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Old Mar 28th 2011, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by Southlondoner View Post
Hello

I applied for a role at ADIA back in early 2010.
The interviews are OK - standard stuff. Going over your experience, talking through the CV and aking you about ADIA.

The assessment centre tests are quite challenging. The numerical and verbal reasoniong tests are fine - not too difficult.
I found the abstract logic test the toughest. They use a test book from the early 1980s. The abstract reasoning is different from the computer based numerical and verbal reasoning tests as it is paper based.

The best thing is to practise as many abstract reasoning - essentially spotting pattern in diagrams - tests as you can under timed conditions.

Hi

Thank you for the information, that is very helpful. I've been using the standard SHL type tests to prepare for the numerical/verbal reasoning tests and have been searching google for logic tests which I do find a bit tricky I must say.

Can I ask if you were successfull in your assessment, and if you were did you take the job at ADIA?

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Old Mar 28th 2011, 9:05 pm
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Unfortunately not. I did well on the numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning. Tripped up badly on the abstract reasoning. It is basically spotting patterns and identifying what comes next on a diagram. Well worth practising as many questions as possible.

ADIA is a good place to work. All my friends there are really happy. Good pay too and sovereign wealth funds are a safe port in troubled times.
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do they have programming jobs in Abu Dhabi Investment Authority?
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southlondoner- do you know of any women that work there and are they happy?

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southlondoner- do you know of any women that work there and are they happy?
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Old Apr 7th 2011, 11:20 am
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Hello,

I am as well interested in Adia. I may get an offer from them in 2 weeks time and would like to know what package I should ask for and whether it's not too difficult for a woman to work there. I am 30 years old. Single. I have the CFA and 6 years experience. Please let me know.

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Hello,

I am as well interested in Adia. I may get an offer from them in 2 weeks time and would like to know what package I should ask for and whether it's not too difficult for a woman to work there. I am 30 years old. Single. I have the CFA and 6 years experience. Please let me know.

Thanks,

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why would you think it is difficult for a woman to work in AD? Thousands of women work in AD. I think you need to do some more research.
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I have to say I have never been to the Middle East, but I have a (possibly incorrect) view that it may be uncomfortable for a woman, especially if she is working with a lot of nationals. Is it not true that in the ME, woman aren't supposed to be/aren't often found in positions of power, in a position to negotiate with men, not seen as an equal. I've had a hard enough time in NY finance, so I wonder what a culture where women are seen in a very different light than males in every aspect would be like as far as working. alsoI think seeing lots of women in burqas and potentially being involved in social situations where women and men are separated could be somewhat difficlut for a fairly strong feminist.
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I have to say I have never been to the Middle East, but I have a (possibly incorrect) view that it may be uncomfortable for a woman, especially if she is working with a lot of nationals. Is it not true that in the ME, woman aren't supposed to be/aren't often found in positions of power, in a position to negotiate with men, not seen as an equal. I've had a hard enough time in NY finance, so I wonder what a culture where women are seen in a very different light than males in every aspect would be like as far as working. alsoI think seeing lots of women in burqas and potentially being involved in social situations where women and men are separated could be somewhat difficlut for a fairly strong feminist.
The UAE doesn't need any more feminists . Please don't come...
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thanks millhouse, I will take that into consideration.
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thanks millhouse, I will take that into consideration.
The truth is you will be fine. The only thing that won't wash here is 'NY banker aggression' (this is true for men too). Leave any arrogance at the airport.

The Middle East is a different world and shouting and strutting around goes nowhere - probably worse for a woman to do it.
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but get yourself a Brigitte Nielsen hair cut and some killer shoulderpads just in case you do find yourself needing to bust some arab balls in the boardroom
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I am not arrogant but come from a bank (and area of a bank- fixed Income) with a culture of expressing your opinion, arguing, etc, not so much arrogance but speaking your mind (no posturing involved).

I appreciate the feedback.
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I am not arrogant but come from a bank (and area of a bank- fixed Income) with a culture of expressing your opinion, arguing, etc, not so much arrogance but speaking your mind (no posturing involved).

I appreciate the feedback.
Always found Fixed Income to be more pessimistic sensible types!

In regards to women, you should be fine but there is a reticence to send them on training courses. It's something to do with culturally sending a woman away. Depends on who your boss was i suppose.
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Always found Fixed Income to be more pessimistic sensible types!
Indeed... what is there to discuss and debate!?
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