Career summary

Details for New Accounts Clerks


Description

Interview persons desiring to open bank accounts. Explain banking services available to prospective customers and assist them in preparing application form.

Tasks

  • Answer customers' questions and explain available services, such as deposit accounts, bonds, and securities.
  • Compile information about new accounts, enter account information into computers, and file related forms or other documents.
  • Inform customers of procedures for applying for services, such as ATM cards, direct deposit of checks, and certificates of deposit.
  • Perform teller duties as required.
  • Refer customers to appropriate bank personnel to meet their financial needs.
  • Interview customers to obtain information needed for opening accounts or renting safe-deposit boxes.
  • Collect and record customer deposits and fees and issue receipts, using computers.
  • Investigate and correct errors upon customers' request, according to customer and bank records.
  • Execute wire transfers of funds.
  • Perform foreign currency transactions and sell traveler's checks.
  • Process loan applications.
  • Obtain credit records from reporting agencies.
  • Issue initial and replacement safe-deposit keys to customers, and admit customers to vaults.
  • Duplicate records for distribution to branch offices.
  • Schedule repairs for locks on safe-deposit boxes.

Interests

  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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