Hiring Process & Tips

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Our online application process enables us to efficiently track, manage and respond to your application in a consistent and timely manner. Use the Apply button from any job description to submit your CV online. Available roles across regions can be searched by location and job family. Upon submission of your CV, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we strive to identify and select the best candidate for each role. As part of our assessment process, we use competency-based interviews to measure key aptitudes, attributes and values that an individual should demonstrate to be successful in the job. The number of interviews will vary by role and line of business.

Global Talent Acquisition Process

  1. Candidates should search and apply for the positions in which they are interested, possess the skills and match the minimum job requirements.
  2. Our recruiting team will review all applications and contact those who best suit the role. In the case of unsuccessful applications, candidates will be notified.
  3. The assessment and selection process varies between lines of business. A member of the recruitment team will make the process clear to each candidate.
  4. All candidates will be required to present proof of identification, address and eligibility to work in the European Economic Area during the assessment and selection process. Only original documents will be accepted.
  5. If an offer is extended, background checks must be initiated for all external hires or rehires prior to start date. This includes the following checks: criminal record bureau, education, credit history, fraud database and references. Applicants being hired to support certain lines of business may also be required to complete additional compliance checks prior to their start date.
  6. If no suitable vacancy is available at the point of application, an applicant’s details will be kept on file for review against future opportunities.

Interview Preparation

The purpose of face-to-face interviews is for us to get to know you more, and for you to get to know more about us.

Pre-Interview Preparation

It is important that you prepare well for an interview. You won’t be declined for a position because you prepared too much. A few key points to consider are:

  • Know the company. It is a basic interview question that can easily be conquered. Make sure to research Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s focus, values, history and culture. You can find this information on our website.
  • Know your CV. There is nothing more embarrassing than being asked a question about your CV and being unable to answer it.
  • Read the job description. Understanding the position for which you are applying is as important as knowing your own CV. Look at the job description and try to anticipate the type of questions you could be asked; prepare examples to demonstrate your expertise or experience.
  • Practice. If you will be taking a test as part of the interview process (technical, numerical etc.), practice. There are a number of free applications online you can use. Also practice your answers to interview questions – although not too much, you don’t want to sound over-rehearsed.
  • Keep up to date with the market. Ensure that you are aware of and understand any industry/position specific ’hot topics’. Read the financial press to help you to keep up to date.
  • Know the location. Ensure you know the exact location of the interview. Know the closest train station, print off a map. If needed, do a ’dummy-run’. Ensure you have contact details for the interviewer, the switchboard or your agency, in case you are running late.
  • Prepare interview questions. Being able to ask thoughtful questions is another opportunity to demonstrate your skills and understanding. Think about what would be important to you if you were in the role, the team or the department and prepare several appropriate questions.

Interview Day

  • Dress appropriately. Wear appropriate business attire.
  • Allow plenty of travel time. Give yourself enough time to get to the interview location. If you are running late, call in advance to advise the interviewer. Remember that arriving too early can have a detrimental effect; 5 -10 minutes before your interview is plenty of time.
  • Switch off your mobile phone.
  • Body language. Be conscious of your body language throughout the interview. Interviewers take note of a firm handshake, good posture, eye contact and a smile.
  • Communication. Structure your answers in a clear and concise manner. Do not exaggerate or stretch the truth. Most importantly, make sure you answer the question you are asked.
  • Relax. Try to relax as much as possible. You have been selected for an interview because your CV reflected skills and experience that the hiring manager is seeking. The interview is not an interrogation or a test; it is a get to know you session. The calmer and more relaxed you are, the more likely you are to present yourself in a positive manner.

What to expect if you are offered a job

  1. Upon receipt of your returned contract, a representative from the Onboarding team will contact you to initiate the background checks. 
  2. Background checks include (subject to applicable laws and regulations):
    • Employment verification
    • Educational and professional qualifications verification
    • Criminal record check
    • Credit/Bankruptcy/Insolvency/Collections and default checks 
    • Global sanctions lists
    • Identify verification/Identity check
    • Media search
    • Directorship/Conflict of interest checks
    • Politically exposed persons check
    • Civil litigation searches
  3. Upon completion of your background checks, your Onboarding contact will confirm your start date.
  4. If the position you are hired into requires regulatory approval, or internal certification or the equivalent in your country, you will be notified. In some instances this will be required to be completed prior to your start date.