Merrill Lynch Interview Questions & Reviews in Jacksonville, FL
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Numerous Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in January 2012.
Interview Details – Recruiters will contact by phone or email, process initial screening, and arrange in-person interview , if appropriate
Interview Question – what are the last 5 books ( author and title) you have read in the past year View Answer
Very Easy Interview
Senior Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in March 2012.
Interview Details – First: Generic 30 minute phone screening with recruiter. Second: Group interview with 2 managers in the department I interviewed for. Questions were general about the department and what I could bring to the team. Third: Interview with Assistant Vice President for the team, same generic questions about my expectations and what I could bring to the team. Very simple interview process.
Interview Question – Just basics about past work experiences and what I am looking for in a new job. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Gave me a $ and had to say yes or no.
Financial Advisor Trainee Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Merrill Lynch.
Interview Details – I began the process when a recruiter found my resume on Monster. He put me in touch with the local manager.
The interview process was very streamlined. I didn't know it until later but the first interview was really the only one. I interviewed with the branch manager and once he moved me to the next level it was fairly clear I had to royally screw something up to not get a formal offer.
Interview Question – Where else are you looking? (It didn't seem tough at the time but the feedback from the recruiter made it clear) View Answer
Financial Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in May 2011.
Interview Details – I applied through a contact and was pushed through quickly. I was excited at the position as I had just graduated from college. I had to take a math test prior to the interview and the test involved math (decimals) with no calculator. The test also had economics questions in it. There were also a few formula questions. The test was challenging if you are bad at math.
The interview was situational. Do not say you are a team player they do not like that because that is why I wasn't offered a job. They want you to be about yourself and not worry about anyone else. SELL SELL SELL.
They also asked a question about a man that came called in and was trying to sell all of his stocks etc. Then they asked what advice would I give him. There wasn't much background and unfortunately, I guess i asked too many questions. Was the man married? Children? I suggest that you just answer the question.
Interview Question – What would you do if someone called in and was trying to sell all of his stocks. View Answer
Investor Services Advisor Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Merrill Lynch in February 2010.
Interview Details – I was contacted via email to apply online for the Global Wealth & Investment Management
Investor Service Advisor – Campus Training Program. I was then contacted for a phone interview a few days later. The phone interview was about 30 minutes long. I was given a general description of the job, pay, and what it entails. The interviewer asked me to go through my resume and asked about my prior experience. In the end I asked her a few questions.
I was then told I would be taking the FIAT skills test at branch to move forward in the interview process. Abut a month and a half later I took the exam at a ML branch. The exam was un-timed and consisted of basic arithmetic and econ questions. It took me about an hour (mainly because I am thorough) to take the 55 question test. I was told by the woman administering the exam in the end that I passed. They do not reveal the actual score.
The final interview consists of a one on one interview with two different managers. One 30 min. interview consists of behavioral questions. The other consists of situational/scenario questions. The Managers I spoke with were very nice and informative about the real deal of the job.
Interview Question – How well do you take criticism? Answer Question