Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Interview Questions

Updated Jul 27, 2015
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    No Offer

    Interview

    Got referred from an employee from a different department. Initially I was given a standard test followed by a phone interview shortly after submitting application. Then I was told a Client Associate would be a better fit for me. The second step was a in person interview two weeks later with several financial advisors. Overall it was not stressful.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your favorite class, what was your least favorite. Typical behavioral questions- Why Merrill? Why Finance? Where do you see yourself in five years? Talk about Adversity?   Answer Question
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Merrill Lynch (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Very professional. Looking for sales people. Had to take several aptitude tests and interview with sales manager and branch manager. Must have an interest in financial service and production. Ability to sell the interview on hiring you would be a real plus. Take an interview at some of the small firms first to build up you interviewing skills. And above all, at the end of the interview politely ask for the job and give 3 reasons why they should hire YOU.

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    Negotiation

    Have another offer in hand so that you can be confident negotiating.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Merrill Lynch in May 2014.

    Interview

    Got referred to the program by a contact. Phone interview lasted about half an hour. Interviewer asked general questions (walk me through your resume, what are your goals, and etc..). Make sure to emphasize your business development skills and how good you are at selling. After you pass the phone screen interview, you're supposed to prepare a detailed business plan on who your clients will be and how you will go about persuading them. Bring this to the first interview. Had first round interview with one junior and one senior financial advisor at the same time. Two on one interview. One of them was one of the best producers within ML. They took turn asking questions. Sample questions include: How would you convince your contacts, family members, friends to be your clients? How do you handle failure? How would you approach your clients and how would you source them? What is your goal by year 1, 2, and the end of the program? If a client ask "why should I do business with you?", what would your answer be?

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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Merrill Lynch (Tampa, FL) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Still in the interview process, its a five step process from taking a quiz to talking to the managers. They are very detailed and they are.looking for sales experience most especially and the ability to bring in high net worth clients, make sure you have that ability, they give you ample time to study and prepare for the licensing exams.

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    PMD Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    had a lunch meeting with existing financial adviser, was referred to program, took an online test and then went through a round of interviews with a 3 advisers.

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    PMD Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Merrill Lynch.

    Interview

    The Interview process was very straight forward. The manger only asked one thing of me which was "for the next ten min. or so, tell me everything you have accomplished from birth until you came off the elevator this morning"

    Interview Questions

    • for the next ten min. or so, tell me everything you have accomplished from birth until you came off the elevator this morning"   1 Answer
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    PMD Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Merrill Lynch (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    It was an employee referral so it was slightly simple than a regular hiring process. It was quick.

    Interview Questions

    • To pick a salary range not knowing what you have to bring in.   Answer Question
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    MLWM Financial Advisor Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Merrill Lynch (Atlanta, GA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Got a referral from the head of corporate relations at my school, so getting the interview was easy. Interviewed and was offered positions at two locations. It was a good experience. Intimidating at first, because I had never gone to a companies office before, just had on campus interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Weren't any really hard questions. Mostly behavioral. They mostly just wanted to make sure you would be a good fit, understood what your job would be like, and that it isn't really one of those internships that turns in to a job offer at the end of the summer. Wealth management isn't always for everyone.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not one. They were upfront about set guidelines for time and pay. As an intern I wasn't about to challenge it, especially since it was fair.

  10. Helpful (3)  

    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Merrill Lynch.

    Interview

    Applied online. Required FIAT examination to assess how you may score on your Series 7 & 63. Passed, took about a week for the recruiter to set up phone interview.

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    No Offer

    Interview

    I passed the phone screen with flying colors and am STILL waiting for the office to call me in for an interview. It's been 7 weeks. They're allegedly "working through a backlog".

    Interview Questions

    • Still waiting for the interview call!   1 Answer

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