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Bessemer Trust Company Interview Questions

Updated 25 Aug 2014
Updated 25 Aug 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Client Relations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palm Beach, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palm Beach, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through Bessemer website and within 1 week received HR email requesting phone interview. Scheduled phone interview for 1 week later was supposed to be 30 minutes. The HR rep seemed rushed during the phone discussion and was unclear as to the job description when the phone interview is really supposed to be a pre-screening or vetting process. I did not have the opportunity to ask her any questions but was recommended for an in-person interview. It took much follow-up on my part to get the in-person interview scheduled because the HR department is really messed up. For such a high-end company the HR department is very immature and disorganized. I was given the names of the 3 people who would be interviewing me and HR got one of the titles for a very important executive incorrect which I discovered during my due diligence.

    Interview day arrives, I'm thoroughly prepared:

    Interviewer #1: calm demeanor, clearly had read through my resume and was familiar with it. Did not ask me many technical questions, it was more of a flowing conversation as to why I seek private wealth management. This interviewer was very professional and I could have been very happy working with and learning from her. I sensed that this interviewer valued intelligence, organization and a polished appearance and demeanor. I would have accepted the job to be able to work with her.

    Interviewer #2: not good, I picked up on a multitude of negative energy! This person seemed utterly bored with the interview process, failed to maintain eye contact with me and just talked and talked about himself and other superfluous issues. I tactfully tried to reel him in and tie in my skills to the position but he kept going off-track so I just let him ramble on. He was like a shell of a person, a facade, a "Stepford husband"--I could not see myself working directly under this person. However, a professional associate of mine had told me that "Bessemer is the best" so being a bit star-struck, I just went with it. What I gathered from my interaction with this person (I hesitate to say interviewer) is that Bessemer takes a really long time to hire people and that once hired, people stay until they retire. I believe that speaks well for Bessemer; however, it is also a concern for growing within the company and/or promotions from within. I understood that this person's job would be my next step up and he made it clear he was there to stay. He is very insecure--was it because I have more degrees from better schools than him or is he just insecurely territorial? I have no clear answer except that my intuition said "dead-end job" and it would take a lot of money to make me deal with this dud everyday. Like a really bad blind date.

    Interviewer #3: gold star interviewer! I immediately felt a welcoming warmth from this person. He was genuinely interested in my skills, my personality and really explained the job description to me. He and I really clicked and he was able to purge the negativity of interviewer #2. Like interviewer #1, the interaction was a free-flowing conversation but a bit more informal. On this interviewer alone, I would have accepted an offer just to have the experience of working with this brilliant and charismatic person.

    Post Interview: remember to send out your thank you letters the same day. I followed up with HR a week later first to express my continued interest and to make sure that my file wasn't lost due to the high-schoolish procedures in the HR department. The HR rep (same as the one who scheduled the phone interview) was very snotty and harried. She said they do not work on a hiring timeline of any kind and that "she'll be in touch". I asked if I might follow up with her in 4-6 weeks or if she'd prefer I wait to hear from her. She very tersely said "I'll call you" and hung up the phone. I will say that I was shocked at that abandonment of any humanity here, much less professionalism. My intuition said this is not the place for me, especially when the front lines which form a candidate's first impression behave in such a substandard manner.

    I really thought that I'd be invited back for round 2 but that was not the case. I received an email 2 days later from HR stating as follows: "We were fortunate to have many qualified candidates apply to this position. We have reviewed the qualifications of each candidate and after careful consideration we have determined that the credentials of other candidates may better meet our needs at this time."

    I'm at peace with no longer being considered. I've learned to pay attention to red flags and they were flying high from the onset. I reflected and realized that a job in which I'd be suppressing my personality, walking on eggshells, being subjugated by interviewer #2 as my supervisor and chained to a desk is not a worthwhile professional opportunity no matter how high the salary. Do still regard Bessemer as the best? Regretfully, no.

    Interview Questions
    • None really, just a conversational format. Still, be prepared with the STAR format so you can clearly communicate your skills.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    A recruiting company contacted me about setting up an interview with Bessemer. Had an interview with 2 people followed by another interview with 2 more managers. They asked simple questions, mostly about my resume and fit/behavioral and some about what I knew about the position and company.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted through the phone and given the opportunity to have an interview in their LA office. It was very behavioral and I spoke with about 3 members of the client advisory group and spoke with the senior CA.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work in private wealth management, as opposed to companies like MS?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Received a pre-screening in January of 2014. Conversation was via Skype and was about 20-30 minutes long, conducted by an alum of my university. Positive experience overall, and was a very conversational-style interview. I was not invited to return for a full interview. Frustratingly, they simply never communicated that I was no longer being considered, they just fell off the map.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Woodbridge, NJ (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Woodbridge, NJ (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Bessemer Trust Company in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was scheduled to have a technical interview for a high level network position in IT, the interview lasted roughly 10 minutes, not a single technical question was asked. I got the impression that the interviewer was told against his will to "Do this interview." When I got off the phone I was quite bewildered as I never experienced an interview (or lack thereof) like this previously.

    Interview Questions
    • Only one question was asked for a task that would have been highly unusual for this type of position "How do you feel about performing desktop support?" To which I responded, its not something I've done but I have no problems doing so.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Florida, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Florida, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company.

    Interview Details

    First interview with HR, then interview with office management. If the interviewee succeeds in those to interviews, he or she will interview with a series of people in the office.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They made an offer and you had the option to accept or not. Negotiation was not really an option.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fiduciary Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received a call from HR to set up an initial phone interview with hiring manager. later HR called to invite me for an on site interview with the hiring manager and one staff member. I got on a 3 hour train and arrived on time. Both interviews went well...the ladies were nice and professional. Each spent a lot of time asking about my current position with their strongest competitor. I got the feeling that they were intimidated by my qualification, skill set and title at my current job. The position obviously wanted a more junior level, even though the position description expected more....

    Interview Questions
    • None...they asked about my salary expectation. I told them I wanted to know about the job first and would discuss salary only if an offer was made.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company.

    Interview Details

    There was EXTENSIVE testing with the placement agency. They wanted to make sure that my comuter skills where up to date and top notch. It's really not easy to get past HR. Once I got past HR I met with the hiring manager and a few people in the department. There is an exhaustive background check.

    Interview Questions
    • Know the company history. Legacy is everything with these people. Research, research, research. Read what you can on the family letter and family tree. It hangs promeniently in every office in the firm.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The negotiation was pretty easy. They made an offer and I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Client Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Palm Beach, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Palm Beach, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview then on campus interview. The interviewer seemed inexperienced or immature in respect to guaging talent. She informed the recruiter that my skills and experience were a fit for the position but she decided not to recommend me for an in-person interview. Her reasoning was that I tried to take over the phone interview by asking questions at the end of our discussion.

    Interview Questions
    • No unexpected or difficult questions during the phone interview. It was mostly a discussion of experience and how it fits to the position.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Assistant Client Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bessemer Trust Company in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initially emailed the company and arranged for an interview with the VP of HR. He greeted me in the reception area and brought me down a floor to his office. I spent just under an hour speaking with him about my resume and the company. I was asked to come back for a second round interview with whomever is in charge of CAMs, but that is still yet to be scheduled.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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