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  1. 1.

    How would you handle communication with a customer that was visibly upset?

      In this position with First American Bank And Trust, you may be faced with a customer that is upset and/or mad at the situation they are in. Because of the shoes you will be filling as a Teller, you will be expected to help deescalate the situation through solid and effective verbal communication with the customer. As you answer this question, talk about your ability to remain calm, cool and collected in any situation and explain how you take an empathetic approach with any person that you will work with in this role. If you have an example of a time that you were faced with this situation, don't hesitate to walk your interviewer through that situation and how you handled it.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Having worked in customer facing roles for my entire career, I have handled many angry customers and feel I have a great method in the way that I communicate with them. First, I start by hearing them out and letting them vent in any means that they want. From there, I calmly repeat back the key points and then begin brainstorming solutions for them. By maintaining a calm demeanor during these situations, angry customers are often able to calm down rather quickly. After I understand the customer's needs, I take all steps necessary to help solve their problem. If this entails bringing in another colleague, I don't hesitate to do so in a team based approach."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "When this happens in my current role, I make sure that any other duties I am currently working on are put on hold so I can give full attention to that customer. Last week, I was the only person on staff handling a busy lobby when a customer came in very upset with a vehicle that they had just purchased. I immediately put the phones on hold to take the time to listen to their concerns. After hearing the causes of their frustration, I had them wait in our lobby and I went and talked to our Sales Manager. He made time for the customer immediately. In these instances, providing swift action to help alleviate any further issues is the most important thing that can be done."

  2. 2.

    If a customer at First American Bank And Trust had increased savings as their main personal financial goal, what steps would you take with them to get them started down the right path?

      As you look to interview for a Personal Banker position with First American Bank And Trust, be sure to expect a question or two that really digs into the technical abilities that you would bring to the position in the form of a hypothetical situation that you will likely face in this role. This question is allowing your interviewer to gain insight into your knowledge of sound financial savings philosophies so be sure to talk about important aspects of a customer's finances that can impact their ability to save. As you answer, express that you would use a logical, yet tailored, approach with each customer in this situation.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "After I had done my due diligence in getting to know the need's of the customer, my first step would be educating them on setting a personal budget that allows for savings. I would take a keen look at their monthly income versus their monthly expenses while also taking into account their variable spending on a monthly basis. Often, by simply doing this, customers are dumbfounded by how much wasteful spending they have going on in their lives. While the customer makes the final decisions on how to best handle, I can use my expertise to help guide them on their savings journey."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "The first and most important step to this process is helping the customer truly see their financial situation by delving into their income and expenses. Based on that analysis, the customer then decides which of the factors of income and expenses can be altered to help increase their savings. From there, I would work with them on the best methods for saving and would take a personalized approach to recommending savings accounts or money market accounts with First American Bank And Trust."

  3. 3.

    Walk me through your thought process when delegating responsibilities to others that you are responsible for. What are the important factors that influence your decisions?

      As the potential next Branch Manager at this branch of First American Bank And Trust, your interviewer wants to hear that you have the innate ability to delegate responsibilities among the team that you'll be managing. For this question, they'll be looking to hear that you you can do this effectively by knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your team members and also that you know the responsibilities of each role that you'll be managing. As you talk about your ability to delegate, make sure to talk about the importance of delegating for both your own efficiency in your work and in the work of your team. As well, don't hesitate to talk about your ability to train others when needed to ensure that the necessary work gets completed.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As a manager, I have a really great history in delegating the right work to the right people in the right amount. Any time that I delegate work, it is important that I put the work in the hands of the right person and I do this by knowing the colleagues that I manager very well. If hired for this role, my immediate goal upon starting would be to get to know my team very well. I would have one-on-one conversations with everyone during my first week and would take the time to read prior performance evaluations. After I have a comfortable handle on my team, my next goal would be to divide up work in the best way possible that gets people working to their strengths."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "My first step in a decision making process to delegate work is to evaluate the task at hand for consideration. I ask myself if it is a duty that I as a manager should be handling first. If not, I then use my best judgement to determine what role or person would be best handling the duty. I ensure that I consider factors like current workloads, KSA's of my team and impact of the task to be delegated in my thought process."

  4. 4.

    The clients of a financial firm like First American Bank And Trust 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 First American Bank And Trust, 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."

  5. 5.

    What experience do you have in multitasking different duties in any of your prior work experiences?

      As a Teller with First American Bank And Trust, you will be relied upon to have excellent organizational skills when handling multiple tasks throughout each workday. Oftentimes, customers can have multiple transactions that must be process and your job will be to ensure that the needs of the customer are handled accurately and efficiently. To gauge your ability to handle this, your interviewer is looking for you to describe a time that you had to be a great multitasker on the job. As you answer this question, be sure to point out the organizational skills that you used to ensure that all of your duties were handled with ease. If you are a new graduate, it is okay to talk about multitasking in your school or personal life as long as you see it is relevant to proving how you can utilize those same skills in this role.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my current role as an Administrative Assistant, I often am juggling multiple tasks at one time. While handling schedule coordination for five different managers at my company, I'm also working on setting up many different organization wide meetings where I'm required to send multiple communications out at the same time. To keep myself organized when handling many things at once, I utilize both my Outlook calendar and a written checklist to ensure that all tasks are getting done in a timely manner."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "During my years working in the restaurant industry, I became an expert on handling many tables of customers at once. While juggling the order of all of these customers, I also had the responsibilities of manning the cash register at times. This experience really helped me with accurately recording customer orders on my order pad. I also developed what I would call a multitasking mind by training my brain to keep all of my customers orders at the top of my mind. I think my years in that industry will translate well to the Teller role here at First American Bank And Trust"

  6. 6.

    What is one unique skill that you will bring to our loan processing team here at First American Bank And Trust?

      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 First American Bank And Trust 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."

  7. 7.

    What is the highest level of mathematics that you completed during any of your schooling?

      Working as a Teller for First American Bank And Trust will require you to have pretty basic math skills and the ability to count cash in an accurate and efficient manner. For this question, your interview will be looking to hear that you have completed at least some levels of high school math and did so with ease. In your answer, while you discuss what levels of math that you have completed during your education, be sure to explain how your mathematical skills will be able to apply to the job that you are interviewing for. Make sure that your interviewer walks away from your conversation confident in your abilities.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As you can see from my resume, I have an Associate's Degree in Marketing and during my coursework at XYZ Technical College, I took both college level statistics and financial accounting courses. With both of these classes, I am confident in my ability to handle and count large sums of cash and also operate account software if required for the job here at First American Bank And Trust."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "During my final year of high school a few years ago, I completed my final semester of Algebra II with an A- grade. Through my years of Algebra I and Algebra II during high school and with my retail experience prior to this interview, I feel comfortable with all of the accounting related duties that I would handle in this role with First American Bank And Trust."

  8. 8.

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

      The banking industry offers a variety of opportunities to those who are motivated. First American Bank And Trust is seeking individuals who think about the future and aspire to be successful in everything they do. Think about something you accomplished through hard work and dedication.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Early in my career, I strived to get to know the banking and thrifts systems from a 360-degree view. I worked hard to partner with my peers in learning how their roles contributed to the whole organizational flow. I set a goal to become head teller within the first five years of working in this industry. I hope to continue that career path with First American Bank And Trust and am excited for the opportunity to do so."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "A few years ago I set the goal to complete my Bachelor's in Finance while working full time. I achieved this in just four years, through spending a lot of time in online studies, between working as a bank teller. I am very proud of the discipline and dedication I was able to put towards this goal."

  9. 9.

    What do you want to accomplish at First American Bank And Trust?

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

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "First and foremost, I want to deliver top quality service to customers of First American Bank And Trust and perform my responsibilities with best in class service. I want to work at First American Bank And Trust 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.

    What ideas could you bring to First American Bank And Trust to help grow revenue in this branch?

      If hired as the next Branch Manager at First American Bank And Trust, 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 First American Bank And Trust, 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 First American Bank And Trust 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."

  11. 11.

    If a client here at First American Bank And Trust were to be denied the financing that they desire, how would you handle that situation?

      As a Loan Officer at First American Bank And Trust, 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 First American Bank And Trust 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."

  12. 12.

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

      Due to the competition within the banking industry, First American Bank And Trust strives to stay relevant by adapting their products and services to meet customer needs. Consider reading some news articles, press releases, or blogs, to learn more about the industry.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I am interested in learning about helping my customers with their investments. I like to read financial blogs to stay on the cutting edge of latest trends. I also enjoy reading the latest books with a financial scope and listening to financial advice. I also follow First American Bank And Trust on Twitter and keep abreast of relative headlines."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I am an avid reader, and my top go-to books for banking related knowledge are A, B, and C. I also listen to a few investment-related podcasts on a weekly basis. I understand the importance of staying on top of the latest trends and news in the banking industry."

  13. 13.

    If hired for this role here at First American Bank And Trust, how would you manage your daily tasks on the job to ensure that your work is completed in a timely and efficient manner?

      Your interviewer is posing this question to gain insight into how you use resources and technologies to keep you on track in your work and to also get a sense for how you prioritize the small details in the work that you do. As you answer the question, be very specific as you describe your ability to multitask many duties throughout a given work day and talk about the tools that you use to keep yourself on track in your work. As you talk about this process for yourself, don't lose sight of your focus on the small details in your work and discuss why doing things in detail is important in the work that you do. Make sure to talk about real world examples that you've used in the past that you feel would be helpful in this role as a Teller with First American Bank And Trust.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I consider myself to be highly organized in my work and I do this by using my calendar
      and task functions within Microsoft Outlook. I schedule time each day for my daily tasks and it doesn't take me very long to have a quick understanding for how much time is needed to complete the routine tasks on a daily basis. I always make sure to allow for enough time for each task to be done as thoroughly as possible. Then, for the tasks that pop up from time to time, I always make sure that I add those to my to do list quickly."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current role, I print a daily checklist of my duties and begin working on that list as soon as my day starts. Some of the tasks have a prerequisite task that day, so I have my checklist prioritized by needs from the top. I have found this method to be extremely useful in helping me make sure that my duties are handled each and every day and I wouldn't hesitate to utilize something similar if hired for this role with First American Bank And Trust"

  14. 14.

    Due to the continued explosion of the digital world, First American Bank And Trust is becoming more virtual on a day to day basis. What job duties would you see as being fluent in this role as a Teller with us?

      As banks have adjusted the way they do business over time to suit the needs of customers that are becoming more automated and mobile, the traditional Teller job description has certainly changed with the advancements in technology. With this question, your interview is simply looking to gauge how flexible you would be if hired for this role because First American Bank And Trust will be relying on the person hired this role to be highly adaptable in a changing work environment. As you answer, let your interviewer know that you are aware of how rapidly the banking industry is changing and give examples of a time or two you had to be flexible in your own job duties. Then, really put thought into what you feel are ways that the traditional Teller job role has changed and will continue to change over time.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As my own personal banking has certainly changed to the point where I hardly visit a bank lobby any more and take care of more things online, I would venture to guess that a Teller is face to face a lot less with customers than they used to be and handling more job duties over the phone and online with customers. I would envision that on top of traditional withdrawals and deposits, Tellers at First American Bank And Trust are also seen as advisors to customers when it comes to different products within the bank. If hired for this role, I would be excited to be flexible and learn new duties to become a more complete member of the team here at First American Bank And Trust. In my current role as a Customer Service Rep, I've had to be very fluid in my job duties."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In my current role as a Teller, I've been very adaptable over the last couple of years as my current institution moved a lot of services to a virtual format. I've received extensive training on ATM troubleshooting for customers using the ATM in our parking lot. I've also been trained on our branch kiosks and tablets that customers use for loan applications and other transactions. But because many of our elderly customers still prefer traditional in-person transactions, I've never lost my touch as a traditional Teller. If hired here at First American Bank And Trust, I'd look forward to being a flexible Teller that is willing to adapt with changes moving forward."

  15. 15.

    What has been the most stressful situation that you faced in the workplace and what did you do to ensure that you navigated that situation successfully?

      At times, the work at First American Bank And Trust can get stressful in a customer facing role and this question is giving your interviewer insight to how you will be able to handle the stress that will potentially come in this role if you are hired. In your answer, speak openly and honestly to your interviewer by explaining the situation that you were in and why it was stressful to you. Then, talk in detail about the things that you did to work through the situation to make sure that there was a positive outcome. While answering, try to give your interviewer the sense that you are not easily stressed out on the job and are able to work through high pressure situations with ease.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Last year, my staff of nine people was brought down to five people with one termination and three other resignations in a short period of time. Given that recruiting new staff in my current field can be difficult, we worked at almost 50% staffing for two months. To avoid burnout, our manager decided the best route was to only have two of our staff on shift at a time when we would normally have three to four on at a time. This is where work became the most stressful. For me, keeping upbeat, positive and focused on all of my duties was what helped me through each work day. I really appreciated the fact that we didn't need to double our work hours during this time and my remaining team members ended up navigating this period with great success."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "A couple of years ago, my current company purchased my previous employer and there were many unknowns surrounding my job and my job duties moving forward when it was announced that the company was being sold. When I saw a lot of my coworkers in distress, I took the direction of trying to lead by example with a positive attitude. From the start, I began asking a lot of questions to our managers to try and become as educated as possible on the changes that were coming. I also tried to hear the concerns of my colleagues as well and tried to a be a reassuring person for them. In the end, the transition was great for me and I have my positive and inquisitive attitude to thank for that. During the process, one close colleague did leave the company in fear of what would happen and they still regret that decision to this day."

  16. 16.

    How do you stay organized?

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  17. 17.

    On the finance side of First American Bank And Trust, 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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  18. 18.

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

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  19. 19.

    What is your experience in managing an overall performance appraisal process for your staff?

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  20. 20.

    What do you know about First American Bank And Trust?

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  21. 21.

    What customer service experience do you have that would greatly benefit the customers at First American Bank And Trust?

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  22. 22.

    Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for this opportunity with First American Bank And Trust?

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  23. 23.

    The banking industry is built on trust and this is no different at First American Bank And Trust. Do other people you have worked closely with consider you to be trustworthy?

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  24. 24.

    How would you rate your ability to learn new software programs on a scale of 1 to 10?

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  25. 25.

    Have you ever had to work with a difficult colleague? How did you handle that situation?

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  26. 26.

    Tell me about your cash handling experience.

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  27. 27.

    We pride ourselves on teamwork here at First American Bank And Trust and this role in Client Services relies on teamwork. What are the top qualities would you would bring to a team based atmosphere here?

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