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Updated 15 Dec 2014
Updated 15 Dec 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    PMD Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Merrill Lynch.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter vetted me and made me take online tests after which landed me an in person interview in which they hired me on the spot. They want aggressive people who can cold call.

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    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I submitted my resume and received a phone interview promptly. There were two separate phone interviews which contrasted from each other. They lasted around 10 minutes each. Discussed the importance of cold calling and why you would be interested in Merrill Lynch.

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    No Offer
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    Trading Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Interview Details

    Assessment centre:
    - Numerical test: very difficult, much more than typical online test
    - Group exercise: analyst investment opportunities for a fake bank; the exercise was followed by a presentation to the fake bank's board of directors.
    - 1:1 Presentation: Investment in either stocks/bond or sector
    - 3 1:1 interviews: both technical and competency based.

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    Accepted Offer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Merrill Lynch.

    Interview Details

    It was a very informal interview. A lot of behavioral questions. Mostly spoke about my cold calling experience and how I would be able to get clients in the door for them. Cold Called an alumni to get in the door to do a spring internship. Then took about 5 weeks to get back to me and I accepted on the spot. Overall a positive experience.

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    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Job Related to the Chief Operating Officer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    They first hire an external HR to conduct a dynamic interview (with other candidates). After this phase, you talk to the BAML HR analyst. Finally, they place an interview with the COO.

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    • Nothing really difficult, however they do stick to what you say in your resumé, so they want to know how you improved the process of your last/current job, since it's a COO internship job related.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Technology Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through my school's recruiting through their online system. I had a first round of interviews on campus, then was invited to visit onsite (in New York). I had a couple interviews onsite, had to take a written test where they asked some questions like where I see the future of technology in banking.

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    No Offer
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    TFA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Merrill Lynch.

    Interview Details

    Initially applied online.

    I have been on two interviews now and it seems like they are interested but there is no urgency. You just have to be patient the hiring process is very drawn out.

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    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    PMD Financial Adviser Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It starts with online financial aptitude test followed by interviews with senior advisors and branch manager. It includes discovery meetings where you will have a chance to understand what it is like to work for Merrill as a financial advisor.

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    • There weren't really difficult or unexpected questions. The questions centered around on why you would want to become a financial advisor, probably because I was coming from a different industry.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Merrill Lynch.

    Interview Details

    The process began with me contacting and sending my resume to the branch manager. From there he forwarded my information to an area recruiter. My process with the recruiter began with creating an applicant profile and taking the FIAT. The FIAT consisted of algebraic questions, finance/econ questions, and some logic exercises. A day or two later the recruiter informed me that I passed the FIAT and we scheduled a phone interview. The phone interview consisted of questions related to my current work experience, education, reasons for applying, and plan for success as a FA. Following that interview the recruiter had me fill out disclosure forms and give consent to perform additional screening. I was then turned over to the local branch manager to schedule an interview. A meeting was scheduled and I met with the manager some days later for the high achiever interview. This interview consisted of the common pleasantries and questions of your standard interview. My resume was scrutinized as well as me selling myself for the position. It seemed to go well and I was further informed of how the process would unfold in the next stages. No directions or expectations were given after this interview. I waited for a couple of weeks without any communication and was informed by email that I was no longer being considered for the position. It was disappointing as the process seemed to go well but ultimately ended. The few people that I interacted with during the process were professional and helpful. My feeling is that I didn't do a convincing job of answering questions during the interview and that I lacked the sales and financial experience that they look for.

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    • What are some examples of your experience as a leader?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior Business Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Merrill Lynch.

    Interview Details

    F2F interview. This was for a junior BA position. Interviewer was hard to impress yet polite; respected the fact that I have been in the industry for only a couple years. Really likes to dig into your background; your resume, greatest accomplishments/ failures. A lot of situational questions were asked. She also wanted to get a feel for how committed I was and if I could work with minimal supervision.

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    • If the mayor were to decide to implement seat belts in public buses, as his/her secretary, what concerns/questions would you have?   Answer Question
    • Describe what goes on between the user and the system when you swipe your debit card at an ATM..   Answer Question
    • What would you do if you find yourself 2 weeks behind on your work schedule?   Answer Question
    • How would handle conflict between you and your peers/ bosses?   Answer Question
    • Have you ever found yourself taking the wrong path? What did you do?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview

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