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Investment Accountant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I interviewed at State Street (Kansas City, MO) in February 2013.

Interview

They gave me a short phone interview and then scheduled me for an in person interview. Phone interview was easy, just asked a few questions to get to know me and know about my current job and what I do there. The in person interview requires your to arrive 15 minutes early so they can give you a small tour of their company. Its a nice place: gym, parking, cafeteria, nice lobby, nice elevators. Then they take you to a conference room. I was interviewed by 2 people that literally just went back and forth asking me all sorts of behavioral questions. They weren't very friendly and they seemed very robotic. They seemed boring was the worst part. It made me completely disinterested in the job. People aren't lying on here when they say the starting pay is low. If you're a college grad its not bad but. Something a college grad would love but I graduated 2 years ago and I was looking for something better. They also charge monthly for using their parking garage which I find ridiculous. The gas I would spend commuting plus the parking fee....I would have made less money.

Overall it seemed like a very boring place to work. My co-worker knows someone who works there and since they do funds for countries like Germany and others in Europe they need to stay til 7 or 8 pm to do the work. So the hours suck. If you have another job offer I suggest taking it. If you're a college grad and want some experience with a mutual fund and something for the resume this might be a good place to start since its a respected company but I hear that you can only get so far on the promotion ladder until you hit a dead end and cant get any higher. Not a place for a career

Interview Questions

  • Name a time you worked with a team were everyone had a different agenda?......wut?
    All sorts of behavioral questions. I saw another post that mentioned how they ask you questions and theres a lot of downtime in between questions. Thats true. They would ask me a question then spend a minute or two just writing while I waited. I hated it. Also I read on here that I would be asked technical questions such as what if the difference between a stock and a bond and what is a mutual fund. I was not asked those questions in my particular interview.   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for State Street

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    Investment Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at State Street (Boston, MA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Very friendly interview with HR and hiring managers. Important to have some answers ready for behavioral type questions. Make sure to know your resume inside and out as they will be asking you about your past experiences.

    Interview Questions


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    Investment Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at State Street (Boston, MA) in May 2013.

    Interview

    The process was ok. Met with a few individuals but mostly general questions. Did not get an offer but that has a lot more to do with my current situation. I am actively employed and so not having an incentive to move was conveyed during the interview. Company seems relatively dry and that rubbed me the wring way

    Interview Questions

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    Investment Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at State Street (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in November 2016.

    Interview

    After phone interview, in-person interview was with HR first and then with team lead and hiring manager. Both rounds were on the same day. First round was asked about some basic behavioral questions, second round was asked about some general questions about fund and the position. Total length was less than 1 hour.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain a time you had to deal with a difficult co-worker. What do you know about the company and the position? What is an inflation bond? What factor is the most important in determining NAV?   Answer Question

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    Investment Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at State Street in November 2014.

    Interview

    Phone interview and then asked to come in for an in person interview. for the first half hour its supposed to be with HR and then three managers
    had a phone screening. they asked 3 questions
    1) why do you want to work at state street and why as an investment accountant
    2) how good are you with excel
    3) has anyone reached out to you in regards to this position

    Interview Questions

    • 1) why do you want to work at state street and why as an investment accountant
      2) how good are you with excel
      3) has anyone reached out to you in regards to this position   Answer Question

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    Investment Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at State Street (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    I applied online and heard from them like a month after. 1 phone interview with hr, 2 in person interviews, one with hr, the other with hiring manager. pretty standard hiring and interview process like other big companies

    Interview Questions

    • ask about the concept about mutual fund and net asset value, and some basic behavior questions   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    didn't negotiate


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    Investment Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at State Street (Montreal, QC (Canada)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    first process was over the phone, then had a face to face interview with H.R. Lastly had a face to face interview with the managers. After the whole interview process it took about 3 weeks to receive an answer if I obtained the position. Then it took another 2 weeks to have the whole background check completed before the actually start date.

    Interview Questions

    • what is a bond? why do you want to work for the company? where do you see yourself in 5 years?   Answer Question

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    Investment Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at State Street (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in December 2015.

    Interview

    1) I applied online
    2) Got a call after 2 months and was asked what I knew about the company and the position, why I was the perfect fir for the job etc.
    3) In person interview the following week - lots of the standard behaviour questions regarding previous work experience and lots of questions about the company and future plans etc.

    Interview Questions

    • 1) What do you know about State Street?
      2) Name a time when you had a conflict in your previous work experience
      3) Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
      4) Do you know what NAV is and how it relates to the position?   Answer Question
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    Investment Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at State Street (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in March 2016.

    Interview

    I applied through a referral and got a call in about 15 days after applying.

    HR called me after 15-20 days of applying for the job through an employee referral then set up an interview within 2 days. I had two rounds:

    In person interview includes 30 minutes with the HR which consists of behavioural questions followed by a Technical round with hiring the manager and two others and here they asked a lot of Technical and few asking basic behavioural questions.

    Interview Questions

    • 1) Why should we hire you?
      2) Why state street?
      3)What are your strengths?
      4)Questions on Conflict management
      6)Question on a previous boss,environment not comfortable working in.
      5)Lot of questions on NAV calculation,Derivatives and Corporate actions   Answer Question

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    Investment Accountant, Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at State Street in May 2014.

    Interview

    I applied and got a phone call the same week where I was asked about my motivation for applying and then got offered an in person interview the next week.

    The Interview began with a written accounting quiz that covered very basic financial accounting questions (I recommend bringing a calculator as they do not provide one). I was interviewed by two managers, both seemed dull and uninterested in their job and asked very basic fit questions. They ask about your accounting knowledge but most of the job is very automated so it requires an understanding of the steps in the process more so than an actual knowledge. They look for motivated employees who are a good fit with the team and eager to learn + stay with the company (high turnover is an issue).

    Got offered the job a week later and regretfully took it.

    Interview Questions

    • The accounting quiz asked very simple financial statement oriented questions (debit/credit type stuff + other balance sheet questions).   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Limited salary negotiation. Very bad work environment with low employee motivation and pay.


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