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  1. 1.

    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! Agricultural Development 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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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 Agricultural Development Bank."

  2. 2.

    At Agricultural Development Bank, we value diversity in our customer base and on our team. How do you work effectively with people from different backgrounds ?

      In any interview that you experience, a diversity related question is likely to come your way. This is no different at Agricultural Development Bank because in the banking industry, customers will come from all walks of life and you will be required to work with them effectively. To give your interviewer the greatest sense in your answer, talk both about how you value diversity in your personal and professional life and give an example of a time you worked with a diverse team of people and thrived. In the end, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you will join the team at Agricultural Development Bank with an open mind and open heart.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I am a firm believer that a diverse team and work environment benefits the greater good of the organization by bringing many different perspectives to decision making processes. My first job out of school was with a company that lacked diversity and it really struggled because of lack of new ideas and a lack of value for others. Since that job, I have worked at companies and on teams that were very diverse and I really enjoyed being able to learn and grow from others from different backgrounds than me."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current position, I work with customers from all different nationalities and walks of life. As a very young adult taking this job from a small, non-diverse town, it was intimidating at first to me. But from day one on that job, I've really grown to appreciate and see that connecting with individuals that are different from me is beneficial to society as a whole. If hired in this role, I understand that I would be working with a very diverse customer base and I'd be able to do so in a very empathetic and understanding manner."

  3. 3.

    Do you have any experience or knowledge in detecting counterfeit cash or checks?

      Over the years, the banking and retail industries have had to invest a lot into the detection of fraudulent checks and counterfeit money as fraudsters have become more and more savvy in the making their counterfeit currency look more real. If you don't have direct experience working with the different detection techniques, be sure to do as much research as possible prior to your interview to speak knowledgeably about the different ways money is being counterfeited and the steps banks are taking to counteract it. If you do have knowledge and experience, be sure to talk about they things you've used to help prevent the passing of counterfeit money up to this point in your career.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "During my time working as a cashier in high school, I have used the counterfeit pen for bills that were $20, $50 and $100. As well, I have received briefing on new currency when it is released, like the new bills with the holographs in them. If hired for this role, I'd look forward to being trained and learning more about the advancements in counterfeiting and how this role would help negate that."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "While I don't have hands on experience handling cash or check transactions in my prior work, I am familiar with the ways that the treasury department is marking bills now to prevent counterfeiting. I would know how to look for specific watermarks on each bill, the raised printing and the color-shifting ink on the numerals in the lower right corner. If hired on the team here at Agricultural Development Bank, I would want to learn more about fraudulent checks and what measures I would need to put in place in this role to help ensure that none passed through my hands."

  4. 4.

    In your mind, why is it important that Agricultural Development Bank focuses on customer service?

      The customers are the lifeblood of a bank and without them, Agricultural Development Bank wouldn't be able to thrive or possibly even stay open for business. With this question, your interviewer will be most interested in hearing why you believe that customer service is important for this role as a Teller and then hear what skills you will help bring to this role. As you prepare for your interview, be sure to think about your prior customer service experience and think of ways that you can draw upon that experience in this role with Agricultural Development Bank. In the end, make sure that your interviewer walks away from your conversation confident in your ability to provide the best customer service possible.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Having worked in retail for all of my career up to this point, I have customer service engrained in my brain and know I have the skills necessary in this area to be the best I can be for your customers. I have to be knowledgeable about products, pricing and options to be able to answer any and all questions that come my way. I also need to be a great communicator and have excellent listening skills to really get to the individual needs of each customer. In the banking world, I imagine that competition between institutions is fierce and often the main draw between your institution and a competitor is the excellent customer service that you provide. If hired at Agricultural Development Bank, I'd look forward to helping be this differentiating factor for existing and future customers."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Customers in any industry have become more tech savvy and self aware now more than ever and the service they are provided is often the key determining factor in where they take their business. I'm sure that Agricultural Development Bank puts a lot of time and resources into training staff in customer service skills. Coming into this role, I have a lot of extensive training in customer service. In the past few years, I've attended online and in-person trainings on telephone customer service, upselling skills and the generational gaps in customer service expectations and would love the opportunity to showcase my skills with your customers here at Agricultural Development Bank."

  5. 5.

    If you were having an interaction with a client here at Agricultural Development 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 Agricultural Development 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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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."

  6. 6.

    What do you know about Agricultural Development Bank?

      Agricultural Development Bank makes it easy to find out basic company information by simply browsing their website. You can also search employee reviews to learn about experiences interviewing and working there. Share a few of the facts you learned from researching the company.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I was impressed by the variety of services you offer your customers, and the mission statement at Agricultural Development Bank. I found the mobile app extremely user-friendly, and I like the new features that help customers save money."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I've read great things about working there and I'm excited for the opportunity to work in such a fun environment.Your employee reviews are strong and I understand that you spend a lot of time with community outreach programs."

  7. 7.

    What are one or two of the aspects that you think you would love about our Teller job at Agricultural Development Bank?

      While your interviewer is asking this question to verify that you understand the role and life with Agricultural Development Bank, this is your opportunity to sell your skills and abilities to your interviewer as well. As you prepare for this question, think of your best skills that you find the most enjoyable to yourself and match them with the aspect of this job. As you answer, speak with passion about the aspects you will find the most enjoyable and explain why those aspects will be vital to your success in this role.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "The biggest thing that I am most excited for in this role at Agricultural Development Bank is the opportunity to now interact with customers on a face to face basis. As a people person by nature, I've felt so held back working for the last four years with customers over the phone. My positive attitude and friendly approach would be a huge asset to your customers and I would make it a priority to always be that smiling face that people encounter when they come to handle their personal business at Agricultural Development Bank."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "After talking with my cousin that has been a Bank Teller for her entire career, I know that I would love the variety and problem solving aspects of this job. I would look forward to the fact that no two workdays are the same and that I'd be working with individual customers with every transaction. As a person that thrives thinking on their feet, working with unique customers would give me the opportunity to help them troubleshoot issues and find solutions for them."

  8. 8.

    What are your thoughts on working in a position here at Agricultural Development Bank that had a lot of routine tasks each day?

      A position as a Teller with Agricultural Development Bank will entail many job functions that can get repetitive from day to day and your interviewer is looking to hear that you are able to perform these tasks with focus and ease each day that you are required to. As you prepare for and answer this question, be sure to talk about past positions where you've thrived with routine tasks. As well, keep your answers focused on the positive by explaining why these routine tasks are important and how you always pay attention to detail no matter how mundane a task may be.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I would have to say that I handle routine work very well. In my current role, a majority of my day is handling routine labeling and shipping tasks. By staying in the moment and remaining focused in my work, I ensure that I take all necessary steps each and every time to ensure that my customer's needs are satisfied each and every time. In this role, the customers at Agricultural Development Bank rely on accuracy and timeliness and I would be able to bring that in any duty that I was tasked with."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "For me, an end goal, customer focused approach is important in any work that I do and it is extremely important for very routine tasks. While my current position has a lot of routine tasks that I handle every day and week, understanding why these tasks are important helps me to stay on track and on time with them. If hired to join the team at Agricultural Development Bank, I would make sure that the focus of my orientation would be for me to understand how each job duty positively influences customers that I interact with."

  9. 9.

    At Agricultural Development 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.

      In the financial services industry, overall client experience is a major predictor of business growth and the team at Agricultural Development Bank takes the overall client experience seriously. For this question, your interviewer will be looking for you to expand upon your customer service experience past what they can see from your resume. To seal the deal for your interview, try to talk about times that you have went above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best service possible for a customer.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Over the past five years in my current role in customer service, my number one mantra has been to create the most personalized experience possibl for each person. I have done this by taking the time to get to know the customer, find out what their needs are and creating an experience unique to them. Where my time in automotive sales has really prepared for this role with Agricultural Development Bank is in this approach. If hired for this role, I know that I will be relied upon to use open and honest communication skills, time management skills and to take a empathetic and personalized approach with each client and I can definitely be relied upon to do that."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my years in a front facing customer service role, I've prided myself on being the face of the franchise. More often than not, my interactions with customers can be the difference between a repeat customer and a person who never comes back again. To ensure repeat customers, I make sure that I am knowledgeable about our products and services, I'm proactive with their needs and I'm always accountable for any mistakes that are made on my organization's side of things. If given the opportunity to join the team here at Agricultural Development Bank, I will work hard to be highly educated in your services and be proactive and accountable in every interaction that I have."

  10. 10.

    To get to know what type of leader we'd be hiring at this branch of Agricultural Development Bank, how would you describe your management style?

      With your interviewer looking to hear your thoughts on what type of leader you will be, make sure not to use generic labels of different leadership styles. Rather, try and remain focused on your ability to build and maintain an effective team based atmosphere as the success of any branch at Agricultural Development Bank will rely on the Branch Manager's ability to do so. From there, talk about your specific skills and abilities that will really be able to foster that team atmosphere to promote branch growth and employee satisfaction moving into the future.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I take a very well rounded approach with my team that is both personable and professional and I've honed this approach through my time and experience as a senior leader. I take the time to get to know my staff and their work preferences so I can effectively delegate work as needed. I know that I am the authority for my team and I always keep an open door policy for them to approach me when needed."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I consider my management style to be a very adaptive one and I say adaptable in that I am able to cater my approach to each unique team member and each unique situation. I pride myself on promoting a fully functional team environment and I like to allow others to be part of the decision making processes. But when necessary, I can make crucial decisions and communicate those decisions with my team in an educational and firm manner."

  11. 11.

    Tell me about a goal you achieved. What steps did you take to get there?

      The banking industry offers a variety of opportunities to those who are motivated. Agricultural Development Bank is seeking individuals who think about the future and aspire to be successful in everything they do. Think about something you accomplished through hard work and dedication.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Early in my career, I strived to get to know the banking and thrifts systems from a 360-degree view. I worked hard to partner with my peers in learning how their roles contributed to the whole organizational flow. I set a goal to become head teller within the first five years of working in this industry. I hope to continue that career path with Agricultural Development Bank and am excited for the opportunity to do so."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "A few years ago I set the goal to complete my Bachelor's in Finance while working full time. I achieved this in just four years, through spending a lot of time in online studies, between working as a bank teller. I am very proud of the discipline and dedication I was able to put towards this goal."

  12. 12.

    If working here at Agricultural Development Bank in this role and you found a more efficient way of handling a job duty or process, what steps would you take in order to ensure that your idea was heard?

      Business process improvements are sought on a consistent basis in any industry and the banking industry is now exception. And because many of these process changes are initiated by frontline employees like Tellers, your interviewer is looking to hear that you will always have an open eye toward seeing improvements. As you answer this question, while there is no right or wrong answer, use a methodical approach in answering how you would approach this situation hypothetically. If you have a time that you did just this, be sure to explain that to your interviewer as well and walk through your thought process in that situation.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In any role that I've taken on during my career, I take all of the extra time and effort that I can to learn every aspect of the job. This lets me really dissect every piece of a process and enables me to look for better ways of doing things. If I were to find a better way of handling a duty or process here at Agricultural Development Bank, I would likely first run my idea by a colleague or two to ensure that my thought process was sound. Then, I wouldn't hesitate to bring my idea up to my supervisor where I would explain my thought process and what the benefits would be."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current role, I did just this a few months ago when I noticed that our triaging of incoming phone calls with customers wasn't as efficient as it could be. On my own, I started documenting incoming calls and tracking the number of times a caller had to be transferred to get to the correct person. Based on a couple of week's worth of data, I was able to draft a new routing system based on customer needs and take this to my manager. Even though it didn't take much extra effort, the work definitely paid off in regard to internal efficiency and customer satisfaction when we implemented a new system after some tweaking to my draft. With Agricultural Development Bank, I wouldn't hesitate to take this same approach on the job if I found a better way of doing things."

  13. 13.

    What do you know about our services here at Agricultural Development Bank and why do you feel we'd be a great place to work?

      With this question, your interviewer is looking to see that you have done your prep work and research on the company for this interview while also looking to hear why you feel they are set apart from their competition in the banking industry. Most banks have very similar operating structures and company cultures, so be sure that you try to differentiate Agricultural Development Bank from their competitors in your answer. If possible, try to relate your answer to the organization's mission statement and or core values that would be found on their website.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As a well known and reputable bank, I have heard from many friends and family members that your checking, savings and loan services are top notch. As I researched a great place to begin a career as a Taller, I was really attracted to your core values of making a difference and taking ownership. As a person that has the desire to be emotionally invested into my work, these are two things that I hold near and dear to my heart as well. If given the chance to join the team here at Agricultural Development Bank, I would give it my all to e accountable to your customers in making a small difference in their day."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "What I really love about Agricultural Development Bank and what draw me this role here is your commitment to community service and being an advocate for the lower income class of our society. Many people with lower income and poor credit are often not given the same financial opportunities as others and I really feel great about the things that you do to be better for them. As well, I am firmly rooted in community service and would be all in with these efforts if given the opportunity to join the team here at Agricultural Development Bank."

  14. 14.

    If a client here at Agricultural Development Bank were to be denied the financing that they desire, how would you handle that situation?

      As a Loan Officer at Agricultural Development Bank, you will have times where you will have to have the difficult conversation with prospective clients that are being denied financing. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you take a professional approach with the clients and that you have a firm understanding of the regulations surrounding loans in the industry. To seal the deal for this question, talk about your ability to educate the client to better the chances that they will come back to Agricultural Development Bank for business in the future.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "This is a very common occurrence in my current role in the mortgage industry. When a client is denied financing, I am very up front and honest with them in my approach. The most important thing that a customer wants to understand is why financing is denied and my experience in the finance industry lends well to me explaining the importance of credit scores and debt to equity ratios. I have found that customers that are denied financing really take well to my approach and I have had many customers come back after doing the personal work needed to improve and succeed in their application process."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Life as a successful Loan Officer is about being knowledgeable and professional and I pride myself on my ability to project both of those things. In the times I need to personally decline a potential customer, I am firm and fair with them. I don't beat around the bush in any way because this can leave a customer with a false sense of hope. Taking the time to explain the regulations for the loan in layman's terms often helps customers understand things better as well."

  15. 15.

    Suppose you were on the job here at Agricultural Development Bank and a customer came in to complain about a fee charged for an overdrawn account. How would you handle the situation with that customer?

      As a Teller with :company, an important job expectation will be for you to handle customers that come to you with issues. While their issues can stem from a majority of reasons, your interviewer wants to know that you have the wherewithal to handle these situations with patience and a sense of calmness. As well, they'll be looking to hear that you have the ability to pull from the resources available to you to help resolve the situation. As you answer the hypothetical question, don't hesitate to draw upon past experiences where you've handled customer issues directly and use your experience in those to help project how you would handle similar situations with Agricultural Development Bank.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "If in this situation on the job here at Agricultural Development Bank, I feel it would be most important to hear the customer out and let them explain their situation. Then, I would talk about the bank's policies on overdrawing accounts and explain that there is no wiggle room within those policies. Most importantly, I would make it my responsibility to connect the customer with any available resources to help them prevent similar situations in the future. This helps the customer know that Agricultural Development Bank cares about their financial well-being and is willing to help them moving forward."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current job, I often have to work with customers face to face when they enter our store with issues and I would take the same approach here that I do with them. First, I listen intently to their complaints and actively listen by explaining to them what I heard. Then I have to use my best judgement at hand to consider how to move forward to resolve their complaint. If the issue was a bad product, I follow our return policies and assist the customer as best as I can. If their issue involves our service, I direct them to the appropriate manager to resolve their situation. If hired for this role, I would work hard from the start to learn the ins and outs of all aspects of Agricultural Development Bank so I could be resourceful in working with customer complaints."

  16. 16.

    What is your experience in managing an overall performance appraisal process for your staff?

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  17. 17.

    How would you deal with an irate customer?

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  18. 18.

    On the finance side of Agricultural Development Bank, we expect our representatives to be ingrained in our sales focused culture. If hired for this role, how would you learn and embrace our sales process?

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  19. 19.

    What is one unique skill that you will bring to our loan processing team here at Agricultural Development Bank?

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  20. 20.

    Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for this opportunity with Agricultural Development Bank?

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  21. 21.

    At Agricultural Development Bank, we expect our advisors to be available to speak with clients in person, over the phone and through email. What are your experiences in working with clients through different communication methods?

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  22. 22.

    Discuss a time that you worked a client through a difficult financial situation. What were the keys to making it a success for the client?

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  23. 23.

    What would you do if you saw a colleague breaking company policy? What if they were stealing something as little as $5?

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  24. 24.

    In your own personal life, what banking products do you use and what benefits do you see in using them?

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  25. 25.

    In this finance role with Agricultural Development Bank, what do you feel would make for an ideal customer experience?

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  26. 26.

    In your opinion, what are the benefits of banking with Agricultural Development Bank?

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  27. 27.

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

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