Scottrade Interview Questions

Updated Jul 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Investment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cheyenne, WY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Scottrade (Cheyenne, WY).

    Interview

    HR reps are typical of most companies. Their job is to recruit, so they have all sorts of fluff and bull that they try to feed you, but they lack a comprehensive understanding of the positions that they are attempting to recruit for. They are incredibly slow to fill a position, even when there is an immediate need to fill the job and qualified applicants seeking the position. The interviews are scripted, and the HR reps and managers never stray from the script.

    Interview Questions

    • All of the questions are incredibly basic. None are challenging.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The HR reps have a grid that they are not allowed to think outside of. If they have made you an offer, it's because they want you. You will not be competing against a line of applications, so if you accept the job, let them know up front that you know Scottrade pays below the industry average for all positions and that if you are going to work for them, that they are going to have to meet your demands for a salary, not the other way around. Spend time researching what pay scale someone with your experience gets paid at other firms so that you have real numbers to back up your salary demands. This company feels their way through everything, but does not think their way through it. If you know what you should be paid and are not just guessing, you will have the upper hand in the negotiation phase.

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Scottrade in November 2013.

    Interview

    There were no technical questions. All questions centered around soft skills. I felt very comfortable talking with my interviewers. Although, the nature of the questions made me nervous about stepping into a role that may have serious interpersonal problems once I arrive. Everyone was very nice however. Everyone raved about the dedication of the employees and the work-life balance. That was tempered by questions about how I felt about working overtime. I had good feelings about the people but was unsure about how my role would have been supported by the business and felt it wasn't the right time for me to move. I asked for 30% more than the top edge of the salary posted for the position as a result.

    Interview Questions

    • Unexpected question... How do you get someone who has had a personal loss (sounded like a death on the team) to regain previous productivity levels. Eek! Again, as a current manager I have dealt with this exact situation but I wouldn't want to step into that situation at a new company right away and have to deal with that.   Answer Question
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    Service Center Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Scottrade (Saint Louis, MO) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I had a short phone interview about two weeks after I applied online. At that point HR rep set up in person interview a week later. Completed a background check authorization online before interview.In person interview included a personality test followed by interview with both HR rep and manager. The following Monday I received an email requesting references. References check was done through Checkster. The following tuesday I received a call offering me the positing contingent on receiving clear fingerprints. Recruiter called a week later telling me my fingerprints were clear, set up start date and was told to notify current employer. Entire process took about a month.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly behavior type questions, tell me a time type questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There wasnt any negotiation, I was told my salary when offered the position.

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    Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kirkwood, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Scottrade (Kirkwood, MO) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Went through a testing period for knowledge over material vital to the job.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I was sent a letter detailing salary, benefits,etc.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Scottrade.

    Interview

    Had one telephone interview and 2 face to face interviews with the marketing team.

    Interview Questions

    • For HR, I had been asked a lot of behavioral questions.   Answer Question
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    Storage Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Scottrade.

    Interview

    The process begins with a 20 minute phone screening. I then was set up with an hour and a half face to face interview. They let me know that there is a chance for a second in person interview, but they would try and just do one.

    Interview Questions

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    Service Center Stockbroker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Very straight forward process. It first starts with a 15 minutes phone interview; then a face-to-face interview that simulates a service center call and personality type test that is used to later see what your strengths and weaknesses are. This is to help you deal with customers based on a program that is later used in training.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no difficult questions. Just be ready for standard questions describing your interactions with customers in the past or how you deal with conflict.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It is non-negotiable if you do not have your required licenses.

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    Stockbroker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Scottrade.

    Interview

    First is a phone interview with a HR rep. then about a week later you get a second person to person interview with the hiring manager. Its only two interviews total

    Interview Questions

    • questions are basic, mostly asking about your past positions and how they relate to the one your applying for.   Answer Question
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    Scottrade Stockbroker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Scottrade.

    Interview

    Short interview with personality questions followed by a written test over basic market terms and practices.

    Interview Questions

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    Branch Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Scottrade (Las Vegas, NV) in July 2013.

    Interview

    Pretty simple. Applied, received call the same day. Spoke with hr recruiter twice. Scheduled in person within 2 weeks. They interviewed a couple other ppl so after my in person it took about 3 weeks. I called twice during that time. They said it's mine if I pass the background check. That process took another week. Then offer was official. They asked for my school schedule and really let me work around it. Only able to work 25 hours a week max.

    Interview Questions

    • Employment experience. Knowledge of the stock market and trading. Future aspirations. Interest in career in financial sector   1 Answer

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 Current Branch Manager

Pros: “As a branch associate, you're going to get out of Scottrade what you put into it. If you are engaged, driven and coachable you're going to have an excellent career here. I feel...”“As a branch associate, you're going to get out of Scottrade what you put into it. If you are engaged, driven and coachable you're going to have an excellent career here. I feel like I am helping the company and our clients. The negative posts here are clearly written by associates who are focusing on the challenges and not seeing the possibilities. I wish I could inspire them to help, grow, change and develop themselves, be positive and assist this company. We have a vast amount of talented leadership in my division: Our DVP was the top in sales at his previous firm and adds a lot of value to our division because of his success and experience. He does a weekly sales coaching session and from the feedback I get from other branches most of their fundamental sales dialogue and processes developed over the past few years came directly from our DVP. He built a great foundation and continues to inspire us to hone in on our skills. Our new RM was one of the very best sales leaders at one of our main competitors. He has over ten years of sales management experience. He visits his branches often and works extremely hard to help each one of us succeed. I can already see a huge difference in the refinement of our conversations through call coaching and improvement in our sales process in the short amount of time he's worked with us. In addition, he gives each one of us leadership opportunities if we earn it. Goals and Targets are set by each branch associate. There are minimum targets but they are easy to accomplish if you make meeting your goals a priority. Branch Manager salary is competitive. If you can learn how to exceed your share of the firms service and sales objectives, you will be recognized and awarded with meaningful annual raises. I made 35% more last year in incentive pay alone. If I hit the targets I set for myself this year I will made 50% more. In addition, Scottrade just added a team component to our bonus which could add significantly more to our bonuses. It will motivate us to work harder and smarter. My compensation for 2015 will be the highest it's ever been - even higher than when I worked for a full service firm.” – Full Review

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