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Client Portfolio Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Scotiabank
Interview Details – Two rounds of in person interviews. Interview will call to schedule first round with HR. Regular behavioral questions. Second round with hiring managers - must have an understanding of financial analysis and credit risk. Familiarity with ratio analysis too.
Interview Question – What ratio is most important when looking at a commercial client's credit risk? Answer Question
Assistant Manager Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Scotiabank
Interview Details – They ask basic questions, such as why do you want to work for the company, and why do you think you are a perfect fit for the position. I recommend reading through the job description, because they will most likely do a phone interview and ask questions about the tasks and responsibilities.
Interview Question – They may ask what are your strengths and weaknesses. Answer Question
Human Resources Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Scotiabank in June 2014.
Interview Details – Well managed, Behavioural interview. Easy going managers. They contact me constatly to provide status of the process. Is difficult to find a spot inside when you do not have Canian experience. The Bank values internal talent and women a lot.
Negotiation Details – Transparent and agile.
Associate Programmer Analyst Coop Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Scotiabank in June 2014.
Interview Details – Received a call from Scotiabank after 2 weeks of applying online.One technical interview and it was having all questions from java, oracle and scenario based.Hash Map implementation. I thought i dint get through but they called after 2.5 weeks and said I'm selected . So don't get upset if you don't hear from them fast . It takes time.
Interview Question – Asked to draw a small ER diagram for a table relationship. Like ,The interviewer gave me 4 tables and asked scenarios of linking and draw an ER diagram. Answer Question
Senior Personal Banking Officer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Scotiabank in March 2013.
Interview Details – Conducted a small interview via phone, in which several basic questions were asked. Mostly these questions were asking what I would do from a customer service perspective in a variety of different hypothetical scenarios. "Can you tell me about a time when you provided excellent customer service? How about a time when you were unable to satisfy a clients concern?" things of this nature.
I was also asked basic questions about why I was leaving my current employer, a competing financial institution. Basic interview, nothing to sweat as long as you're client oriented and understand how to be a service-based person.
Interview Question – "Tell me about a time when you couldn't help a customer with a problem." It's difficult to answer this without sounding like you've given up, or sounding like you're awful with customers (even the especially irate ones). View Answer
Negotiation Details – Interestingly enough, my original offer (told to me at the face-to-face interview) was retracted and replaced with a lower offer. I was unable to negotiate this at all. This of course was displeasing, but even the reduced offer was acceptable... Should've been a warning sign.
Manager Hedge Funds Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Scotiabank in January 2010.
Interview Details – Multiple interviews with almost every team member, asking about various financial instruments. This position was for a developer to develop an in-house management system that tracks vital financial and credit information (when the next annual review should happen for example). I also had a philosophical debate on finance, and some interesting questions on Eigenvalues and how they're used... I wish I'd paid better attention in algebra class!
Interview Question – Very collegial, and mostly a "does this person fit within our group". Are you working towards more designations? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Salary range, and they offered 10k more than what I asked! Sweet!
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(Technical) Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Scotiabank.
Interview Details – I got an interview through employee referral , was interviewed over phone, simple HR questions and next day I was invited for 1:1 interview, I was interview by two team managers. Be thorough with your resume, questions like Why you think you are fit for this position, a few technical questions
Interview Question – nothing unexpected , they were very cool Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
Personal Banking Officer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Scotiabank in April 2013.
Interview Details – Applied on line. Two phone interview before having the last interview whit the hiring person. Overall interview proccess was positive. They were flexible regarding the time and hours that I was available for the intereview. Calls were done always on time and last about 45 or 60 minutes each. Instructions were always clear and specific.
Interview Question – Related to previous work experience regarding customer services. Answer Question
Personal Banking Officer Trainee Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Scotiabank.
Interview Details – I kept applying to everything and everywhere, and they eventually called me up by my phone to offer me this interview.
The interview was divided into three different parts. The first two being phone interviews, the last one being an in-person group panel interview. First interview is pretty basic and short, less than twenty minutes for sure, and it mainly goes over the job description and your resume. The second interview is entirely based on behavioural questions, and that lasted about half an hour. The last and final interview, which was probably the most challenging, was a group panel interview, where you would have to interview with three other candidates for the same position. They say it isn't a competition, but you should treat it like that because if they were to hire more than on individual, they would both have to be phenomenal.
The last interview lasted about two hours, and the first hour consisted of the group interview portion. I advise that you place emphasis on your team working skills. They care less about your idea, rather than how you conduct yourselves with a team. DON'T fight, or be demanding, bossy, etc. It won't do you any favours. The second hour you interview with 2 of the 4 interviewers about behavioural questions. They WILL try to stump you, so be prepared. About half way they switch with the other interviewers and continue with the questions.
At the end you are allowed to ask the panel questions. I would suggest asking them a tough question to really throw them off guard, and ADDRESS them by their NAME.
Interview Question – There was no difficult question. I destroyed this interview. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None.
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