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Stifel Financial Interview

30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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Question 1 of 30
Stifel Financial is client-centric. How do you continually strengthen relationships with your exciting client base?
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How to Answer
Many employees in the wealth management industry are commission-based and rely on excellent relationships with their client base to make a healthy wage. For these reasons, it's in your best interest to have a solid strategy when it comes to building strong relationships with new clients and building upon your existing client base at the same time. Discuss some steps that you take to ensure you have profitable client relationships.

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Question 2 of 30
Wealth management is an all encompassing term. How would you explain what we do at Stifel Financial to someone unfamiliar with our company?
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How to Answer
The term 'wealth management' can become fuzzy as there are many interpretations, along with a plethora of companies that offer wealth and financial investment services and products. The interviewer wants to see that you have conducted ample research on Stifel Financial. Briefly discuss what you understand Stifel Financial to do, in a way that anyone outside of the industry could follow.

Question 3 of 30
As a wealth management professional, have you ever been asked to act unethically? If so, what did you do?
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How to Answer
It's no secret that unethical behavior in the finance industry is widespread. Every day of the week, we hear in the news of somebody new facing fines and jail time for financial crime.

Stifel Financial takes pride in their reputation and part of maintaining this reputation means ensuring those they hire are operating entirely above board. If you have ever been asked to act unethically, talk about the situation without speaking poorly of another finance professional, or past employer. If this situation has never happened to you, that's great! Take a minute to assure the interviewer that you will always act with the utmost integrity.

Question 4 of 30
In an initial client meeting, how do you first assess a client's financial position?
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How to Answer
When it comes to a clients' financial position, and their financial risk tolerance, it's imperative that you, as a wealth management professional, know how to accurately and carefully assess their actual financial status. Show the interviewer at Stifel Financial that you can take the appropriate steps when first meeting or onboarding a new client.

Question 5 of 30
How do you stay current on developments and trends in wealth management?
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There are many resources in the wealth management industry, but the interviewer needs to know that you follow and take advice from only the best. In an online world where you can find any information you need, how do you ensure that your industry knowledge is built from solid resources? Mention the reputable publications that you lean on and feel free to ask the interviewer for a recommendation, too! Asking for recommendations could break the ice and open up a helpful conversation.

Question 6 of 30
Walk me through your education and how it relates to a career in wealth management.
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How to Answer
Your formal education and industry training might be on your resume; however, the interviewer would like you to dig deeper and bring this education to life for them by discussing how your education has prepared you for this job with Stifel Financial.

If you have a finance-specific post-secondary degree, this answer will be straightforward for you. You can list completed coursework applicable to the products and services offered at Stifel Financial.

If you do not have an applicable degree, it's time to think about what you learned at your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research

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Author of Stifel Financial Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.

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