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Finance Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in July 2012.
Interview Details – The day after I submitted my application online I was contacted by the recruiter for a brief phone screener. That went well an I was offered the opportunity to meet with the hiring manager and two of his peers. There were all very friendly and welcoming. I was invited back for a final round of interviews with another of the hiring manager's peers and the group senior executive. Two or three weeks went by before I was contacted with an offer for the job
Interview Question – Straightforward behavioral, technical, fit and company knowledge questions - nothing was unexpected or difficult Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The salary offered was far below the industry/ regional standard for similar opportunities. There was no room for negotiation...
Assistant Actuarial Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in November 2012.
Interview Details – Talked with the recruiter on the phone and was brought out to the campus for an in person interview a couple of weeks later. I interviewed with four people including the vice president, assistant vice president and two FCAS managers. I also took a tour of the campus with a senior actuary and had lunch with two peer's. Everyone was very nice and I loved their campus. They have a gym, cafeteria, dry-cleaning, and study room. The whole process took about four and a half hours.
- They describe a golf course that gives a certain prize to players when they hit a hole in one. They want you to figure out what the premium should be on an insurance policy on the prize. View Answer
- Explain what is meant by the "Fiscal Cliff" so that third grader could understand what the big deal in the media is. Answer Question
Senior Actuarial Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in July 2008.
Interview Details – Once you get on-site the process is fairly easy, but takes a day because you usually have to meet with multiple actuaries and analysts. The trick is to follow up until you get a phone interview and follow-up afterward to make sure you're moving ahead in the process. If they like you they will let you know what the hold up is.
Interview Question – Do you have any predictive modeling experience? (I was interviewing for a reserving job.) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I asked for a small increase in salary and they gave me a sign-on bonus instead.
Practice Leader Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in February 2012.
Interview Details – Recruiter reaches out to you via linked in, followed by phone interview, video conference, and then finally an all day interview session in Novato
Interview Question – pretty standard in questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Pretty straightforward
Customer Service Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in April 2009.
Interview Details – It started with a basic phone call to asses my interest, ask if anyone referred me, and set up another call. On the second call, I was on speaker phone, but only conversing with one person, who asked 4-5 questions about my challenging experiences, how I overcame them, yadda yadda. Then they said they were interested in meeting me, and set up the in-person. When I got there, I took a typing test. After passing, I was interviewed first by a floor manager, then two higher managers, then finally the regional manager, all in the same 2-3 hour span. I was offered a job, and took it.
Interview Question – What do your weaknesses? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation, though I suppose it was possible. The thing is, the way things are now, if they thought your initial requested salary was too high, they likely wouldn't proceed with you. So if you went in and suddenly asked for more, that probably wouldn't look good.
Finance Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 3 days - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in April 2009.
Interview Details – I interviewed with the Director in charge of my group, then my direct manager and finally with the VP resposible for my area of the Finance Dept. These were all one-on-one interviews with the first two taking place back-to-back, and the final one taking place two days later.
- What information do you think specifically helps you analyze a company's business? Answer Question
- If you had to pick one financial measure with which to judge the financial well being of a company what would it be, and why? View Answer
Negotiation Details – They were low-balling me because of the times and my lack of experience in the business, but I wanted to get this type of experience specifically so I took it. Hopefully it will pay off at my next place of employment.
Senior Business Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 3 days - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in May 2009.
Interview Details – i dont really have anything to say about the interview process. It was a long process with several managers. TGhey made me come back after several days and interview
Interview Question – Challage questions? View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
Senior Project Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in May 2010.
Interview Details – It was long interviewing process. No feedback for days at a time. Interviewer were always late during an interview.
Negotiation Details – No.
Very Difficult Interview
Corporate Tax Internship Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in April 2010.
Interview Details – There were initial interview questionnaire before the scheduled interview for a finance intern position. There were 6 questions that gauge your knowledge of the insurance industry, your leadership experience, why you chose your major, etc. The interview consisted was with 3 different managers or VP within the Finance department. They asked a variety of questions from what your hobbies were, when you had to change a policy or go against protocol, what your interest was for finance, what my accounting and technical skills were, etc.
Interview Question – Tell me about an experience when you had to change a policy. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation required for an internship position; however, they were flexible with the starting date since I am on the quarter system.
Assistant Actuarial Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in March 2010.
Interview Details – I was referred to FFIC by an actuary who had previously worked there for over 10 years and still kept in good contact with his colleagues there. The entire interview and hiring process was the quickest I've ever dealt with, although this was largely due to my use of another job offer as leverage.
The in-house recruiter contacted me via phone on a Tuesday. I had a phone interview with one of the actuaries later on that day. The phone interview was very positive. The woman I spoke with was very pleasant and extremely extroverted, especially for an actuary. Though she asked a few of your standard interview questions, the majority of our phone conversation was just that -- a conversation. It was at this point that I was already getting a great feel for the company.
Two days later, on Thursday, I went in for the live interview. The interview was scheduled from 10:30am until 2:30pm. I came in early as suggested, around 9:45am, in order to tour the campus and office with the recruiter. The day ended up going on until a little past 3:00pm. I met with 6 different actuaries and analysts, including the Chief Actuary, for about 30-45 minutes each. They all seemed to ask the same canned questions (not sure if this was intentional), though a couple of the more senior folks mixed it up by giving me little impromptu problems to analyze. Otherwise, the interviews were once again, just conversations between the interviewers and myself. All the people I met with were suspiciously sociable for actuaries at an insurance company. The interviews were an overall pleasant experience. The interview also included a lunch in the middle of the day.
The next day, Friday, while in a different city looking for housing for my original job offer, I got a call from the FFIC recruiter saying that they were creating an offer package for me. On Monday, I was given the offer details including salary amount benefits package. I accepted soon after without negotiating (see negotiation section for additional details).
Interview Question – Without leaving this room, how would you go about in estimating the number of ceiling tiles present throughout the entire campus? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Because I already had an offer from a competitor, I was able to use this as leverage for my starting salary. I expected low initial offer, which I had planned to counter offer with a higher amount, expecting to settle in between. However, they offered me my "in between" salary right from the get-go. Although I probably could have squeezed an additional 2000-3000, I decided the offer was fair for an entry level position and that I would let my work speak for itself.
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