Allianz Life
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Allianz Life Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2014
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Actuarial Intern Interview

Actuarial Intern
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Allianz Life in December 2012.

Interview Details – The behavioral interview started with all the basic stuff: tell us about yourself, whether you have conflict with your teammates and how do you resolve it; what do you do when you feel overwhelmed, etc. Particularly, they ask why you choose life insurance over casualty insurance. Be sure to prepare for that and give some impressive answers. Also prepare questions for them. Final remark: interviewers were one HR and one senior actuary.

Interview Question – I am not fully prepared for why life/pension over casualty which is probably the major reason why I was turned down (could also be because of my visa type...). I think they expect to hear your clear determination and devotion into life insurance as an actuary.   Answer Question

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Actuarial Assistant Interview

Actuarial Assistant
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Allianz Life in November 2013.

Interview Details – Allianz Life was a pleasure to work with and their recruiting process was pretty straight forward.

I applied for the position through my college's career services and meet with representatives at our school's Actuarial Career Fair.

First interview was a phone interview with a HR representative and was generally a behavioral interview.

The second interview was another phone interview, but it was two 30 minute interviews with some of their senior actuaries. This interview was part behavioral and part technical. Most of the questions in this interview were regarding things listed in my resume. Heavy focus on what I did during my actuarial internships with a different life insurance company.

The third and final interview was a full day interview. I was flown out to their office in Minneapolis. This was a pretty grueling day because they set up eight 30 minute interviews. The people who interviewed me were a combination of people who would of been my peers, individuals who would of been my direct managers, and finally an interview with the director of the group. One interview with a direct manager was particularly difficult because he covered this face with a sheet of paper after asking every question, making it difficult to gauge his reactions to my responses.

After the third interview I was informed I received the offer approximately a week and half later. The offer had a two week deadline to respond too.

In my job hunt process, Allianz had the best HR representative which made the whole process very smooth and simple.

Interview Question – Technical Questions: Included answering questions about how specific things in Excel work (such as what do pivot tables work, how to use VBA macros, etc). Similarly there were technical questions about my understanding of how Universal Life Insurance and Variable Life Annuities (their main products). Finally since I was interviewing for a role within in their more Modeling and Systems group, I was asked some specifics about my knowledge of SQL, JAVA, and C++.

Behavior Questions: Can you provide context to why your GPA is what it is (I had a 3.0 while I believe most of their candidates tend to be in the 3.5 range)? Can you talk about a time when you have failed? Standard behavioral questions for the most part.

Hardest Questions: Some of the technical questions were pretty difficult, but my intern experience allowed me to answer them. I think I would of been stuck if I did not have the intern experience, because it was things we weren't taught in school ( I am an actuarial science major).

The one question I froze on was ironically: What makes Life Insurance profitable?
I was confused whether they wanted a technical answer like explaining how to price life insurance or if they were looking for something else.

The interview with the director of the group was probably the most interesting. He only asked one question and it was pretty blunt(and pretty creative if you ask me). He asked more or less "What makes you different from all the other Actuarial candidates we see and why should I give you a shot at this job?"
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Reason for Declining – Allianz Life gave me an awesome offer full with a fair market value salary and generous benefit package. I turned down the opportunity because I was able to find a similar position in a consulting firm, and just had more desire to work in consulting.

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Actuarial Assistant Interview

Actuarial Assistant

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Allianz Life.

Interview Details – The interviewee was very serious and never lightened up during the interview. He asked really tough questions and kept probing even though it was pretty impossible (for a fresh grad) to answer since it was so technical.

Interview Question – What benefit plans are there for employees?   Answer Question

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Actuarial Internship Interview

Actuarial Internship

Interviewed at Allianz Life

Interview Details – Three phone interviews, one with recruiter and two with senior actuaries. Overall great experience. Many technical questions related to Excel, programming and the industry.

Interview Question – Tell me some interesting economic concepts you learnt from class.   Answer Question

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Actuarial Assistant Interview

Actuarial Assistant
Minneapolis, MN

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Allianz Life in June 2012.

Interview Details – Within one week of applying online, I received an offer for a phone screening interview. After the phone screening interview, I had two separate interviews with different actuarial hiring managers. I received a rejection email the following week, which I appreciate, because many companies don't have the courtesy to send rejection letters or emails anymore.

The human resources staff was helpful and friendly, but the actuarial hiring managers were unenthusiastic and didn't have very good answers to my question of why do you think Allianz has received two best places to work awards.

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  • There were a few technical questions regarding software pertinent to actuaries. You'd really have to be familiar with the software in order to answer the questions...no faking it 'til you make it here.   Answer Question

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Actuarial Assistant Interview

Actuarial Assistant
Minneapolis, MN

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Allianz Life in December 2011.

Interview Details – There were a lot of behavioral questions. Some of the ones that stumped me were: describe a time when you changed a process. How would you describe a perfect boss?

Interview Question – Describe to me time when you changed a process.   Answer Question

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Actuarial Intern Interview

Actuarial Intern
Golden Valley, MN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Allianz Life in February 2011.

Interview Details – Asked mainly behavioral questions - about myself and how I handle different situations, as well as some of my past experiences. Additionally, I got a lot of the questions such as "why do you want to be an actuary", "what do you know about our company", "why do you choose life insurance", etc.

Interview Question – Why do you want to be an actuary?   Answer Question

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Actuarial Intern Interview

Actuarial Intern
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Allianz Life in October 2010.

Interview Details – Spoke with a few actuaries at an on site information session, and was given an on campus interview. Interview was conducted by two actuaries, one FSA and one ASA. They mostly asked standard questions:
Let us about yourself? Why do you want to be an actuary? Why life vs P&C? Both interviewers were polite and personable.

Interview Question – What do you like most about c++?   Answer Question

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Marketing Interview

Marketing
Minneapolis, MN

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Allianz Life in October 2010.

Interview Details – My HR rep was unprofessional in the extreme. Has not done a single thing they said they were going to do. If you aren't going to do it, save your breath and don't lie. I have no idea how they still have a job. Was late to 3+ calls, cut short the time and said they would call back. Didn't call when they said they would, but called three days later to reschedule. Finally got to the call, and they didn't remember a single word I'd told them even though they were taking notes. Rushed through those calls. Not surprising that no feedback was offered given the size of the company but they couldn't put 2+2 together anyway.

Culture is on the rise, company seems to be focused and moving in the right direction. The real challenge is going to be the field force- can they get the agent's confidence back. If they can, they'll hit it out of the park. Downside is that lower senior management can't admit to the C-suite that the sales challenge is because they have no field credibility and are almost impossible to deal with. Trust is in short supply, so sales come and go like the wind whenever a viable alternative exists elsewhere.

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Accounting Interview

Accounting
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Allianz Life in September 2009.

Interview Details – I interviewed with three different people in a one-on-one setting with each person. Overall the interview process was pretty straight forward. The questions included inquiries of examples where you faced adversity and similar type questions. They also asked about career path, etc. The office building was nice and in a nice location.

Interview Question – Talk about an experience where you had difficulty with a client and how you responded to that difficulty.   Answer Question

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