Farmers Insurance Group
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Farmers Insurance Group Insurance Agent Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
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Insurance Agent
Las Vegas, NV

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group in November 2013.

Interview Details – I thought I was called for an agent assistant interview. I set up an interview. I wasn't sure what to expect but, It was a personal interview with I believe the office manager at their District office. The interview went very well of course they broke down the business plan of how to become an agent. After you gent your license within the allotted 3 to 4 weeks period they will reimburse you for the online classes and exams.

Interview Question – None of the questions were difficult. It was very relaxed and just getting to know you type interview.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I could not live off of the commission being a new agent until the "draw" would be applied which was 3 to 4 month process.

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Insurance Agent Interview

Insurance Agent
Tyler, TX

I applied in-person and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group in November 2011.

Interview Details – Pretty standard interview. Honestly I went in with a lot of experience, but in restrospect I wonder if that mattered at all. In watching this company in action, it seems like they will hire just about anybody willing to take the plunge. They do credit checks and background checks to weed out the chaff. If you got this far, the interview is a breeze

Interview Question – There were no more difficult questions than any other interview.   Answer Question

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Insurance Agent
Mason, OH

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group in July 2013.

Interview Details – The District Manager was not very impressive.

Interview Question – All the questions were easy. He spent more time talking about himself.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Talked to others and read reviews. Limited chance of success - and success was not very financial rewarding to those that had been there a while.

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Insurance Agent
Phoenix, AZ

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group.

Interview Details – initial communication through many programs such as career builder, etc, and job fairs
Meet with prospect and discuss opportunity and if they are a match to the necessary requirements, do a background check and begin training process.

Interview Question – How comfortable are you talking to strangers and building business relationship.?   View Answer

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Insurance Agent
Fontana, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group in October 2013.

Interview Details – Have you fill out a short one page application
Then call you in and begin telling you why you should be an agent almost trying to convince you

Reason for Declining – research

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Insurance Agent
Manassas, VA

Interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group

Interview Details – I first went through an over the phone interview and it was no longer than 10mins. I was asked questions about my experiences in sales (if any). This initial talk is easy and isn't hard if you know your self well and can give good examples of experiences. My second interview was faced to face and i got to elaborate more about my self and experiences and pretty much explains why i could be a successful agent. I then took a 20 min assessment that analyzed my personality and thinking skills. Its fairly easy and nothing you need to study for. After this my recruiter/ interviewer took what she saw in me and my test results and had them reviewed by the management committee to offer me a third interview. I got accepted to the third which basically was to make sure i was still interested to be an agent as well as to go over how compensation would work as well as how they would set me up for licensing (that i would pay for) and then attend their "Farmers academy" where they train you. I didn't come back for the fourth and final interview.

Interview Question – None. Just be prepared to tell experiences if you've had in sales and/or show your dedication and how you could be successfull.   Answer Question

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Insurance Agent
Riverside, CA

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group.

Interview Details – The interview was really nothing to worry about. They want to know why you would be interested in working in the insurance industry, and they ask a few simple questions to see if you would be a good fit for the job. Mainly though, the interview process is explaining to you how the job is going to work. The one piece of advice I would give is to remember that these people do sales for a living. The won't be too idealistic, but they're still trying to sell the position to you. So you had best come with as many technical questions as you can think of if you really want to know what type of job you'll be looking at

Interview Question – I wasn't asked anything out of the ordinary: "Tell me a bit about yourself", "Why would you be interested in working in insurance", etc.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I wasn't ready to make such a long term commtiment as they seemed to want. They offer subsidies in your first few years to ensure you make a minimum amount of money every month (because otherwise it's commission only), but in order to be certain to ba able to pay it back if I needed to, I would need to stay at least 5 years. And having never worked in Sales before, I couldn't say for certain I would be able to stand it that long in an aggressive sales environment.

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Insurance Agent Interview

Insurance Agent
Frisco, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group in May 2012.

Interview Details – Submit applications, pass licensing exams, set up network, cold calling, not a fun job.

Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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Insurance Agent Interview

Insurance Agent
Southfield, MI

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group in May 2012.

Interview Details – The recruiter seemed like a great lady with a fantastic opportunity to get started in insurance. The way she made it sound, the company would pretty much hold your hand while you got licensed, went through training, and started building a book. Nowhere did she mention that the $2,500/month "subsidy" was actually a loan that the agent has to repay if they don't meet their quotas. Likewise, the training program and "Farmer's Virtual University" don't give agent's half the training as some of their (much larger) competitors. Since starting a career in insurance and having worked in both the captive and independent settings, I've come to find out what I suspected was true during the interview process; all their promises of support, too easy to fail, "inflation- & recession-proof" business, and wildly successful agents aren't at all true. The recruiter's job is to sell people on being a Farmer's Agent. They're not HR reps, they're just territory sales staff for corporate who will say anything to get uninformed, unemployed, and desperate people to buy into their guarenteed success fantasy.

The Farmer's Business Model is to Hire as many Agents as possible, get them to write 30-40 policies for their friends and families, hope 1 or 2 stick and can grow beyond their circle, then kick the rest to the curb in debt and make them pay back their "subsidy". I met a guy in my P&C licensing class who got fooled into this after leaving a road maintenance job and that's exactly what happened to him. Do yourself a favor and do some research into other agent's experiences, then check out what other companies have to offer. Or better yet, get some experience in the business working for someone else before taking on the financial risk of becoming an agent. Ask yourself why in God's name a company that large would want to hire people with no insurance licenses, let alone experience, to be agents?

At the end of the day, if it sounds too good to be true, then it is.

Interview Question – Do you have family and friends who might want insurance?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Because the picture the recruiter painted was too good to be true and the whole thing was very shady. Once I found out about the "subsidy", the Reserve & Career Agent levels, and online training & corporate support I ran for the hills. They hire anyone & everyone hoping 1 or 2 sticks.

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Insurance Agent Interview

Insurance Agent
Houston, TX

The process took 5 days - interviewed at Farmers Insurance Group in April 2012.

Interview Details – Relaxed

Interview Question – How many folks do you think you will need to run your business?   Answer Question

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