctly and quickly will get to solve more of the case. This is were knowing the jargon really matters, because otherwise a lot of time will be lost trying to understand what each term actually means.
          Round 5

          HR Interview

          Interview Experience
          The first question for me was to describe an experience wherein I proposed a creative idea in front of a team and then how I went about convincing people about that idea. Next I was asked to describe a crisis situation which I faced and also my response to it.
          The reason for success in this round for me was choosing the right incidents and then reporting them exactly.
          Interview Tips
          1.Rehearse with friends for all expected questions such as Tell us about yourself? Why this job? Why this company?
          2.Do not cook the script and mug the answers.
          General Tips
          1.PPTs:

          The best way to start is by getting to know all the jobs that are out such as consulting, analytics, tech, banking and financial services etc. and then deciding about the nature of job that suits you the most.



          2.RESUME:

          Going through the resume of your seniors is a good way to start. Try to convey variety, team work and leadership and try not to overdo it!



          3.CASE STUDIES:

          Apart from the routine case studies which the consultancies ask, you might also need to prepare the ones that some of the financial firms love.
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