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Updated Jan 15, 2014
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Sacramento, CA

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at State Street in July 2013.

Interview Details – Called back several weeks after applying online. Did a 30 minute phone interview with some basic questions about me and my back ground. Got called in for a live interview. came to the building and they took me in and double teamed me. Then when it was all over and we all felt great, I got my parking validated. WINNING.

Interview Question – Would you care for a bottle of water?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Take it or GTFO

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Fund Accountant
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at State Street in October 2012.

Interview Details – Initial phone interview followed by an in-person interview. The person with whom I was interviewing never showed up. After waiting 40 minutes two kids from the department came and told me a little about the job but didn't ask any questions. I was then called to schedule another interview with a different department and was interviewed by some clown who read a list of questions off a sheet. HR called the next day to schedule a third interview but I declined after finding out that the non-negotiable salary was 32,000 a year and was not eligible for any bonuses or incentives.

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Fund Accountant
Kansas City, MO

I applied online - interviewed at State Street in December 2010.

Interview Details – Go to State Street website and apply for the position online. All of the interview questions were behavioral related. You will be giving a phone interview if you do not live the area. A face to face interview comes next. After that, it takes about a week.

Interview Question – There was no difficult question or unexpected question.   View Answer

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Sacramento, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at State Street.

Interview Details – The hiring process went pretty smoothly for me. I applied online for a few jobs and received a phone call a few weeks later setting up a phone interview the following week. I took the interview, mostly rating yourself on MS applications and things, and took a panel interview a week later. The panel interview was long (4 hours), but not too bad. I think they have since changed the process to be a phone interview and a two-on-one interveiw shortly after.

Interview Question – They had asked me to define a NAV (Net Asset Value) and variance and a few financial questions.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation was involved.

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I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at State Street.

Interview Details – Applied online on their website. Had one 30 minute interview with HR. At the end of the phone interview was asked immediately if I wanted to go to an open house they were having. The open house consisted of a 30 minute brief overview of the company, then two 2 on 1 interviews (2 hiring managers and me). Technical questions they asked were given beforehand in email to study (What is mutual fund, NAV, difference between stock and bond). Mainly behavioral questions, focus on studying these, if you look through the other reviews, most of the questions are on glassdoor. In the end was asked to rate myself 1 to 5 on leadership, excel, and other things.

Interview Question – Give us an example of a time you had to think outside the box to solve a problem?
Name a situation where you failed.
Tell me a time you had to present data that people relied on?
Tell me about a time you disagreed with a coworker. What did you disagree about and how did you resolve it?
Describe a time when you had to work with someone who created an uncomfortable work environment?
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Reason for Declining – Low pay, no negotiation.

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Sacramento, CA

I interviewed at State Street in November 2012.

Interview Details – I had one on campus interview. Then a week after they contacted me for the second interview at there office. The second interview was scheduled 2 weeks after my first interview. Second interview included two 1 on 1 interviews, 1 hour long with 2 different hiring managers. Offer was given 2 weeks after.

Interview Question – Name a situation where breakdown of communication is a problem.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation

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Kansas City, MO

The process took 3 months - interviewed at State Street in June 2010.

Interview Details – Phone interview, group interview on site and offer.

Interview Question – Describe your best and worst quality.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not negotiable

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Fund Accountant
Sacramento, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at State Street in May 2011.

Interview Details – The initial interview was fine, just a 30 minute, 1 on 1 interview on campus. The in house interview was more extensive. It was 2.5 hrs, with 30 mins being a presentation on the company, then 2 separate 1 hour interviews with managers and others. The second hour is a repeat of the first, probably to see if they can trip you up by creating a sense of deja vu. Nothing difficult, but I did shoot myself in the foot. Probably the reason no offer was made. I've heard of an odd culture pervasive with the company, but saw nothing of it in the interview, though, the casual dress (jeans, polo shirts, and unshaven faces) was certainly interesting, given it's a bank. The back office environment probably has to do with that.

The HR rep involved was spot on though. Always communicated in advance of when they said they would. No wondering where you stood.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to work with someone who created an uncomfortable work environment.   View Answer

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Fund Accountant
Sacramento, CA

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at State Street in May 2011.

Interview Details – Applied on the company website and was contacted for an interview 5 weeks later. The questions were very experience based, (i.e. "tell me a time when...") and rather grueling for someone with a lot of experience to sift through and determine the best example on the fly. The interview consisted of a 30 minute presentation about the company, followed by an hour long interview with two managers and another 40 minute interview with another manger. All in all it was exhausting and long.

Interview Question – Tell me a time when you had to think outside the box to solve a problem and present a solution to management?   View Answer

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Fund Accountant
Boston, MA

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at State Street in February 2011.

Interview Details – I gave my resume to a recruiter at a college job fair, and I was contacted about a week later with an interview opportunity offer. The interviewer was very cold. They did not take the time to introduce them self, or allow me to introduce myself. There was no enthusiasm for the company itself or the fund accountant position. My resume clearly indicated that I was would be graduating in May, and I was interviewed for an immediate opening that should be filled before my graduation date. On the bright side, the interview questions were very general and straightforward. Also, they are constantly hiring fund accountants and should have more positions opening after my graduation date. The interviewer alluded to the fact that fund accountants were work mules and cycled through quickly. I was caught off guard when I was told that I would be put in contact with a manager in a month or so for a future interview and told to reapply after graduation (which seemed strange, because it should have been known that I had not graduated yet). The signals that I received were very mixed.

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  • Do you think that your coursework has prepared you for work in the accounting field? Give examples.   Answer Question
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