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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.
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

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CapitalOne Associate interview

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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

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

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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

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 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
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I had a standard resume for this company as per our institute placement cell norms. Also my seniors advised me that for an analyst profile they would definitely look for consistent academic performance as well as academic achievements (at school/Olympiad level). So I had taken care to include the same in my resume (since the resume in our case is a standard one and does not change from a company to company basis).
Round 2

Test

Duration
35 Minutes
No. of Questions
30 questions
Interview Experience
Since I was aware of the profile they were recruiting for, I had anticipated the test. There was also guidance from my seniors as well as peers in other colleges. The written test had 30 questions and the total duration of the test was 35 minutes. The questions focused on data interpretation. Data about a company’s revenue, profit and sales in the form of graphs and pie charts was given and students were asked to analyse the same. Questions were simple and the use of calculators was allowed. The cut-off was around 23 questions (based on discussions/feedback from various students). People who have prepared for CAT would have a good idea about the kind of questions and are also aware of the relative difficulty level of various questions.
Interview Tips
In these tests the focus should be on accuracy. Since a lot of people prepare for CAT there is high probability that a lot of candidates would be able to attempt all the questions in the written test. The focus then shifts to accuracy.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
The first round was a case study round held in the month September (three months prior to the actual placement process). This interview lasted for approximately 15 minutes. It dealt with the break even analysis of a credit card company’s marketing and promotion campaign. The company had the option of sending letters of promotion to prospective clients via simple postal mail or through courier. The data provided was – cost of each promotion strategy, the probability of reaching the correct client and the conversion rate of a prospective customer into a customer for the particular case. There was a constraint on the marketing budget and hence one needed an optimized solution to maximize the profits.
The first part involved giving pros and cons for both the strategies and thereafter giving a data based analysis for the given promotion strategies to come up with one which was more profitable.
Round 4

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
The second round of the interview was held at the time of the main placement season – this time a one on one case study interview. This case focused on the break even analysis of a telecom company. The data given was the cost to company for a call (on a per minute basis), fixed price paid by the customer for the first 10 minutes and the price paid per minute of usage thereafter.
After analysis, I found that there were two break even points. Up to the first point the company was making a profit. Then there was an intermediate call duration period when the company made losses and beyond the second break even point, the call was again profitable.
As the head of the telecom company I had to decide whether to take the plan or not based on the probability distribution of the call duration and also analyse the probabilities of profit/loss.
Motivation for applying
I learnt about the company and the profile from the seniors working at the company and the pre-placement talk. The placement talk was useful in getting to know about the job responsibilities and the expectations from the candidate.
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CapitalOne Associate interview

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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

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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 Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I had my resume which I used for the internship purpose, I used the same resume. While applying in different companies I used the same resume but only ameliorated my areas to make them compatible with the requirements of the profile.
Round 2

Test

Interview Experience
I had prepared for CAT earlier which helped a lot. All the tests were easier than CAT examination. In the written test for Capital One, we were allowed to use the calculators. The questions asked were pretty simple and were based on graph interpretation. To solve those questions required speed and precision. Nearly 400 people appeared for the written test out of which 80 got selected for the case study round.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
The first phase was a preliminary case study round. The topic of the case study was based on comparison between diesel cars and petrol cars, which is more preferable to be purchased. Then we had to perform a break even analysis regarding which car is a better purchase in a particular year. Then they added a clause that if the car was to be purchased with a loan at a given rate of interest, then which is more preferable. They also asked me to guess the constraints that should be put on mileage, servicing and maintenance. The data given was the Distance traveled per year, the cost of servicing, the rate of interest on the loan taken and the rate of depreciation.
25 candidates got selected for the next phase of interviews.
Round 4

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
In the second phase of case study, the case study was held in front of a panel. There were two sets of panels. My case study was about the credit card users, I was told about two types of user the transactors and the revolvers and I had to find out which type of user is preferable among the two considering the given constraints. The constraints given were the amount of money they were allowed to withdraw, the time allocated to pay the dues after each month and so on. We had to do a break even analysis of the case. Due to the lack of time I was asked to do the quantitative analysis only.
Round 5

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
For the next case study the topic was on the spectrum allocation. I was told about the call rates as a function of time and I was asked to comment whether the implementation of the plan would be successful or not. The person taking supervising my case study helped me by dropping hints. He asked to state the number of minutes an ideal user should use so that the plan would be successful. I came up with a figure. He immediately asked me the procedure I would undertake to implement this plan without giving me any data whatsoever, I was terribly confused and could not reply. He then told me that I could ask for any data that I think would prove to be fruitful in getting to the answer. I asked him to give me the distribution of the customers based on the call rates of each customer. This data proved to be helpful and I managed to arrive at the answer.
Interview Tips
In the case study just do your mathematics properly, do not commit mistakes in doing that.
Round 6

HR Interview

Interview Experience
We had an H.R. interview in which only 2 questions were asked. Both the questions were situation based
questions.
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CapitalOne Analyst interview

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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

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.
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CapitalOne Associate internship interview

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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.
Resources

Preparation materials

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

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

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I had a standard resume for this company as per our institute placement cell norms. For an analyst profile at Capital One, they do look for a consistent academic performance, scholarships, Olympiads etc. So I did make sure to include all my academic achievements in my resume.
Round 2

Test

Duration
35 Minutes
No. of Questions
30 questions
Interview Experience
This was the first round and was conducted in September itself, well before the final placement process held in December. The test was based only on Data Interpretation (DI), quite similar to DI questions asked in CAT. It was a 35 minute test comprising of 30 questions. The questions were divided into sets of 4-6 questions, each set based on different data. Typically a set used to have 2 bar graphs/pie charts/line graphs and questions were based on them. Most of the questions were easy but were calculation intensive. Use of calculators was permitted. The cut off was about 22-23 questions. About 80 students were shortlisted for the first case study interview.
Interview Tips
Be accurate. Often it might not be possible to attempt all the questions. So do not spend much time on a particular question.
Round 3

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
The first interview was relatively short – a one to one case study interview was held on the next day of the written test. The case study was mainly quantitative in nature and was based on calculation of break-even point (concept from Profit and Loss). In the case study given to me, a kiosk owner providing delivery of products to dial-in customers wished to expand his operations by setting up an e-commerce platform on the kiosk’s website. Data about the existing number of customers, new distribution of customers, profit per customer, and cost for setting up the e-commerce platform and scaling up the operations was given. I was asked to carry out break even analysis for different cases.
Round 4

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
24 students got shortlisted for the next interview round which was again a one to one interview. Like the previous interview, this too was mainly focused on the analysis of the quantitative data in the case.
In the case given to me, a bank had two types of credit card customers – ones who paid off their due balance completely within the due date and those who paid only the minimum amount required before the due date and carried forward the remaining amount to the next month. There was a short discussion with the interviewer to identify the sources of revenue and costs for the two types of customers. After all the sources had been identified, I was given the data for all the costs and was asked to calculate the profit/loss the bank makes on each customer. The interview concluded with a short discussion on the possible ways of marketing the credit card. The interview lasted for about 40 minutes and because of a couple of calculation mistakes during the quantitative analysis, I couldn't make it to the next interview round.
Interview Tips
Go through some sample case studies. Get a basic idea of how to prepare for a case study interview. Prepare well for the written test. If you are preparing for CAT, that should be more than enough in almost all the cases.
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