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On the finance side of East West 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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  1. 1.

    On the finance side of East West 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?

      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 East West Bank. 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 East West Bank 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 East West Bank 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."

  2. 2.

    Our clients here at East West Bank expect top-tier service and products and we will expect you to do just that in this role. Have you ever went the extra mile for a client when it wasn't expected? Why did you do so?

      East West Bank looks to set themselves apart from their competition by delivering the best service possible in the industry. You, as a customer service professional, are likely used to doing this so in your example, be sure to think about a time where your going above and beyond the call of duty really impacted the overall customer experience. No matter what example you use, be sure to explain why you felt it was important to take that action and what outcomes you are aware that it produced.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "A couple of years ago when I was working customer service in retail, a customer was looking for what happened to be a discontinued item of clothing for her sick mother. The easy route would have been to simply look it up, tell her it was discontinued and have her be on her way. What I did was take down the customers contact information and let her know that I could contact our person that handled archived products. If we could track it down, I would be in touch. With a simple phone call, my colleague was able to track the item down from the supplier and have it coordinated to ship directly. We put the customer in direct contact with the supplier and she was as happy as could be. Looking back on that situation, I felt that it was the right thing to do given the situation that the customer was in and knowing she was a loyal customer of ours."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "My current role in hospitality often has me working with very high profile customers that come to our hotel. Last year, a touring manager for a musician contacted me regarding and upcoming stay for the musician. I proactively asked for their dining and entertainment preferences and with that list, I was able to work with our catering staff to ensure we had preferred items on the menus for the nights that he stayed and that we had a customized video game package in the musician's room for the his extended stay. Prior to him leaving, his manager reached out to thank me for the great service!"

  3. 3.

    The clients of a financial firm like East West Bank can display an arrange of emotions when they work with our Client Services team. How would you handle a situation where a client was very angry?

      Whether due to a large amount of money lost on the market or a client feels they were ill-advised by an Advisor, your job as a Client Services Representative will at some point or another deal with a very angry client. For this answer, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you do what is necessary to stay calm and stay focused on finding a resolution. If possible, use a specific example of a time you had to do exactly this and explain how effective communication was critical in making the situation right for the client.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, I've spent the last three years in customer service relations for a large insurance company. As you can imagine, a large majority of my customer interactions were with upset customers. I've been called names that I can't repeat here in this interview and my key to working through these situations was to remain calm and not take things personally. Like the financial world, the insurance business is a very life altering experience and a loss or damage to an item is very stressful. I tried to put myself in the customers shoes, see things from their perspective and do my best to ease their situation. In this role with East West Bank, these same skills would be vital for me to find solutions or the right person to talk to if needed."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "First and foremost, an active listening approach is the first step to lowering the tension from an angry customer. A couple of months ago, we had a very angry customer come onsite to complain about a defective product that cut his hand pretty badly. The customer came onsite to complain even before receiving emergency care, which was apparent that he needed. First, I let him release his anger and it was not a pretty sight. Then I calmly repeated back what he had said and then explained what our policy allowed me to do at that time. Looking back, my sincere approach and calm demeanor helped calm him down and later that day, my manager had a formal complaint sent to the manufacturer and we were assured that they'd be in contact with the customer."

  4. 4.

    Describe a difficult problem and how you approached it.

      Interviewers at East West Bank 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.

      Ryan'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."

      Ryan'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."

  5. 5.

    Accuracy is of utmost importance to the customers here at East West Bank. 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 East West Bank.

      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."

  6. 6.

    What is one way that you would help provide great customer service in our branch here at East West Bank?

      As a Teller with East West Bank, 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 East West Bank. For this question, tell your interview one unique trait or skill that you will bring to the lobby of East West Bank 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 East West Bank. 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."

  7. 7.

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

  8. 8.

    What data entry skills have you accumulated throughout your career and earlier education?

      As a Teller with East West Bank, solid data entry skills will help ensure that you are able to handle customers in a timely manner while also ensuring accuracy with each transaction that you process. While you may not have direct experience with banking specific software and data entry into those programs, your interviewer knows that skills you have built elsewhere can easily transition here to this role with ease. Talk about the experience you have with data entry in any previous positions that you've held. Talk about specific program that you have experience with and remind your interviewer that you are very easily trainable on new systems. If you know your words per minute typing skills, now is a good time to bring that up as well.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "From an early age working on computers, I have pretty great word processing skills. The last time I was tested, I could type 75 WPM. These skills have translated nicely to a few different data entry duties I hane taken during my career. In my current role as an Assistant, I handle data entry into Microsoft Excel and also into our enterprise sales system. While being a master of Excel, I picked up our sales software system very easily and don't see any reason why I would have any issues with easily transitioning to your software programs."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current role, I work on an online database system called Kintone. I currently do administrative work in the insurance industry and this online system has been a wonderful addition to our team to replace the use of spreadsheets and email to house our information. When I learned the system two years ago, I was very quick to pickup and master the system. With my familiarity with many other software programs, I would be able to transition nicely into the data entry tasks in this role."

  9. 9.

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

      As a Loan Officer at East West 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 East West 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."

  10. 10.

    What interests you about this position?

      The interviewer at East West Bank 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.

      Ryan'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."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "It is both the job description and the idea of working for East West Bank 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."

  11. 11.

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

      Throughout your application process and candidate vetting process, you were brought into interview because your interview was confident that you had the basic skills and knowledge required to handle this job. Now, your interviewer is giving you the opportunity to set yourself apart from your competition with this question. As you prepare for this type of question, try to think of a unique skill that you have that can prove to be a big asset if East West Bank offers you the job. In your answer, be sure to explain why this skill applies to this role.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I think the one skill that I have that sets me ahead of the rest running for this position is my experience and success in the world of sales. As you can see from my resume, my career out of college started in auto sales. In my five years of sales, I worked my up from Associate Sales to a Sales Team Lead at my dealership. Getting to know and master the sales side of the business has really helped me on the finance side with overall knowledge of the business and developing the skills needed to upsell customers on their loans."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "As you can see from my experience, I have extensive leadership experience in leading teams of up to 12 employees and I also have remote working experience. Both of these duties have really given me confidence in my decision making abilities. If hired for this position, I would be able to hit the ground running on day one and be trusted with critical decisions where you might not have that ability with other candidates that don't have leadership experience."

  12. 12.

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

      East West Bank 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.

      Ryan'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."

      Ryan'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."

  13. 13.

    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. East West Bank 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.

      Ryan'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."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Being in a leadership role is important to me, so I plan to be working in a management based position at East West Bank 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."

  14. 14.

    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.

      Ryan'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."

      Ryan'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."

  15. 15.

    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 East West Bank?

      The daily life of a Teller at East West Bank 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 East West Bank, I think this skill would be essential in helping me work with each customer in an accurate and efficient manner throughout each day."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

    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?

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  18. 18.

    If you were on the job here at East West Bank and noticed that a change in process or procedure could be beneficial, how would you approach that with your supervisor?

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

    Do you have any experience working with banking teller software?

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  21. 21.

    If a customer posed a problem that you were unable to solve on your own, how would you handle that situation?

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  22. 22.

    Tell me about a written project you had to tackle during your career. What skills did you use to ensure that your writing was error free?

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  23. 23.

    How do you define success?

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  24. 24.

    Do you have any experience in handling and working with large amounts of money?

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  25. 25.

    If you were having an interaction with a client here at East West Bank and you weren't able to answer their question or solve their problem on your own, how would you handle that situation?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

    If a customer at East West 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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