(Closed) Interview at a bank monday! eek!

posted 6 years ago in Career
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Never worked at a bank, but GOOD LUCK!!!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@roweboat:  I started as a summer student teller and worked my way to the lending position I now have.  I never ever thought I would make my career with a bank, but I’ve been here for 6 1/2 years now!  I know for anyone who starts part-time at our branch, it’s usually a foot in the door and they have no trouble getting permanent hours or a better position down the road.

Our bank uses behavioural interviews so I would research those a little so you know what kind of questions they may ask you. Stress your strengths for the job (ie, previous experience handling cash).  Also, dress professionally–it doesn’t have to be a suit, but no low-cut or really short skirts.  Good luck!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Never worked at a bank either. Just wanted to wish you good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Emphasis integrity and sound judgement in last positions. 🙂

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

No help here as I also never worked at a bank but GOOD LUCK!! You’ll do great!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I work at a local bank and there are two things I feel I nailed in the interview:

1. Emphasis on customer service

2. Research into the bank’s philosophy/mission statement/culture. Because they are a smaller, local type bank, my employer really focuses on their culture and they make it a huge part of their business plan. I think this is an important thing to do for any company you interview with, but the smaller, local types seem to focus on this a little more.

ETA: Dress professionally. Panty hose if you wear a skirt or dress.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

And good luck!!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@roweboat:  Also, know about them in general. I got asked “what do you know about XX bank?” and I had actually just read an article about them not taking any TARP money from the govt. Really impressed the interviewer.

I got lucky there, though. See if the one you are interviewing for is in the news for any reason!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I worked as a teller for a very large bank chain when I was 19/20, during my sophomore year. 🙂

Make sure to dress professionally.

They’ll also likely ask you some hypothetical question, like, “In X situation, how would you handle this?” etc. Generally this is to flesh out what your people skills are like and to make sure you have good character. I remember they asked me what recent accomplishments I was most proud of and why, and I believe they also asked me to describe a difficult situation I had been in recently and how I overcame it.

They may also ask you what kind of past work experience you have and how you think that will translate to the job. I used to work in retail, so I told them I had lots of experience helping customers find things to meet their specific needs and that I got a lot of cash handling experience working the register.

As far as the actual job goes, should you get hired, they’ll send you to 4-5 days of training before you actually get to start, and then you’ll be supervised your first week or so to make sure you’ve got the hang of the system.

ETA: They can also ask you what you think is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness as pertains to this position- try to put a positive spin on your weak quality, but don’t say something obviously fake, like, “My greatest weakness is probably that I’m just *too* nice to people” or, “I guess my greatest weakness is that I just work *too* hard and don’t know when to stop.” They’re really turned off by cheesy answers like that- they’re looking for honesty.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Good luck tomorrow! You’ll do great, especially if you follow the advice from these smart bees!

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