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Charles Schwab Interview Questions

Updated Nov 20, 2014
Updated Nov 20, 2014
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    Broker Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Charles Schwab.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Got a call the same week to set up a phone interview. The interview was easy, just basic interview questions..... Why do you want to work here?... What do you know about the company.... How did you hear about the position? etc. The position started before I graduated so I had to decline.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Broker Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Charles Schwab.

    Interview Details

    As the other reviews state, they call you to just get a feel of why you want to work for the company. Its a 5-10 min phone call. After that they set a phone interview that lasts from 45-60 min long. It was about fives questions, and they said they would email me back if I got the job or not. Sadly, I did not.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked interesting interview questions such as "name a time you had to explain to a customer about a industries they were a novice in". That question through me off, but I responded with my past work experience. Other questions were "Name a specific time you had to deal with a difficult and angry customer and what was the outcome?".   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Software Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Charles Schwab.

    Interview Details

    Schwab was conducting interviews on my university's campus. There were two interviewers who seemed very personable. They opened the interview by asking me to tell them what I know. The question threw me for a loop -- I hadn't even thought of preparing a presentation, and I really didn't know where to start. Things deteriorated from there, until in the end, they summarized everything they assumed I'd never even heard of (basic concepts like object oriented programming, reading UML, and knowing about agile, all of which I would have been glad to have discussed), kind of sneered at a language I had mentioned knowing (python, to which the interviewer replied, "I use C++ and Java, not little scripting languages.") and sent me away.

    Schwab is supposed to be a great company to work for and I was really enthusiastic about the opportunity until I got into the interview. I was ready for "tell me about yourself" as a "soft" question, but in every other technical interview I've done, they've asked concrete questions that allow the candidate to demonstrate their knowledge, asked how the candidate would solve a specific problem, or handed me either pen and paper or grease pen and white board, and had me actually write code.

    I thought the overall experience was pretty degrading. If they hadn't followed up the initial question by making so many assumptions about my general ignorance, I might have felt mortified about flubbing the initial "presentation," but as it is, I just felt set up for failure.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate – Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Charles Schwab in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Received a email to set up a phone interview. First phone interview was all behavioral, done by a "talent acquisition" manager I assume. At the end set up a second technical phone interview. Second phone interview was coordinated by the previous manager who brought 4 other technical interviewers. asked questions pertaining to their projects. All but one had heavy accents over a teleconference line made for a lot of "can you repeat that."

    Interview Questions
    • something having to do with transactions, couldn't really understand.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Compliance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Charles Schwab in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview last approximately 45 minutes with just one person. The majority of the information was discussed about me from a personal level however, I was asked about some of my weaknesses and strengths as well. He then dove into some of my experience while looking at my resume. This interview was via phone rather than face to face because of the distance of the interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Charles Schwab.

    Interview Details

    The process seems to be the same as many have noted before. Quick phone interview, longer on phone, more detailed with SAR questions. I am waiting for the next step which should be the on site interview.

    Interview Questions
    • What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Derivative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    phone interview, I applied via the online site and had a phone interview that I thought went very well. I answered two situation questions "tell me about a time when" and then the recruiter ended the call. I did not get called in for an additional interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Actuarial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter via telephone who then scheduled a telephone with me. I was told to do my research on behavioral type interviews. Not surprisingly, the telephone was all behavioral questions. After the telephone interview, I was scheduled for an in-person interview at the location. Following the in-person interview, I never heard from anyone at this company.

    Interview Questions
    • Behavioral phone interview. Mostly background/experience questions during the in-person interview.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Associate Financial Services Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Charles Schwab in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process is just as it's been described by other interviewees, five minute phone screen, followed by a more in-depth hour long phone call with "tell me about a time when?" type of questions which should be answered in the STAR method. You will then be asked to come in and take the SIFMA exam, which if you can do basic arithmetic and answer logical word questions you will do fine.

    Then there is the 2:1 manager interview on site. This is where my issues begin with this company and I hope someone from Schwab reads this in order to correct their mistakes. First off the person that I was told I would be interviewing with I didn't, which by my estimation is completely unprofessional. I'm the type that will go above an beyond to prepare for an interview so I had researched the individual that I was told I would interview with via social media in order to make small talk about his interests to exemplify just how passionately I wanted the position, which was obviously a waste of time. Then the two women (whom I didn't know their names or that they were going to be conducting the interview) showed up seven minutes late as I waited in the lobby like a schmuck. Schwab obviously thinks that its time is more valuable than mine. Upon doing the interview I exactingly, methodically dissected every question that they threw at me with poise, professionalism, energy, articulation and specificity. I ran circles around these women who were not professionally dressed or polished in any shape of the word. Their questions sounded like: "Name a time when, uuummm...., name a time when?" By the end of the interview I've never felt so confident about a position. However several hours later I received a call saying that they were not going to move forward with my application because there were candidates better suited for the position.

    It's my perception from what I can gather that I was probably overqualified for the position. However they way overstate the qualifications because I had them all. I believe that they are looking for individuals who have less experience and are a little more moldable, and that's fine, however all I did during the interview was speak to my resume, which they had from the FIRST DAY of a month long process.

    I think it's probably a great position for someone without experience and doesn't mind working potentially at 3:00 am on Christmas morning.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Web Developer Position - Austin, TX Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Charles Schwab in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    First contacted by corporate HR in San Francisco. Basic questions. I was then set up to speak with the hiring manager for the Web developer Position. Within 20 seconds I qualified the personality as type A. After a 1 minute discussion about my background, I was asked a series of technical questions. These questions were empirical, and I answered them correctly. However, I was told "you got the answer right, but you don't know why its right." This left me in a state of contemplation... that perhaps this individual was not interested in hiring.. and that there was another factor involved i.e. job security, a preferred candidate that was friend or family, etc. 2 weeks later they re-posted the position online, which gave additional weight to my theory. There is no shortage of talented web developers in Austin, and the position payed north of 60K.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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