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Bank of Montreal Interview

25 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 22nd, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 25
How do you handle stress?
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How to Answer
Any situation can be stressful when it's crunch time, and you have customers or even a manager breathing down your neck. Think of a time where you produced your best work under pressure. You can also consider a particular job that was high-stress. You can share tips that helped you navigate a specific situation to give the interviewer a concrete example. Don't worry! You got this!

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Question 2 of 25
How do you keep yourself motivated?
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How to Answer
Let's face it. We all have things that we need to do but don't want to do. Interviewers want to know that you will still get the job done even when you aren't excited about it. Some find it helpful to start the day with affirmations or to read motivational quotes. Using a specific example will help paint a picture for the interviewer, much more evident than merely listing helpful tools.

Question 3 of 25
Tell me about a time when you failed.
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How to Answer
BMO wants to hear that you don't hide or ignore your mistakes. They are a company that knows how to improve and grow based on learning from past failures. How do you think they have been so successful?! Of course, it's difficult to come up with a good example, but you can do it if you plan! This question is where interview preparation is essential!

Just remember, the interviewer isn't worried about whether you will fail again. They're not looking for faults. The interviewer just wants to find out how you will handle failure since it is sometimes unavoidable! Think about a situation that occurred, at work, school or when volunteering that you regret. What do you wish you could have done differently? Think about what you learned.

Another way to think about this question is to reflect on your most significant learning experience. Sometimes lousy planning can get us into emergency situations, like not looking at a map and getting lost in the middle of nowhere, or not studying for a test that we thought would be much easier than expected! Keep it simple, and focus on how you grew from the experience!

Question 4 of 25
Why should we hire you?
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Speak with confidence! After all of your research and introspection, you are finally ready to tackle one of the toughest questions of all! Now is a time to make that final push to remind the interviewer that you are the best candidate for the position. You can touch on topics you brought up before, like strengths and examples of your dependability or accuracy. You have the qualities and experience for which BMO is looking. You are a customer service expert who is a fast learner and a joy to work with! Relax. You got this!

Question 5 of 25
What do you know about the Bank of Montreal?
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How to Answer
Now the interviewer wants to see if you have done your research! We strongly encourage you to review the Bank of Montreal website. They want to attract the right candidates, and they want them to be prepared! BMO is so thorough; they even provided a guide for candidates to help them prepare for their interview! We highly encourage you to spend some time on their "Careers" page, but we'll also share a little bit of insight to help you get started.

First, they are a global company, which comes with its perks like a structured work environment with insurance benefits and paid time off. Second, they are a growing company. There is always room for advancement when you work for a company so large! Lastly, they are innovators in their industry. This means they are considered the best bank for the Canadian dollar for the past six years in a row! All arrows point to a bright future if you work for them. So dig up the details to find out the other positive perks of working there!

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Writers for Bank of Montreal Answers and Questions

Elisabeth Walter
Elisabeth Walter has over five years of experience in the corporate recruiting world. More recently, she has been freelance writing for the past two years. You can reach out to Elisabeth by visiting her LinkedIn profile, at
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 11/15/2010
Last modified on: 08/22/2018

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