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Jul 11, 2006 12:06 am

Can anyone provide any additional info on what kind of questions will be asked? I read a previous thread with a similar question to mine, but there where no responses. Your feedback/sarcasm are welcome. Perhaps BROCK may be able to opine here.



Jul 11, 2006 12:41 am

Really there is no great secret.  They go over your resume and ask a couple general questions. 

1. What do you see yourself doing for the first 2 years to be successful?

2. What makes you qualified to work here?

3. Can you work 60 hours per week?

Just be relaxed.  Something evidently didn't click with what I said, but hopefully you'll do better.  Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Jul 11, 2006 9:53 am

I was ask about my accomplishments and what I have been involved with. I told the interviewer that advisors that do not teach their customers about the products the customers are buying are doing a great disservice as there are a number of folks simply do not understand their investments. Seems like I even said something to the effect that I get really ticked off at the above situation. They moved me on the next step.



Jul 11, 2006 11:33 am

They will also ask about times when you have exceeded expectations and when you have set goals and met them.  Give very detailed answers, they love that stuff.

Jul 11, 2006 12:22 pm
Ask your recruiter about the interviewing managers' backgrounds and preferences. Look up the interviewer's record on the NASD public site.  This will tell you that individual's length of service, previous jobs (both inside and outside of brokerage) and the cities where they've lived.  You may find that you have something in common. 
Never be afraid to answer the question truthfully and directly.  If the answer is going to paint you in a bad light, the worst thing that you can do is hesitate, hedge or hide the truth.  Just answer as briefly as possible without shame.  Try not to "tell a story". Be ready to discuss a business plan.  Your business plan is the most important part of the interview process.  Be sure to have some original thought behind your plan.  What can you do that differentiates you from everybody else? 
Remember that the three worst business plans in the world are:  "I'm gonna do whatever you tell me to do", "I'm gonna do nothing but cold calling", and "I'm gonna do XXX to get me through the first 90 days.  After that, I'm clueless."  (No disrespect to the veterans that got their starts by cold-calling.  Cold calling used to work, but things have changed.)
Anyway, hope this helps.  Good luck with the interviews!  Let us know how things work out.