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Jun 3, 2008 10:24 pm

Anyone completed the AGE/Wachovia training program recently? Any useful input would be great.

Jun 4, 2008 10:01 pm

I'm currently in the program . . . any question in particular?

Jun 4, 2008 10:58 pm

Hey, did you do the online personality quiz or the roleplaying? any insight?

Jun 5, 2008 7:22 pm

Was given the prep stuff for the role playing.  Didn't end up even getting to it in the phone interview.  The interview went so smoothly, I guess they felt there was no need to precede.  I may have just been lucky that day.

Jun 6, 2008 11:08 am

That's awesome!  Sadly for me I have the role playing this monday, I completed the personality quiz though, as well as the phone interview and those went famously.  What is the next step, do you know?  Also any notes you had that you thought were especially good for the role play?

Jun 6, 2008 8:59 pm

If you make it through the role play they should set you up with a test you have to take i the branch - logic-type questions and basic math stuff.  It's just one more step in the screening process.  If you pass that, they will set up an interview with the branch manager.  That was my final step.  However, I had "informal" interviews prior to the phone interview/role play as I went to the branch and discussed opportunities on a couple of occasions previously.  

As for notes, I scripted out all three scenarios and had them ready to go for the interview.  It may help to run them across a friend if you have any with sales/phone experience.

Jun 6, 2008 9:11 pm

Man, sometimes companies do things that are crazy.  All part of being in a big company.

 
I have already interviewed several times with Branch Manager and they had me take the math/logic tests.  He came right out and told me that they were going to make me an offer, but that I have to complete the CRI stuff and that it was something new for them since they are a legacy AGE Branch. 
 
So I get a call from CRI to set up my role play and the lady says to me, "I understand that you have already been given an offer."  I tell her not officially, but that the BM said that they were going to make me an offer.  She then goes on to tell me that this is just protocol and that it should have been one of my first steps. 
 
Now, I have to prepare for these role plays because it is "protocol" even though I have already been told I am going to receive an offer. 
 
Kind of backwards thinking.  LOL 
Jun 6, 2008 9:32 pm

I hear that... I had an interview with the BM, then did the Sifma test (logic/math.. got a 94%), then did the app...drug test... finger prints... etc, then the phone interview, then the personality test, now the role play.  So I don't know what's left.

They found something from my juvi record that I could explain (fortunately) that I hadn't listed since it never went to court, which gave me a scare.  They are mighty thorough.

The role play thing is the scariest thing so far since I've never done great at roll playing... but I'll work on stuff tonight.

Jun 12, 2008 4:04 pm

I found the interview process very long and drawn out, I've had four or possibly five phone interviews, including the role-play.  It has been going on for weeks, in the meantime Merrill Lynch has made an offer, would it even be worth meeting with the branch manager (finally) as I've heard Merrill compensation is among the best for newbies and I'm turned off by Wach's protocol?

Jun 12, 2008 4:05 pm

wanted to add it'd be a different story if there were a pipeline of leads coming from Wachovia's banking side, but apparently the prospecting seems very similar

Jun 12, 2008 11:50 pm

Well I start monday at Wachovia

Jun 13, 2008 12:34 am
OrDieTrying:

Well I start monday at Wachovia


Welcome to the team  


Jun 13, 2008 12:44 am
FuturesBroker:

I found the interview process very long and drawn out, I've had four or possibly five phone interviews, including the role-play.  It has been going on for weeks, in the meantime Merrill Lynch has made an offer, would it even be worth meeting with the branch manager (finally) as I've heard Merrill compensation is among the best for newbies and I'm turned off by Wach's protocol?



That many phone interviews and you haven't met the branch manager yet?  Merrill definitely has a good training program, as does Wachovia, but Merrill also has higher benchmarks to hit to keep from getting the boot.

What was the compensation that Merrill offered?  Make sure you do meet the branch managers you're considering before you make your decision - put yourself in the environment that you feel you would work best in. 

Jun 13, 2008 4:36 am

Thanks



So far I'm dead impressed. The branch manager has been a good guy, I appreciate his candor, and I have never seen people get things done so expediently. They reimbursed me for my finger printing in less than 36 hours, they have my computer ordered, they were amazingly thorough on my background check, and even if only a 2 minute conversation they have been there to answer my questions through the process.



So far my impression is overwhelmingly positive.

Jul 7, 2008 11:29 pm

Congratulations.

If you don't mind me asking, did you have any other offers before you started there? I'm in CA so the WB name is new out here, so I'm concerned about recognition.

Jul 8, 2008 5:48 pm
OrDieTrying:

Thanks

So far I'm dead impressed. The branch manager has been a good guy, I appreciate his candor, and I have never seen people get things done so expediently. They reimbursed me for my finger printing in less than 36 hours, they have my computer ordered, they were amazingly thorough on my background check, and even if only a 2 minute conversation they have been there to answer my questions through the process.

So far my impression is overwhelmingly positive.

 
Wow think that is fast 
 
See how fast they can run you out of the building and fill your seat 
Jul 8, 2008 5:51 pm
OrDieTrying:

Thanks

So far I'm dead impressed. The branch manager has been a good guy, I appreciate his candor, and I have never seen people get things done so expediently. They reimbursed me for my finger printing in less than 36 hours, they have my computer ordered, they were amazingly thorough on my background check, and even if only a 2 minute conversation they have been there to answer my questions through the process.

So far my impression is overwhelmingly positive.

 
Wow that is fast
 
You will be really impressed by there speed when they run you out of the building and fill your seat in less then two hours