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

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  1. 1.

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

      Reviewing the job description and the company website will give you some direction on which qualities Comerica 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.

      Rachelle'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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

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

  2. 2.

    What interests you about this position?

      The interviewer at Comerica wants to learn more about how your educational or professional background led you to apply for this position. Share what you are most looking forward to about the role and how it relates to your previous experience or future goals.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I enjoy problem-solving and helping people. I worked as a customer service representative in a call center for Wells Fargo when I was in college, and the experience motivated me to learn more about how to help my clients by understanding more about investing, saving, and using banking services to meet their needs. I think working as a personal banker will give me a great foundation to start my career within the banking industry."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "It is both the job description and the idea of working for Comerica that has piqued my interest. This role offers the growth and advancement that I have desired for some time now. I especially like that in this position, I would be responsible for A, B, and C. I am ready for those responsibilities in my next position."

  3. 3.

    Tell me about a time when you showed integrity in your work.

      Integrity is best displayed through honesty and consistent moral values. The banking industry relies on employees who are trustworthy and reliable. Give an example that shows how you have demonstrated these qualities in the past.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my last position, I was responsible for the cash deposit on a daily basis. There was never a discrepancy, in the four years that I worked there. I have proven myself reliable through my consistency, always showing up on time, meeting deadlines, and keeping my word."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I show integrity in my work in everything that I do. It's important to me that my employer and colleagues see me as trustworthy, with a strong moral compass."

  4. 4.

    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.

      Rachelle'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."

      Rachelle'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."

  5. 5.

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

      Before your interview, take some time to think through your career goals. Comerica is looking for motivated individuals who want to grow within the company. Share your career plans. Talk about how this position will help you achieve your goals!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am passionate about the field of finance and accounting, mixed with an unwavering passion for quality customer service. The banking industry allows me to tap into both areas and have a lot of fun making positive customer experiences along the way."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Careers in banking run in my family! My mother was a banker and my father, a financial advisor when I was growing up. It always fascinated me how smart they both were. It's in my blood!"

  6. 6.

    How do you work in environments with people who are different from you?

      The banking industry thrives on team players with communication and listening skills who can help build internal and customer relations with individuals of diverse backgrounds. Give an example of how you led a team, or collaborated with a group for a school project, to show Comerica that you are perceptive and sensitive to the needs of others.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have worked with people from all backgrounds and personalities. Whenever I join a new team, I make a point to get to know each person and find ways we can connect. I'm outgoing and friendly with everyone I meet while respecting their different styles and any open ideas they may bring to the team."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Diversity is all around us, whether it be at work or home. I treat everyone equally and give everyone the respect and positive attitude that I would expect to receive from them."

  7. 7.

    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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

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

      Rachelle'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."

  8. 8.

    Describe a difficult problem and how you approached it.

      Interviewers at Comerica like to see employees coming up with creative solutions. Problem-solving skills are highly regarded within the banking industry. Use an example that explains the complexity of the situation. You can also use the job description as a guide for some of the challenges you could encounter in this new role. Try to keep it relevant and relatable to the position.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I took a client call that had a history of poor customer experiences with the organization. One after another, the customer was left frustrated on our banking processes and voiced their concerns in a manner that was unpleasant. I took the initiative to listen and understand their frustrations, then partnered with the different departments in the company to resolve the concerns and save the customer relationship."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "While attending university, I was assigned a group project with a group of less than motivated individuals. My grades and performance were significant to me, so I approached the group with a leadership and mentorship mentality. I uncovered what motivated everyone on the team and took the initiative where others would not."

  9. 9.

    How do you check your work for accuracy?

      The interviewer wants to hear that you are detail oriented when it comes to checking your work. Explain the steps you take to eliminate minor mistakes and ensure your customer transactions and paperwork are accurate.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I take pride in any work with my name attached to it and therefore, always review my work before I submit it. Whether I am typing an email or handling cash, I always check my work twice and sometimes even ask a co-worker to review it first. Being detail oriented and thorough are two of my greatest skill sets."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I proof my work before sending it out, and I double check everything. I'll use a calculator when necessary, and ask for help if I am unsure of my own accuracy."

  10. 10.

    Tell me about your experience in the banking industry.

      Share details of your banking experience to show Comerica you have what it takes to be successful in the field!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I worked as a bank teller, I learned how to deal with difficult customers and handle a variety of transactions, from ordering foreign money for travel to removing overdraft fees and educating customers on our products. I used my careful attention to detail to keep my drawer balanced and manage my daily tasks without error."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have 12 years of experience in the banking industry, first as an administrative assistant, then a bank teller, and now; a financial advisor. I have learned a great deal along the way and look forward to putting my experience to work for Comerica."

  11. 11.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

      If you are a recent college graduate or starting a new career, you may or may not know where you'd like to be in five years. Comerica wants to see that you think about the future and are actively working towards your goals. Better yet, they want to know how working for them will help you accomplish your goals! Share how this job will help you get one step closer to achieving your goals.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I plan to continue working in the banking industry as a branch manager, working my way up through attending training and participating in your leadership development program. I am excited to start out in ABC position because I am confident that it will help me achieve my goal and broaden my skill set."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Being in a leadership role is important to me, so I plan to be working in a management based position at Comerica in the future. I will achieve this through continued education and leadership training while also proving my value to you through my everyday work ethic."

  12. 12.

    How do you define success?

      Think about your definition of success. Be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role with Comerica.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I define success through my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "For me, success is achieved when I can be proud of what I have accomplished in the day, and can also be proud of the attitude that I kept while meeting those accomplishments."

  13. 13.

    Tell me about your favorite manager. What did you enjoy most about working with them?

      Comerica wants to hear what excites you and keeps you motivated in a co-working relationship with your boss. They are interested in your values and want to hear about your experience developing relationships with managers.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I love my current boss because she leads with a collaborative and team-oriented style. We have regular team huddles to provide ongoing communication about process changes or upcoming events."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My favorite manager was my very first manager when I worked at Company X. She was attentive and spent a lot of time mentoring me. I feel that many of my positive work-based skills and qualities are because of how she interacted with and trained me."

  14. 14.

    How do you respond to problems that require a quick solution?

      You may experience a variety of issues related to customers or technical issues while working in the banking industry. Give an example that demonstrates your confidence and your strength as a decision maker and a problem-solver.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I can think quickly and can do mental math, problem-solve, and mention other products and services to offer the customers. In the case of an urgent matter, I trust my instincts and can quickly evaluate situations to recognize the next steps and act accordingly. I feel secure in my ability to think and act quickly while I'm working in ABC position for Comerica."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "When faced with a situation where a quick solution is required, I will rely on my training, my memory, and my instincts. I am confident in my ability to find a solution to last minute, or unexpected, problems."

  15. 15.

    What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career so far? How did you overcome it?

      Consider sharing a professional challenge or a situation you overcame in school. Comerica wants to hear about the situation and the action you took. Interviewers also want to hear about results. Give an example that demonstrates your perseverance and proactive approach to facing a challenge or conflict.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I was working for my last company, we had a drastic shift in leadership that required the organization to adapt quickly to new ways of doing things. This required me to tap into my ability to lead change management for my work and my team. To make this process smoother, I scheduled frequent updates with my team, peers, and leadership to ensure all deliverables were being met on time and the transition to new processes was being handled with the utmost professionalism not to impact the level of service our clients received. It was a great learning experience for the entire organization and me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The greatest challenge I have faced in my career was the culture of nepotism in my previous position. It is very challenging to overcome morality based difficulties in the workplace while maintaining a positive attitude and keeping motivated. I overcame these feelings by getting to know my co-workers on a more personal level. Making strong connections with others, who were facing the same difficulties as I was, was very helpful."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

    How would you respond to a customer complaint?

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  18. 18.

    What do you want to accomplish at Comerica?

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

    Tell me about your cash handling experience.

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  21. 21.

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

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  22. 22.

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

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  23. 23.

    In your opinion, what are the benefits of banking with Comerica?

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  24. 24.

    Tell us how you keep your knowledge current with ongoing changes in the banking industry.

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  25. 25.

    How would you deal with an irate customer?

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  26. 26.

    What do you know about Comerica?

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  27. 27.

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

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  28. 28.

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

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