The process took 2 days - interviewed at Prudential in August 2009.
Interview Details –
I sent in my resume thru an online ad and was contacted IMMEDIATELY (within 5 minutes) by
phone to schedule an "interview", which I did for the following week. What they didn't tell me is
that the interview was actually a logic/math test which I had no problem with (BS in Math and
an MBA probably helped...) taken on a laptop.
Some others in the room probably failed it since they didn't stay very long and hardly used a bit
of scratch paper, so it may be hard for someone with just a HS diploma (again, I am assuming
based on looking at applicants and their behavior).
From there was an online "personality" test which I thought was fairly transparent. It would have
been easy to "game" the test. They are looking for aggressive sales types and people who at
least THINK others have a high opinion of their abilities.
Many questions were "how would your last supervisor say you..."
I have to admit that I had already decided I did not want the job based on similar "interviews"
in the past for sales jobs and the fact that I heard two employees talking about what an
a-hole their boss was at that location as I was walking in for the first "interview"/test.
I answered honestly and put a few answers I figured would get me rejected.
Sure enough. Reject e-mail came 4 days later. No human response or followup.
Interview Question –
Some question about people sitting next to each other according to a set of rules like A left of B, C right of A, D within 2 seats of A, etc.
Then having to answer questions like Can A sit in an odd numbered seat? View Answer
I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Prudential in August 2009.
Interview Details – I met the Prudential Hiring manager at a Job Fair. She scheduled an initial interview at their downtown Charlotte office. It turned out to be a brief group information session (with four other candidates) followed by a skills/aptitude/IQ test taken on a laptop PC provided to each of us. The next day, those that scored high enough in the first test received an email with instructions on how to take the online test that evaluates personality and decision-making. The next step is an interview with a senior manager followed up by a background check for those who pass this step.
Interview Question – How do you see yourself in this business after 5 years? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – You are required to get several licenses such as Series 6, etc. Prudential will provide the training/education you need to qualify for the license but there is no compensation for the whole time until you get all the licenses.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Prudential in August 2009.
Interview Details –
I was contacted by the local recruiter via email. After reading over a hundred reviews on sales positions at various companies i.e. farmers, metlife, northwester mutual, etc. I decided Prudential was the best of the group and decided to contact the recruiter and go in for an interview.
The first interview was 1:1 with a relatively young lady who asked me some very basic questions about myself based on the information on my resume. Most of her questions were aimed at my networking ability, work ethic, and commitment. Next she told me a little about the company and asked if I had questions. Following that, I took an aptitude test that lasted about 1.5 hrs. Before I left, I was told to take a personality assessment online within the next 24hrs.
I did extremely well on both and was told to come back in for another meeting with the manager of sales and training about 1 week later. I began to have second thoughts due to my ability to quickly establish networks that would generate sales (college grad/non-local). After talking more with the recruiter I decided to go back in and speak with her concerning those issues. The meeting went well and I committed myself to finishing the interview process.
Next week, I went in and discussed the marketing project. I had 4 days to complete it. Upon completing it I went in to meet with the manger of training and of sales sequentially. Both meetings went extremely well. I learned more about my future bosses and the work atmosphere which I describe as one filled with a strong work ethic, positive thinking, personal growth oriented, and mentorship, which is great if you are a very competitive/durable individual.
About 10-15 mins after I left, I received a phone call from the recruiter who told me they both liked me as a very solid candidate as well as her of course and the next step is to get the ok from the big guy which is pretty much a yes with a nod from all three of them. She even told me the start date.
I'm going back in next week to meet with the big guy and presumably to accept the offer.
In summary its a very intense and through interview process. I can tell this is certainly not a job for the weak hearted.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Prudential in August 2009.
Interview Details – I talked to a recruiter on the phone for 1 week, and then i went into the local office for an interview and test. The test consisted of "choose the best answer" questions. If you score a 55 or better you make it to the next step... and that is where I am
Interview Question – Where do I see myself 5 years from now Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Prudential in June 2009.
Interview Details – I arrived at the office expecting an interview. The person I was supposed to interview with was not there, so I met with someone else for about 5 minutes, then spent an hour taking what was basically a math test. After that I left, and that was basically the interview.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Prudential in May 2009.
Interview Details – Promptly received a call from hiring represetative for a brief phone interview. I then received several tests to take and submit online. Afterwards had an onsite interview that mostly consisted of intelligence and skills tests. The next process included another assesment on my personality test and barely missed the passing point. This meant, I was not able to move onto the next steps in the hiring process.
Interview Question – Describe a recent challenge you've had to overcome Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Prudential in April 2009.
Interview Details – The Penn Agency was efficient at describing the position and offering...
Negotiation Details – The negotition phase is roughly non-existent the position is performance based and entraprenurial with only a 20% margin for negotiation... you choose your compensation package based on your future growth desire...
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Prudential in March 2009.
Interview Details –
It wasn't really an interview in the traditional sense. The presentation consisted of a handful of prospects (myself included) and a couple of managers. They talked for about 45 minutes, and then had a 15 minute Q&A afterward. This was my first visit to the office. Basically, after the presentation, if you were interested in continuing the process, you signed yourself up to take an aptitude test (which was pretty easy) on another day. I talked to the manager after the presentation, and he answered most of my questions (avoided a couple, but hey). Then I came back to the office to take the test. After that, they told me they would let me know how I did (they did, after I emailed to ask), and then send me the next "test" (personality profile) to take online from home. After passing the first test and then taking the personality test, they sent me a letter saying they were not going to hire me. Supposedly they spent a lot of resources on getting this "interview" process down to a science and testing whether or not someone would succeed in the position, based on these tests. I am highly doubtful. Computers are good, but I would say it's a rather shallow method of feeling someone out. Anyway, keep in mind that they will not hire you if you don't pass both of these tests. That's the first step. I do think, however, that other factors probably weighed in on their decision with me.
Hint: those personality tests (the ones for sales, anyway) are trying to measure how aggressive you are. So if you want to game the computer system, answer all questions on either extreme, but never in the middle. However, you really should like sales though, if you want to be happy in this job. Because if you game the system, eventually they will realize (and you will realize it's not for you) and you will wash out.
Interview Question – How much do you want to make your first year? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Prudential in March 2009.
Interview Details – Long and intensive, but I understand the need to get the best and the brightest candidates.
Negotiation Details – N/A
Interviewed at Prudential
Interview Details – Not an interview. The interviewer just tells you about the job and how they want you to come work for them. They tell you that you can make 140k in your first year.
Interview Question – Why did you apply? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Other candidates would really appreciate relevant details that affected your decision.
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