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Updated Jul 20, 2014
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Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor
DeKalb, IL

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Edward Jones in March 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process is long and detailed. The reason for this is that once they commit to someone, they spend a significant amount of money, time, and resources into training them. This is almost unheard of in the financial industry where they basically hire everyone and throw a phone book at them and say "figure it out". Attrition is significantly lower than the industry average. The point I am making with all of that is the the interview process is tough. It starts with a phone screen, then a phone interview, then you have to go out and find 25 leads to make sire that you can actually do our form of prospecting, then after that you have a face to face interview with a partner at their office. Finally you need to create a business plan and the last step is " a day in the life". This is where you spend a half day doing a simulation of a typical day in a financial advisors life. This is a test to see how you handle managing outgoing phone calls with incoming calls, how you delegate roles to your assistant, how you do in pitches, etc. They then go and give you a grade on every step of your interview process and weight them based on importance. So you can see how extensove this is/ my recommendation is to not be scared off by it. If you can pass,you know that you are with a company committed to your success.

Interview Question – As a partner, I own part of the form. It costs 180k to train you and get your office up and running. Why should I as a partner invest in you?   View Answer


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Average Interview

Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Edward Jones in January 2014.

Interview Details – There was only one phone interview. I applied online. From there on it was a lengthy process. I thought my chances of getting the job were slim, so I had the temptation to quit. In the end I decided that it would be a great learning experience to improve my interview skills, so I continued the application process. I recieved an e-mail that I landed a phone interview. I did the phone interview and got an e-mail that I had been hired. In the phone interview they asked me where I would like to be located for the summer. This is excited but if you want to save your money on rent, I would choose your home location. In addition to that it is extremely difficult to find an apartment that will rent month-to-month.

Interview Question – Tell me what Edward Jones does.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor
Orlando, FL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Edward Jones.

Interview Details – Went through the nine step interview process. Had spoken to a local Edward Jones Financial Advisor from within and the process was smooth and no issues that I could think of. Application, resume,phone interview,in-person interview, completing a business plan and assessment were done. It took about 45 days to go through the interviewing process. It's based on your own time schedule. Talent Acquisition Manager was very helpful and encouraging as well as other key people in the hiring process.

Interview Question – typical interview questions using the S.T.A.R. Method "Tell me about a time" "Why did you choose Edward Jones?" The Assessment was interesting. But was able to get through it. Just relax and be yourself is what they will tell you.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Non- negotiable. Salary was based on the last two years of my w-2'd income. Youe are given incentives while you study for the exam and you are paid to study. Just bring whatever transferable skills you have with you and plug them in. Be ready to work hard.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee
Orlando, FL

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Edward Jones in May 2010.

Interview Details – Process was one month long. Several stages and spoke with several people and took aptitude tests. One person was constant through the process and explained, in detail what to expect in the next step of the hiring process. I had two interviews with Financial Advisors in two different cities apx one hour in each direction. One interviewer was male and one female. I was strongly encouraged to "follow the system" and success is going to happen.

Interview Question – Most questions were very straight forward.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation for Trainees.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Edward Jones in October 2013.

Interview Details – The interview process is was pretty time consuming. You have a phone interview, a face-to-face with an existing FA, another phone interview, write a business plan, go door-knocking, and have the notorious "day in the life" where you role play being an FA by making cold calls, a sales call, and deal with BOA shenanigans. I was recruited by the regional leader for my area, so had a bit of coaching to get through the process. The whole thing, from application submission to offer took about 30 days. You are definitely driving the process, and they are judging you on how driven you are through it. They want you to be self-reflective and persistent, especially with the day in the life. They are trying to give an accurate picture of what you will really be doing in the position.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you sought feedback on your performance and what did you do with that information; tell me about a time you uncovered a client need and exceeded client expectations. Be prepared with your STARs (situation/task, action, results)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I accepted their offer as is, and from what I heard from other people, the same as what people who made what I did at my last job who tried to negotiate more.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Edward Jones.

Interview Details – I applied on a Friday and received a call the following Monday to set up a phone interview with the recruiter. The phone interview was simple and relaxed, she mostly explained the job, asked a couple of previous job experience questions and then about three behavioral questions. At the end of the call she set up my next interview.

Step 2 is a face to face interview with a local FA. This was the best part of the interview process. The FA I interviewed with has been doing this for 30 years, he is very successful and made me very excited about the job. However, at the same time he was VERY honest about the hard work and dedication it takes to be successful. He was very up front about working 60 hour weeks the first year and about the dedication it takes to meet the amount of people you must to be successful. He asked about 6-8 behavioral questions, I can't remember exact number. My recruiter called me the next day to give me the info on the next step.

Step 3 is the survey and business plan. I made about 15 quality contacts on my survey. This is a good eye opener about what it is like to approach strangers in their homes and businesses. Once I submitted it to my recruiter she set up the next interview.

Step 4 is the phone interview with the Talent Acquisition Manager. He was friendly but to the point and seemed rushed. We discussed my business plan and survey. He asked about 3 behavioral questions and then he really emphasized what it takes to do this job. He really wanted to make sure I understood the hours and hard work, and that I was up for the challenge. He then set up the final step the Day in the Life of a FA assessment for the following week.

Step 5 is the Day in the Life of Assessment. This was the hardest part of the process and I was sure I failed, but I actually did very well. My only advice is don't let the actors you call get to you. They will all question why I should work with you and I don't know anything about you or your business. Just keep making calls, you may not know at all what you are talking about but just make the calls. Respond to emails and complete all other task. You will get some info before hand be sure to prepare for the client presentation, it will help with other phone conversations as well!! I believe the whole point of this is to see how well you do under stress, so just keep making those calls and don't let the actors get to you.

I received a phone call the next day with a job offer!

Interview Question – Sample behavioral question. Tell me about a time a coworker or client was relying on you to make a quick decision… about a time when you went above and beyond for a client… about a time you did not get along with a coworker.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I am going in under the FORCES program so it is set pay. If you are a veteran, reservist or guardsman, or have an advanced degree with no experience check out the FORCES program.


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor
Nashville, TN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Edward Jones in September 2013.

Interview Details – 1st Phone interview. 2nd Door knocking in community. 3rd (2nd phone interview). 4th in-person interview. 5th day-in-the-life (mock day) as an advisor (4hrs). This is a fairly in-depth process.

Interview Question – day-in-the-life   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Base $30k salary or 50% of current income


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

FA Summer Intern Interview

FA Summer Intern

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Edward Jones.

Interview Details – Online application followed by phone interview, relatively straightforward. About 10% of applicants received offers. After accepting offer, within less than a week had to pass a drug test/background check/ fingerprint.

Interview Question – Majoring in economics, why are you suited for a job in finance?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiating.


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Edward Jones.

Interview Details – Long process of phone interviews, face to face interviews, and a "day in the life" assessment that lasts 4 hours. It was a long process and the "day in the life" assessment was difficult because you are juggling a lot of different situations. Everyone I dealt with was very professional and thorough!

Interview Question – How did you deal with someone you were leading that did not buy into your plan of action?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – In the process of deciding!


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor

I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Edward Jones in January 2014.

Interview Details – When deciding to transition to another career, I used glassdoor explicitly to see how employees felt about their employers. I found that Edward Jones gets high praise not only from the employees, but also the employees' family members. That was a big deal to me.

As I started to read the interview process for Edward Jones it became clear that it was going to be a long and daunting task. I saw some reviews say 6 weeks, while others said 3 months. For me, personally, from start to finish it took me 9 weeks. Here are some suggestions I would like to make for people who are considering this company.

1. No other company will make you feel the kind of support you need during the interview process. Yes, it is long and you have to go through several phone calls, one face to face, and one half day role playing scenario. It can seem endless but nobody in my experience was looking for reasons to not hire me. Once they determined if I would be a quality person with good ethics (FBI background checks) then the people who interviewed me made me feel like a number one draft pick. Incredible feeling and it was worth my time.

2. I didn't have any background experience with the financial industry. Don't talk about things you don't know. If you don't already have a series 7, then I assure you, they don't want to hear what stocks you pick in your personal portfolio. This job, although I hate to use the words, is a sales job and they want to know how much Assets Under Management (AUM) you can bring to the company. If you already have friends and family that can get you AUM, then you don't have the pressure for those of us that do not. If you don't have those people in your back pocket, then your interview should be something like you love meeting knew people, you are not afraid of rejection, and your motivation will get you through all the "No's" you are going to hear. My mentor now at the firm says, "We don't manage money. We manage people."

3. It has been said in the past reviews but I would say it again, during the day in a life phase of the interview process you need to call as many people as you can. I called about 20 in my 4 hour time frame and I did not solicit one business. I wasn't good at it. They don't expect you to be. They tried to push my buttons and my emotions but I wrote down on a piece of paper "Thank you for your time and have a good evening." Click. Done. It isn't that bad. But a lot of people go through the entire process of 4 and 5 interviews and then fail because they are afraid to make the call. The calls are professional actors. Maybe that helps you like it did me. Real people, maybe some, but not a lot will react the way they did. I think most people are reasonable, and they were not! haha.

I hope this post helps. I got hired a month ago and they are paying me to study for my exams. I take it in two weeks! If you get this far, you will either study at home or at a branch office. I am at a branch office so I get to see the daily life of a FA. It looks to be worth my time. A few obstacles in the first 2 years because of the learning curve but definitely looks and feels like a great place to work. #4 in Forbes!!

Interview Question – I don't know why this was unexpected to me, but all the face to face questions were "tell me about a time..." They didn't want to know in theory. They wanted a specific time, place, and people and the situation. To be honest, I didn't do very stellar in any of my interviews. I never do. But just be honest and humble and I believe anyone will make it through the interview phase if they try. Good luck!   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, they offered a percentage of my previous salary during the study phase and a substantial pay increase once I pass and get a "Can Sell" date, which every trainee strives for.

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