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Senior Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in June 2010.
Interview Details – I was a former employee at Merrill Lynch for over 22 years as a Senior Specialist in the Equity Sales department. During my time at Merrill Lynch I experience many opportunities to be able to grow in the company. I
Interview Question – What makes you an exceptional candidate? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Reasonable
Global Wealth and Investment Management Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in January 2013.
Interview Details – Process took a few weeks. Interview was really straightforward with nothing too technical.
Interview Question – I had a portfolio with me and the interviewer asked me to sell her the portfolio. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiations
GWIM Internship Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Merrill Lynch
Interview Details – Networked with someone from hr visiting a campus career fair. Followed up and was contacted for an interview. All behavioral questions which took about 15 minutes. Was offered the position on the spot.
Interview Question – Do you have a wealthy network of people you can contact? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Lol not as an intern
Financial Analyst Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Merrill Lynch.
Interview Details – I was a recently-decided econ major (and sophomore at the time) and was looking into potential career fields. I searched my school's career website and found this internship opportunity, which I applied for (sent a resume and cover letter). I did not expect to even get an interview, but was pleasantly surprised when I did. The interview was held on campus and two analysts from Merrill Lynch who had previously attended the college interviewed me. If I remember correctly, they asked me to walk them through the resume, and asked questions typical of a behavioral interview (Why did you choose your college?, what are your strengths/weaknesses?, why do you want this opportunity?, etc.). A random thing that stuck in my mind was that they both seemed very excited when I mentioned I work best with mentors (I was very confused as to why they both immediately wrote that in their notes...seems like that could've been important in retrospect).
I left the room feeling very disappointed in my interview and looking back at every opportunity where I thought I should've said things differently, and gave up on the possibility of getting a second-round interview.
Then, during spring break, I get a call saying I was invited to second-round interviews in their LA office the next week. Basically I arrived at their LA Office and parked (apparently they have parking in their own building that you can get refunded for, but I didn't know at the time, so ask them about where to park if you get to that point in the interview). I got to the building and went up to a fairly high floor and met with one of the people who had previously interviewed me and was led to an office room that would be my personal area for the day and was told there was breakfast food in a room and was given a schedule of my interviews for the day (along with details about each interviewer's job at the company). I had about 7 interviews with about 12 people total (some of the interviews were done with two interviewers at a time), and it was the most diverse range of interviews i could ever imagine. Some were normal, others stressful (they said things like "i don't believe you. what makes you any better than any of these other people?). One person didn't have any questions for me and only asked if I had questions. Someone blatantly said "I don't care about your academics. what do you do for fun?" while we ate lunch together (his job in the firm involved working with clients and he was a big people person). Overall, the process took about 5 or 6 hours and involved lots of interviewing and interacting with various office members in the kitchen area since breakfast and lunch were provided.
I left the final interview feeling pretty confident, but I also went into it fairly certain I had a different offer lined up from the previous week (which made me significantly less stressed throughout the interview process).
I received a job offer from the head guy of the team within the next day or so over phone. I ended up declining, however, because I had a better-paying, more flexible opportunity (where I defined the internship versus being told explicitly what to do), closer to home.
Overall, I'd say have fun, be enthusiastic and demonstrate that you are willing to work harder than anyone else. Also know that if you were picked to interview, they know you are qualified to do the job and you just need to show that you can be a good fit and a person they would like to have around!
Also, this was the first time they were offering the summer internship opporutnity for sophomore (and I think they were also looking for female candidates (based on an article about women at Merrill Lynch on the front of their website page). Not sure if that played an active role in their decision to hire me or not)
Interview Question – Not necessary a question, but the interviewer noticed I studied Spanish and started speaking to me in Spanish. View Answer
Reason for Declining – Had a better offer elsewhere
PMD Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in April 2011.
Interview Details – 2 interviews--not particularly difficult. Took test prior to interview.
Interview Question – I don't recall Answer Question
Negotiation Details – negotiate for the limit--up to $50,000 or $70,000--do not accept less, because achieving the higher results is very difficult
Wealth Management Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Merrill Lynch.
Interview Details – Brief behavioral phone interview, nothing technical. I was told that I would hear back from them the following week, but it ended up getting pushed back because apparently one of their interviews had to be rescheduled. After two weeks I still hadn't heard from them. I e-mailed to see what happened and never got a response.
Interview Question – Why Merrill Lynch? Answer Question
Registered Client Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in August 2013.
Interview Details – I was referred, but I interviewed with the client relationship manager and then the financial advisors
Interview Question – What are your two greatest weaknesses? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate
Financial Advisor Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in May 2012.
Interview Details – Apply, screening call, screening test, manager interview and panel interview.
Interview Question – How are you going to be successful at this career. View Answer
Client Service Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Merrill Lynch.
Interview Details – Interview process, four interviews begins with telephone interview then hiring manager. Final interviews with branch manager an FA.
Interview Question – Questions are general.Ex. "tell us about your work history". Answer Question
Client Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in January 2012.
Interview Details – very relaxed interview. I felt very comfortable interviewing.
Interview Question – The questions asked were general questions including what my past experience was and why I wanted to work at Merrill Lynch. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I would definitely suggest that you should try to negotiate for the salary you want. Don't leave it up to the person you're interviewing with.
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