State Street Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview Questions

Updated Jul 29, 2014
Updated Jul 29, 2014
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Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at State Street in April 2014.

Interview Details

2 Phone interviews. First interview was very relaxed with general questions about CV, knowledge of State Street, expected salary, holiday plans and location preferred. The call finished with the lady telling me that I had got to the next round which would be a more formal interview and gave me general guidelines on expected questions. Second interview was much more formal and to the point. Asked questions about how i dealt with mistakes at work and dealing with a difficult colleague. Interviewee said I would hear back either way within one week but as of yet nothing. Found the interviewee very abrupt.

Interview Questions
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sacramento, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at State Street in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Did an oncampus interview first followed by a 2.5 hr interview in their office. 2 separate panels focusing primarily on behavior based questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you disagreed with a coworker. What did you disagree about and how did you resolve it?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Seems like a good place to work, but the pay was not sufficient to compete with other offers. One thing that is great for this field they do pay you for overtime. When comparing pay with public accounting firms this could be significatn as most public accounting firms pay a salary and work you beyond the 40 hrs/week.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Fund Accountant Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sacramento, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at State Street in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    The process went through my University. First I had an on-campus interview followed by a series of behavioral panel interviews on-site. The background check is extensive and can take upwards of a month after an initial conditional offer of employment.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time where you had to balance many taks at once   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    In finance, right now, laughable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fund Accountant Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at State Street in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied to this Fund Accountant role through seek.com.au with no relative work experience fresh out of university with a combined Accounting and Economics degree. I had really strong results and was approached very quickly after having applied (2-3 days). The first step in this process was to undertake a telephone based personality interview in which a member of the SS recruitment team asked a number of normal questions to get a guage on the candidates personality. For example... Why do you want to work in the Finance industry? What draws you to State Street? What do you look for in an organisation? etc etc.

    If you pass this quick (15 min) phone based interview, you will be asked to interview with a panel of senior stakeholders in the organisation. My own interview was with three such managers and was very laid back and easygoing in terms of atmosphere. This interview is basically a personality test and a bunch of questions that help the interviewers determine your character, morals and I guess competence. Questions I was asked include how I see myself interacting in a team environment, what sort of challenges I have faced, how am I accurate and detail oriented etc etc. They also asked some basic accounting and finance related questions and hypothetical situations so be ready for that as well.

    All in all it was a very warm and friendly interview allowing you to ask any questions you may have of the organisation and for SS to find out more about you as an individual. SS ended up calling me the very next day and offering me the job on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult here. Just relating to your past work experience. How do you work in a team environment, what would you do in a situation where you thought your immediate supervisor was wrong.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to dictate my salary slightly. The position advertised for 35-45k +super. Upon being asked my salary expectations I said honestly that I thought I was worth at least 50k per year base...but ended up being offered the max 45k + super with salary reviews each six months. I haven't been with the company for 6 months yet so will have to wait and see whether these pay rises come to fruition.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Fund Accountant Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at State Street in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied online with an employee referral and was contacted for a phone interview within a few days. After passing some questions about my resume and broad behavioral questions I moved to the second phone interview. This one was far shorter and comprised of behavioral questions that were specific to how I acted in the given circumstance. The next day I was called for my in person interview. They showed me around and I was interviewed by 2 managers asking more behavioral questions and a few technical questions relating to the job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at State Street in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Waited about an hour before I was interviewed with about 10 other candidates. Interview lasted about 15 minutes. Its been a week and I haven't heard back from them.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a situation where you had to think outside the box?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at State Street in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    After submitting my application online I was contacted in two weeks by the HR Coordinator via telephone. She spoke to me briefly about my qualifications and education and the starting pay. The Coordinator scheduled me for another phone interview with a Recruiter the next week. I spoke to the Recruiter about my specific accounting education and the starting pay ($28,800). The Recruiter scheduled me for a group interview in two days. The group interview consisted of several behavioral questions and was attended by two middle managers of the group. Find those questions on this website - they are exact. The HR department called about four days later and made an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you tell me about a time working in a group that you experienced a problem with a group member? How did you resolve this problem.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I declined the offer for a few reasons. The first reason was the Recruiter. This person (KW) treated me like a number and did not act in a professional manner. The HR department is your window into the organization - and I did not like what I experienced. The second reason was the low starting pay. I would have considered it for the experience, however, the Recruiter changed my mind.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at State Street.

    Interview Details

    They asked what interested me about the job and why I wanted the job. The questions were pretty standard and there weren't any questions that I would say caught me off guard. The interview last for about twenty minutes. Once the interview was completed, I got a call a few days later with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at State Street in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 phone calls with the second one lasting 50 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • Know your finance terms if you dont already (e.g. Bonds, reconciliations, NAV)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fund Accountant – Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at State Street in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through the company website and six days later I get a call and there and then I have a phone interview, which was very basic as it included questions about my work experience and qualifications, but I was asked about the State Street and what they do, so be prepared for this, but I personally wasn't expected to know too much as I had no notice of the interview therefore no time to prepare, but overall call lasted only 30 minutes and interviewer that conducted the interview told me all about the interview process, i.e. what will happen in round 2 and 3 of the interview stages.
    Later that day, I received an email alerting me that I was scheduled for second round interview the next day and the email also included a document detailing the job description, this interview was broken into 3 sections, (1) Work experience and Education (2) Technical Questions i.e. basic financial concepts (3) Behavioural Questions. You will be asked what you know about State Street again and it is important to know what they do as it shows you are interested in working for them. Once all the questions are asked you will be given the opportunity to voice as queries or questions, this call lasted one hour. I haven't heard anything back yet about the 3rd stage but I was told I would have to wait about 3 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • Know your basic financial concepts, this is important, such as Net Asset Value, Funds, Derivatives, Bonds. Also when explaining the concepts use examples of each. Other questions included: What would you do if you were on a project and there was somebody that was being difficult? How do you ensure that you will complete your project before the deadline   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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