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USAA Financial Foundations Associate Interview Questions

Updated Feb 18, 2015
Updated Feb 18, 2015
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Financial Foundations Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in El Paso, TX
Anonymous Interview Candidate in El Paso, TX
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at USAA in January 2015.

Interview Details

Applied online for a work from home job. Took an assessment a few days later. Received an interview over the phone a few weeks later. A month and a half later had the final interview. Application process took a total of 2 and half months before a decision was made. Training does not start for another month. Background check was a bit tough. Very strict on times and dates of employment and drug testing. Recruiter and background check department weren't very good at communicating and gave me incorrect directions several times.

Interview Questions
  • Describe a time you had a goal and how did you achieve it?   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
No negotiation. Was offered $32,000/yr.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Financial Foundation Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at USAA.

    Interview Details

    got a phone call just talking about benefits, and training. then i was told I will be contacted soon by hiring managers. the interview was fast. they both were nice and friendly

    Interview Questions
    • I was nervous, it wasn't hard just behavior questions and past experience. Hiring managers were nice and friendly   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Financial Foundations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at USAA in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and it took 2-3 weeks to hear anything back. They emailed me an assessment which was basically a personality test and a few call center simulations. About a week later I got an email to schedule a phone interview.

    The phone interview was about 15 minutes long and just a few very basic interview questions. It was a little bit awkward because the interviewer was typing the whole time I spoke, but she was very friendly and easy to talk to. At the end of the phone call, she gave me the option of doing the second and final interview on the campus or over the phone (since I don't live in the area), and she stressed that it made absolutely no difference to her. I thought that was kind of weird, but I decided to just go to the campus and do the interview in person. We scheduled the interview for the following week.

    The in-person interview was also quite easy. The interviewer was super nice and made me feel comfortable, so that was probably why. They have a hallway of tiny rooms with thin walls and tiny desks that I assume they use specifically for interviewing, because there was a woman with the same interview time as me and they took us each into separate tiny rooms next to each other. Unlike others, I didn't have two people in the room when I interviewed but there was someone on speaker phone (she was from another USAA office in another state) who was basically silent the entire time except when she introduced herself at the very beginning and then when she thanked me at the end. The main interviewer (the one who was physically in the room with me) just asked a series of standard interview questions, some of them were even the same as the phone interview. She asked for a paper copy of my resume and skimmed over it. I had a list of references ready, but she never asked for them. She told me I'd hear from the recruiter I was working around the beginning of the following week.

    On Monday or Tuesday of the following week, I got an email congratulating me on the interview and letting me know that they were just waiting on a few more things from my background check.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time you went out of your way for a customer and what happened.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The pay is non-negotiable-- $36K/year. They told me I'd be working evenings and weekends for a while because they give shifts based on seniority. One of the questions I asked in the interview was about retention and the interviewer basically told me it's very low (she even admitted it's lower than other call centers in the area) because many people have issues with attendance. This was a huge red flag to me that people don't like working there and don't feel valued enough to even show up.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Financial Foundations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at USAA in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied in June of 2014 for the June, July, and August classes. It took about 2 weeks until I received an email which asked me to take an assessment (on a Tuesday) and I received a call the next day to schedule me for an interview on Thursday. I was contacted promptly by USAA HR at the scheduled time and the interview lasted about 25 minutes. The questions were pretty standard for any first round interview. In the beginning of the interview they pretty much tell you the starting pay and the hours required to work and then get into the questions. It was pretty smooth for me. At the end of the interview the HR manager told me that they wanted to pass me along to the next round interview on campus with Hiring Managers. They gave me some feedback to prepare myself for the interview. My interview was scheduled the following Thursday, a week later. I was then emailed by the HR Manager with the interview details along with instructions to complete a background check and a drug screening. I made sure to arrive early for my interview since you have to go through security and the campus is quite large. The interview is with 2 Hiring Mangers, one typing and the other mainly asking questions. Both of them made me feel very welcome and comfortable. Once again standard interview questions. At the end of the interview I was told I would hear from the HR Manager in 3 business days. It took 2 business days and I was called with a job offer and sent an email with the official offer. Pretty smooth process overall and I am excited to start my training soon.

    Interview Questions
    • You are asked a few questions in the SBO (Situation, Behavior, Outcome) format. Make sure you give details about the situation, how you felt and others felt during the situation, and then how it was resolved.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. This is an entry level position and it has a set starting salary. Very good pay for starting pay.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Financial Foundations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at USAA.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process was pretty straight forward. Initial interview with recruiter followed by an interview at the facility with two managers. Whole process took about a month. One manager asked questions while the or he took notes.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    The salary was lower than I was looking for and I felt like the opportunity for time off down the road was slim. I just wanted to know that in case of an emergency with my kids I would be supported. When I questioned that with the recruiter I never heard back.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Foundations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at USAA in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was an easy process, applied online, got sent the assessment via email one week later and completed same day to get a call 2 days later for phone interview the next day, face to face interview the next day then the next week was offered the position.

    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    Financial Foundations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at USAA.

    Interview Details

    I applied to USAA through the Careers section online. Applied on January 3rd but didn't get an email back until February 15th for the assessment, took about 40 minutes. The assessment basically measures common sense, typing skills, customer relation scenarios, personality test and so on. The next day I got a call asking if I would be interested in taking a phone interview. It was scheduled for the next day.

    During the phone interview an HR Rep reviewed the job description along with when the training class would start. She went over my job experiences, what I learned from each job and why I left each job. She asked if the start date would be a problem and if I had plans to travel or have time off within the first 6 months. I did have a trip planned but I informed her I would not mind cancelling it if I got the job. She proceeded to ask me numerous What would you do if. . . and tell me about a time that . . . Once we finished with the 20 minute phone interview she asked me if I would be available to have a face-to-face interview with 2 hiring managers. She suggested that I mention my current GPA and mention my schooling in my next interview. I agreed I would be available the next day and was told I needed to go get a drug test as well as complete the background check information through a link that was emailed to me. I had 24 hours to get the drug test done if not I would be withdrawn from the process.

    The face-to-face interview was with two managers. One was asking all the interview questions as the other just notated everything I was answering. At first they wanted to get to know me as a person. Asked of what my days consisted of, what hobbies I had, what I looked for in a company. She then went ahead and started asking me 4 main questions of what would you do if. . . and how would you handle . . . She stated some questions could be repeated from when the HR Rep had the interview with me but to try to provide different scenarios. Once we finished the 40 minute face-to-face interview she went over the training information, job description and more about the company as a whole.

    That same day HireRight (the company that is contracted to do the background check) emailed me for paystubs of my current job, proof of start date and asked me to email them signed form to be able to release all the information found to USAA. That day I also got an email from my credit monitoring system that they had ran my credit. After that my status online remained as "interview in progress" for about 3 - 4 weeks.

    I finally received an email from the HR Rep that did my phone interview stating she needed to speak to me and asked for a good time for her to call me. Once she got a hold me she informed me the training class which was in a week had to be rescheduled for another 2 weeks but that they wanted to offer me a position. She provided me with the offering salary as well as the bonus amounts and other benefits. She then sent me an email with the offer and a link which I had to accept or deny.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me what your typical day consists of.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There is a range pay for each position. Based on your experience and education they tell you what you will be getting paid.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Financial Foundation Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at USAA in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    After applying online at usaa.com, I was directed to complete two follow-on assessments. After passing the assessments online, I was contacted by a recruiter via phone who asked more sales-related questions about my sales history. After that interview with the recruiter, another phone interview was set up with a hiring manager to conduct another interview.

    Interview Questions
    • They mostly just asked sales experience related questions, about experience with up-selling and cross-selling products.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The pay was not enough for me, I was offered 34,000 per year and that was the highest they could offer me.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Financial Foundations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at USAA in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initially completed application online and then did a test online. A phone interview was next, followed by an in person interview. Then the waiting began as the drug test and background screening process took two months to complete. I did not even have anything in my background to make the process take so long-- if you feel like you want this job repeatedly call the background check company because they are only allowed to call you two times. If they are missing information and do not hear from you then your report will never be finished and sent to usaa.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to overcome an objection   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Financial Foundations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at USAA in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview process went very quickly. I submitted my application and was contacted the same day. I completed all my interviews within a 2 week period. But the background check took a while. They are very thorough with conducting the background checks, which is a good thing, but can be lengthy. The interview questions were situation based, but that is pretty common. Nothing too difficult.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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