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State Street Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 24, 2014
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Fund Accountant, Associate I
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The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at State Street in July 2011.

Interview Details I applied online on 2nd June 2011, got a 30 mins phone interview from HR a week later. The phone interview consists of both normal interview questions and behavious questions( no technical Q here!) I then got another call from HR to schedule an interview with 2 account managers on 27th june. It was a friendly one hour interview that consists of most behavious questions. I passed the first interview, and been scheduled the second interview with both account manager and assistant Unit head a week later (on 4th July). The second interview was relatively more serious, but overall was ok. It took me 40 mins and consists of most behavious questions.
After a long wait, about two week and a half, i got the offer! Thank god!

Interview Question – Tell me about yourself and most behaviour questions like how to work in a team and how to overcome stress.   Answer Question

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Fund Accountant, Associate I
Sydney

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at State Street in January 2009.

Interview Details Applied online through the company website. Got a call from HR for the phone interview. Received e-mail approximately a week later to notify that the application had gone through to the next round which was the interview with the fund manager and account manager. Made appointment for the interview. Went on for the interview, approximately one hour. Questions range from education, work experience, personality, what-if cases, technical questions. Got a call approximately 3 days later to notify me of the offer. Submitted all the documents requires, e.g. course transcript, letter of completion, visa, passport, and filled application form.

Interview Question – How to value a portfolio?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate initially since I was not thinking of taking the job. However, in the end, I accepted the offer to fulfill my visa requirements. At that stage, negotiation was impossible.

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Fund Accountant Associate I Interview

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Sydney

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at State Street in January 2010.

Interview Details I applied to this Fund Accountant role through seek.com.au with no relative work experience fresh out of university with a combined Accounting and Economics degree. I had really strong results and was approached very quickly after having applied (2-3 days). The first step in this process was to undertake a telephone based personality interview in which a member of the SS recruitment team asked a number of normal questions to get a guage on the candidates personality. For example... Why do you want to work in the Finance industry? What draws you to State Street? What do you look for in an organisation? etc etc.

If you pass this quick (15 min) phone based interview, you will be asked to interview with a panel of senior stakeholders in the organisation. My own interview was with three such managers and was very laid back and easygoing in terms of atmosphere. This interview is basically a personality test and a bunch of questions that help the interviewers determine your character, morals and I guess competence. Questions I was asked include how I see myself interacting in a team environment, what sort of challenges I have faced, how am I accurate and detail oriented etc etc. They also asked some basic accounting and finance related questions and hypothetical situations so be ready for that as well.

All in all it was a very warm and friendly interview allowing you to ask any questions you may have of the organisation and for SS to find out more about you as an individual. SS ended up calling me the very next day and offering me the job on the spot.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult here. Just relating to your past work experience. How do you work in a team environment, what would you do in a situation where you thought your immediate supervisor was wrong.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to dictate my salary slightly. The position advertised for 35-45k +super. Upon being asked my salary expectations I said honestly that I thought I was worth at least 50k per year base...but ended up being offered the max 45k + super with salary reviews each six months. I haven't been with the company for 6 months yet so will have to wait and see whether these pay rises come to fruition.

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Fund Accountant, Associate I Interview

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Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at State Street in April 2014.

Interview Details 2 phone calls with the second one lasting 50 minutes.

Interview Question – Know your finance terms if you dont already (e.g. Bonds, reconciliations, NAV)   Answer Question

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Fund Accountant Associate I Interview

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Boston, MA (US)

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at State Street.

Interview Details 15 minute Phone interview, and then two one-on-one interviews with account managers. very structured and standard interview question - - strengths, weaknesses, and experiences

Interview Question – the initial interview questions are very common interview questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Initial offer was very straight forward with standard starting salary with little room to negotiate. the salary was a bit lower than expected but i was reassured that there would be over-time and bonus opportunities however this did not turn out to be accurate in my group. over-time opportunities are definitely available in some groups but not all.

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Fund Accountant, Associate I

I applied online and interviewed at State Street.

Interview Details i apply online and got phone intereview and the lady asked behavior questions and a day later the emailed to make face to face interview. and they asked behavior questions again.

Interview Question – a lot of behavior questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – not negotiation

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Fund Accountant, Associate I
Boston, MA (US)

I applied online - interviewed at State Street in June 2013.

Interview Details Phone interview about salary and other basic questions, then two 30 mins 2-on-1 in person interviews with AVP, they asked a few questions on some work experiences, then they wanted me to ask them questions. It's a fast pace working environment and you will need to commit for 3-5 years as the learning process may take a year

Interview Question – What role do you play in a team?   Answer Question

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Fund Accountant, Associate I
Boston, MA (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at State Street in September 2012.

Interview Details Applied online and got a call back within several days. Had initial phone screening, which consisted of some basic questions. Asked how much I was currently making and was told the Associate I position pays only $32k per year for full time position. Explained to interviewer there was no way I could support myself on such pay. Was told an Associate II pays around $42k with bonus and was encouraged to apply for another role. Got the impression there was high turnover within these types of positions, although some of the roles sounded exciting. Needless to say I decided to stop pursuing any other opportunities with this firm.

Interview Question – Didn't even get to point of interview questions once salary for position was brought up by interviewer.   Answer Question

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Fund Accountant, Associate I

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at State Street in April 2013.

Interview Details So I received an email the day after I submitted my resume online on the company website. The email was to schedule a 30 minute phone screen. After that I was asked if I would like to go into the office for a face to face interview. The face to face interview was with one manager and lasted 30 minutes. I was given an offer about an hour later by phone

Interview Question – Tell me a time when you have displayed/shown your loyalty towards a previous employer   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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Fund Accountant, Associate I

Interviewed at State Street

Interview Details basic behavioral questions. allowed me to do the entire process over the phone since lived out of state.

Interview Question – there wasn't anything out of the ordinary   Answer Question

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