Northern Trust Senior Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Jun 10, 2015
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Senior Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Northern Trust (Chicago, IL) in May 2015.

Interview

I applied online via their website and was contacted within a few days by a recruiter. They asked a few basic questions (Why are you leaving your current job, What kind of experience do you have, What salary do you expect) and we scheduled an in person interview with several members of the department I would be part of. The in person interview was about 1 hour (2 - 30 minute sessions with 2 people each) and was pretty basic, mostly the managers describing the role and asking me how I believe I would fit in, what am I looking for in a job, would I be bored by this or that aspect of the role. Nothing tricky or unexpected. There is a pretty big focus on salary expectations and I was asked that several times by different people. The only difficult part of the whole process was that the job description was not very clear and the initial recruiter didn't really have a lot of details so I couldn't get 100% clarity on what the role was until I was talking to the hiring manager, which is a bit late in the process. Also it felt like they weren't really used to the hiring process. Nothing major but for example I was never offered a tour of the office, they didn't have water and when I asked I was directed to a water fountain. We were kicked out of the conference room they booked by another group and wrapped up in the hallway. Small things, but it felt a bit disorganized, I wasn't terribly surprised when they never reached back to me although they mentioned I would receive an update within a week.

Interview Questions

  • How detailed oriented are you and can you give an example of a time you had to handle multiple detailed projects at one? What banking/ financial knowledge do you have? How do you work within a large team?   Answer Question

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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Northern Trust (Chicago, IL) in May 2014.

    Interview

    When I interviewed, I was working in a different city. I had 3 phone interviews, one with the recruiter, one with the team leader and hiring manager, and one with the hiring manager's manager. Basic questions regarding personality, knowledge of industry and computer skills. I didn't hear back for two weeks and was offered the position. No relocation assistance was given to move to a different city. Northern Trust is well known on The Street as being cheap in paying their employees.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiations even if you have 2 years of experience. Northern Trust is known on The Street as being cheap when paying their employees. If you are analyst at another investment house, you will make at least 15% more in salary than as a senior analyst at Northern Trust

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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Northern Trust (Chicago, IL) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Two phone interviews, the first with a company recruiter and the second with the hiring manager. Then in-person interviews with the company recruiter, hiring manager, the business unit CFO and the CFO of another business unit. Two of the four people I met with were condescending and arrogant. I was interviewing for a straightforward financial analyst position, but I got asked strategy consulting-type questions (similar to what you might get asked if you were interviewing at a Bain or a McKinsey). This was overkill, in my opinion. The in-person interviews were very disorganized. Nobody seemed to know what my interview schedule was, or had any awareness of timing. I met with the recruiter first and we started almost 15 minutes late. After we were finished, she had me wait at the reception desk for 5 minutes for another recruiter to take me to my second meeting. The second recruiter didn't know how to pronounce the name of my second interviewer, and when we got there the second interviewer wasn't in his office. My fourth interviewer also wasn't in his office at the time I was supposed to meet him, so my third interviewer and I had to wait around awkwardly until he got back. The fourth person I met with didn't even bother giving me a business card and simply rushed me out the door at the end. The fourth interviewer asked me my strengths and weaknesses. I shared with him a weakness, and then he kept pushing me for additional weaknesses. He also suggested potential weaknesses that I might have and asked if they were things I was working on. I found this unnerving and extremely rude. My interview in-person interview process was scheduled to take 2 hours, but ended up taking almost 3 hours due to all the disorganization. I was never offered any water or restroom access the entire 3 hours I was there. The company's atmosphere is extremely conservative and stuffy.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you made a mistake in your work and how you handled it.   Answer Question
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   Answer Question
    • If your manager or supervisor were here, what would they say your greatest strengths or weaknesses are?   Answer Question
    • How would you estimate the number of people that walk through the doors of a neighborhood business on a daily basis? Can you provide an estimated range in which you are 90% confident?   Answer Question
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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Taguig (Philippines)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Northern Trust (Taguig (Philippines)) in June 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through employee referral. The next business day, the HR Recruiter called me for the initial HR interview and assessment. The assessment is composed of test on your cognitive and excel skills. I waited almost two months before I received an invitation for the final and technical interview. Within the week after my final interview, I got the job offer.

    Interview Questions

    • HR Interview included typical questions like what do you know about the Company, previous experience, why leave your current job, expected salary, etc. The technical interview, which is also the final interview, had questions about your previous job experience related to the job description of the position you are applying for. The interviewers also asked probing questions (some basic technical questions) based on the aforementioned question.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I asked if I can still haggle for a higher offer but the HR Associate said it's a "take it or leave it" offer. Fortunately, when I was about to accept the offer, after two days, the HR Associate presented me a higher offer. Of course I am more than willing to accept the offer since I was already about to accept the initial offer. I don't know what happened but I just told myself "Okay I won't be greedy and insist for a higher offer since this was already an answered prayer for me." I just then prayed to God that I am hoping that the Company would still offer me higher even if I did not really haggle for it. And I was really amazed that it was just what happened when I came to their office to accept the initial offer. :)

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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Northern Trust.

    Interview

    Short phone interview followed by an onsite interview that lasted for a little more than an hour. The questions were all very basic. I feel like I didn't have to try at all. The first interview was with the recruiter and the second two were with two VPs. The position was not described very well to me at all. It was a new team so I felt that no one really knew what was going on at the time but they were very nice about it.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were extremely basic. They just wanted to gain a very in-depth understanding of my prior experience and what I am capable of.   Answer Question
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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Northern Trust (Bangalore (India)) in August 2011.

    Interview

    Interviewed by experienced staff member and onshore clients. was questioned in detailed for the technical rounds.

    Interview Questions

    • Why you are looking out for change in job?   1 Answer
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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Northern Trust (Bangalore (India)) in July 2011.

    Interview

    GD,Aptitude test,HR Round, Two technical rounds followed by background verification,it was a one day process and result was given the same day.documentation took one day and that day offer letter was given

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Northern Trust in February 2011.

    Interview

    Group Discussion, Test on verbal ability, quants and reasoning

    Interview Questions

    • Waiting for HR to call. Need patience and need to wait for a long time   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not much of negotiation.... Had to show other firms offer letter

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