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How we hire.

Here at Schwab, we’re all about giving people the tools they need to own their future. That’s why we’ve created this guide, which provides a step-by-step breakdown of our hiring process, in addition to giving you the resources to prepare for an interview.

Read through each section below to discover how you can find your job fit, update your resume, submit your application, and bring your best self to the interview. Also, be sure to check out the Commonly Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page for information on how to check your job application status, general hiring timelines, and find answers to other important questions.

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Step 1: Finding your fit  

The journey to building a meaningful, impactful career starts here. Read through each bulleted point to learn how you can find your job fit at Schwab.

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Step 2: Build a candidate profile

Now it’s time to create your candidate profile and update your resume. Read on to find out how you can build a better resume and receive job recommendations that fit your areas of interest.

  • Read our Resume Building Tips for advice on how to highlight your strengths and tailor your resume to career opportunities you feel passionate about.
  • Join our Talent Network to fill out your areas of interest, upload your resume, and create your candidate profile. Once this is completed, you’ll receive engaging, meaningful job recommendations that align with your professional goals and personal values.

Please Note*: Prior to joining our Talent Network or applying for a position, you may remove any information from your resume and/or other documents that would identify your age, date of birth, or dates of attendance at or graduation from an educational institution.

Step 3: Apply

Once your Candidate Profile is up to date, you’re ready to submit your application to a job at Schwab. Don’t worry if you skipped the last step. You can create and update your Candidate Profile when you click “Apply Now” on any open job on our career site.

  • Log into your Talent Network profile to view personalized job recommendations based on your Candidate Profile.
  • Once you have found a career opportunity that fits your interests, skills, and level of experience, hit “Apply.” Your resume and candidate information will automatically be sent to our Talent Advisor team for consideration.
  • Visit our Careers Blog to read Schwabbie stories and discover what it means to be a part of our inclusive, collaborative, and supportive team.
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Step 4: Interview

If you’re selected for an interview, one of our Talent Advisors will reach out to set up an initial phone call and discuss the details of the role. From there, your advisor may inform you that the job requires additional interviews. The total amount of interviews will vary based on the career area, hiring timeline, and job requirements. Your advisor will be there to answer any questions or concerns you have throughout the process.

We know that preparing for a job interview can be intimidating. That’s why we want to provide helpful resources that empower you to put your best foot forward during your talk with a Talent Advisor. 

  • Check out our S.T.A.R. method article for tips on how to prepare for a behavioral-based interview.
  • Take time to learn about the history of Schwab, our culture and values, and why we're considered a disrupter in the financial industry. This resource may also help you define your ‘why’ – what motivates you to be a part of the Schwab team.

Step 5: Offer of employment

You’ve reached the final part of our hiring process! Depending on the number of applicants to the job, this part of the process may take some time to complete. If our team moves forward with your application, a Hiring Manager or Talent Advisor will extend a verbal or written offer. If you accept, you will be required to complete a background check & drug screening before starting your journey at Schwab. It usually takes about two weeks for this part of our hiring process to be completed. 

While you wait to hear from our team, check out the links below to view your application status, read an employee story, or visit the Commonly Asked Questions section of the guide.

Commonly asked questions.

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Q: How long does the entire hiring process take from application to onboarding? 

A: It depends on the role and the team involved in the selection process. We have a highly competitive selection process. Please be patient and leverage your opportunities to network. If you ever have questions during the process, you can check application status by logging into the Talent Network or reply to your assigned Talent Advisor.

Q: Do you perform background checks for all potential employees, and if so, how long does it take to process?

A: Yes, we do. Depending on personal and geographical history, will take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. You will be required to submit a Pre-Employment Drug Test (if applicable) and a Background check which will include criminal history, educational history, residential history, credit history (if applicable), fingerprint processing, and a review of your FINRA licenses (if applicable).

Q: How many people will I interview with?

A: This depends on the role but typically, you will have an initial interview with a Talent Advisor and then an interview with the Hiring Manager; additional interviews may be scheduled depending on the hiring team.

Q: Can I apply to multiple jobs? 

A: Yes. We have no rules regarding how many jobs you can apply for. We ask that you pick a select few that best suit your qualifications.  

Q: I interviewed/applied last year and wasn’t selected. May I reapply?

A: Yes! We encourage candidates to stay persistent and focus on gaining relevant experience. It’s always a good idea to tailor your resume to include your experience that aligns to the job description.

Q: Do I need a finance degree to work at Charles Schwab?

A: Unless the job listing specifically states so, a finance degree is not always required to work at Charles Schwab. This varies from role to role but we highly value candidate experience and motivation. 

Q: Do I have enough experience to apply for this job?

A: At Schwab, we embrace transferrable skillsets. Our job requisitions state required experience or transferrable skills. If you have 90% of what is required, we encourage you to apply! We believe there is a lot more to people (intangibles) than what is on paper.

Q: If I have more questions about the job, who can I talk to?

A: We frequently provide Office Hours with our Talent Acquisition staff. Please check our Virtual Networking page to see when the next one is available! 

Q: After I submit my resume, when will I hear back from Schwab about the position that I expressed interest in?

A: If you are selected for an interview, a Talent Advisor will contact you to schedule a preliminary phone screening. If your response to one or more qualifying questions indicates that you do not meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you will be notified by email. Unfortunately, we are not able to contact each individual about their status.

Q: How can I find out the status of my application?

A: You can find out your application status by logging into the Talent Network, checking your profile and choosing the option “View my job submissions.” The box on the right-hand side will reflect your status:

Applied - your application is pending review
Under Review - your application is being reviewed by a Talent Advisor or Hiring Manager
Interview - pending your meeting with the TA or HM
Offer Extended - you've been selected, pending your review of the offer letter 
Offer Accepted, Pending Background - pending the background check to process
Pending Start - pending your first day with Schwab! 
Hired - pending onboarding!