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New York Life Insurance Agent Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014
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Insurance Agent
Philadelphia, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at New York Life in May 2013.

Interview Details – Easy and plainness. You take a test to see how "motivated" you are to take the job. The interview was a one on one with a New York Life manager. They will review the questionnaire that you answer and proceed to ask a few other questions about availability and experience.

Interview Question – "Are you motivated?" Of course, I wouldn't have applied.   Answer Question

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Insurance Agent
Harrisburg, PA

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at New York Life in August 2010.

Interview Details – An extended process, with at least 6-8 meetings with management. You are expected to wear formal business attire, be punctual, be prepared, First meeting is group meeting, then one on one meetings are held. A formal background check is required. You initial contract offered will be a temporary contract, with a minimum sales quota is required. If this is not met within 6 months, then you will not be offered a formal contract.

Interview Question – You will need to take a test that measured personality   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much to negotiate

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Insurance Sales Agent
Manchester, NH

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at New York Life in January 2013.

Interview Details – Extensive interview process 3 meetings so that you understand fully what you are going to be doing and how you will achieve success, you must also get licensed. I recommend you find a managing partner you enjoy working for it makes the best out of the experience.

Interview Question – There was no difficult or unexpected questions asked, just fully read everything and if you have questions ask.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Nothing is really negotiable.

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Insurance Agent
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at New York Life.

Interview Details – They found my resume on the wed, contacted by phone, set up an interview. Basically they were not interviewing me, but advertising this position, trying to convince me to work for them. Since it was 100% commission based position, i decided not to proceed.

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Insurance Sales Agent Interview

Insurance Sales Agent
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at New York Life in May 2014.

Interview Details – It feels like they are trying to sell the position to me and makes me believe that there are a lot of potentials to make a lot of money.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult to answer   Answer Question

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Insurance Sales Agent
San Francisco, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at New York Life in March 2014.

Interview Details – I went on two interviews with NY Life. I believe they found my resume on Career builder, as they were 1 of about 15 insurance companies to contact me. I liked the people that I met with, thought they were all very nice and personable.
They make it very clear that there is potential to make a lot of money if you work with them.

I definitely felt I was being "sold", rather than being interviewed. I did my homework on the company, but I didn't feel that they did their homework on me.

I was told in my first interview that I had been flagged for a management position. I found out later that the management opportunity wouldn't come for several years.

The position is 100% commission. They will try and skirt any questions about compensation until the 3rd interview.

If this sort of position is your bag. Then go for it. Not for me though.

Interview Question – I was not really asked any traditional interview questions.   Answer Question

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Insurance Sales Agent
Glendale, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at New York Life in March 2014.

Interview Details – The interview process was very different. It started with a personality test that you must pass in order to get a second interview. Next, questions needed to be answered on a computer, and you typed them out rather then speaking face to face. Then after you answered the questions you would talk about your answers in person.

Interview Question – When did you make a bad decision? How did you handle it?   Answer Question

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Insurance Agent
Salem, OR

I applied in-person and interviewed at New York Life.

Interview Details – I met with a NY Life company representative at a career fair, where the representative asked me to complete a personality quiz/skills assessment on a laptop computer he had at the fair. So after siting in the corner and completing the assessment on the laptop, the results were emailed to the rep and I passed. The assessment was mostly geared toward evaluating your level of persistence/sales aggressiveness and what your pre-conceived ideas were concerning insurance agents in general. After chatting and going over my resume with the representative at the career fair, we set a time to meet for a formal interview.

The formal interview took 3 hours. I was not told this would be the case so I had to miss an appointment I'd scheduled for later that day. 90% of the interview was the same NY Life representative talking at me about their company and then "using me as an example" to go through their sales pitch. This amounted to asking personal questions about my marital status ("What members of your family would you need to help out by leaving life insurance money? ...I assume you don't have a spouse or a long-term partner?"), my age ("So at what age do you plan to retire? ...And how many years do you have until then?"), and my current financial situation (how much money I had in my checking, savings, and any assets/liabilities I had). These questions were incredibly invasive and I can honestly say I was so taken aback by the questions that I ended up answering most of them out of shock. I even told him that I'd never had an interview where an employer asked me about my bank account and he just shrugged it of: "Well we're just having fun here, and you are interviewing with a financial agency after all..."

I really can't recommend NY Life. In the end, they seem to care less about the agents they're hiring and more about the company's reputation. I was even told that "When you're starting out, if you clearly don't have much experience, you can't win people over because of who you are or your dedication to the job, you win them over because of the company you work for."

Interview Question – I wasn't expecting to be asked about my financial status and then told what my net worth was according to the interviewing agent.   Answer Question

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Life Insurance Agent Interview

Life Insurance Agent
Myrtle Beach, SC

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

Interview Details – The process involves a series of three interviews with the current manger. They do not care all that much about your previous work history, unless you have worked in the insurance field before. They are very picky with whom they hire and you must look and act professionally to even be considered. Even if you are called back for another interview, that is when they sell you the greed about being an insurance salesman. They are looking for greasy people to push insurance.

Interview Question – How greedy could you be if you were to be hired   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No salary

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Insurance Agent

I applied online and interviewed at New York Life.

Interview Details – Just a bunch of questions

Interview Question – Whos your best friend and why   Answer Question

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