I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at TD Ameritrade.
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I was referred for consideration by a friend of a friend. The first interview with the individual currently in the role and the hiring manager was extremely cordial and proceeded to next steps. The next set of meetings were with the HR generalist and the hiring manger's boss, an MD, each scheduled for 30 minutes. Things seemed to go well with the generalist but the MD appeared to be unavailable. After 10 minutes, the Generalist made contact and brought me to that individual's office. Upon arrival this person was obviously agitated and explained that he had a hard stop at the hour: he was having child care issues. I had been concerned with only having 30 minutes as per the original schedule and this time had now been trimmed to 15. Throughout, the interviewer was distracted, detached and visibly annoyed. In any other environment I would have recommended that we reconvene at a better time but this didn't seem like a good idea. I was so concerned with the tone of the meeting that I emailed the person who referred me to let him know that there was no way I would be proceeding and thanked him for his help.
Everyone has a bad day so I brushed the issue off as "stuff happens". I was very surprised to be called back for what was initially to be 2 more 30 minute meetings. The morning of the scheduled date I was informed that only 1 meeting would take place. Upon arrival, the individual I was scheduled to meet with was unavailable. When he was found, it turned out he was "triple booked" but we could "chat". I got the impression that this individual had not reviewed my credentials at all and I came away thinking that nothing we discussed could possibly support a hire/don't hire decision.
I was called the next day to be notified that I would not be getting an offer. What annoyed me was I am convinced that the last meeting was simply to cover the MD, whose complete disregard for me as a candidate still leaves a bad impression. I strive to provide substantial latitude when my directs are looking to hire someone. Without that autonomy what is the point of empowering subordinates? I would be cautious in dealing with TDA in that it appears that the most senior manager has the most weight in executing hiring decisions.
Interview Question – My wife works and our nanny needs to leave early, so I have to leave at 5. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in July 2011.
Interview Details – The HR person talked over phone on a Friday and had telephonic technical interview for half an hour the Tuesday after that. Called for a face to face interview to the Jersey City the next week. After I went there they asked me about my salary expectations and the HR person got disappointed and they conducted a name sake interview for 1.30 hours by three persons each 30 minutes . It was a total disappointment and after I paid for air ticket. It seems there was communication between the HR Department at Nebraska and Jersey City office.
Interview Question – If you pass null object to a method like simpleMethod(null) what would happen. simpleMethod is overridden like simpleMethod(String str) and simpleMethod(Date d) View Answer
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in January 2010.
Interview Details – Contacted by a recruiter for a phone interview. From there, you set up a one on one interview with the recruiter. That interview consisted of conversation and some behavioral questions. After that interview, a personality test is sent and then a final interview is made with two hiring managers that includes background history and behavioral questions.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you were asked to break company policy. What did you do? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate, everyone is on the same plan.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in January 2010.
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The process was very lengthy and strenuous.
Having to fly to Ft. Worth and Omaha from Chicago to meet with upper management, and then waiting two weeks for an offer. Once the offer was accepted they expected you to drop everything and start immediately. If you were unable to start immediately the offer was pulled
I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in December 2013.
Interview Details – The initial screening process is very long and you don't answer any significant questions. Now on the side of a manager, I know that HR group does little to qualify people and slows down the process considerably.
Interview Question – Do you have kids? That's a no no. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation, you are set given what they say or not.
The process took 2 months - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in April 2012.
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Multiple phone interviews. Initial phone screen with recruiter just to see if you are breathing, have licenses etc.
Face to face for finals. Hiring Branch Manager will always have a Regional Interviewer who will be set up as just another interview, but know that only finalists get this far and treat it as a go / no go interview, not an informational interview.
Mostly behavior based questions with a focus on coaching new associates to success, holding people accountable for goals etc.
Turnover is high among associates, so interviews will want proof that you can continually recruit and ramp up new associates. You will spend the majority of your time finding talent and trying to keep the pretty good beyond one year.
Interview Question – People at your former firm have not been successful here at TDA. Can you explain why you would be successful here? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There is some room to move up on negotiations. When they make an offer, they may not have a solid alternative, so room to negotiate up an easy $5k.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in June 2012.
Interview Details – Respectful. Multiple interviews from different perspectives.
Interview Question – If you had a choice between being a successful sales manager or being well liked by your team, which would you choose and why? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate more. If they pick you, they want you so ask for reasonable amount more and they will work to consider
The process took 4 days - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in April 2011.
Interview Details – Everything went very well. Very good well thought out questions and an honest open question answer session.
Interview Question – Your thoughts on current industry best practices. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in July 2011.
Interview Details – Interviews were unstructured, conversational. The focus was on my selling experience and on the company's plans for the next couple of years. Interviewed with regional manager first. After that, was asked to complete online personality test. On second meeting (a week later), my would-be branch supervisor was also present, interviewed me for about an hour. I got the impression that they valued my varied experience, and were very excited about the company's plans for the future. Also, before formal interview, I was invited to visit the branch and visit with another IC--which was very helpful. Everyone I met seemed relaxed, yet professional.
Interview Question – Do you see yourself in management eventually? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I negotiated a salary that was 8% higher than original offer.
The process took 6 days - interviewed at TD Ameritrade in August 2011.
Interview Details – I was Contacted on a tuesday by phone to set up a phone interview. On thursday I had a phone interview, they asked standard behavioral questions. Friday I was emailed 3 assesments, and then i set up a panel interview with them the next monday. You meet with two managers who ask you seven "tell me about a time when.." and "what did you do" type questions. I was contacted on wednesday with an offer, which I accepted.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you went out of the way to provide good customer service. Answer Question
Pros: Great benefits, decent pay and nice facilities. The people that work there are generally very talented and drink the kool-aid in the first year, so they are a pleasure to work with. – Full Review
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