New York Life Insurance Agent Interview Questions

Updated Sep 12, 2014
Updated Sep 12, 2014
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Insurance Agent Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Salem, OR
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
Application Details

I applied in-person - interviewed at New York Life.

Interview Details

I met with a NY Life company representative at a career fair, where the representative asked me to complete a personality quiz/skills assessment on a laptop computer he had at the fair. So after siting in the corner and completing the assessment on the laptop, the results were emailed to the rep and I passed. The assessment was mostly geared toward evaluating your level of persistence/sales aggressiveness and what your pre-conceived ideas were concerning insurance agents in general. After chatting and going over my resume with the representative at the career fair, we set a time to meet for a formal interview.

The formal interview took 3 hours. I was not told this would be the case so I had to miss an appointment I'd scheduled for later that day. 90% of the interview was the same NY Life representative talking at me about their company and then "using me as an example" to go through their sales pitch. This amounted to asking personal questions about my marital status ("What members of your family would you need to help out by leaving life insurance money? ...I assume you don't have a spouse or a long-term partner?"), my age ("So at what age do you plan to retire? ...And how many years do you have until then?"), and my current financial situation (how much money I had in my checking, savings, and any assets/liabilities I had). These questions were incredibly invasive and I can honestly say I was so taken aback by the questions that I ended up answering most of them out of shock. I even told him that I'd never had an interview where an employer asked me about my bank account and he just shrugged it of: "Well we're just having fun here, and you are interviewing with a financial agency after all..."

I really can't recommend NY Life. In the end, they seem to care less about the agents they're hiring and more about the company's reputation. I was even told that "When you're starting out, if you clearly don't have much experience, you can't win people over because of who you are or your dedication to the job, you win them over because of the company you work for."

Interview Questions
  • I wasn't expecting to be asked about my financial status and then told what my net worth was according to the interviewing agent.   Answer Question
Declined Offer

Other Interview Reviews for New York Life

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days - interviewed at New York Life.

    Interview Details

    They found my resume on the wed, contacted by phone, set up an interview. Basically they were not interviewing me, but advertising this position, trying to convince me to work for them. Since it was 100% commission based position, i decided not to proceed.

    No Offer
  2.  

    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at New York Life.

    Interview Details

    Just a bunch of questions

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at New York Life.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter called to schedule the interview. First round interview with a recruiter. Then interview with the manager/ district agent.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your competitive advantage? Why should I hire you?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Life.

    Interview Details

    Just asked if I had experience, and willing to take the leap. Blew a bunch of smoke

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Nothing, All Commission, no help
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New Windsor, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Windsor, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Life in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted via a recruiter over the phone after setting up my resume on various job posting sites. The call was not really an interview; I was asked about my previous sales experience and if I would be interested in selling life insurance. The recruiter was basically advertising the company and the compensation structure more than I was being asked questions, so there is nothing to prepare for as far as answering questions for the initial call. After speaking briefly with the recruiter, I was invited to the local sales office for an interview with the branch manager. He was a nice guy, and I didn't feel nervous at all during the interview. The questions were very simple, including "Why New York Life?" and "Discuss your previous sales experience and success stories." Most of the interview was similar to the call with the recruiter, but he detailed the compensation structure, which made it sound much better than it actually was.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult questions. The only question that involved any amount of thinking was "Tell me about a success story with a sale you previously made."   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation since there is no salary. The compensation is based solely on commission from the insurance policies you sell and the accounts you rollover into New York Life funds.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  El Paso, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in El Paso, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at New York Life in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process is not designed to seek out the interest of the applicant. The company has sales vacancies to fill and that is what they offer. The sales pitch is very good, and the promises are impressive. New agent will end up spending more money out of pocket to meet requirements, than they will actually earn.

    Interview Questions
    • None. They were not interested in asking questions. The process was a sales pitch designed to draw the applicant in.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Not much. They basically made it look like once the applicant was willing to work, following the company's protocals they will be successful. The cost and benifits of earning was placed on the applicant 100%
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source - interviewed at New York Life.

    Interview Details

    Lengthy process. You must get your NYS Life, Accident, & Health License

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Insurance Agent Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at New York Life in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    one phone interview, 3 in person interviews. was offered the job after the first interview, the other two were to make sure I really wanted to work at the office

    Interview Questions
    • where do you want to be in 10 years, none of the questions were difficult   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation its completly comission based
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Life in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    They call you ask you to come down and go over the job briefly. They want you to come back a second time to be sure if you are serious. This is a numbers game, if you have a pulse and nothing is on your record you will get a shot.

    Negotiation Details
    none because there is no salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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