Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the frequently asked questions about working at First Midwest. 

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How do I search open positions and requirements?

Visit our website at and click on the “Work For Us” link which will bring you to our Career site. Next, click on “Open Positions” to view all open opportunities. When you find a title of interest to you, click on the title to view the job description and requirements.

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How do I apply for a position?

When you find a position of interest to you, click on the title to open the job details page and then scroll to the bottom of the page. In the bottom right-hand corner you will see the “Apply On-line” link. Click on “Apply On-Line” to begin the application process. Note: Before applying, you should carefully review the job posting to ensure that you possess the requirements for the job.

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Do I have to complete an application?

Yes, everyone who applies for a position is required to complete an application. Any required information is denoted with an asterisk (*). However, the more information you provide, the easier it will be to effectively evaluate your skills. Please note that any incomplete applications will not be considered.

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How long does it take to fill out an application online?

This can vary based on your previous years of experience; however, we would suggest you allow a minimum of 30 minutes to complete the full application.

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Why does First Midwest Bank use an online application process?

Completing an online application does more than save trees to make a greener environment. The online process offers applicants many benefits such as:

  • Viewing of open positions online 24 hours a day/7 days per week
  • Opportunity to apply for any open position 24/7
  • Applicants only need to complete their basic application information one time and have the ability to update their profile/information or apply to additional jobs without having to complete a new application each time.

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Do I need to create an account to browse job openings?

No, you do not need to create an account to browse job openings.

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Do I need to create an account to apply for a position?

Yes. Once you click on “Apply On-line” you will be required to create a candidate profile. Do so by clicking on “Click here to create a new account”. Once you create an account you will be able to apply for any position(s) that interests you.

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How do I submit a resume?

When you create an account on our career website, you can upload your resume as an attachment and/or copy and paste it into your profile.

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Can I submit my resume without applying for a specific position?

No. You must apply for a specific position in order to submit your resume.

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What if I do not have a resume?

A resume is not required; however, in the “Resume” section of the candidate profile, you should summarize your work history.

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What if I can't log into my account?

If you forget your password, click on the forgotten password link on the login screen and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address you supplied. If you cannot remember your email address, you must create a new account or contact the Recruitment Department by sending an email to

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What if I do not own a computer?

You can submit your application from any computer with internet access (school, library, etc.).

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If I have trouble completing my profile and/or application online, is there another way to submit my information? Can I submit my resume to my local branch?

You may mail your resume to our corporate offices at One Pierce Place, Suite 1500, Itasca, IL, 60143, attention Employee Resources or email it to However, you will still be required to complete an online application if you are chosen to move forward with the interview process.

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Will I be considered for other positions when applying for a specific position? Will I be contacted if my qualifications match a newly opened position?

We encourage you to apply directly for each position of interest to you and for which you are qualified. Due to the large number of inquiries that we receive, we cannot contact applicants when other positions become available that match their qualifications. Please visit our employment site frequently for newly opened positions.

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How do I update/change my contact information, email address, resume and password? How often can I update my profile?

Log into your account and you can update any personal information, attach a new resume or change your password. You may update your profile as often as you would like.

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How do I know if you received my application?

You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received.

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How often are new jobs listed?

Positions are updated as soon as an opening becomes available, often on a daily basis.

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If a job was posted a few weeks ago and remains on the employment site, is it really still open?

Yes, jobs are removed as they are filled. If a job is listed on our employment website, it is still open.

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Where can I find information on benefits available to employees?

As a regular full-time or regular part-time employee of First Midwest, you are eligible to participate in and choose from a comprehensive package of health benefits. Click here for a listing of those benefits.

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Is there opportunity for advancement within First Midwest Bank?

Yes, open positions are posted on First Midwest’s Intranet to enable employees to apply for positions. It is the intent of First Midwest to promote from within when possible.

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Is diversity important to First Midwest Bank?

Yes, it has been and will continue to be the policy of First Midwest Bank to be an equal opportunity employer and promote a diverse workplace. Click here to visit Diversity and Inclusion.

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What are the lines of businesses that an employee could work within?

First Midwest Bank is comprised of three lines of business, which are all essential to the Bank’s financial success: Commercial, Retail, and Operations.


  • Commercial Sales/Lending
  • Commercial Real Estate Group
  • Agricultural Banking
  • Cash Management
  • Business Banking
  • Trust
  • E-Commerce
  • Commercial Credit (includes Special Assets and Loan Review)


  • Branch Management
  • Personal Banking
  • Teller Line
  • On-the-job Banking
  • Retail Investments
  • Mortgage Services
  • Channel Management
  • Retail Sales Administration 


  • Accounting/Finance
  • Treasury
  • Employee Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Planning and Research
  • Compliance
  • Marketing
  • Corporate Project Management
  • General Services/Procurement
  • Credit Operations
  • Loan Operations
  • Deposit Operations
  • Branch Operations
  • BSA/Security

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Once I submit an application, what happens and what are the steps in the interview process?

After you submit an application:

  1. A member of the Recruitment team will review your background and experience to determine if you meet the requirements of the open position. The best qualified candidates will be contacted for a phone interview.
  2. For most positions, candidates will be asked to complete an on-line assessment.
  3. If you are a match on the assessment, you will be contacted to arrange a telephone or an in-person behavioral based interview with a Recruiter.
  4. If you are chosen to continue in the selection process, the next step will be an interview with the hiring manager. Additional interviews may be required based on the level of the job.
  5. The final step in the process is a background check and drug screen.

NOTE: Contact and communication with each applicant will depend on the number of applicants and the timing of their resume submission in relation to the status of the opening. Due to high levels of interest and quantities of applications, we cannot contact each and every applicant who submits an application.

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What is a Behavioral Interview?

The definition of a First Midwest Bank behavioral interview is a structured series of questions aimed at eliciting behavioral information against specific job-related competencies. This method of interviewing involves the use of open-ended questions. For example: Can you give me an example of a time when. . . .? You may be asked to explain a situation, describe a task, your actions and the result of your actions.

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How much do I have to know about banking/finance during an interview?

This depends on the level of the position. Generally having some basic knowledge about the position for which you are applying and the Bank is recommended. One way to learn more about First Midwest Bank is by reviewing our website.

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What is the new employee on-boarding process?

On the first day of work, new employees report to a regional Employee Resources office to complete their new hire documents. There is a one-day New Employee Orientation class for new hires and it is scheduled within their first month of employment. There are also various training programs and in-house classes set up for different positions within the bank.

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Where can I read more on the financial success of First Midwest Bank?

Click here to learn more about First Midwest Bank’s Investor Relations.

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Is there someone I can call to follow up regarding my interest?

Regretfully, due to the high volume of resumes we receive daily, it is not possible to respond to individual inquiries about the status of each application. You will be contacted directly by a member of Recruitment if you are selected for an interview.

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