Fireman's Fund Insurance Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

Updated Apr 29, 2014
Updated Apr 29, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and three days later received a call to set up a phone interview for the next day. The recruiter called 30 minutes late for the phone interview and asked to reschedule to the following day. We reschedule the phone interview which lasted about 20 minutes and basically went over my resume and experience. During the phone interview I was offered an in-person interview for the following week. I had three one on one interviews about 30 minutes each. The recruiter called me the following week and said I was well-received, but didn't have the required 5-7 years of experience required for the position (the position didn't say it required 5-7 years experience and I don't have that experience so not sure why they interviewed me).
    The recruiter said that there was another position opening up that I would be a great fit for, but the department was going though some changes so he would contact me the following week to set something up for that position. I never heard anything so I sent an email to the recruiter to follow up on the position. He never respond to the email and has not contacted me.

    Interview Questions
    • not difficult but interesting question... Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from your resume   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Administrative Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance.

    Interview Details

    The online application has some technical glitches, once through that process then the HR recruiter was pleasant and helpful. The entire process was slow going taking nearly one month for a job that I was told needed to be filled "immediately". After the phone interview with the recruiter, I was scheduled to meet with the hiring manager, another admin assistant and one other manager in the department. All were pleasant and positive about the company and clear about the role expectations.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director, Strategic Initiatives Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    This was very organized. I was referred to the company and was contacted directly by a recruiter. She scheduled a time for a screening interview and that occurred the next day. She was very specific regarding the process that was to be followed and the company adhered to it. The company followed the process and overall it was a great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • I was changing fields, from retail to financial services, so some of the very specific questions were difficult for me to provide detailed answers to as the interviewer did not have a good understanding of the retail industry.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was swift and they accomodated my requests. The final offer was market competitive.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Solution Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted about 3 weeks after applying online. Had a preliminary phone screening where the HR said I was a really good fit and set me up for an in-person interview the next day. The in-person interview was about an hour long and was mostly asking questions about my resume or to explain a project. Couple of basic behavioural like what was your biggest failure/success.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain to me about your Senior Design project.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Straightforward. Several rounds.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They did not have much room to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Fireman's Fund Insurance in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Good communication from recruiter. Online application system is a bit remedial. Settings somehow supressed my application from recruiter. Had to sort of prove I'd already completed the process. Automated message to candidate includes attachment with instructions to manager. The poor automation quliaty here was a bit worrisome, but candidates should persist through this awkward phase. The rest of the company doesn't seem to operate this way.

    Interview Questions
    • I've never been asked about my "personal brand" before, in this kind of role.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The application process forces you to state a desired salary. They offered slightly less than I asked for on the application. I requested a compromise on a benefit and was given a different, but acceptable alternative. Honestly, I was so motivated to leave my former employer, I didn't fight very hard, but I got the impression the recruiter and hiring manager would have engaged fairly with me if I had. I think the critical part of engaging with anyone at FF is respect and openness to other's ideas. Don't be afraid to articulate your needs, but be careful to be extremely respectful as you do this. Entitlement isn't a job skill, here.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Finance Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • Straightforward behavioral, technical, fit and company knowledge questions - nothing was unexpected or difficult   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The salary offered was far below the industry/ regional standard for similar opportunities. There was no room for negotiation...

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Actuarial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. 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.

    Interview Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Actuarial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Practice Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Novato, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Novato, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Pretty straightforward
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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