Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (3)Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Edward Jones (Montclair, VA) in July 2015.
The process moves along quickly after your application Is completed and resume submitted. A recruiter reviewed my resume and invited me to a phone interview within 48 hours. You have eight days to accept the invitation and schedule the phone interview with a local recruiter. I asked for an extension and scheduled the interview within 10 days. The interview consisted of four questions related to past work experience, your interest in Edward Jones specifically, your work related interests in general, and some "how did you handle" questions. The recruiter also described the training pipelines and starting salaries for transitioning military members and civilian Financial Advisors. Military can expect a 6 month training timeline, self-study for your license in a local EJ advisor's office, $65k first year salary plus eligible for a bonus, but not eligible for commissions. Civilian training pipeline is a little shorter, first year salary is 50% of the average of your last two years salary plus commission and bonus. You are also expected to make eight sold contacts by "prospecting" for clients. To Edward Jones this primarily means going door-to-door. Within two hours of completing the interview with the recruiter I was send an invitation to conduct a face-to-face interview with a local senior FA. You are asked to set up the interview with that the FA within 48 hours and report back to the recruiter when the interview is scheduled. After thinking about the position over the weekend I decided to withdraw from the process.
Reasons for Declining
The main contributor to my withdrawal from the interview process was the door-to-door sales aspect of the position.
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Edward Jones (Palo Alto, CA).
I went through the long online survey process after I had sent in my resume. Even though I was applying for an entry level position, the questions were frankly absurd. After the phone call, I was asked questions regarding my college education and how I was prepared to be a financial advisor. The interview had very basic questions about what I would do in a situation with an unsatisfied client, for example.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years professional and personally? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Edward Jones (Irvine, CA) in July 2015.
Tedious. Through the ringer. Intrusive. And in the end, they offer a small hourly. To go through weeks and weeks of that to keep you in suspense was a waste of time on all. They say it's needed to find the right candidate. But to me it's an exercise to turn off many too. Good thing was that I had an alternate company in case EJ didn't make an offer. It really shows they make lots of money investing on such a lengthy staged interview yet in one of the conversations I had with an FA they have high attrition rates on the second year of the candidates employment due to commissions starts to get stripped. Anyway good luck. Moving on. Do remember that EJ is captive means you'll never own your book of business. That to me too was a turn off because you could be awarded an office but if it doesn't work, you lose all the business production there and start from zero again elsewhere.
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Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Edward Jones (Fort Worth, TX) in July 2015.
It had about 7 seven stages and was very in depth. There was also a role playing excercise that served as the final stage. You really have to be passionate about the role to go through the entire interview process because it is a lot and there are a lot of back ground checks.
- Why should we invest 100000 in you? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative Experience
I applied online. I interviewed at Edward Jones (Southeast Owasco, NY) in July 2015.
Good company but the application and interview process was way, way too long. Each face to face interview got slightly different answers to salary question (50% vs. 55% vs. 60% of past 3 yr. avg.). Day in the life assessment was confusing and couldn't get a straight answer on how to handle. Disappointing process, to be honest.
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- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Edward Jones.
The process has changed since I started, but expect to have a phone interview. Easy questions about yourself. Then you will go for a in person interview. Followed by the simulation. During the four hour assessment make suer you make your calls and answer the emails. What ever you do, do not miss the scheduled appointments. You will not make it pass this stage if you forget!
- Why should we hire you? Answer Question
There is no negotiation. You get the base that is offered.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Edward Jones (Deland, FL) in July 2015.
The hiring process involves multiple steps. It is necessary in order for them to determine you are an ethically sound individual since you would be handling client's money. You have to be approved to apply, then you fill out a very in depth application including 10 years of work experience, then you have a phone screening, then you would have an interview, then a simulation of an interaction with a client, then you prepare a business plan, then it is the final decision.
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Edward Jones (Saint Louis, MO) in July 2015.
So far, all phone interviews: First Interview is a pre-interview. They ask about availability, desired salary and why you think you are a good candidate for the job. They set up the day and time of the next interview. The second interview is a more normal interview process. The interviewer is typing up your answers while you speak. At the end, they say they will pass your answers onto the appropriate people. If they are interested, the next interview will be set up. This can take 1 - 2 weeks.
Helpful (8)Accepted OfferNegative Experience
Do not quit your current job to work for this company.I gave up a good job to work for Edward Jones only to be fired during the training process. This is why they can boast about a 90% success in training, you get fired before you even get to take test
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Helpful (4)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Edward Jones (Tempe, AZ).
It took a lengthy amount of time overall including the first point of contact. There was a phone screen and 2 rounds of in person interviews before an offer was extended.
- Why was I interested in Edward Jones? Answer Question
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