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At NSX we put a lot of value in the continued training of our employees. If you could expand your knowledge in any financial service area, which would you choose?

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  1. 1.

    At NSX we put a lot of value in the continued training of our employees. If you could expand your knowledge in any financial service area, which would you choose?

      The interviewer would like to know that you would be willing to commit more time to expanding your financial services knowledge. If you were given the opportunity to expand your industry related training, which area would you choose?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I really appreciate that NSX, Ltd puts so much emphasis on the education of your employees. If I could choose to further my education in any area of financial services, I would choose to learn more about hedge funds."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I take professional development very seriously and have attended a variety of courses this year including Financial Markets and Products, and Personal Financial Planning II. If I could take another, I would definitely choose to learn more about Personal Financial Planning but taking the Level III course."

  2. 2.

    As a professional in the financial services industry, you must have great integrity. Do you consider yourself an honest and trustworthy person?

      Due to the sensitive nature of your work, honesty is a core requirement in everything that you do. Assure the interviewer that you are an honest and trustworthy person, worthy of employment with NSX, Ltd.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have often been told that I am one of the most trustworthy people out there. In addition to being raised to always make the right choice, I have no fear when it comes do delivering honesty. You are more than welcome to check in with my references as well. They will speak highly of my character."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Integrity is very important in the financial services industry. Yes, I absolutely consider myself to be honest and trustworthy."

  3. 3.

    How can NSX motivate you on the job?

      Every employer should know how each of their employees is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are noticed. In my current position, we have a leaderboard, and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition for me as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a natural salesperson, so the best way to motivate me is through performance incentives. In my current position, I have been in the president's club for the past three consecutive years. I am highly motivated by the vacation that I am awarded annually."

  4. 4.

    Tell me about the largest financial portfolio you have been responsible for.

      Chances are you have gained a lot of momentum through your financial services career; likely being responsible for a larger portfolio every year. Assure the interviewer that you can handle the level of responsibility they are expecting to hand over to you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My responsibilities have always increased over time and in my last position I was responsible for a portfolio of $$$. Can you share with me the size of portfolio that I would be working with here at NSX, Ltd?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am newer to my financial services career and have worked very hard to develop a strong portfolio this past year. Currently my portfolio is worth $$. What size of portfolio would I be responsible for at NSX, Ltd?"

  5. 5.

    Due to the sensitivity of our business, in order to work for NSX, you must be able to pass a criminal background check. Are you willing to comply?

      If you do not have any criminal history, this is an answer that will be very simple and concise. If you do have a criminal history, now is the time to disclose it.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I do not have a criminal history of any kind and I am happy to comply with any form of background check you require."

      Rachelle's Answer #2


      "I should disclose to you that I have a mark on my criminal record. I have a DUI from 1998. Since then I have maintained a clean record and I am willing to comply with any form of background check that you require."

  6. 6.

    Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

      Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have never, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "No, I have never broken a confidentiality agreement. I respect my employers, current and past, and highly value being a person of integrity."

  7. 7.

    If you could alter your career path, in any way, what would you change?

      This question will help the interviewer to understand if you have a long and continued passion for your career. Talk to the interviewer about an alternate career path that you might choose but be sure to keep it related to the position for which you are interviewing.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "If I could change anything about my career path, I would have stayed in post-secondary studies for longer to upgrade in my field. I feel that this would have given me the advancement I seek now, many years earlier."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe in looking forward, and not back. Every decision that I have made has brought me here so I would not change a thing."

  8. 8.

    At NSX we put great pride in our customer service. How do you ensure that your clients are well taken care of?

      In which ways do you ensure that your clients are well taken care of? Talk to the interviewer about your customer service skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current position I take many steps to ensuring great customer service. To me, this means having excellent follow up and strong active listening skills. I remember the names of my client's children and I call to congratulate them on milestones. I will keep in touch to update them on new services as well."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I can assure you that, if hired, I would put the customers of NSX, Ltd first. When working in the financial services world, your customers can determine your success. I have a very high referrals rate which tells me that my customers are happy."

  9. 9.

    How long will it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our team at NSX?

      If you were to be the successful candidate with NSX, Ltd, when do you expect to make a viable contribution to the organization? Talk to the interviewer about your plan to make a fast impact.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am interested in making an impact on your organization right away and have already crafted a plan to make that happen. I am a very strong business development professional and I plan to take the territory and expand it to include additional rural areas. This should amount to a strong increase in revenue within the first 9 months of my on boarding."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My plan, if hired by NSX, Ltd, is to make an impact as soon as possible. I have researched this position and am very eager so I have created a 90 day impact plan that I would like to share with you."

  10. 10.

    At NSX we offer many different financial services. Which aspect of financial services are you best versed in?

      Walk the interviewer through your expertise that best relates to the business they specialize in. This is where it's important to have searched NSX, Ltd prior to your interview! Be sure to finish by asking the interviewer the services they prefer you be versed in. This way you can overcome any potential objections later.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "After researching your website I see that you specialize in Investment and Hedge Fund management. My specialty is definitely Investment management. Is there a certain specialty you are looking for in your next hire?"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have a wide range of expertise when it comes to financial services. I see that NSX, Ltd is looking for a candidate who brings experience in X, Y, and Z. I have expert level knowledge in all of these areas."

  11. 11.

    Do you have experience in cold calling? If so, tell me about your targets and results.

      Cold calling, warm calling, prospecting, and building a sales pipeline - these are all tasks generally associated with most financial services roles. Assure the interviewer that you are capable and willing to do what it takes to get the sales results you need!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have experience in cold calling and all other forms of generating new and repeat business. I took a workshop last year on the art of cold calling as well. In my most recent position I made approximately 100 cold calls per week."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am new to my career in financial services and sales; however, I have taken an online course focused on cold calling. This course was incredibly helpful and I look forward to meeting and exceeding my targets with NSX, Ltd."

  12. 12.

    Talk to me about your post-secondary education and how you feel it will help you in a career with NSX.

      Take a few minutes to walk the interviewer through your post-secondary education. Which aspects of your education do you look forward to applying to your future career with NSX, Ltd?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting with a focus on Financial Law. I feel that the Financial Law aspect will help me immensely in my career with NSX, Ltd because it is a strong major that helped me to understand the effects of all actions in business. It's caused me to strengthen my analytical mind and problem solving capabilities."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My education has been primarily on-the-job training and additional coursework on mutual funds, and RESP's. You will see a full list of my certificates on my resume. In addition to these credentials, I have enrolled in a Financial Planners workshop this fall."

  13. 13.

    What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have?

      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!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

  14. 14.

    Tell me about a time where you had to analyze information in order to make a recommendation.

      Talk about your attention to detail and sharp focus on data and statistics. If the job requires you to take an analytical approach to solving problems, think back on your experience to offer up an example. Give as much insight into your process to show you are capable of taking an analytical approach to problem-solving.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I worked for a financial firm last year and had a client who was looking for investment recommendations. I gathered data on the stocks they were interested in, sorting through trends and historical data to determine the most promising returns."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As a financial service professional, I am always analyzing information before creating a path of recommendation for my clients. I am highly skilled when it comes to data analysis. My abilities stem from my statistics and analysis related courses while obtaining my Bachelor's degree in finance."

  15. 15.

    When it comes to financial services, which focus do you find the most rewarding?

      There are so many areas of focus when it comes to financial services. Talk to the interviewer about the areas of finance that you enjoy working on the most. Be sure to acknowledge some areas of focus within NSX, Ltd when you answer this question.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I find many areas of financial services to be intriguing. After researching your company further, I see that you focus on Capital Market Services and Brokerage Services. I really enjoy working in both areas but primarily Capital Market Services and restructuring debt."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "One of the primary reasons behind my application to your company was that you offer Commercial Services. This is an area or strength for me that I look forward to evolving even further."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

    Every employee with NSX is expected to be sales-minded and target driven. Walk me through your experience in sales based roles.

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  18. 18.

    Aside from your post-secondary degree, what other financial services related training and certifications do you possess?

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  19. 19.

    Would you consider expanding your education to include an MBA? Why or why not?

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  20. 20.

    How do you believe your coworkers would describe you?

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  21. 21.

    How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

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  22. 22.

    Describe to me a time when you made an error in your current or former position, and the impact your mistake made? How did you correct the error, what did you learn from it?

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  23. 23.

    How do you feel about performance incentives?

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  24. 24.

    NSX seeks out natural and confident leaders. What leadership qualities do you possess?

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  25. 25.

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

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  26. 26.

    Honesty is of utmost importance to us at NSX. Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?

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  27. 27.

    Accuracy is important to us at NSX. Do you always double check or proofread your work?

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  28. 28.

    NSX is looking for employees who are dedicated to their clients. How often do you take work home with you?

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  29. 29.

    When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?

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  30. 30.

    There will be great days at NSX and some days that are tougher to get through. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

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