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Talk about a time you had to handle failure at any point in your career. How did you handle that situation and move forward with confidence?

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  1. 1.

    Talk about a time you had to handle failure at any point in your career. How did you handle that situation and move forward with confidence?

      This is a question that is being posed to you that gives you a chance to show your ability to overcome adversity and handle yourself with integrity during a time of failure. Your job in answering this question will be to prove that you can cope with failure in a productive way that leads to making the situation right and learning lessons for the future. As you prepare for a question like this for your interview with City National Bank, think of a situation where you can highlight both of these things and don't hesitate to tell your interviewer the reasons why the failure occurred. Your interview fully understands that you are a human that makes mistakes and as long as you take a lesson moving forward, you will be in great standing with them.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "A couple of years ago with my current company, my manager asked me if I would consider a promotion into a role as a supervisor for our department. Having not had experience supervising individuals up to that point in my career, I was very hesitant at first. My manager kept telling me that I had the skills necessary to do so. I did accept the offer to become the supervisor and after just three months, I fully realized that the position wasn't for me. I had become very close friends with a lot of the people I was now supervising and that made the real difficult for me. I didn't hesitate to approach my manager to let them know that I wasn't cut out for the role and we worked on a plan for me to transition back my former role. Looking back on the situation, I really learned a lot about myself and who I was as a worker to not put myself in a situation like that again."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current role, I was the person who was informed that we were losing one of our biggest clients to a local competitor. In speaking with the client, they were very unhappy about our customer service and overall pricing. Being responsible for the customer service for our customers, I felt very responsible for losing this client and had to break the news to our leadership team. Right away, our Sales Manager contacted the client to ask a lot of questions on why they were no longer utilizing our services. From there we took a lot of lessons moving forward and I worked through a new customer service policy for my team to follow moving forward."

  2. 2.

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

      In the banking industry, customers all have very unique financial situations and personality types so a very customized approach is required to make each customer feel valued. In this role as a Personal Banker, your customers will expect that you tailor your approach to meet their needs. As you answer this question, be sure to talk about the ways that you get to know your customers to best work with them. On top of that, explain the importance of taking an empathetic approach with your customers and talk about why an empathetic approach is important when working with a customer on their financial needs.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As in my current industry, I understand that your customers here at City National Bank all have their own unique financial situation and needs in how I would work with them. Because of that, I have to work with each person on their own individual terms rather than taking the same canned approach with every customer I would work with. To help provide the most tailored customer service possible, I would take the time needed to get to know my customers and their needs and then work with them moving forward in their goals. As personal finance can often be frustrating, I would take my time to listen and understand my customer's frustrations as well to show that I truly care in helping them create a solid plan moving forward."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "A tailored approach in customer is really easy when you listen, listen and then listen some more. By reflectively listening to my customers, I'm able to get to know them quickly by name, learn a bit about them personally and learn their financial goals for the near and long term moving forward. With that information, I can them formulate the best customized plan for them and that is very important for them to know that my approach was created with their needs at the forefront. With that in mind, the customer then has a much better chance of becoming a life-long customer at City National Bank."

  3. 3.

    What ideas could you bring to City National Bank to help grow revenue in this branch?

      If hired as the next Branch Manager at City National Bank, one item that you will be continually tasked and evaluated on is your ability to help grow revenue at the branch through new customer acquisitions and increased sales of banking products. This question gives you the chance to cite your revenue growing skills and how you will apply them to the banking industry. Prior to your interview, be sure to do your research on growth and revenue in the banking industry and think of a creative way or two that can really sell your interviewer on your ability to help drive increased revenues at the branch you are interviewing with.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "While I will always be a firm believer that traditional marketing techniques are key to creating new business and revenue, an outside the box approach can always be vital as well. Here at City National Bank, I would make it a priority for frontline staff like Tellers to be trained in advanced sales skills to help upsell customers in their regular conversations with them. Customers of City National Bank typically see the frontline workers the most and Tellers are most likely to steer your customers towards revenue generating products."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Over the past five years, I've become more entrenched in data analytics in my current role to help drive revenue and I think the banking industry can surely use data analytics to help predict customer trends. With the rapidly changing service combinations that banks put out, data analytics could be key in helping predict customer preferences and that data could be put to use to put out the most preferred packages for future customers."

  4. 4.

    If you were on the job here at City National Bank and a customer came to you with a very odd request that you did not know the answer to or how to solve, how would you handle that situation?

      If hired for this role at City National Bank, you will have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of customers. Given that variety, the number of unique, and often odd, requests that could come your way are pretty great. Whether a customer is looking to transfer money to another country or some other odd request, your interview is hoping to learn that you are able to think on your feet and not get flustered in any situation you may face on the job. As you answer the question, stay focused on the professional and resourceful approach that you would take with customers when put in this situation and don't hesitate to talk about any similar experiences you've handled in the past on the job.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "If I were faced with any question that I didn't know the answer to on the job, I would confidently explain to the customer that I would need to bring in another teammate to help solve the issue and would do so quickly. While I always try to be a subject matter expert on any job that I do, working with external customers can always bring new things. If I could use any resources like a company intranet page or other documentation to help solve the issue myself, I wouldn't hesitate to do that either."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "First, I would make sure that I fully understood the situation by asking more questions of the customer and would do so in a very polite and professional manner. To ensure that the customer knows a plan moving forward, I would then explain my next course of action. If it was an issue that I had to approach my manager about, I would do so immediately and I would show the customer where they could wait in the lobby. If I would be consulting any documentation or other resources, I would do the same with the customer to not have a holdup in the lobby. Then, I would work diligently to find an answer and make sure the customer was handled in a respectful and efficient manner."

  5. 5.

    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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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."

  6. 6.

    The next Branch Manager that we hire here at City National Bank needs to be adaptable and flexible as our market demands change over time. What have you done in recent years to promote your own personal and professional development to promote adaptabili

      To remain successful in a continually changing environment, City National Bank will expect you to be a flexible and adaptable leader in this role to help ensure the success of the branch into the future. To help drill down to your ability to do this, your interviewer is looking to get insight on how you have handled your own professional development to remain adaptable to your job. Prior to your interview, be sure to consider all of the training and development that you've done over time and talk about a thing or two that really exemplifies your will and desire to get better at your work and, in turn, the success of your organization.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Last year, I participated in a training seminar in my current industry that focused on providing excellent customer service in the digital age and the training really helped focus my mindset moving forward as a manager. I pulled several great marketing and customer service tactics that would be great in many industries, but I also feel that they'd be excellent in the banking industry."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Over the past five years, I've had some great training on employment law, ethics and presentation skills that will all be relevant to this role. But for me personally, the greatest thing that I've done with my family is volunteering at the local food pantry. While it has taught my children many valuable lessons, I have taken a great sense of humility from this time into my work life."

  7. 7.

    Talk about a time you had to communicate with a colleague or customer that was unhappy. What were the keys to making the situation better for all involved?

      Your ability to handle conflict will be an important part of this role with City National Bank. Tellers are often the first line of defense with customers that call or come into the branch and you will be relied upon to help diffuse any situation that could get out of hand with customers. In your answer, try to focus on your communication skills that you feel are vital to your success in these situations. As you think of a situation you've been in to use in this situation, make sure that you can demonstrate the steps that you took to ensure that the unhappy customer or colleague left the situation in a much better place.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "A few weeks ago, I was having a pretty normal day at the front of the store. About an hour from closing time, a customer stormed through our front door and approached me at a rapid place with a very mad look on her face. She slammed a bag on the counter and demanded a refund for a shirt that she had purchased last week because she claimed it had a tear in the armpit. Before I could even say anything back to her, she then began berating our store for selling inferior products and she demanded to see a manager right away. As calm as I could, I told the lady that I would be very glad to take care of a return for her and I'd be happy to put her in contact with a manager. I let her know that I'd need to take her number as our manager was not in the store that evening. While she still left upset after receiving a refund, I followed up with my manager the next morning to ensure that he followed up with her. He let me know that she had calmed down and thanked me for my service the evening prior. I know that my ability to not take her harsh words personally really helped make the situation better."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Last year, I showed up to work to find my close colleague in a fit of rage at her work area. He was slamming desk drawers and using really inappropriate language. Knowing that this wasn't typical behavior from him, I immediately walked over to see what was wrong. He began by telling me that he had received a very bad customer complaint the day before and was now being reprimanded for it by our manager. He started to then talk badly about our manager and I immediately cut him off. By hearing what he had said, I tried to replay the conversation for him and then asked him what led to the customer complaint. I took a very empathetic approach to learn why he was feeling the way that he did and I quickly learned that he was indeed in the wrong in thet situation. My advice to him was to take a quick walk, calm down and hen go talk to our boss. Later that day, he thanked me for my great advice and talked about the lesson learned moving forward."

  8. 8.

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

      As a Loan Officer at City National 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 City National 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."

  9. 9.

    What do you want to accomplish at City National Bank?

      Set some goals so that you can share how this position at City National Bank will help you to achieve them and how you will add value to City National Bank along the way.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "First and foremost, I want to deliver top quality service to customers of City National Bank and perform my responsibilities with best in class service. I want to work at City National Bank because I want to become a financial advisor. Starting out as a professional banker will give me valuable experience resolving client account issues and providing financial assistance, from investments to savings and travel advice."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "My primary goal is to achieve a leadership position within the banking industry. To do this, I will continue my related education and take any training opportunities that come my way."

  10. 10.

    At City National Bank, 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 City National Bank, 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 City National Bank, this ability would greatly help your customers that are in need of personal banking advising."

  11. 11.

    How do you stay organized?

      Staying organized is essential to make sure that you are thorough and pay attention to details, to keep customers happy. It is also necessary for accomplishing your daily tasks behind the scenes. Share a few tools that have helped you stay on-task and on-time.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I prioritize my workload against deadlines to stay organized, always putting the needs of customers first."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I work closely with my peers to share responsibilities and ensure key tasks are delegated out, should there be an important deadline to consider."

  12. 12.

    Tell me about your cash handling experience.

      Share some of the details of your experience in cash handling, which are relevant to the position.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As a bank teller, I have handled cash as a part of customer transactions for the past two years. I am experienced with deposits, savings withdrawals, cashing checks and issuing traveler's checks. I am excited to learn more about City National Bank cash handling procedures."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "The majority of my cash handling experience includes my time in retail. I was a cashier at Store ABC for three years. As far as the banking industry goes, I have some experience in handling cash from my three months with Bank XYZ."

  13. 13.

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

      To show City National Bank 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."

  14. 14.

    As a Personal Banker at City National Bank, how would you select products to suggest to our customers?

      At the heart of the role of a Personal Banker falls your ability to use your sales skills and customer service skills to match products that best suit each individual customer's needs. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you can do just that. As you answer this question, highlight your ability to learn and know the entire catalog of financial products you would have at your disposal and then switch to your sales skills mode where you talk about tailoring packages to each individual based on their needs. To really sell your interviewer on your ability, try to use a real world example where you used features and benefits to meet someone's needs in a sales related situation.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "To do this effectively, I would rely on my ability to get to know my customers and their needs and I do this through confident and friendly conversation with them. Once I know their needs and goals moving forward, I can then take a wise approach to our product base to get them involved with the products that help them meet their goals. Last year, I did this with a customer that I had over a years worth of history with. Through both email and in-person conversations, I learned that early retirement was definitely a goal of his and I used the benefits of our IRA accounts to help him open one and thrive moving forward."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "If hired for this role at City National Bank, my first goal would be to learn the entire package of personal accounts, savings, loans and investment products that customers here can take advantage of. Armed with that knowledge, I would then rely on my ability to get to know my customers and what they find important to them to help them grow and thrive into the future. I believe that my background in sales will help me to match the great products here at City National Bank with each individual's needs because I've done this in both the automotive sales industry and the food industry."

  15. 15.

    How would you respond to a customer complaint?

      The interviewer would like to be assured that you can professionally handle customer complaints. Give an example of a time you helped resolve a customer's issue.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "A customer called me very frustrated about an issue with their bank account. I listened and told them I would be happy to help. I asked more questions to understand the problem and then suggested once I had a better idea of what might solve it. The customer was very relieved and grateful that I took the time to listen and make sense of the issue. I plan to provide consistent customer service in the same way when I work for City National Bank."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Each customer complaint is unique; however, I have been trained to handle them all with the same method. Listen, be empathetic, and use phrases such as 'If I understand your concern...' and repeat their words back to them. This method has always worked for me."

  16. 16.

    How would you rate your comfort level receiving money and counting back many to our customers here at City National Bank?

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  17. 17.

    Talk about a time where you felt overwhelmed by your job duties. What did you do to stay organized and on track with everything happening?

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  18. 18.

    Have you ever operated a currency counting machine or a coin counter?

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  19. 19.

    At City National Bank, we are building a very team based culture. If hired for this position, what would you be able to contribute to this team based culture?

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  20. 20.

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

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  21. 21.

    The banking industry can be stressful. Tell me about a time when you worked in a high-pressure situation.

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  22. 22.

    If a customer at City National 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?

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  23. 23.

    Here at City National Bank, part of your job will entail talking to our customers about sensitive and confidential information. How will you handle these situations if offered this position?

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  24. 24.

    What experience do you have working on an advanced phone system and what skills do you have that you feel would be essential to work with our clients over the phone?

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  25. 25.

    Customer service is the name of our game at City National Bank. If hired for this role, how would you be able to provide the best customer service possible to our clients?

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  26. 26.

    How do you build rapport with those that you work closely with?

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  27. 27.

    Why do you want to pursue a career in the banking industry?

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  28. 28.

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

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