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What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have?

How to Answer

Some great qualities of a manager are:

- Being someone who people naturally want to follow
- Exceptional interpersonal skills
- Strong relationship building skills
- Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes
- Excelling at motivating others
- Providing kudos/recognition to your team
- Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team
- Having a vision for the future

These are just a few to get started!

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27 European Central Bank Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have?

      How to Answer

      Some great qualities of a manager are:

      - Being someone who people naturally want to follow
      - Exceptional interpersonal skills
      - Strong relationship building skills
      - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes
      - Excelling at motivating others
      - Providing kudos/recognition to your team
      - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team
      - Having a vision for the future

      These are just a few to get started!

      1st Answer Example

      "I feel that a successful manager should be patient, strive to be a mentor, and be willing to receive constructive feedback from their team. As a manager, I want to have a team that trusts me and comes to me for professional development and coaching."

  • 2. If hired to this role here at European Central Bank, what do you see as one initial hurdle you will have to overcome in your first weeks on the job?

      How to Answer

      At the heart of this question, your interviewer is asking you to take an honest look inside of yourself to discuss what you feel is the biggest learning curve you will have if offered this position. This will give your interviewer a sense of how to handle your onboarding process if hired for the position and give them a sense that you have the ability to see what your biggest need would be. Similar to the what is your greatest weakness question, the key to answering this question is humbly pointing out a flaw that you may see and making a plan for how you will overcome that flaw.

      1st Answer Example

      "Having put a lot of thought into this even before submitting my resume for this position, I realize that my greatest hurdle would be making the leap as an Auditor into the financial focused industry. My five years of experience out of college have been focused on management and technical consulting services, but I feel that I've built a very good knowledge base and experience for this role here at European Central Bank. If given the opportunity to join your team, my initial focus would be to get enthralled in auditing in the financial industry and I'd do this by being attached at the hip to my colleagues and taking the time to talk one on one with a lot of other staff to help better understand what they'll expect of me in this role."

      2nd Answer Example

      "Understanding that my role here at European Central Bank would have me working with the entire advisory staff, the first hurdle would be getting to know everyone on that team and showcasing the skills that I could bring to their work. If hired for the job, I would hope to be invited to team meetings where I could introduce myself and my role with the team and I'd invite an open conversation with the entire team."

  • 3. What software programs do you use in your current work and how adaptable would you say that you are in learning and using new programs?

      How to Answer

      Overall, your interviewer is simply looking to hear that you have a good grasp on programs to use to make you more efficient in your work and to do this, talk open and honestly about the programs that you currently use and talk about in what context that you use them. If at all possible with this role, try to research what additional programs you may have to learn if given this opportunity to join European Central Bank and reassure your interviewer that your computer skills are fluent enough to pickup quickly if needed.

      1st Answer Example

      "In my current role, I currently use a program called Zendesk that is an interactive customer support tool. When we started to use this tool a little over a year ago, I was very quick to learn and utilize all of the great functions of the program and have since become a trainer for new staff that join our team. As well, I'm very fluent in the entire Microsoft suite of products and would consider myself an expert on the Outlook, Excel and Word programs."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I consider myself very agile when it comes to using and appreciating the vast amount of software that is available to Financial Advisors today. In my current role, I solely use RightCapital as a financial advising tool with my clients. I really love its ability to help in the budgeting and comprehensive planning processes with my clients. I'm also very familiar with the MoneyGuidePro tool and have used it successfully in the past. If hired for this role, you can consider me an open book when it comes to learning and effectively utilizing any programs needed."

  • 4. If you noticed that a company's balance sheet was showing increased amounts of accounts receivables, what future impacts to that company would you consider to be feasible?

      How to Answer

      At the root of this question, your interview will be looking to hear that you understand how the different lines on a company's balance sheet are related to each other. In your answer, be sure to point out your understanding of this as your job as an analyst with European Central Bank will rely on your ability to do so.

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  • 5. In this role with European Central Bank, we will rely on your organized and methodical approach to provide financial analysis reporting. What does your current reporting process consist of?

      How to Answer

      Providing the clients of European Central Bank with detailed reports will be a key part of this position and your interviewer will be looking to gauge your ability to be organized and detailed while also utilizing your critical thinking skills to provide the best reports possible. In your answer, keep a focus on the techniques and tools that you use to do your job in ensuring that clients are receiving the most accurate and detailed reports possible. As well, let your interviewer know that you are willing to learn new ways and new technologies to help onboard yourself to their team quicker.

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  • 6. Can you think of a situation where raising debt over equity would be beneficial?

      How to Answer

      Debt and equity have a very closely bonded relationship with each other in relation to a company's finances. In most situations, raising debt can create too high of an amount of pressure to meet payments versus raising equity. But, there are a few key situations where there is a distinct advantage in raising debt over equity and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you understand at least one of those advantages to be tax shielding, reducing cost of capital and not diluting the stake for investors.

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  • 7. In working with financial data here at European Central Bank, what are the steps you would take in the data validation process as part of your work?

      How to Answer

      Your job as a detailed and proficient Data Analyst requires you to take proper steps in the data validation process to ensure that data used is accurate and clean. Bad data in the financial industry can have a costly impact and your job will be to ensure that doesn't happen. For your answer to this question, discuss the importance and your method for both data screening and data verification as part of the validation process. Also, be sure to talk about any programs that you utilize during the validation process.

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  • 8. One huge philosophy that we believe in at European Central Bank is professional development. How have you worked to develop yourself professionally throughout your career?

      How to Answer

      In an ever-changing field like financial services, European Central Bank knows that professional growth and development is vital to them staying at the forefront of their industry. For this question, your interviewer is looking to ensure that your values surrounding professional development match the values of the company. Use this question as an opportunity for you to highlight the many ways that you grow and develop yourself to be the best that you can be in your career. Highlight any continuing education you have completed, any societies or groups that you belong to and any publications that you read on a regular basis that will prove to your interviewer that you aren't comfortable being stagnant in your career.

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  • 9. If hired for this position as an Economist with European Central Bank, we would look to you for global economic insights. What one global trend to you feel will heavily impact financial markets in the next ten years?

      How to Answer

      While there are many directions that you can go with this question, your interviewer is truly testing your critical thinking skills in applying situations to the market. However you answer, be sure that you can speak knowledgeably as to why that global trend would have a major impact on the stock market and how you feel it would have the greatest impact. With no right or wrong answer to the question, your interviewer will be reading your confidence and your poker face in giving your answer.

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  • 10. Have you ever run into a situation where a company had a positive cash flow but was still in critical financial trouble?

      How to Answer

      At the heart of this question, your interviewer is looking to dive in and take a look at your critical thinking skills. While positive cash flow is usually a very good sign of a company's overall ability to settle its debts and handle future financial challenges, there are some situations where all isn't as it seems when looking at a company with a positive cash flow. Whether you have run into this situation or not, it is important for you to point out that you are aware of situations where a positive cash flow can be misleading.

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  • 11. Here at European Central Bank, we are expecting someone with strong leadership skills to take this role. How would you describe your management style?

      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, try to take a long, hard look inside your skills and styles as a leader of others and prepare to present the best management style possible to your interviewer that fits the role that you are interviewing for with European Central Bank. Your answer should also involve solid research into the culture of European Central Bank and the details of the role you are interviewing for. Some important things to touch on are your ability to promote a team atmosphere and your ability to delegate responsibilities when necessary.

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  • 12. If hired for this role as an Economist with European Central Bank, we'll want you to have the tools in hand that you need to succeed. What computer programs do you find necessary and useful in your work?

      How to Answer

      As an Economist, you have a wealth of tools available to help you be efficient and successful in your work. For this question, your interviewer is looking to get an idea of what programs you have familiarity with and how you utilize those programs in your work. As you answer, be sure to cover general programs, statistical programs and data gathering programs that you are familiar with and don't hesitate to let your interviewer know that you are open to and eager to learn any new programs necessary for this role with European Central Bank.

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  • 13. If you joined the team here at European Central Bank, how would you build relationships with those that you would be working closely with?

      How to Answer

      For this question, your interviewer will be looking to get the sense that you would be proactive about getting to know your colleagues and fitting into the culture of the organization. Use a personal approach to talk about ways that you have done this in the past and how you would do it if hired for this position. Talk about the importance of relationship building in your line of work and how it helps the overall good of the organization if you take the initiative to do this.

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  • 14. What statistical models are you familiar with and which do you feel would best apply to the financial field here at European Central Bank?

      How to Answer

      Financial Engineers and Quantitative Analysts are relied upon in the financial industry to utilize complex algorithms and math to predict the trading market's immediate future. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to get the sense that you have the skills to apply statistical model in finance by having you talk about the models that are familiar with and have worked with in the past. While being honest about your experiences, be sure to point out that you are aware that some apply more to finance and the market to set yourself apart during this question.

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  • 15. At European Central Bank, we are building a massive machine learning program and your role as a Data Scientist will be an integral part of that project. What experiences will you bring to that side of this job?

      How to Answer

      In the financial services field, machine learning is being used to automate processes, provide information security, create algorithms for trading and to assist in credit scoring. European Central Bank is looking to stay at the forefront of their field and this role as a Data Scientist will play a huge part in making this a reality. Talk about any experience that you have in working with data to create a robust machine learning tool. What was your role in the project and what can you bring to the team at European Central Bank?

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  • 16. If you notice right now, the time on that clock reads 12:15. What is the angle between the minute and hour hands on that clock?

      How to Answer

      In any interview with a Financial Engineer or Quantitative Analyst, your interviewer will be looking to pose one or a few different math related questions to show you have the quick skills to come up with a correct answer. For this question, talk your way through how you solved the problem so your interviewer gets a sense that you have the ability to solved basic, and even advanced, math problems.

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  • 17. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

      How to Answer

      You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will potentially benefit this potential new employer.



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  • 18. Among the common issues that are faced by Data Analysts in their work, which one or two problems do you feel really challenge analysts in the financial industry?

      How to Answer

      While the challenges faced by general data analysts makes for a pretty long generalized list, this question is allowing your interviewer the chance to see your critical thinking skills by having you talk about which challenges you feel will be critical in the financial field. While there isn't necessarily a right or wrong answer in this question, make sure that you are able to speak intelligently about your answer and provide ways with how you can meet the challenges in your work with European Central Bank.

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  • 19. How do you stay on top of new trends in the financial services industry?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that your passion for financial services goes beyond your work hours. Do you keep on top of industry news and trends on your off time? Assure the interviewer that you are well immersed in the industry.

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  • 20. The day-to-day life at European Central Bank can be hectic and stressful at times. If hired for this role, how would you keep yourself motivated when working with stressed colleagues and pushy clients?

      How to Answer

      The daily life at European Central Bank is naturally very fast paced and because of that, both the colleagues and the clients that you may be working with have potential to be stressed, needy and downright mean at times. For this question, your interviewer is looking to get a sense that you would be able to work in this type of environment. In your answer, talk about the fact that you are cognizant of what this job entails as far as personal interactions go and talk about times where you have worked successfully through situations like this in the past. As well, don't hesitate to talk about your own personality traits that help you thrive in these types of situations.

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  • 21. How would you define what working capital is for a company and what does its measurement mean?

      How to Answer

      As a Financial Analyst with European Central Bank, you will be asked to help measure working capital of organizations. In your definition that you provide to your interviewer, ensure that you give them at least the basic definition of the calculation being current assets minus current liabilities. Then, talk about real situations that you've used the measurement to make critical decisions in the work that you've done in the past. This will confirm with your interviewer that you have the ability to use the measurement in this job.

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  • 22. At European Central Bank, we expect our Economists to give regular presentations and updates to our advisory staff. What experience do you have presenting in front of a captive audience?

      How to Answer

      While you likely entered the field of economics because of your analytical, mathematical and critical thinking skills, your interviewer is looking to gain insight into some of your interpersonal skills with this question. If hired for this role at European Central Bank, you will be asked to present regularly to the Advisors and Portfolio Manager staff that will make some decisions based on your findings and you need to be comfortable in handling this aspect of the job. In your answer, use specific experience you do have in presenting to large groups and talk about the skills that you possess that will help you thrive in that position.

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  • 23. What statistical analysis tools do you have experience working with?

      How to Answer

      As a successful and resourceful Data Analyst, your interviewer at European Central Bank is expecting you to be knowledgeable and well-versed in the many tools available to you. In your answer, be sure to show diversity within particular programs like SAS and SPSS while also explaining that you are very proficient in Microsoft Excel. On top of the programs, talk about any experience you have with programming and database language like SQL and Python.

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  • 24. How do you believe your coworkers would describe you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how you are seen by your colleagues. Select approximately three words that truly define who you are. Be sure to choose words that radiate positive thoughts!

      User-Submitted Answer

      "My coworkers, when asked, would say about me that I am an enthusiastic person, as well as a reliable worker. Also, I am always ready to work hard and contribute to building a stronger team by motivating my colleagues."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a fantastic start! It sounds like you know yourself very well. I recommend adding to your reply by giving measurable examples of how you have demonstrated these characteristics. I have provided an example for you below.

      "My coworkers, when asked about me, would say that I am an enthusiastic person as well as a reliable worker. I am always ready to work hard and contribute to building a stronger team by motivating my colleagues. In my current role, I have demonstrated these characteristics by...(discuss your actions)."

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  • 25. Think back over your career up to today and tell me about the most difficult day on the job you encountered. What made the day difficult and how did you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      We've all had our share of difficult days on the job and how we handle those days in particular can really make or break where our careers go in that position or with that company. Think of a particular day ahead of your interview that really outlines your ability to handle adversity and proves that you were able to handle it with grace rather than turning your uniform in and heading home for the day. Another important piece of your answer should be discussing what lessons you learned from that particular day moving forward that you still carry with you to this day.

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  • 26. At European Central Bank, our Financial Analysts have to often work under a tight deadline. Talk about a time you had to work under a tight deadline in the past. How did you handle that situation and what made it a success?

      How to Answer

      The financial field can sometimes be chaotic and stressful for analysts working on high pressure deadlines and the work life at European Central Bank is no different. To test how you will perform in these situation if hired for this role, your interviewer will be looking to hear about a time where you did just that. No matter what the situation is that you discuss, be sure to show how you remained calm, focused and on-task to get the job done. Try and stress how you are resourceful and willing to utilize a team effort if necessary.

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  • 27. We pride ourselves on our interdepartmental teamwork here at European Central Bank. If hired for this role, what kind of team player could we expect you to be?

      How to Answer

      In the financial world, teamwork at an organization is the key to success and life at European Central Bank is no different. As you talk about your abilities and experiences in being a great team player, try to highlight certain themes like building trust, gaining respect and being a subject matter expert as part of a larger team. Don't hesitate to show flexibility in your ability to both lead others and be lead by others and use examples of times that you've done both. To seal your answer for this question, talk about your desire to work as part of a team and do your research on this position to find out what types of colleagues you will be working with.

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