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Allied Irish Banks Interview

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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 Allied Irish Banks?

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  1. 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 Allied Irish Banks?
    • The daily life of a Teller at Allied Irish Banks will require you to multi-task and handle many different duties within the day. You'll need the ability to move from task to task quickly and proficiently and your interviewer knows that the best way to do that is through solid organizational skills. To prove to your interviewer that you will be flexible and able to handle all of the given tasks in a workday, talk about a previous job that required these exact skills. In your answer, try to highlight all of the duties you were required to handle and explain the little things that you did that helped keep you organized and on track while working through each task.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my current role as a Customer Service Associate with ABC Sales, I am really the jack of all trades around our office. My duties include being the first line on phone contact for any incoming phone calls to our office, being the first face a customer sees when they walk in the door and managing our general email inbox. During our busier times of the year, I can be flooded with customers on all three channels. To stay on track and focused with each customer, I prioritize the in-person customers first and foremost and then handle incoming phone calls when they arrive. When able to, I triage email inquiries as needed. At times, I utilize a notebook and my Outlook tasks list to jot down notes if I need to put something off for a more urgent matter to ensure that I don't forget it moving forward. Similar to what I'm doing now, I think the hustle and bustle of the bank lobby would require this same ability to jump from task to task with ease and I'm confident in my ability to do so."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Growing up, I ways taught at an early age that tidiness is the key to staying organized and I will say that I'm kind of a neat freak when it comes to maintaining my work area. In my current job, my duties often put many tools and huge amounts of paperwork in my work space and it can become easily cluttered throughout the day. By taking little moments here an there to file and put things away, I'm able to avoid the hassles that come with not being able to find something necessary to handle the next duty at my fingertips. If hired here at Allied Irish Banks, I think this skill would be essential in helping me work with each customer in an accurate and efficient manner throughout each day."


  1. What is one way that you would help provide great customer service in our branch here at Allied Irish Banks?
    • As a Teller with Allied Irish Banks, you have the possibility of having the most interactions with clients on a regular basis than just about any other person within the branch. And due to the face to face nature of this role, the importance of the impressions that you will make on clients is essential to the success of Allied Irish Banks. For this question, tell your interview one unique trait or skill that you will bring to the lobby of Allied Irish Banks when it comes to customer service. If possible, give an example of a time that you used this with success.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "If you were to ask any of my current or past coworkers what my best skill in the workplace would be, I would guarantee that most would say it is my ability to keep a smile on my face at all times. I am a person that focuses on the positive things in each moment and that attitude really reflects well on others that I work closely with and the customers that I serve. Even when I have a bad moment or even a bad day, I still don't let that bring me down to the point that it impacts my work."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I would say that using my communication skills to personalize my service to each customer would be extremely beneficial to the role here at Allied Irish Banks. A couple of weeks ago in my current role, I could tell a customer just wasn't having a good day by the look on their face and the sad tone of their voice. I was assisting them, I simply asked them how their day was going. The lady slowly looked up at me while a tear rolled down her cheek and told me that she had just had her dog put down that morning. I gave her my deepest sympathies and talked about my childhood dog growing up that my parents had just had put down months earlier. We shared a few funny memories of my dog and when her transaction was finished, she thanked me immensely for sharing the conversation with her. I think that my approach to communication with my customers helps brighten their day and I'd look forward to bringing that same style here."


  1. 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 #1

      "If ever faced with that situation here at Allied Irish Banks, 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 Allied Irish Banks, 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 #2

      "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 Allied Irish Banks if I were to be hired."


  1. 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 Allied Irish Banks.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "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 #2

      "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."


  1. On the finance side of Allied Irish Banks, 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?
    • As an experienced loan or finance professional, your interviewer is likely very confident in the skills that you would bring to the team. This question gives them the opportunity to how you will fit into the unique culture with the team at Allied Irish Banks. Because they are a sales focused organization, your interviewer will expect anyone in this role to embrace that culture. In your answer, talk about your ability to partner with sales staff by using your strong people skills. As well, give your interviewer a sense of how you go about learning new processes if hired for this position and don't hesitate to give an example from your past on how you've done this.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Knowing that the main goal of Allied Irish Banks is to sell more products, I understand my role on the finance side is to provide customers with the best options for them to walk out the door as a lifelong customer. If hired for this role, I will take the time over the first weeks on the job to fully understand your product line, costs and typical financing procedures so I can hit the ground running in no time. In my current role, I communicate very regularly with our sales staff on each customer that we work mutually together with. It really helps provide the best customer experience possible and absolutely helps boost sales."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I would fully expect that a good part of my orientation process into this role at Allied Irish Banks would entail a full education on the sales part of the business. I would look forward to working closely with and learning from the boots on the ground sales staff as that would give me great insight into the customers that I would be working with. From there, I would be able to build relationships with the sales staff and build a bond moving forward."


  1. If you were on the job here at Allied Irish Banks 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 Allied Irish Banks. 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 #1

      "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 #2

      "I wouldn't hesitate to approach my supervisor with any creative ideas if hired on the team here at Allied Irish Banks. 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."


  1. Accuracy is of utmost importance to the customers here at Allied Irish Banks. 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 Allied Irish Banks.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "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 #2

      "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."


  1. If a client here at Allied Irish Banks were to be denied the financing that they desire, how would you handle that situation?
    • As a Loan Officer at Allied Irish Banks, 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 Allied Irish Banks 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."


  1. Do you have any experience working with banking teller software?
    • While having direct experience in a bank setting working with related software is great in helping minimize training time when you would start on a job, it is not necessarily a requirement for the job. Banking software programs often resemble other accounting type software as well. What your interviewer will be looking to hear in the answer to this question is that you have familiarity in working with a few different types of software programs and have the flexibility to learn and thrive new systems. Talk in details about the types of programs you have mastered in your career and make sure that your interviewer walks away from your interview knowing that you will be able to master their system in short order.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "While I don't have direct experience utilizing Teller software, I am confident that I can quickly and efficiently learn your system if hired for this role with Allied Irish Banks. In my current role, I've mastered two different CRM software systems. In my role, I entered new customer information and maintained the systems with any changes needed over time. As well, I became very proficient at providing up to the minute, customized reporting to leaders that would request it."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Throughout my time with my current financial institution, I have worked proficiently with the Oracle FLEXCUBE program and MX for Banking software. With each program, I was able to learn and master the programs quickly. Right now, I serve as the trainer that works with new tellers for three of our branches. During the training sessions, I spend up to four hours with our new hires to help them learn the systems."


  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! Allied Irish Banks 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 Allied Irish Banks."


  1. What are your top three strengths? How will you use them to make an impact at Allied Irish Banks?
    • Reviewing the job description and the company website will give you some direction on which qualities Allied Irish Banks 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 #1

      "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 #2

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


  1. Tell me about a time when you demonstrated you were trustworthy.
    • To show Allied Irish Banks that you are reliable share an example from your work experience that is relevant to the position.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "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 #2

      "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."


  1. At Allied Irish Banks, our Personal Bankers work with clients from all different walks of life. How do you handle working with many different personalities throughout the day?
    • As a Personal Banker with Allied Irish Banks, you will be dealing with a wide variety of clients and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are able to tailor your approach to working with many different personalities while maintaining a knowledgeable and professional approach with each person. In your answer, be sure to stress that you have the patience to work with all different types of people effectively and the calmness to handle customers that are demanding or full of questions. If you have an example of a role you've held in the past where you've worked with customers, feel free to bring examples of times you had to work with differing personalities first hand.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my current role in sales, I work with customers from all different economic and cultural backgrounds. My personality really suits a sales based role well because I have the ability to personally connect with any person that I work closely with and I do this with a very friendly, yet professional approach. I take as much pride in selling a lower end product to a person with lower socioeconomic status as I do in selling a product to the CEO of a large company. I've been in both of those situations and as long as the customer leaves satisfied with a smile on their face, I know it was a job well done."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I really pride myself on my ability to work effectively with many personality types and people from different backgrounds. In my current role as a Financial Advisor, I work with clients that range from C-Suite Executives all the way down to entry level employees making close to minimum wage. I have the ability to connect with and relate to any individual on a personal level as this is so important in the financial field. If hired here at Allied Irish Banks, this ability would greatly help your customers that are in need of personal banking advising."


  1. Out of all of our products at Allied Irish Banks, which one would you be most likely to use? Why?
    • Learn as much as you can about what makes Allied Irish Banks stand out above other financial institutions. Their reputation is their customer service. They offer a comprehensive spectrum of financial products, so if you are interested in investments, find out more about what they offer. Knowledge is power! It will impress your interviewer and give you an advantage in the interview process!

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I would be interested in opening a savings account through Allied Irish Banks. I want to buy a house in the next two years, and I would greatly benefit from talking to one of your financial advisors about it. It's nice to know that I can do my banking, investing, and get a loan in the same place that offers the support I will need to make those big decisions!"

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Of all your products, I would be most likely to open a mortgage with Allied Irish Banks because your rates are incredible and you make the rules surrounding lending easy to understand."


  1. We want our advising team at Allied Irish Banks 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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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."


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