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New York Life Insurance Sales Agent Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Dec 16, 2013

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Insurance Sales Agent
Melville, NY

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at New York Life in February 2013.

Interview Details – Giving the idea of having a great opportunity at a fortune 100 company, being a sales position the reward may be very beneficial or not. Many people are hired and more people quit, Classes of new agents come every month and teach you about financial products and services. Not many people will be turned away from this position.

Interview Question – Can you handle full commission and be rejected from thousands of people day in and day out?   Answer Question

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Insurance Sales Agent

I applied in-person and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at New York Life in May 2009.

Interview Details – This consisted of three interviews a long way away, one interview with the local office and extensive screening online. One thing about the interviews, they're more like presentations to you. They don't ask very much about you or your history. It's all about explaining the company and what you're expected to do.

Interview Question – There weren't any questions about me   Answer Question

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Insurance Sales Agent Interview

Insurance Sales Agent
Atlanta, GA

I applied through other source - interviewed at New York Life in January 2013.

Interview Details – First met them at a job fair.

They have a 3 interview process.

In the 1st interview, you learn about their business model and take some personality test questions to assess you on different qualities they look for in agents. Overall, it took about an hour. After you leave, you're given homework: fill out an online questionnaire about your personal financials and come up with 10(!) references. I emailed my interviewer a question afterwards, but I never heard back from them.

My 2nd interview wasn't as good. The interviewer called and said I'd get an emailed invite to confirm the interview: never got it. I emailed them the day of the interview to see if it was still on, and they wrote back and confirmed. Once I got there, they were not prepared: they thought I was there for a 1st interview, not 2nd. I was asked how many people I knew--how many of my Facebook friends & LinkedIn contacts I actually knew. They gave me a 15 surveys--10 to conduct with my references ("in order for it to be legal, it's a survey: you're not talking about products" is what they said), and 5 that my references referred--to assess your personal market. "Completing these surveys is your ticket to the 3rd interview," I was told. I had a problem asking my references if they would be interested in buying life insurance from me since the wording of the survey sounded like a sales pitch, even if it's a future sales pitch. I had asked a question--"is this a 1099 position?"--which wasn't answered until I was on my way out the door after it was clear there would be no 3rd interview for me.

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Insurance Sales Agent
Boston, MA

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

Interview Details – It is a long interview process (about different interviews). I am scheduled for a second interview with a sr partner. First interview lasted almost two hours and it was with a former sales agent that decided to go into management. So far both interviews have gone well, people are very pleasant and it seems that they want to make sure that you are fully aware of the cons and pros of becoming a financial service consultant (sales person)

Interview Question – What is your biggest achievment. Interview questions are traditional (non behavioral interview questions).   View Answer

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Insurance Sales Agent
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at New York Life in January 2012.

Interview Details – It was a one-on-one meeting followed by a personality test. The meeting is more like a sales pitch and they're vague about what ,if any, salary is offered. The questions were mainly personality based to determine whether you are determined and have the drive necessary to succeed.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work in Financial Services?   Answer Question

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Insurance Sales Agent
Rye, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at New York Life in January 2012.

Interview Details – was reached through my resume posted on careerbuilder.com. was asked to come in. reaced office. waited in lobby. met with interviewee. seemed to talk about her ex-bf too much. asked questions about myself, went over resume. asked details.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Orlando, FL

The process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Life in February 2009.

Interview Details – the interview was average, they ask you basic questions about the financial services industry. Your past sales experience, the amount of contacts you have (expecting between 100-200). Ask about your aspirations to start your own business, etc. Very professional, good interview

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  • Have your or would you ever want to start your own business?   View Answer

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Insurance Sales Agent

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at New York Life in August 2009.

Interview Details – Interviewer asked routine questions about my history, schooling, activities, etc. Then proceeded to give me a history and reasons to consider working for the number one insurance and financial service in the industry. The partner that interviewed me was very pleasant and enjoyable. They seemed very enthusiastic about their job and was very ambitious to add to his team.

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  • Give me an example of a normal day of Sales and your route.   Answer Question
  • How do you feel like you could contribute to New York Life? Why should we consider you?   Answer Question

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Insurance Sales Agent

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at New York Life in February 2010.

Interview Details – Interviewing in progress.

So far I talked on the phone and met with the general partner, who was using some basic scare tactics that I'm bet some newbies like me actually fall for.

Haven't done much more with the process, one reason being the background check requires that I have four references that I've known for over 5 years. I've only been in college for 4, so none of the connections that I've met here qualifies.

I still haven't wrapped my head around how I'm going to get a list of 200 people whom I would consider my natural market (family and friends), and whom I can sell life insurance to (again, I'm 22, and mommy and daddy and friends aren't exactly loaded).

Anyway, it will be some good practice for me to keep on going with the interview. Maybe the private equity group would be a better fit, but that's probably what everybody else is saying. I'll know once I'm done posting, since my free preview of glassdoor ran out.

Interview Question – any sales experience?   Answer Question

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