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First Niagara Financial

Anonymous Employee

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial

Interview

Great interview process. Spoke with HR person, scheduled interview with BM and RSM. Discussed position as well a career paths. Found this program is much more mature than its' peers. PFA, to Sr. PFA, to Junior FC, to FC is the potential career path. The first 3 positions listed are one's that you can reach by hitting higher production levels and you don't need to wait for any openings. The future is yours at FNFG.

Interview Questions
  • What would the first 90 days in this position look like for you?
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Haven, CT

No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial (West Haven, CT) in Jun 2015

Interview

Phone Interviews Brokerage Manager Interview 2:1 Banking Center Manager & FA The first 2 interviews went great, The Branch Manager/FA interview was not so great. When you are told the training is horrible you kinda get deterred.

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Anonymous Employee

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
Application

I applied through college or university. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial

Interview

All Behavioural Interview and Resume based interviews Applied on College career portal and got the screening call within a week. However, got the next round call only after 2 months as they freezed the hiring process for a while. 1.) Firstly, HR Screening 2.) Onsite interview with Hiring Managers 3.) Onsite interview with higher management

Interview Questions
  • Resume based questions and would you like to settle in Buffalo
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Anonymous Employee in Pottstown, PA

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial (Pottstown, PA) in Apr 2015

Interview

First a telephone interview which was extremely conversational and natural. Didn't feel pressured or nervous. Excellent HR interview and was far from scripted. Really allowed you to express yourself, experience, and what your future plans are. If you can build report and personality with HR during the phone interview the rest is a breeze. Then a face to face interview with he branch manager. Again very conversational not very scripted and they allowed you to ask questions and structured it more as "this is what you would be doing this is how you'll be doing it and this is how we all do things together" put you into the role and made you feel very successful about the interview process. Final step was a face to face interview with the area manager. Very short interview and mostly touched base on the same topics that the branch manager did. This was more of a personality judgement to give the branch manager an okay to hire. Last about 10 minutes.

Interview Questions
  • Tell me about a time when you were unable to please a customer, what you did to handle the situation, and what the end result was.
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Anonymous Employee in Lockport, NY

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial (Lockport, NY) in Nov 2014

Interview

The first meeting was set up by a staffing agency and was held in person at the company headquarters with one supervisor. We met in a small conference room and sat at table, the interview lasted about an hour. There was a second interview about a week later which was by conducted phone with a second supervisor.

Interview Questions
  • I was questioned about my skills beyond basic accounting practices, specifically regarding advanced Excel spreadsheets.
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in Buffalo, NY

No Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial (Buffalo, NY) in Feb 2014

Interview

I received an email from a person who wanted to do a phone interview. We agreed on a time and had the interview. The HR person did change the interview time the Friday before the interview. Then when the HR person called me, she asked if it was still a good time for the interview. Some of the interview parts was ask about resume, what I have been doing? Where do I see myself down the road, past salary history). Shockley didn't ask me about what I did know about the FNG which I had my information all ready for that. At the end HR person said I would hear back from them within the next week. I received an email saying I did not get an in person interview.

Interview Questions
  • Why did you leave your past job? Where do you see yourself down the road?
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Anonymous Employee

Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial

Interview

I received a call from HR. HR then scheduled an appointment to have a phone interview. After the phone interview the HR representative then scheduled me to meet with the branch manager. After meeting with the branch manager i received the call from the HR representative about 2 weeks later with the job offer.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate

No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 12 months. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial

Interview

The internal candidates do not get updates on applications from HR. Even with prompt, courteous, and continuous inquiries from the applicants the HR reps will not get back to the individuals, even to simply say "we are still reviewing" or "you are not qualified". There is such a lack of communication it is shameful. Also, when applying for positions, it is secretive as to "what you actually do". Hiring managers will say your day to day varies and not give you specifics on what you'll actually be doing if hired for the position.

Interview Questions
  • Why do you feel you are qualified to receive compensation at this level when you currently do not make this amount?
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Anonymous Employee

Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial

Interview

In the hiring process, you submit your application online (like any other company today). You will get a call from a recruiter in Buffalo who will do an initial phone screen with you. If the recruiter thinks you are a good fit, they will schedule you with a phone conversation (not so much an interview as a what-to-expect from this position call) with the regional sales representative. You will then have an interview with the local branch manager and the area financial adviser. If they approve, you'll have a formal interview with the regional sales manager. At that point, you'll go through due diligence from the broker/dealer before receiving an offer from the company. From application to starting date, the process took about 5 1/2 weeks.

Interview Questions
  • There were no difficult or unexpected questions. You must go into the interviews understanding this is a sales job and they're looking for someone that has and can continue to make sales.
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Anonymous Interview Candidate

No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 6 months. I interviewed at First Niagara Financial

Interview

Applied for a bunch of jobs online. 6 months later I got a call from HR asking to setup an interview. I had no idea what job I was interviewing for. We set up a mutually convenient time. The day came and the HR woman called almost 90 minutes after the agreed upon time. She seemed uncouth and rushed. Asked me very standard questions and cut me off during short explanations. I was glad I didnt get the offer as I would have turned it down anyways.

Interview Questions
  • No difficult questions, just a difficult and tardy interviewer.
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