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We pride ourselves on our interdepartmental teamwork here at Societe Generale. 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 Societe Generale 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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28 Societe Generale Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. We pride ourselves on our interdepartmental teamwork here at Societe Generale. 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 Societe Generale 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.

      1st Answer Example

      "My colleagues that I work closely with would tell you that I'm knowledgeable in my area of expertise to contribute to the much larger team and do so without hesitation. As well, I'm able to communicate effectively, take direction and run with when needed and always willing to help out other areas if I have free time. I understand that I would be working very closely with the Advising staff here at Societe Generale and know that they would have high expectations out of my work."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I prefer to work in an environment that promotes teamwork and collegiality. If I were fortunate enough to join the team here, I want you to know that I love being in a leadership type role on a team where I can delegate work and help train others to better the organization. As well, I also thrive in a role where I am the minion and taking direction from others. I'd say that my key skills in working as a team are my ability to friendly, honest and trustworthy with my team."

  • 2. At Societe Generale, your job as a Risk Analyst would entail keeping a close eye on interest rates for our clients. How do you think interest rates will trend in the next year?

      How to Answer

      While your interviewer knows that predicting this question isn't an exact science, they will be looking to hear that you consider all variables possible in your answer to make the best determination possible. To be successful in this role with Societe Generale, your future clients will rely on your ability to forecast interest rates at times and you need to have the ability to do so with the right knowledge in hand. When answering, make sure that you use a methodical approach and explain each step in the process.

      1st Answer Example

      "In my current role that I've held for the past six years, a key to my success has been my ability to create and analyze short-term rate models that most accurately predict future interest rates for the clients that I've worked with. If you aren't familiar with the short-term rate models, they utilize a stochastic process to evolve spot interest rates to predict future rates. Just last year, my work was commended by a high profile client that I advised using this method."

      2nd Answer Example

      "As you can see from my portfolio, I have extensive training and experience in macroeconomics and I've found that macro trends are a great predictor of interest rates. With interest rates changing on a daily basis, long-term trends from a source like the treasury yield most often follow the same patter as the interest rate percentages most accurately versus utilizing short-term movements in markets, the economy and policy. To better assist my clients, I always keep a watch on the U.S. Treasury yields."

  • 3. Pretend an old friend just awoke from a coma that lasted over 30 years. How would you describe the internet to them?

      How to Answer

      A common tactic used in interviews for Risk Analysts is making you think on your feet. This brain teaser question, or any similar to it, will judge your thoughts processes to come up with an answer rather than what your final answer is as this is a very open ended question. As you provide an answer to this question, make sure that you explain why you are coming up with your answer and your thought process behind them. A solid thought process on your end shows that you can be analytical and while creatively solving problems using your critical thinking skills.

      1st Answer Example

      "Just like my role as a Risk Analyst, the most important thing that I could do in this situation would be to relate it to everyday things that the person would be familiar with. I would explain that the internet is a combination of television, mail, telephone, the local library and an old computer all put into one place. Each one of those components would help explain things like email, YouTube and all of the other life altering things about the internet. To really throw them for a loop at the end to blow their mind, I'd have to let them know that their local grocery store is also available too!"

      2nd Answer Example

      "I think that the best way to make it easy to understand would be to start explaining it in its simplest format and then expand from there. I'd draw two neighboring houses and show how the computers in each house can connect to send electronic mail, pictures, videos and information to each other. Then, I'd expand this out over the entire world where we are all connected with all of the feature of the internet. A simplified approach like this is also necessary in our work as Risk Analysts in the financial arena and it really helps people grasp new and very complicated things quickly."

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

      How to Answer

      As the forward facing client services representative with Societe Generale, you may be asked serious financial or market related questions that either don't know or aren't qualified to answer. In those situations, you will be expected to explain to the customer how that question will be answered and then deliver a timeline on when it can be answered. In the end, the customer wants to know the clear path to ease their mind and it will be your job to do just that.

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  • 5. The clients of a financial firm like Societe Generale 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?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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 Societe Generale.

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

      How to Answer

      As a successful and resourceful Data Analyst, your interviewer at Societe Generale 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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  • 9. What statistical models are you familiar with and which do you feel would best apply to the financial field here at Societe Generale?

      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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  • 10. If you joined the team here at Societe Generale, 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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  • 11. If hired to this role here at Societe Generale, 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.

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  • 12. At Societe Generale, our clients look to us to help find new and creative ways to save tax dollars. Have you ever had a unique situation where you helped an organization save tax dollars through your work and insight?

      How to Answer

      Societe Generale is a trusted advisor to their clients on their corporate and small business taxes and your potential work in this position will put you in a position to be creative with your clients. Prior to your interview, think of a time in your work history where you can demonstrate the situation for the organization and came up with a creative tax savings solution for them. Upon answering this question, make sure that your interviewer walks away from your time together knowing that you have the ability to create solutions for clients that make a real difference.

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  • 13. The day-to-day life at Societe Generale 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 Societe Generale 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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  • 14. How many boxes of macaroni n' cheese were eaten in the United States last year?

      How to Answer

      er Questions like this during your interview are meant to test your ability to deduce an answer from a very limited set of information and assumptions. You and your interviewer both know that it would be impossible for you to know or even calculate the correct answer, so your interviewer is solely looking for the factors that you use in extrapolating the answer that you give. In your answer, be as detailed as possible in why you are making the assumptions that you are when coming to a final answer.

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  • 15. In working with financial data here at Societe Generale, 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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  • 16. As a Business Analyst at Societe Generale, you will be tasked with working with diverse teams of stakeholders on different projects. How do you handle stakeholders that are difficult and bullheaded?

      How to Answer

      Leading a project team will put you in front of many differing personalities and you need to have the ability to work with every type of personality to be successful in this role at Societe Generale. While your interviewer may not be telling you that you will work with a difficult person because they know of a few, they're more looking to see how you utilize your communication and problem solving skills to make the situation better for everyone. As you answer this question, feel free to use an example from the past that highlights how you used your interpersonal skills to work effectively with a difficult person on a project team.

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  • 17. At Societe Generale, we expect our Business Analysts to put extra emphasis into the risk management aspects of their project work. How have you performed risk mitigation and risk avoidance in your previous roles as a Business Analyst?

      How to Answer

      The financial field is often posed with great risks and Business Analysts must always factor potential risks into the equation of any project that they work on. To get a better idea of how you will do this if hired at Societe Generale, your interview is giving you a chance to talk about your knowledge of risk and how you have worked with risk mitigation and risk avoidance in your previous positions. If new to the financial services field, it is important to show that you know that common risks can be systematic, operational, legal and credit related.

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  • 18. In this role with Societe Generale, we will rely on your analytical reporting skills on a regular basis. Why do you feel analytical reporting is important in the financial field?

      How to Answer

      Because the financial field is heavily reliant on numbers and data, analytical reporting can be a great tool to help key stakeholders make key decisions that have a positive impact on the business. In your answer to this question, point out the fact that you know the impact that data can have in the financial field and also talk about the types of analytical reporting you have done in the past that can be useful to the team at Societe Generale. Also, feel free to ask any follow up questions on the expectation for this position.

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  • 19. 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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  • 20. 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!

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  • 21. At Societe Generale 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?

      How to Answer

      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?

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  • 22. One huge philosophy that we believe in at Societe Generale 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, Societe Generale 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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  • 23. We pride ourselves on teamwork here at Societe Generale and this role in Client Services relies on teamwork. What are the top qualities you would bring to a team based atmosphere here?

      How to Answer

      At the heart of this question falls your interviewers need to determine how well you will work with others on the team at Societe Generale. You will be working with high level advisors and managers that are under a lot of pressure to perform in their jobs and your communications with them will either alleviate some of that stress or add to it. To ensure that your interviewer walks away from your conversation knowing that you are a team player that keeps the end goals of the company in mind, focus your answer on your effective communication skills, your knowledge of everyone's role on the team and your knowledge of what your role on the team will be.

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  • 24. At Societe Generale, we pride ourselves on providing the best overall customer experience. Talk about your customer service experience and explain why it will help our clients here.

      How to Answer

      In the financial services industry, overall client experience is a major predictor of business growth and the team at Societe Generale takes the overall client experience seriously. For this question, your interviewer will be looking for you to expand upon your customer service experience past what they can see from your resume. To seal the deal for your interview, try to talk about times that you have went above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best service possible for a customer.

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  • 25. Here at Societe Generale, 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 Societe Generale. Your answer should also involve solid research into the culture of Societe Generale 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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  • 26. 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 Societe Generale and reassure your interviewer that your computer skills are fluent enough to pickup quickly if needed.

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  • 27. What is your familiarity with debt-to-equity ratios and what would you consider a good debt-to-equity ratio?

      How to Answer

      For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you understand the basics of calculating a debt-to-equity ratio and why it is used. In your answer, be sure that you talk about the ratiosd importance in considering debt financing. As well, if you have familiarity with ifferent industries and what is considered a reasonable ratio for each industry, be sure to talk about that as well because what is considered reasonable can differ widely between industries.

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  • 28. As a consultant here at Societe Generale, you will have the opportunity to work with many accounting departments on tax filing for their business. When called upon, how would you go about verifying the accuracy of an accounting department?

      How to Answer

      No matter the size of the business and their accounting department, human error can lead to costly mistakes down the road if accuracy is not verified on the financial statements and books of a company that you would be consulting in this role. In your answer, talk specifically about your methods for verifying data entry and make it clear to your interviewer that this a step that you do not take lightly or overlook.

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