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Vague All Around Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Primerica
Interview Details – Met district manager at a job fair and gave resume. Called in a few weeks asking for me to come visit (more than 2 hour drive for me each way). Was not content with phone or skype interview. After looking at many of the reviews on this website had further questions (salary, what I would be doing, etc.), district manager was mad that I looked online about company and overall vague and rude. I then emailed and called off the interview and stuff.
Very Easy Interview
No Title Given Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Primerica in March 2014.
Interview Details – A couple days after posting my resume online I received an unsolicited call about a job opportunity for leadership and growth in my area. The man on the phone was fairly insistent about setting up an interview with two options for what worked for his schedule.
the interview itself was a sales pitch for learning more about Primerica, it was some softball interview questions and more about connecting on a personal level. There was no talk of salary or commission but the word opportunity came up at least a dozen times. At no point was a position title discussed, only scheduling for a client seminar.
The whole experience had the ring of a being no different than a pyramid scheme.
Interview Question – Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't find on your resume. Answer Question
Transitional Leadership Development Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Primerica in January 2014.
Interview Details – The process took two weeks with three rounds of interview. The first round took approximatelly half hour with the recruiter one by one. The second round was the presentation from Primerica's manager and took roughly two hours. After the presentation, candidates were asked to apply for the third round or decline. The third round of interview was with the same recruiter as the first one and could take from 20minutes to one hour. The decision was made after the third round.
The interview questions were easy, mostly about resume and how you would fit to Primerica. All people I met there were very friendly and kind. It seems like a great place to start your career.
Interview Question – Be prepare to asnwer all questions about the company. What do they do? What is their focus? How does the market look? .. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Sales Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Primerica in September 2013.
Interview Details – I received a call after they saw my resume on monster. He made it seem like he wanted me to work with him in a team leader position.
When I got to the interview he showed me a presentation and kept telling how they change peoples lives. The interview had nothing to do with me and more about what a great company they were. The position was to be an agent to sell their products not a team leader.
Interview Question – What did you enjoy about your last job? It's the only questions they asked me. Answer Question
Mid Level Management/Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Primerica in August 2012.
Interview Details – I had a horrible recruitment process. I was contacted by a man the West Chester, OH location. He said he was looking for people like me with no financial background b/c of my interpersonal skills. I came in and had a preliminary interview with the Senior Regional Leader, and a orientation of what the company does, along with other applicants. I then scheduled a followup interview.
During the weekend though I did some research and found some concerns I wanted to address before meeting . Some said online that the work was purely commission-based and did not provide a client list, requiring the use of "warm markets" or one's own family and friends. The presentation had alluded to some commission but did not mention if there was/was not a base salary. I tried calling both contacts multiple times throughout the weekend and Monday but no one picked up.
Finally, less than 3 hours from my interview, the recruiter called back and said he had received my questions and said we should not meet b/c I had concerns and did not match his background. This did not add up b/c he had told me before on the phone, and the orientation had reiterated, that they company was looking for people OUTSIDE the financial sector. ("It is much easier to teach people the proper financial skills than to teach them interpersonal skills"). Then when I called him out on it and asked for the answers to my questions he just said, "Yeah, well... have a good day, best of luck". I just wanted this issue to be resolved as it was very rude, unprofessional, and two-faced. Either he was lying to me that the company was looking for people outside the financial sector before, or he was lying to me that they weren't just to avoid answering my questions. If it was the former then he made me come in and waste my time to interview for a position he knew I could not/would not get. If it was the latter, your employees need to be more professional and also be more forthright as to if positions are commission-based and if clients are required to bring in their own markets, BEFORE an interview. It would have been a waste of time for me to get dressed up in a suit and drive 30 minutes, just to find out that there were hidden requirements to the job.
Very Easy Interview
Sales Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Primerica in June 2012.
Interview Details – I should have noticed the red flags right away. They sit you down in a room with multiple chairs and then begin with a powerpoint presentation. The powerpoint presentation lasted nearly an hour and fifteen minutes and was more of a lecture that ended in them trying to sell me a job. The topping on the cake was the pay structure which increasingly sounded like a pyramid scheme. Avoid this company so they do not waste as much of your time as they did of mine.
Very Easy Interview
Financial Advisor Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Primerica in March 2012.
Interview Details – A recruiter reached out to a co-worker of mine who subsequently asked if it would be OK for him to give the recruiter my info. Having a brief idea of what Primerica does, I was a little skeptical, but I told him to go ahead. Within 5 minutes of of forwarding my resume (to a 'recruiter' with a gmail address, not @primerica...) I received a call that I let go to voice mail. (Indeed, from the recruiter, but from a Georgia area code)
Before calling the recruiter back I tried to find more information about the position via Primerica's career site. They had no jobs posted in VA, DC, or MD.
So I call the recruiter back the next day and we chat. Turns out he wanted to bring me in that same day for an in person interview. However, this is before even asking me ANYTHING about my background, resume, or career goals. The very first thing he led off was, "Can you come in for an interview today?" After deferring to another time, he proposes Saturday morning (2 days away). At this point I'm pretty sure what this is all about, but he's very enthusiastic about bringing me in and showing me to the other general managers in the office on Saturday. Then, he finally asks what I'm looking to get out of my next job. I give a standard reply and he assures me this position will exactly fit my desires. That was pretty much the extent of the phone interview since he confirmed the location of the Herndon office and said he looked forward to meeting me on Saturday. It was hard to understand him during our entire conversation, and in hindsight he must have been calling from his cell phone because he did make a passing reference to "not having to work at a desk in months"
Shortly after letting this all sink in, I write the recruiter back and tell him I do not believe this position is right for me and to please remove me from further consideration. In reply I receive a fairly condescending email telling me to not believe what I "obviously" read online that Primerica is a scam and that I should look up which company has the highest earners.
I don't believe the company is a scam, and hadn't paid any mind to similar claims I did indeed see when doing initial research. However, I do believe that it is a line of work that is primarily for certain kinds of people. Having friends in similar marketing type positions, I agree that if you're outgoing, ambitious, and have a strong desire to succeed you could make much more than a traditional 9-5 job. They seem to have frequent interviews, or "open houses", which are likely mass presentations. Indeed, when I asked how long this interview would be he mentioned that a portion would be in Herndon and then if I liked what I heard he would take me to another location for further interviewing.
Interview Question – What are you looking to get out of your next job? Answer Question
Interview? Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Primerica in September 2011.
Interview Details – Interview? What interview? I met representatives at a job fair, specifically stating what type of position I was looking for. I was then contacted to have a face-to-face interview, on a Saturday at a location over 50 miles away. I figured, okay, at least I won't have the traffic to deal with.
Had difficulty finding the office, finally got directions from a competitor nearby. Go upstairs, am asked to wait and go get coffee (none in office, had to exit the building and go to Dunkin Donuts). Had 2 minutes with the interviewer where I did the right things, asked questions about the company, started a dialog. (I did my research on the company.) I then was sent to a room to see a presentation on the company. HOURS later, I finally get to meet the interviewer again. I believed we would now be discussing the position that I believed they were looking to hire me for.
Not quite! As others had said, they don't hire people, they want you as part of their multi-level marketing tree. Sorry, but I left sales over 25 years ago, and this is purely commission-based where you have to get your own leads. Kept pushing the money you can make as a "business owner". Thanks, but no thanks. Nowhere on their web site is their business model defined - and when you ask during the interview, they will dance around it.
My suggestion to other candidates - unless you specifically want to become a business owner selling insurance and financial assistance, decline when they call.
Interview Question – How would you feel about making money for yourself? Answer Question
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