New York Life
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New York Life Agent Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jan 27, 2014
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Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at New York Life.

Interview Details – Applied through school. Several interviews before getting job offer. Driven but friendly environment.

Interview Question – What are three characteristics you have that make you good for this job?   Answer Question

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Lawton, OK

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Life in February 2012.

Interview Details – It's a multiple-interview process to ensure candidates and NYL are a good fit for each other. Not for everybody.

Interview Question – Can't recall. Very natural conversation.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Edina, MN

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at New York Life in August 2013.

Interview Details – 4 interviews with projects (homework) to prepare for the next. Your work must be satisfactory just to advance to the next interview. This involves interviewing family, friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances to prepare. They also test your skills to identify places or businesses as sales opportunities. One of the most challenging processes I've been through but the opportunity is great if it is a good fit for you. It turned out to not be for me.

Interview Question – Do you see yourself as "Culturally Mobile"?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, you start part time with no base salary, only commission.

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Southfield, MI

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at New York Life in January 2010.

Interview Details – I was recruited in by another agent who gave management my resume. I was then called in by a partner and interviewed. The interview was pretty straight forward, and more time was spent explaining the company and job duties, than questions directed towards me. At the end of the interview, I was offered the job by going through the training program.

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 10 year?   Answer Question

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Columbia, SC

I applied online - interviewed at New York Life in September 2012.

Interview Details – 3 interviews: Introduction, Compensation, Contract

Interview Question – Are you an entrepreneur?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiations, pay is commission +bonus

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Boston, MA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at New York Life in December 2011.

Interview Details – I forget if it is a 4 or 5 step interview process. First two interviews get you familiar with the company and industry to see if you'd be a good fit. Beyond that it's about you and how you would fit.

Interview Question – With no background in the financial industry, why do you feel you would be a good fit at New York Life?   Answer Question

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Waltham, MA

I applied through other source - interviewed at New York Life in July 2012.

Interview Details – The interview took about 4 visits but I was determined to get tired anywhere

Interview Question – The agonizing long hours put into the interview can be annoying   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – If you would like to strive to make 6 figures, then be patience with the interviews

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Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at New York Life.

Interview Details – Usually 5 interviews before they invite you to join.

Interview Question – How much of our business do you think is based solely on peoples mortality?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They really do not allow you to negotiate, its more like take it or leave it...its all about the "unlimited earning potential"....

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Bala Cynwyd, PA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at New York Life in August 2011.

Interview Details – The interview process with New York Life is very long. I had 5 different interviews and they easily could have been consolidated into 3.

They illustrate the steps needed to be successful and after being there for a while they were right on the mark.

They make you "prove" yourself before offering you full time status which I agree with, it weeds out the slackers.

Interview Question – They want you to complete 15 interview with people as part of the process. At first I thought that was a little too much but now I see that this helps gauge a prospective agents commitement.   Answer Question

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Bala Cynwyd, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at New York Life.

Interview Details – Each general office has it's own culture so it's important to join a successful office with a competent management staff. This can be simply acquired by finding out how many "Partners" are at the office. The interview process should usually consist of four meetings. The first meeting consists of understanding the company. Afterwards, a self assessment homework assignment is given to be completed for the second interview to determine whether or not this career is the right fit. The third interview consists of the explanation of compensation and training bonuses. The fourth meeting is the sign up process and three months of training or minimum sales before going full time.

Interview Question – What do you expect your annual income to be in the first year? 5 years?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – This hiring process is dependent on individual managers/partners. They seek highly motivated and qualified individuals to join their team.

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