John Hancock Financial Advisor Interview Questions

Updated Jul 30, 2014
Updated Jul 30, 2014
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Financial Advisor Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Addison, TX
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Addison, TX
Application Details

I applied online – interviewed at John Hancock in March 2014.

Interview Details

The interview process was very laid back. It seemed as though they needed to convince me that I wanted the job more than me convincing them I was a good candidate. The process was pretty informal and while the offices were very nice I didn't get the feeling the place was for me.

Reasons for Declining

Not enough pay. No guaranteed pay.

Declined Offer
Neutral Experience
Easy Interview

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    Financial Advisor Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at John Hancock in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    This was straightforward. They ask you some qualifying questions to determine if you understand the basics of financial guidance and planning.

    Interview Questions
    • There was nothing difficult or unexpected.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    It's really a matter of management telling you this is who we are and we are a 100% commission based firm and asking you if you want to join the firm. Ultimately because most people are uncomfortable of working 100% on commission, it's management asking you if you want to join them, not them telling you that they want you to be a part of the firm.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at John Hancock in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Fairly simple - 3 rounds - Each interviewer asked behavioral questions surrounding previous experiences. They wanted to know what type of person you are (Type A or Type B). The key is to act motivated and excited to be there.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at John Hancock in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Ridiculous number of interviews and follow ups. Took over three months.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Better commission pay-out and bonus,
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oklahoma City, OK
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oklahoma City, OK
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at John Hancock in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    After viewing the online hiring offer I called the HR to ask few questions and then we scheduled a interview. there was one 1:1 interview and a personality test online.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    It was not a perfect fit for me.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Allentown, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Allentown, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at John Hancock in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    I received a call a month or so after completing my application. Recruiter went through the basics of my resume and asked me to come in for an interview. The first interview, which was about 45 minutes, was with their marketing and recruitment coordinator. She walked me through the basic details of what the position consisted of. I was then given the opportunity to ask questions and that was pretty much it. The second interview was with the Sales Manager who would serve as a "mentor" for new associates during the training process. This conversation lasted about an hour and a half. He went through the details of the position in much more detail and once again gave me the opportunity to ask questions. He asked me to come back for a third interview where they would offer me the position and allow me to begin studying for my financial licenses. At no point in either conversation was I asked behavioral or situational questions. The only questions I was asked were about my resume and if I was interested in the position. It was at this point that I decided to decline the offer.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Base salary of 12K for first year with all other income based on commissions. I decided that I did not want to work in a commission based position.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at John Hancock in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    I've never been through a more professional or difficult interview process. 5 interviews. Multiple tests. Credit check. I wanted to frame my acceptance letter after getting this job. They don't hire just anyone.

    Interview Questions
    • I was told to bring back at least 5 questions for the managing partner about the position...and that if I couldn't come up with 5...then I probably wasn't cut out for the position   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lenexa, KS
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lenexa, KS
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at John Hancock in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    After applying through my University's career system, I was asked to take an online personality profile test to see if my personality matched the characteristics necessary for the Financial Advisor position. I received an email that said my personality was a match, and was offered an initial interview. My interviewer did ask several questions about my knowledge of the industry as well as what I believed the position entailed, but for the most part I was 'sold' the company as well as the job. Though I was initially exited about the possibility for tremendous financial gains as well as establishing a loyal customer base, the solely commission based pay structure is not suited well for an upcoming college graduate like myself. I was offered a second (and possibly more intensive) interview, but refused as the job did not seem ideal for starting a post-grad career.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you feel about selling insurance?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The commission pay meant that I would need to move to a new city and live for (possibly) several months on savings, with no certainty of how much I could make while being trained and finding clients. This makes it very hard to accept the job with other, salaried positions available.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boca Raton, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boca Raton, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at John Hancock in July 2009.

    Interview Details

    John Hancock Financial Services Inc., the Boston-based insurance giant, will celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2012, albeit as a subsidiary of Canadian conglomerate Manulife Financial Corporation, which acquired the company in 2004. Hancock offers investment products and management in addition to the insurance portfolio it is best known for, which includes variable, universal and term life. The company also offers retirement savings products that include annuities, mutual funds and long-term care insurance

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at John Hancock.

    Interview Details

    Recieved a 20-30 minute phone interview from the recruiter. The recruiter asked basic background information about work history during the phone interview and scheduled a one on one interview.

    The first interview was conversation about explainning the position and what the expectations were? The interview was a relax atomsphere, very conversational. After the interview was asked to come back for a second interview that explained the compensation of the position.

    The second interview was just about how you received your pay, since it is a full commision job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

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