I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in September 2013.
Interview Details – Interview was fairly easy, though I got the impression that they weren't prepared for the interview. Interviewed, in person, with two managers. Got ask a few irrelevant/strange questions throughout the interview. Overall, the company seems like a good company to work for with excellent benefits. Biggest con I could see is that the headquarters appeared to be a cubicle maze.
Interview Question – What do you like about (insert town)? What did you like about your University? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in October 2013.
Interview Details – Mail/Fax handwritten copy of application and resume. They will contact you. First interview will be over the phone (brief 15 minutes or less). Second interview will be in person and made while on the phone. It may be with anywhere from 1-3 different people depending on the branch. If they like you at the end of the interview they will ask if it is okay to contact references, do background check, and credit check. An offer of employment will be next.
2-3 years retail/customer service experience.
Bachelor's Degree in Business and Management Ethics.
Nothing on my criminal (no speeding tickets).
760 credit score (no negative lines of credit).
Opened my bank accounts at their bank.
Senior Project was on Non-Profits (SECU is non-profit).
Everything on my Facebook account is professional (no partying).
Wore a suit and arrived at my interviews with all materials and 15 minutes prior exactly.
Answered all questions promptly, accurately, and with a humble demeanor.
After being interviewed 10 times at 6 different locations, my employer being called (risked me losing my job), personal references called, etc I still have not received employment-Why?
Not as many years of experience as another candidate.
Don't waste your time. I certainly won't anymore.
Interview Question – What are the three weakest qualities about yourself? View Answer
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in July 2009.
Interview Details – When I was originally hired, I interviewed with the branch manager of where I was going to work. After gaining experience I was sent to interview with the head of HR, the executive vice president, and the president to obtain my 'lending limits.' This is a formality to make sure I am competent enough to make good decisions on loans, and gave me the authority to make decisions on my own.
Interview Question – How do you define success? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. I was told what the highest salary I could receive and was awarded that. Not that it was a huge salary, but it was nice to get a job and start my career.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in April 2013.
Interview Details – Since they don't have an online employment application system, I printed out the PDF, filled it out by hand and mailed it in. Over the course of 2 months, I did a phone interview with a project manager, and 2 panel interviews with various VPs and analysts. Phone interview lasted an hour and panel interviews lasted about 3 hours each. Everyone I encountered was very nice and professional and it felt very relaxed there (the home office in Raleigh). Culture wise, it would have been a good fit for me. Sadly, their staring pay is low. Also, they waited until 2 hours before my interview to ask me to bring samples of my work. Interview questions were easy and straightforward: what skills do you know, what projects have you worked on, etc. No crazy behavioral ("what is your greatest strength/weakness") type questions. I was never given any kind of skills test, written or verbal. But they did ask enough technical questions to determine if I knew my stuff or not. Before the job offer, they did perform a criminal background check AND a credit check. They gave me a copy of my credit report that they pulled, which was nice. Seemed like it would be a fun young group to work with. I rate this interview process as a negative experience only because I wasted 2 vacation days on interviews only to be offered less money than I currently make. Since they don't post salary ranges on their website, I had no way of knowing what the pay range was in advance. I wish they had never contacted me about this job since they already knew from the beginning that they couldn't pay me what I was worth.
Interview Question – Tell us about a difficult or complex business problem you had to solve and how you went about solving it. View Answer
Reason for Declining – They actually offered me $5K less than I make at my current job, even though I noted my current salary and desired salary on the job application. After declining their offer, the VP reminded me of their great benefits and yearly 5% raise. I reminded them that there is no guarantee of a 5% raise each year unless it's in writing and their benefits are really no better than any other place I've worked. Two weeks after I declined, they called me again to see if I had changed my mind because they were still unable to find anyone to fill the position, even though they were still offering the same starting salary. I told them "no, I'm still not going to take a pay cut to work for you!" There's lots of competition for skilled I.T. workers in the Triangle. The credit union is going to have to bump up their starting salaries if they want to fill their open I.T. positions.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in April 2012.
Interview Details – Interview process was fairly straightforward and easy. No off the wall weird questions. Communication was via email and phone. Pretty quick turn around from interview to hire.
Interview Question – Do your research like you should for any organization. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in February 2013.
Interview Details – First interview was very basic interview, and salary was discussed at $26K plus $6K in "benefits pay". Second interview was with SVP over call center. Very forward questions, done in a group interview setting. There were 3 interviewers who asked generic interview questions, and the SVP picked those answers apart and asked decent follow up questions. Overall a good interview process.
Interview Question – What is the difference between empathy and sympathy? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations. Their offer was final.
I applied online and interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union.
Interview Details – It took about three weeks to get scheduled for an interview. When the day came, I was to interview at 9:30am, but had to wait until 10am. The greeter was very polite and directed me where to sit while I waited. While waiting I noticed visibly younger staff members going into older staff member’s offices for advice. There seemed to be a strong culture of teamwork. Furthermore, I was interviewed by the branch manager, teller manager, and financial services manager. They were all really friendly and told me not to be nervous. They asked the basics: “Tell me about yourself”, “Why do you want this job”, “What did you like about your last job”, etc. It felt much more like a conversation about me, than an interview. It has been about three weeks and I’m still waiting for a response. Overall (at this point), the interview process is straightforward as long as you actually prepare, and care about making a good impression.
Interview Question – The questions were all basic. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in November 2012.
Interview Details – Complete the application (or you aren't an official applicant), attach your resume, and either drop it off or mail it. Then follow up with a phone call. If you are lucky enough to get an interview, it will be straight forward. Pay attention to the background check notice...they WILL do a thorough check, as they should. Dress like you work there already. Know the credit union philosophy, and why you want to work there. If you give a good interview, they may call you for a second interview, or may hire you, pending all the background checks being clear. You will not get a high starting salary, but you can advance rapidly if you will work and study hard. The job is not hard, but you must be precise and follow procedures well.
Interview Question – Tell me about the most difficult boss you have ever worked for and why they were the most difficult. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was little negotiation. The economy stinks, and they have a standard salary range. The big plus, is promotions are easy to earn, and the requirements are spelled out on paper. Every employee has the same benefits, so no negotiations are needed.
I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in November 2008.
Interview Details – Submit application and meet with a VP.
Interview Question – Pretty basic stuff. Motivations..why you want a position...goals, etc. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None, they gave me a figure and that was it.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at State Employees' Credit Union in October 2008.
Interview Details – Very easy and laid back
Interview Question – none...ask typical interview question...where expect to be, strength weakness.. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – very easy, although salary is tracked, so not much to negotiate
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