First Niagara Financial
First Niagara Financial Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Teller Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at First Niagara Financial in June 2010.
Interview Details – They want to hear that you can refer and sell products.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Got a call from recruiting within a few days and discussed pay and starting date.
Teller Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at First Niagara Financial.
Interview Details – I received a call from HR. HR then scheduled an appointment to have a phone interview. After the phone interview the HR representative then scheduled me to meet with the branch manager. After meeting with the branch manager i received the call from the HR representative about 2 weeks later with the job offer.
Interview Question – Describe you're experience with selling. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. They sent you an offer contract with your wage and its either you accepted or declined.
Personal Financial Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at First Niagara Financial.
Interview Details – In the hiring process, you submit your application online (like any other company today). You will get a call from a recruiter in Buffalo who will do an initial phone screen with you. If the recruiter thinks you are a good fit, they will schedule you with a phone conversation (not so much an interview as a what-to-expect from this position call) with the regional sales representative. You will then have an interview with the local branch manager and the area financial adviser. If they approve, you'll have a formal interview with the regional sales manager. At that point, you'll go through due diligence from the broker/dealer before receiving an offer from the company. From application to starting date, the process took about 5 1/2 weeks.
Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions. You must go into the interviews understanding this is a sales job and they're looking for someone that has and can continue to make sales. Answer Question
Internal Audit Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at First Niagara Financial in January 2011.
Interview Details – Interesting interview process. They had expanded upon the idea of speed dating and implemented it in their interview process. 5 minutes each with 6 interviewers. Each interviewer had a different tact/approach. So the questions would be radically different, such as 'Please walk me through your resume' from one interviewer would be followed by 'Which animal do you resume?' from another and so on and so forth.
Very Easy Interview
Commercial Underwriter Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at First Niagara Financial in April 2010.
Interview Details – Process was straight forward; spoke with HR represenative over the phone and set up the in person interview. After the interviews with several employees, HR contacted me to present and offer. I asked for two days to ponder the offer and then called the HR rep to decline.
Interview Question – Standard questions such as "What is your biggest fault / What do you need to improve on?" View Answer
Reason for Declining – Salary and benefits (tuition reimbursement, vacation etc.) low.
Project Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at First Niagara Financial in November 2009.
Interview Details – I applied to the job in September. In October I got a 1/2 hour phone screen that I thought went well. In November I had an in person interview. I interviewed with the head of the Project Management Office (PMO) and and a Project Manager that reported to her. Each interview was about 1 hour. They explained what the job was about . They spent more time talking about the job and I don't feel like l was asked that many questions. I feel like I really hit it off with the manager.
Interview Question – Why do you want to leave your current company? View Answer
Negotiation Details – They offered me a 3 month trial contract position to see if it would work out. The contract rate was not negotiable. The contract included no benefits though I had access to buy them (at a high price). After 4 weeks as a contractor we mutually agreed to moving forward with converting me to a permanent employee. The salary offered was the same as the contract. I was told non-negotiable, as was the vacation.
Head Teller Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 1 week - interviewed at First Niagara Financial in November 2009.
Interview Details – Applied for the job through an internet posting. I was then called by HR recruiter and asked a short set of behavioral interview questions. After about 5-7 days received a call from the branch manager of the branch I had interviewed for and was called in for a 1:1. A few days after the interview, I was called by HR in which they extended the offer.
Interview Question – Describe a situation with a difficult/irrate customer and how to did you overcome this situation? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Little to know negotiating for jobs such as tellers. For higher paying positions and management there is more of an opportunity to negotiate your wage.
Relationship Banker Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at First Niagara Financial in November 2009.
Interview Details – Met with branch managers. Pretty standard interview. Applied internally so not too formal.
Interview Question – What would you do to increase referrals? Answer Question