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  1. 1.

    Tell me about a written project you had to tackle during your career. What skills did you use to ensure that your writing was error free?

      Success as a Teller with AB SEB Bank will often occur excellent written skills. While long-term writing projects won't necessarily be an occurrence, your interviewer is looking to hear in detail about a time you had to complete a written project to get a better understanding of how you will work during times that you will need to provide written correspondences in this role. As you reflect on your career, think of a time that you had to use research and teamwork to get a writing project completed and explain it in detail to your interviewer. As well, don't hesitate to talk about resources that you used to ensure that the document was as error proof as possible.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Every year, I am tasked with writing our fiscal year end sales report that reports back up to our suppliers. Since first taking this task on four years ago, I have prided myself on my ability to write in a clear, concise and interest inducing manner. I utilize our sales reports and organize the data within the report to show by supplier. I highlight great accomplishments within the report as well. When I'm through with my draft of the copy, I have several others look through the report for errors and take feedback from other graciously."

      Ryan's Answer

      "Just a few months ago, my manager asked me to write a letter to a client that outlined a mistake that had happened with her account over the course of a year. The end outcome was the clients account showing more money than actually existed. To write this letter, I had to work with a couple of other people to determine the facts of how the error occurred, what the impact was and how it would be fixed. Based on that information, I drafted the letter to read in a very apologetic and forthright manner. My manager was very impressed and sent it to the client following a personal phone call to her."

  2. 2.

    If a customer at AB SEB Bank had increased savings as their main personal financial goal, what steps would you take with them to get them started down the right path?

      As you look to interview for a Personal Banker position with AB SEB Bank, be sure to expect a question or two that really digs into the technical abilities that you would bring to the position in the form of a hypothetical situation that you will likely face in this role. This question is allowing your interviewer to gain insight into your knowledge of sound financial savings philosophies so be sure to talk about important aspects of a customer's finances that can impact their ability to save. As you answer, express that you would use a logical, yet tailored, approach with each customer in this situation.

      Ryan's Answer

      "After I had done my due diligence in getting to know the need's of the customer, my first step would be educating them on setting a personal budget that allows for savings. I would take a keen look at their monthly income versus their monthly expenses while also taking into account their variable spending on a monthly basis. Often, by simply doing this, customers are dumbfounded by how much wasteful spending they have going on in their lives. While the customer makes the final decisions on how to best handle, I can use my expertise to help guide them on their savings journey."

      Ryan's Answer

      "The first and most important step to this process is helping the customer truly see their financial situation by delving into their income and expenses. Based on that analysis, the customer then decides which of the factors of income and expenses can be altered to help increase their savings. From there, I would work with them on the best methods for saving and would take a personalized approach to recommending savings accounts or money market accounts with AB SEB Bank."

  3. 3.

    What are your top three strengths? How will you use them to make an impact at AB SEB Bank?

      Reviewing the job description and the company website will give you some direction on which qualities AB SEB Bank values most. Share your most valuable strengths. Think about them within the context of the position. You can refer to the list of responsibilities within the job description as a guide. Explain how your strengths will help you to accomplish these tasks; and better yet, help you to exceed expectations.

      Ryan's Answer

      "I have exceptional attention to detail and great communication skills. I am also quick to solve problems, which helps me handle customer issues with ease. These strengths will help me to build relationships and maintain customer satisfaction."

      Ryan's Answer

      "I plan to make an impact at AB SEB Bank through my strong customer service skills, my excellent negotiation skills, and my ability to call on referrals for new business."

  4. 4.

    If you were on the job here at AB SEB Bank and noticed that a change in process or procedure could be beneficial, how would you approach that with your supervisor?

      This question allows your interviewer to gain insight into a few different things about how would you work as part of the team with AB SEB Bank. First, they'll be looking to gauge your ability to see possibilities for improvement, so try to think of a time that you did just that in the workplace. They'll also be looking to hear that you are always willing and able to approach your supervisor in a constructive manner. When answering this question, be sure to stress to your interviewer that being complacent won't be on your agenda if hired for this position.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Knowing that a workplace continuously changes when it comes to customers and products, I as an employee need to be fluid in how I work and I am continuously looking to do things more efficiently. In my current role, I approached my manager last year about reconfiguring our customer lobby area to accommodate more customers while also being handicap accessible. He thanked me and took the idea to our leadership team and within weeks new furniture arrived and an unnecessary wall was removed."

      Ryan's Answer

      "I wouldn't hesitate to approach my supervisor with any creative ideas if hired on the team here at AB SEB Bank. With any supervisor I've had in the past, I've always appreciated an open door policy as staff on the front lines of the business are able to best see that need for small or large changes. Recently, I approached my supervisor with a great new idea that would help boost customer sales in our retail store. With not having the confines of a chain outlet, he let me lead a team of individuals to implement the change in the store. What we did was choose a high profit item each week and place it on display in front of the cash registers to promote an impulse buy at the register. Through the initial weeks of trialing this, sales numbers for the products each week more than doubled prior weeks when not on display."

  5. 5.

    If a customer posed a problem that you were unable to solve on your own, how would you handle that situation?

      A bank is a serious and professional environment and every once in a while, a customer comes with an issue that is well beyond a Teller's ability to handle. For this question, your interviewer is looking to hear that you will handle these customers with the respect and ease necessary to ensure their satisfaction in service of the institution. Whether you'll be dealing with a customer that received poor service at some point or was dealt a mistake by the organization, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have the ability to remain calm and treat customers with the respect that they deserve while making all attempts possible to solve their issue. In your answer, talk about your ability to use your communication skills to your advantage and how you use teamwork to solve problems at any level. Any real world example that you have would be good to talk about as well in your answer.

      Ryan's Answer

      "If ever faced with that situation here at AB SEB Bank, I would first hear the customer out and then repeat back to them what I heard them say. In using a calm voice, I would be very forthright with them if I was not able to handle their situation and have them take a seat while I found the best person to work with them given their issue. While I would have a lot to learn regarding the duties of each individual on the team here at AB SEB Bank, it is something that I would prioritize in my first days on the job so I would be able to troubleshoot issues quickly with customers. At any company, teamwork is of utmost importance and knowing who does what is a key to making the whole operation run smoothly."

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my current job, this is a regular situation that comes up for me as I handle incoming customer calls to our office. While I can handle most calls on my own, sometimes I get customers that call that are very upset with the services provided by our field technicians or the products that we installed. During those calls, I need to take a genuine approach and sympathize with the customer and give our company promise to make it right. By knowing our whole team, I can then put the customer in contact with the appropriate technician or manager. I have access to schedules of our entire team and use that to set timelines for follow up with customers as well. I think these skills will translate nicely to this role here at AB SEB Bank if I were to be hired."

  6. 6.

    Tell me about a time when you demonstrated you were trustworthy.

      To show AB SEB Bank that you are reliable share an example from your work experience that is relevant to the position.

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my last role, I was responsible for reconciling the banking at the end of the day. Last month, there was an overage, and I demonstrated my true character by reporting this to the management. Together, we partnered to research where this happened and collaborated to coach the team member who caused the error. We adjusted the accounts accordingly."

      Ryan's Answer

      "Every successful day in the banking industry is an opportunity to show that I am trustworthy. In my five years within banking, I have never been involved in a discrepancy."

  7. 7.

    What data entry skills have you accumulated throughout your career and earlier education?

      As a Teller with AB SEB Bank, solid data entry skills will help ensure that you are able to handle customers in a timely manner while also ensuring accuracy with each transaction that you process. While you may not have direct experience with banking specific software and data entry into those programs, your interviewer knows that skills you have built elsewhere can easily transition here to this role with ease. Talk about the experience you have with data entry in any previous positions that you've held. Talk about specific program that you have experience with and remind your interviewer that you are very easily trainable on new systems. If you know your words per minute typing skills, now is a good time to bring that up as well.

      Ryan's Answer

      "From an early age working on computers, I have pretty great word processing skills. The last time I was tested, I could type 75 WPM. These skills have translated nicely to a few different data entry duties I hane taken during my career. In my current role as an Assistant, I handle data entry into Microsoft Excel and also into our enterprise sales system. While being a master of Excel, I picked up our sales software system very easily and don't see any reason why I would have any issues with easily transitioning to your software programs."

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my current role, I work on an online database system called Kintone. I currently do administrative work in the insurance industry and this online system has been a wonderful addition to our team to replace the use of spreadsheets and email to house our information. When I learned the system two years ago, I was very quick to pickup and master the system. With my familiarity with many other software programs, I would be able to transition nicely into the data entry tasks in this role."

  8. 8.

    If you were having an interaction with a client here at AB SEB Bank and you weren't able to answer their question or solve their problem on your own, how would you handle that situation?

      As the forward facing client services representative with AB SEB Bank, you may be asked serious financial or market related questions that either don't know or aren't qualified to answer. In those situations, you will be expected to explain to the customer how that question will be answered and then deliver a timeline on when it can be answered. In the end, the customer wants to know the clear path to ease their mind and it will be your job to do just that.

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my current role in Customer Service with Metropolis' largest automotive dealership, I frequently get asked questions that our sales, finance and service staff have to give the final stamp of approval on in answering customers questions. In these situations, I have a great amount of knowledge where I can prepare the customer for speaking with the right person while also ensuring them that the sales, finance or service staff will provide the final answer. Then, I work quickly to get them to the right person."

      Ryan's Answer

      "In a situation where I didn't know an answer, I would ensure the client that we have the right staff in place that would be able to help them quickly and efficiently. I would communicate to the customer what the next step would be and if that would be me putting them directly in contact with someone or me taking their contact information and having someone get back to them. In the end, setting the right course and timeline would be important for every customer when I faced this situation."

  9. 9.

    In the banking industry, customer service is essential. Give me an example of a time when you provided excellent customer service.

      Think about what customer service means to you. Making the customer happy and receiving positive feedback are great examples! AB SEB Bank wants to hear that you treat customers with respect and are careful to resolve issues. Explain some of the elements of customer service that you possess, like empathy and patience.

      Ryan's Answer

      "I was working as a bank teller when a woman came in, upset about her account. I could tell she needed to vent and I wasn't quite sure what the actual problem was, so I listened first. Then I asked questions to figure out what was going on. She was so appreciative of me because I was able to think on my feet and troubleshoot to solve the problem quickly. She even apologized for raising her voice and thanked me for my patience."

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my current position as a bank teller, customers are encouraged to provide feedback via a survey app, after each in-branch visit. For the past three months, I have received the highest ranking for overall customer satisfaction. Delivering excellent customer service is a must for me, and I look forward to bringing this level of service to the customers at AB SEB Bank."

  10. 10.

    Accuracy is of utmost importance to the customers here at AB SEB Bank. Have you ever had a time where you had a to admit to a mistake on the job surrounding accuracy?

      A person's finances are one of the most important things in their life and a mistake can certainly hit very close to home for them. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to get a solid judgement of your honesty and integrity if you should make a mistake with a customer by having you talk about a time you had to do this in the past. In your answer, be open and honest about the situation while focusing both on what you did to resolve the issue and what lesson you learned moving forward that you can bring to the team at AB SEB Bank.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Working in retails sales, my busiest days can be quite hectic with customer lines reaching throughout the store. A few months ago, I had finished ringing up a customers large order and taking her payment. When the next customer approached, she informed me that the pillows she was purchasing were buy two, get one free and I realized that the previous customer hadn't received that deal. I called a colleague over quickly to run the register while I ran out to the parking lot to catch the customer. Luckily I did, and she came back in so I could refund her the price of one of the pillows. She was very thankful! Looking back on that situation, I hadn't noticed the daily deal during our morning huddle and I take full responsibility for that. From that point forward, I always kept a note with me at the register on the daily deals so I wouldn't miss one again."

      Ryan's Answer

      "During high school, I worked for a CPA that was a family friend handling pretty simple data entry tasks. One night, as I was laying in bed, I realized that I had made an error in entering figures into a wrong column in the program that the CPA was using. Not wanting to lose sleep over this, I made myself a note next to my alarm clock and called the CPA the next morning upon waking up. He was very appreciative of my effort to contact him as soon as possible and we made plans for me to fix the error during my scheduled time the following week."

  11. 11.

    Talk about a time you had to work with a difficult team member. How did you handle that situation and what was the key for you to make things work with them?

      For this question, your interviewer will be looking to get some insight on your interpersonal skills by seeing how you handle the adverse situation of dealing with a difficult coworker. In your answer, make sure to paint a clear picture of the situation and what made the colleague difficult to work with. Then, really try to reflect on what you did that made it possible to make the best of the situation. Talk about your interpersonal skills that were vital to making this work to give your interviewer the sense that you will be a great team player if hired at AB SEB Bank.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Early in my career in the banking industry, I worked with a colleague that was very distracting with her negative talk of other people on our team. It was very unfortunate at first that she was my mentor when I first started and from my very first day on the job, I realized what kind of person she truly was. Being new on the job, I didn't speak up or Rquestion her right away. Rather, I chose to get to know the remainder of my team to truly realize how toxic her talk was. A few months down the road over lunch, she continue with bad talk and negative rumor spreading about a colleague I had grown close to. ight away, I cut her off and told her that I didn't want to hear her talk bad about any of our coworkers. With my upfront approach with her, she definitely caught my drift and hasn't since tried it again."

      Ryan's Answer

      "Currently, I have a teammate that just doesn't like to carry his fair share of the load on the team. In my current environment, we all rely on each other to make the entire operation work. The hard part about this situation is that when he is motivated, he caebest workers on our team. Now, I've gotten to the point where I've gotten to get him well enough where I can see when he is having an off day. Through conversations, some things in his personal life impact his job can impact his job in a negative way. Any time that I notice his work slacking, an in-depth check in conversation with him often helps him get back on task and in a much happier mood on the job."

  12. 12.

    Do you have any experience in handling and working with large amounts of money?

      This role as a Teller with AB SEB Bank will at times put you in charge of handling and accounting for large sums of money. While your interviewer can likely assume any experience you have based on your resume, they'll be looking to hear directly from you what experience you do have in doing this. While you talk openly and honestly about your experience, or even lack thereof, make sure to talk about the importance of accuracy and security surrounding the handling of large amounts of cash. Your interviewer will be looking to hear that you take both of these points very seriously if you are hired for this role.

      Ryan's Answer

      "As you can see from my resume, my retail experience heavily involved running a till in a very large department store for six to eight hour shifts. At the beginning of each shift, I was responsible to counting my starting till to verify the amount matched our standard for starting tills. Then, at the end of each shift, I had to tally all cash and checks in my drawer and balance against my receipt log for the shift. Especially around the holidays, I was often handling drawers with over $10,000 cash in them at the end of my shift. From the start of that job, I was trained on and have always prioritized being very safe with my cash register, never leaving it unlocked and unattended. As well, the skills that I learned in tallying my drawer quickly at the end of each shift would be very beneficial in this role for me."

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my current role with XYZ Bank, my workdays are spent at a very busy metro area branch where I am running on my feet all day long. I take a lot of large business deposits on a daily basis and follow all organizational policies on counting and depositing cash into accounts for business clients. Some days these deposits are very large. Over time, I've become very proficient at counting cash and using our Accubanker money counting machine. I follow very strict policies on the safe and secure handling of cash and while sometimes those policies can make processes take a bit longer, I fully understand and agree with their purpose."

  13. 13.

    Give me an example of how you keep track of details while engaging in conversation.

      Multi-tasking is a great skill to have within the banking industry. Share a situation that demonstrates your ability to handle the daily tasks of a busy banking environment.

      Ryan's Answer

      "A customer came into the branch with multiple requests. To ensure that I addressed each of their needs, I wrote down a few notes for myself to gather the information. This was also helpful because when I needed to answer the phone in the middle of the transaction, I didn't forget any of the important details and I was able to resolve both requests promptly. All the while, I kept the customer engaged and made sure their banking experience was enjoyable."

      Ryan's Answer

      "To keep track of transaction details, while engaging in conversation, I will ask the customer questions or repeat what they are saying to me. This helps me to commit their needs to memory while still appearing engaged, and in the moment."

  14. 14.

    If hired for this role with AB SEB Bank, how would handle a large a work load of clients working through a mortgage process.

      At the heart of this question, your interviewer is looking to find out how you manage a busy workload by having you talk about your organization skills on the job. In your answer, talk about the skills you have and the tools that you use to stay organized and on-track while handling a large workload. Don't hesitate to talk about the software programs that you use and any other tactics that you use to ensure that all deadlines are met and no issues occur with clients because of too large of a workload. In the end, your interviewer wants to walk away from this question knowing that you'll be able to provide top notch service to the clients of AB SEB Bank.

      Ryan's Answer

      "In my current role, I'm able to handle a very large workload with my ability to stay organized on the job. If you could take a tour of my office, you'd see that I maintain a neat and clean desk with a very organized file cabinet of my current workload. If I need to shift gears and move on to work with another client, I can easily access information on the fly and keep moving. I also utilize my Outlook calendar to set deadline reminders to stay on track of closing deadlines and paperwork requirements and the tasks function within the program helps me stay right on track with all of my clients I am working with at a given time."

      Ryan's Answer

      "During my time working a large client load as a mortgage consultant, my success was due to my efficiency and organization on the job. If hired for this role with AB SEB Bank, my efficiency would be very high because of my experience with the entire mortgage loan closing process and my ability to handle certain challenges quickly with that experience. From there, my organizational skills within the loan process software I have experience with kick in to help me keep each client on track with their loan process."

  15. 15.

    We want our advising team at AB SEB Bank to be happy and healthy. How do you manage the day to day stress of being a financial advisor?

      The daily stressors of a career in financial advising can be burdensome, overwhelming and lead to burnout on the job. To get a sense that you can handle stress in a safe and healthy manner and be able to come to work each day with a clean slate, your interviewer is looking to delve into your personal life a bit to see how you manage stress. When answering, you can certainly talk about the things you do on the job to keep as stress free as possible, but also be sure to talk about the things that you do outside of work to avoid burnout. Point out that you have the resources and ability to care for yourself to keep you at the top of your game on the job.

      Ryan's Answer

      "To begin with on the job, I consider myself very excellent at handling stress. Being a goal oriented person, I find happiness in obtaining goals and consider any necessary stresses in pursuit of a goal healthy. Outside of work, I am a very active person that trains for marathons and spends a lot of time outdoors with my family. I find that these activities help cleanse my mind and heal my body to prepare for a new week on the job."

      Ryan's Answer

      "When I maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly and spend as much time as possible outside of work with my children, any unnecessary work stresses are put on the back burner and often relieved immediately. I'm a firm believer in a healthy work-life balance, even though it can be very tough to do in our field. Having the ability to answer a client email or phone call during off hours while unwinding has made our work lives better as well."

  16. 16.

    What is one way that you would help provide great customer service in our branch here at AB SEB Bank?

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  17. 17.

    In your opinion, what are the benefits of banking with AB SEB Bank?

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  18. 18.

    Take a couple of minutes to sell this notepad to me.

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  19. 19.

    At AB SEB Bank, we pride ourselves on providing the best overall customer experience. Talk about your customer service experience and explain why it will help our clients here.

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  20. 20.

    Why would our clients here at AB SEB Bank want you to be their financial advisor?

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  21. 21.

    As a Personal Banker with AB SEB Bank, why is providing tailored customer service important? How would you make this a priority if hired for this role?

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  22. 22.

    Out of all of our products at AB SEB Bank, which one would you be most likely to use? Why?

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  23. 23.

    How would you deal with an irate customer?

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  24. 24.

    Talk about your experience in mortgage loan closing. How would this experience be beneficial to our team here at AB SEB Bank?

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  25. 25.

    Give an example of a prior job duty you held that required serious organizational skills. What did you learn from that experience that you'll be able to bring the team here at AB SEB Bank?

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  26. 26.

    Tell me about your experience in the banking industry.

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  27. 27.

    Do you have any experience working with banking teller software?

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