Got a big interview where you’ll be applying as a Trust Investment Officer? No worries! Here you can find some of the most often asked Trust Investment Officer interview questions along with sample answers. Check them out below (and good luck!)
What experience do you have as a Trust Investment Officer?
Here, you’ll obviously want to speak to your specific skills as they relate to the position you’re applying for. Of course, on the off chance you don’t have any experience in the role, plan ahead and have some examples of tangentially related experience. In this way, you can turn a simple ‘no’ into an opportunity to demonstrate your awareness of related skillsets.
I believe that in order to be an effective x you really require a great deal of y. In college, I worked with z for 2 years and really belive I gained a strong sense of what its like to succeed in x
Things are changing quickly in our industry. What do you feel are the biggest challenges within the role of Trust Investment Officer?
No right or wrong answers here, but certainly an opportunity to demonstrate some foresight. AI, automation, and inexpensive labor are all interesting items to bring up. Regardless of your answer, be sure to have something to backup your responses.
Its hard to know for sure with industry factors such as x and y changing so many things – all I can say is that Im excited for the challenges that come with that
What systems have you developed to reduce/eliminate errors in your work?
While we all make mistakes, accountants can afford no such luxury. While you may be a caped crusader with superhuman error-free work skills, your interviewer won’t buy it. What they’re looking for here is some sort of system of checks and balances.
While it sounds quirky, Ive developed my own system for QA that I call the x – its bailed me out more times than I can remember!
Tell me about a time you used numbers to tell an effective story?
Numbers don’t lie. Here, it isn’t about you being right or a client being wrong, it’s about finding the facts through data. A great example here would be anything relating to a decision where your data made a difference.
In a recent client meeting, by clearly visualizing some key figures we were able to save them $10s of thousands in tax payable.
Has there ever been a time you were required to deliver critical feedback?
One of the most difficult things to dispense – and receive – is critique of work. Anyone who has spent enough time in this industry realizes that human error is part of the job, and no one is perfect. What you’re going to want to do here is be sure to let the interviewer know what you did in reaction to this feedback. Was there ownership of a mistake, or deflection? By showing your cool in the reaction itself, you demonstrate leadership characteristics that employers love.
Ive been on both ends of critical feedback, and clear, consice presnetation of facts is paramount, as is accountability
Detail is critical in our industry – what do feel makes you a detail oriented person, and why?
The devil is in the details – and even more so with accounting! As an accountant, this is a serious requirement. Here, your interviewer is looking for examples.
My careful attention to x and y prevented a major audit last year
Which accounting specific software are you familiar with?
Every modern accounting practice will require some level of proficiency when it comes to software. If your experience lies in a single – or outdated platform, be sure you are familiar with the current standards. Spend a night and compile names of cutting edge platforms, and mention these along with their purpose to your interviewer.
Most of my experience is with x, but I downloaded a demo of y and really think it warrants a closer look
Culture is important to us here. Which style of work enviornment do feel most productive in?
Culture is king these days, and for good reason. Simply put, culture fit means that your values are in alignment with your prospective employer’s. While you may be a chatty extrovert, be mindful of your response here and how it may be perceived by the interviewer.
I succeed when given clear, consise direction and find a balance of solo effort and working alongside a team is when Im most productive
Without revealing too much info – why are you leaving your last job?
This one can be leading, and must be answered carefully. Seeking more money or mentioning the ‘terrible management’ at your last job may leave your interviewer with the wrong impression of you. Even if you were let go, keep it short and concise, and avoid drama at all costs.
It was time for me to move on, and I feel as though I am ready for a new challenge