Northern Trust Interview Questions

Updated 27 Oct 2014
Updated 27 Oct 2014
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    Client Reporting Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Northern Trust.

    Interview Details

    Really easy interview as it was for temp position. They only had few technical questions but mainly they where focusing on my personality. So the interview was one of the most pleasant this far.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you understand what happens if company decides to split their stock.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    PWC Corporate Tax Compliance Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Northern Trust in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through PWC web portal - was invited to interview with 2 managers. The interview lasted approx 2.5 hours and consisted of a case study - provided with set of accounts and some additional info and asked to write down all my thoughts with regards to corporation tax and any additional info required.

    Interview Questions
    • All questions were competency based and around the key core values of PWC. Tell me about a time when .......leadership,difficult situation, morals, teamwork etc etc   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Offer was below my expected salary

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Northern Trust.

    Interview Details

    It was a long and tiring interview. There were 3 people on the interview panel and it was 30 minutes with each person separately. Each interviewer pretty much started bombarding me with questions, and most of the questions were the same! So I had to answer the same questions several times! For instance, I had to go through my CV three times.

    They didn't do a good job explaining the role. The level of trust was low, after each answer I could see the interviewer's facial expression, as if I was making up the answers or lying!!
    Sometimes I felt that their mind was somewhere else, as they repeated the same question multiple times!!

    Instead of setting an appropriate and relaxed tone for the interview, so I could be comfortable in order to be able to present myself, they just put pressure on me and it consequently had a negative effect on my performance (particularly one of the interviewers did it a lot, the two others were more professional and friendly).

    All in all, not a good representation of Northern Trust, the recruiters/HR should know that the experience of candidates (both successful & unsuccessful) at each stage of the recruitment process is likely impact on their image of the organisation.

    I was not successful but after seeing those people I am glad that I did not get the job!

    HR is the company's face and they are the first people from the company that candidates meet and therefore their conduct at the interview is very important for the company's image (At least a smile would have been helpful!).

    Interview Questions
    • Open-ended questions:
      1- How did you deal with an arrogant manager in your previous job?
      2-What was the toughest challenge you’ve ever faced?
      3 - Describe your ideal company, job and department
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chorley, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chorley, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Northern Trust in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    A Lovely company, people very friendly, interviewee gave a detailed account of what the company stood for. Also explained the job in detail, the amount of staff on each team, the importance of the role and a few problem areas that would needed to be kept on top off. She explained everything in great detail, leaving me no questions that I needed to ask. So hence, one stupid mistake I think I made was asking if they closed over the Xmas period, just so that I had a question to ask!!!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    GOLD Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Northern Trust in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the Northern Trust Gold Program in early March and got a response from the recruitment team on the 28th of March. As i had no internet in my house for a week I did not realise the company had sent me an email to be interviewed in that same week. However HR was sympathetic and allowed me to reschedule.
    After several attempts to book a time slot to match the HR schedule and my own (I currently work at another bank) we finally agreed for 12:30pm on a Monday. Initially i was told the interview would last 20 mins, but in the last email I exchanged she said it would be 10mins instead!

    I prepared myself prior the interview pretty well! Since I was at work I had to find a quiet and discrete location for the phone interview to take place. Nonetheless, all of this was in vain as the HR recruiter called me 20 mins prior the established time (its not like she did not know I was working), so I found that quite disrespectful.
    As soon as I picked up the phone she went right at it, which meant i had to run out of the office! The only thing is, where I work there is poor network connection, so she had to repeat questions tonnes of times....and we actually lost connection at one point!

    I was dissapointed not so much by the fact that we lost connection but by the fact that I told her as soon as I picked up that I was at the office and she was early. Again i didnt event get a reply...she just went straight to the questions.

    Is this the way you seek for talented individuals? To be honest I think she was having a bad day and wanted to go for lunch earlier...since from the second we started speaking she seemed like she wanted to hangup.
    All in all not a good representation of Northern Trust, Im sure (hope) she doesnt represent the rest of the employees.

    Questions asked:
    1. Tell me a bit about yourself
    2. What is your biggest passion
    3. What do you know about the organisation (i.e. explain what they do)
    4. What was your biggest achievement
    5. What part of your role do you think would be most dyre?

    Interview Questions
    • What is your biggest passion?   View Answer
    • What do you think Will be the most dyre part of your role?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    GOLD Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Northern Trust in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview: Called at the right time, no problems, interviewer was friendly and asked competency based questions.

    Biggest achievements? Working out a problem as part of a team? Someone who screwed up the team and how you got around it? Why do you want to join Northern Trust? Tell me about yourself?

    Passed that and was invited to numerical and verbal reasoning test (Talent Q).

    Numerical test: definitely the most difficult out of the ones I'd done already, wasn't in the right frame of mind for it so I screwed it up, would recommend really reading all the information given, you're not given any help with the answers like the other multiple choice tests (you're given about a 20 options here).

    Verbal Reasoning: same old same old, read the information and make conclusions from there.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you think you'd be good for us?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Investment Rotational Track Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Northern Trust.

    Interview Details

    On Campus interview which they read off a sheet of paper asking straight up behavioral questions. Nothing difficult. They would ask "tell me a time you have been challanged", "tell me a time you have ran into a problem with a group member and how did you solve it". Wasn't a very interesting interview because they just asked question after question.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    GOLD Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I interviewed at the Chicago Office during my internship with managers in the specific area I applied into. There was only on technical question and everything was behavioral. Most interviews were just conversations and not difficult at all.

    Interview Questions
    • List off all the working capital accounts on a statement of cash flows.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    GOLD Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    2 rounds of interviews before final decision. The process a couple of weeks. There were multiple interviews and a business case study. Most of the questions were behavioral, asking about why Northern Trust. A few basic market questions

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Northern Trust in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was walk-in drive . first round was about writing about anything and speak the same for 2 minutes.
    they declared result their only . after that 2nd round that was aptitute test for 60 minutes which includes reasoning English and maths. 3rd round was HR round in which they as question like what is mutual fund,derrivatives, sebi,ect with explanation. and last round was managerial round.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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