Edward Jones Phone Screen and Interview

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Feb 1, 2010 7:45 pm

Hey all - I've read the forums and am aware of all the bad parts of Edward Jones, but I still think it's the right path for me.



I've got my phone screening this Wednesday, and one of the FA's I've met with said that this is the segment of the interview process with the highest washout rate.



What should I expect? My recruiter told me they will be going over my application and the rights and responsibilities of an FA - do they ask the behavioral type questions here, too, or is that during the phone interview?



My background - young twenties, military veteran, no official sales experience, outgoing, sociable, passion for this industry, GED, one year of college.



Any suggestions on getting to the next step?

Feb 1, 2010 7:55 pm

Welcome to the forum.

We have a search function that we have affectionately termed "ROOGLE" in the upper right corner. 

Your question can likely be answered by using that search function.

Get ready for a lot of sarcasm, people picking on you, and general all around fun at your expense.  The only reason I gave you a pass is because you mentioned you are a fellow veteran. 

Good luck, and have fun.

Feb 1, 2010 9:14 pm

Hi -

 
I'm a Navy veteran from 1983.  I went through my first phone interview last week and the second is tomorrow.
 
During the first phone interview, it's pretty basic.  They're going to do most of the talking.  You can research the company on the Internet and ask many questions. 
 
The second is the behavioral interview.  They're looking for somebody that can think and make decision's with independence - a leader with an "A" type personality. 
Feb 1, 2010 10:08 pm

GED?  Your overqualified!  JK  Answer every question that you have a lot of energy, love talking to people and are self motivated. 

Feb 2, 2010 8:32 am

If you can get the interviewer to buy a bond from you during the first call - you're golden.

Feb 4, 2010 8:10 pm
cscholberg:

Hey all - I've read the forums and am aware of all the bad parts of Edward Jones, but I still think it's the right path for me.

I've got my phone screening this Wednesday, and one of the FA's I've met with said that this is the segment of the interview process with the highest washout rate.

What should I expect? My recruiter told me they will be going over my application and the rights and responsibilities of an FA - do they ask the behavioral type questions here, too, or is that during the phone interview?

My background - young twenties, military veteran, no official sales experience, outgoing, sociable, passion for this industry, GED, one year of college.

Any suggestions on getting to the next step?


I did my second interview on Tuesday.  After the interview, the individual stated, "I have to review all your response's.  We'll get notify you if either way in the next 3-5 days by mail".  I gave up on the position and stuck with my current employment.
Feb 5, 2010 1:21 am

Thanks for the replies everyone!



At the end of the phone screen, the hiring specialist scheduled the phone interview with me. Success! She said the interview will consist of behavior-based questions and specific examples.



Does anyone know specific questions they ask? Or have any guidelines to be fully prepared? I'm free enough to devote the entire next few days before the interview to preparing for it.

Feb 5, 2010 1:38 am
cscholberg:

Thanks for the replies everyone!



At the end of the phone screen, the hiring specialist scheduled the phone interview with me. Success! She said the interview will consist of behavior-based questions and specific examples.



Does anyone know specific questions they ask? Or have any guidelines to be fully prepared? I'm free enough to devote the entire next few days before the interview to preparing for it.



Tell me about a time when you faced a challenge?
Tell me about a time in your life when you struggled?
What do you do when it's 8 p.m. and the streetlights are coming on and you need one more contact? Do you keep going and then go home and write thank you cards or do you quit?

They want to hear that you are a positive, determined person who has a history of achieving success despite obstacles.

Feb 5, 2010 6:01 am

Do the interview in your underwear. Nothing is more badass than getting a job when you are naked.

Feb 5, 2010 9:06 am
SometimesNowhere:

Do the interview in your underwear. Nothing is more badass than getting a job when you are naked.



Isn't that the Katie Couric strategy for career success?

Feb 5, 2010 9:30 am
SometimesNowhere:

Do the interview in your underwear. Nothing is more badass than getting a job when you are naked.

 
Doing it naked AND drunk.
Feb 5, 2010 9:58 am

I did my EJ phone interview hung over with half a can of dip in my mouth.  Naked, with Halo 2 playing.

Feb 5, 2010 10:05 am

Hahahaha.

Feb 9, 2010 9:26 am

Okay guys, here goes the interview. Will update when I get back.

Feb 9, 2010 10:08 am

You don't have a hair on your balls if you don't do that interview naked.

Feb 9, 2010 11:06 am

Okay guys, they said they will contact me by the end of the week. Unlike the phone screen, where they judge if they will move forward or not by the phone screen only, this is a comprehensive review. They review the application, the personality assessment, the phone screen, and the interview, and decide based on all of this if they should move forward or not. The reason this is more serious than the last few steps is that the background check starts next, so I imagine they want to make sure they don't spend the money on unnecessary candidates.



Hopefully I hear back good news!

Feb 9, 2010 12:25 pm
cscholberg:

Okay guys, they said they will contact me by the end of the week. Unlike the phone screen, where they judge if they will move forward or not by the phone screen only, this is a comprehensive review. They review the application, the personality assessment, the phone screen, and the interview, and decide based on all of this if they should move forward or not. The reason this is more serious than the last few steps is that the background check starts next, so I imagine they want to make sure they don't spend the money on unnecessary candidates.

Hopefully I hear back good news!

 
Hmmm, okay a comprehensive assessment.....
 
I'll buy that....
 
 
 
Feb 9, 2010 12:33 pm

Ummm, I got a call back thirty minutes later telling me they were making me an offer.  THEN they did the background check.

Feb 9, 2010 12:59 pm
Moraen:

Ummm, I got a call back thirty minutes later telling me they were making me an offer.  THEN they did the background check.

 
Same here...I was hired contingent upon the Background check & Drug Test.   Had to sweat through it...
Feb 9, 2010 1:55 pm
suspended:
Moraen:

You don't have a hair on your balls if you don't do that interview naked.



Who has hair? I shave. It makes it look bigger

 
It's THAT small that HAIR makes it look smaller?  Irish curse?  Sorry dude.