HomeStreet Interview Questions

Updated Aug 21, 2015
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    Treasury Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    HomeStreet has a very efficient process from first contact. I submitted my resume online and had an initial call back within a week. Within a day or two, I received an email invitation to a follow-up phone interview with the hiring manager. Prior to the in-person interview, I was asked to complete pre-employment screening. At the office, I met with the head of the Treasury office as well as a portfolio manager in the Treasury department, an analyst whom I would likely be working alongside in the role, and a VP from the commercial real estate department. The entire meeting lasted 2 hours, with 30 minutes to meet one-on-one with each interviewer. After the interview I was asked to complete an exercise/assessment and returned it early the next morning. A week later, I followed up with my HR contact and learned they had decided to hire another candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some of your hobbies - what do you enjoy doing after work?   Answer Question
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    Wealth Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Los Angeles, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    recruiter asked generic questions and didn't seem moved by sales figures at all....strong sales figures. She didn't seem to know what an external wholesaler does and could not apply it to the role

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your self. BOOOOOOOOORING and what can I tell you about the company   Answer Question
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    Non Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    Multiple interviews with various levels of management. Internal recruiter was my contact through most of the process, was very friendly, and I felt as though she was looking out for my interests as well as company's. Interviewers were friendly and kept discussions and questions relevant to the prospective job. Not really any negotiation opportunity, but I thought the offer was very fair and I couldn't reasonably expect more.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing tricky. Focused on historical experience and personal aspirations.   Answer Question
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    Mortgage Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Seattle, WA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Had a couple phone interviews with two different people in the human resources department and they expressed interest in my experience and ability to fit the needs of the job requirements..... Then i received a call back and the Head Recruiter for the department asked me to come up to Seattle and meet with the Department head for an interview in Seattle Then had a face to face interview with the department head...... The biggest problem was that they informed me they would get back within the week regarding a decision...... heard nothing....... then i had to call back after two weeks that i was not selected.....

    Interview Questions

    • Have you had past experience working with Assignment of Trade transactions?   1 Answer
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    Sharepoint Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Seattle, WA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Good interview with questions around communication and work methods. Not much around SharePoint questions except for what you have done.

    Negotiation

    95K was the lowest and I declined at first. They came back and bumped it up to $105K

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    Senior Loan Review Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Seattle, WA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Initial contact by contract employee, followed by HR-rep. and hiring manager. Invited for on-site interview, hosted in 1st class hotel. Interview process was very non-threatening and informative. No trick questions; emphasis on qualification and compatibility.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Be yourself; state clear reasoning for salary expectation; suggest mid-year review.

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    Loan Processor II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Vancouver, WA) in June 2012.

    Interview

    It was a formal interview with informal questions. They didn't ask any technical questions, or ask what I knew about processing in general, or what experience I had with processing. It was them trying to gauge if I would be "fun" to work with. After sitting in a very cold conference room for an hour, with 2 employees and the manager, I left feeling like they had no regard for what I knew and could offer the company. They were more concerned with how well I'd fit into their culture.

    Interview Questions

    • How did I handle stress? Did I enjoy having fun at work? How long had I been processing, and did I enjoy it? What do I do in my spare time at home?   1 Answer
    • It wasn't really a question, so much as a statement. They said that it didn't matter how well someone knows the job, and can do the job, if their personality doesn't fit in with the majority of the group (i.e. liking to gossip with management) that it wouldn't be a good fit.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They offered me a considerable starting salary. The only thing I negotiated was vacation time. Having been with my former employer for 14+ years, annually I earned a substantial amount of PTO. When I mentioned that to my soon to be manager, they were able to give me an extra week, as they had a clause, that if someone had been with their previous employer for 10+ years, they could give the now new hire an extra week of vacation. So instead of 2 weeks, I got 3 weeks. The best part though was working like a dog and not being able to use this vacation.

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    Loan Processor II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Vancouver, WA) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Was a formal interview with informal questions. I was asked how I handled stress, if I enjoyed having fun at work & asked to describe myself. I was told if I personally don't fit in w/the people who work there, it wouldn't matter how well I knew the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing technical or too difficult was asked. Again, I was asked about myself, personally. And not really given any questions on what skills I had to offer.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    At my 2nd interview, which was with the hiring manager and his supervisor, I was given the back ground check form to complete, and told it would take a couple of days. Once it was completed, I was emailed that it came back clear, and asked when I'd like to start.

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    Recruiting Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at HomeStreet (Seattle, WA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Initially, everything was status quo. Apply online, email from Recruiting Coordinator setting up a time to speak with HM, then phone call from HM. The Hiring Manager was very friendly and a fairly good representation for Homestreet Bank. I was asked your typical questions of "Why are you looking to leave your current position", "Why Homestreet Bank", "What do you know about us", and the kicker was "What is something you've created or initiated?" Great question, though I don't think they were ready for my answer. You see, Homestreet is very 'old school" banking. My innovation probably scared them to death. They are still utilizing manual processes, don't know how to utilize their current ATS at all, and really, don't have a Recruiting Program at all. Of course, this is why they were looking for a Recruiting Manager, though not to manage or lead people, to manage the process. Pay was also another issue. They wanted to pay this position WAY under market. Slightly unfair for building processes and a program. There comp and benefits model was not that generous either. Finally, I had to ask (after my initial thank you email) where the process was at. I received an email saying they moved forward with someone else. Wanting to learn from the experience, I asked for feedback. I have yet to receive any at all. Not good business in my opinion. We're professionals, if I ask, be kind enough to provide. It only takes a minute. All attempts to network with these people have failed as well. Again, that 'old school' demeanor and being stuck in their own world. My Advice: Treat your candidates as potential customers. You never know who you're talking to, what they could bring to the table, or who they could refer.

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