The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northern Trust in October 2011.
Interview Details – I had an interview with six people. It took around three hours. First interview was with recruiter form HR department. I signed application and agreed on background check. Next three were with managers from fund accounting department. Last one was with two managers from hedge fund accounting. Be prepare for technical question or definition question for last interview. Generally all managers seemed very nice and enthusiastic about their work. They were also very descriptive about the company and the position.
Interview Question – Give the definition of mutual fund and hedge fund? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Northern Trust in August 2011.
Interview Details – HR called me and set up an interview the next week. I was suppose to meet up with three managers but they had an emergency at the department and I ended up meeting the Head department. The manager explained the position and asked me the usual questions (situational Q), I wasn't asked any technical Finance/Accounting Q's. I finished the interview in 30 minutes which I thought was too short but to be honest there was nothing more to say. I wasn't asked a lot of the silly questions where they tell you "tell us about a situation where you disagreed with a boss or when you used your creativity and the like!!"
Interview Question – We interviewed 2 very qualified candidates for this position, why should we hire you over them? View Answer
Negotiation Details – It is an entry level position and they offered me the max in the range so I didn't care to negotiate because I know it is fixed and I was satisfied.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Northern Trust in July 2011.
Interview Details – panel phone interveiw to be followed by in person interview.
position was as a fixed income acccounting/it process business analyst to assess if a new software FA package (TPG) was accounting for process flows correctly.
panel consisted of the project manger and a "financial/accounting" sme (subject matter expert).
I prepared by reviewing the accounting litature for hedges/derivatives/ fx accounting etc
1.detailed accounting questions form the sme -- icnluding how you account for bonds and my past experince "setting up" for fasb 91 accounting. NT is going to start full fas 91 accounting. I had little experience with this so that did not go well
2. Next, the Project manager asked about soft ba skills such as how wouldl IA gather requjirements, what steps would i use etc. He also asked about several industry terms used by the fixed income traders. for exsample how would I define volitility if atrader sais he nmeeded a report to include volitility.
therre were supposed to be several others on the con call , but, they had been re assigned to a new project.
they did not pursue it futherr than the phone interview. My understandiong is they were going to use an internal resource or a big three consultant to handle this instead of a contract consultant.
Interview Question – experience installing/accounting for fas 91 View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Northern Trust in March 2011.
Interview Details – First I got the first-round 1:1 intervew conducted on-campus, then it was a on-site one interviewed by 3 people
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northern Trust in January 2011.
Interview Details – Easy, straight forward interview. Seems like a positive work environment
Interview Question – What do you look for in a supervisor? View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Northern Trust in May 2011.
Interview Details – I was called by an HR Recruiter from Northern Trust, who left me a phone voicemail message indicating that he wanted to speak with me about my qualifications and work experience. I was all excited - and called the recruiter back, and he said that he had only one question: what is my current salary? I asked him back why he wanted to know so quickly, given how we have not even spoken in person, nor have I met any managers for the position and talk about my experiences. He said that he did want to waste HIS time, nor did he want to waste the managers' time. After I reluctantly gave him my salary figure, he said, well, you know Northern Trust has a budget, and we have to be in line with that before we can hire people like you. I told him right away that why didn't he consider even meeting with me before being so rude? He said that I was wasting his time and hung up on me. The phone conversation lasted less than 2 minutes.
I'm very upset and disappointed. I was expecting to talk with the recruiter over the phone regarding my experiences like he said; instead, he said that I was wasting my time. A respectable company like Northern Trust actually employs pushy human resources recruiters to insult potential employees (and an employee referral) such as myself is a disgrace to their own reputation. What a waste of MY time.
I don't even want the job now even if I got called back. Northern Trust, you just left a very bad taste in my mouth. Learn to respect people.
Interview Question – What is your current salary? Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Northern Trust in January 2009.
Interview Details – Asked me some questions about my past experience. Told them as is and noted the difficulties in the technical implementation that we ran into. Was honest about my limitations given this particular product had integration difficulties dependent on what you are integrating into.
Then there was an interview with the technical team. Sent me some sample code and asked me to read up on it for followup interview.
Interview Question – What adapters did I integrate with. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Market rates. Not much discussion here. Both parties were aware of what the market pricing was.
The process took 3 days - interviewed at Northern Trust in July 2009.
Interview Details – I was called twice to Northern Trust for two different position, one of which was a referral from a past employer whose brother works there and both times I got the run around.
Met with HR Manager for general notetaking. Then went on to meet with the VP and Hiring Manager, many of the interview questions were surrounding my personality and why I'm the best candidate. They requested I ask them a lot of questions. When I started to ask more questions about the position and the position would support the team the conversation was diverted back to my boasting about myself.
Just weird interaction.
Interview Question – Explain to me what makes you the best candidate of all candidates. View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northern Trust in February 2011.
Interview Details – I first met with a member of HR, which consisted of a brief conversation about my past experiences and why i want to work at Northern Trust. Next I met with the manager of the group, which was more laid back. Last, I met with a supervisor and coworker in the group to which I was asked general behavioral interview questions.
The process took a day - interviewed at Northern Trust in October 2010.
Interview Details – Interviewer was not nice
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