I am scheduled to take the UBS new FA assessment in branch interview following a couple phone interviews and one in-branch interview. The material I've received via email seems to lay out the four hour process for the most part. Does anyone who's been through the process have a recommendation for how to prepare or a general explanation of your own experience? Thanks in advance.
If you have the ability to interview with more than one firm then do so. Smith Barney has a better training program and offers better support for FAs. Additionally, SB, Merrill, MS, Wachovia, and RBC offer a better understanding of the US investor than does the Swiss managed UBS.
To answer your question I have not been through the intial UBS interview process, however I did work for them for years. Be honest in all your answers. They are looking for smart, articulate, and money motivated people. If you are shy, or are not a people person, look elsewhere. While most in our industry now refuse to believe it, the position you are applying for is a sales position. If you can't sell, or don't want to sell, look elsewhere. If sales doesn't put you off well then, you've got you're first selling assignment. Sell UBS that you are the best candidate they've ever seen. Its that simple.
Don't stress. Follow directions. It is a "day in the life". Use your brain. Put together a good "seminar".