Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and 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 Question – 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.
Interviewed at New York Life
Interview Details – Initially met an agent at a career expo. Got a call the next day to set up an interview. After the first interview, got scheduled for a second interview the upcoming week. After the second interview, got a packet for a sales project to get me started.
Interview Question – What do you fear the most? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – It just didn't feel right for me.
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Life.
Interview Details – Relatively easy one-round interview. The questions were almost entirely behavioral in nature with a few simple technical questions thrown in. The interviewer was mostly trying to get a sense of how I would perform in a group with other interns as well as with potential and existing clients.
Interview Question – General interview questions, strengths, weaknesses, etc. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at New York Life.
Interview Details – Applied via campus recruiting. Their communication was efficient and quick. Interviewing process went smoothly. For the most part, they asked behavior questions with very minor technical aspects. For the interview itself, definitely read through and understand the various products that NYL offers.
The interviewing team was very cordial. Most of the interviews were one-on-one. However, there is also a portion of the interview where they take the candidate to lunch.
Interview Question – Describe the products that NYL offers. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate.
I applied online and interviewed at New York Life.
Interview Details – I applied online and got pick up by a hiring manager! The interview went pretty well; the manager was talking about all the benefit and the potential this position has! The training and the benefits are attractive but the competition is huge too!
Interview Question – don't have any hard questions Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at New York Life.
Interview Details – Met NYL recruiters at a university career fair and applied for position online. Received phone call from recruiter to schedule a first round phone interview with HR. Second round interview was also conducted on the phone, this time with the hiring manager. Overall, questions were general and easy: "Why New York Life?" "What do you hope to get out of this internship?"
Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Life in September 2013.
Interview Details – As I understand it is a 4 part interview process.
I just finished the first part of the interview (the first round), and it was a very simple one. I applied to the position online through Monster, and a recruiter for New York Life reached out to me the next day with a personalized email saying that he would be delighted to have me come for a preliminary interview.
I went for my interview the following day, and I have to say that their building is very conveniently located- right next to Grand Central. My wait in the lobby was really short, and the Senior Representative that I met was really nice and he was very thorough when it came to describing New Life Insurance Co and why it would be a good place to begin my career.
After a 45min chat where he asked me simple questions about myself, my background, my goals, etc... He had me take an online assessment to see, on top of the preliminary face-to-face, if I was a good fit for the firm and if my values line up with those of the company. It only took ten minutes or so to complete, and it was very simple.
Several hours after my interview had ended, I received another email from the Senior Representative thanking me for coming to the interview, and saying that it had been a pleasure to meet me. The email also contained several pages of literature about New York Life Insurance Co. and he wanted me to give it a quick read and get back to him with a well thought-out response. Nothing too complicated. After my response, he said that he'll be in touch with me regarding a second round interview, where I will learn more about the Company, the position, and meet the Senior Partner.
I have to say that so far the interview process has been quick, and New York Life seems like a great place to start my career.
Interview Question – One has to be super honest when answering the questions. All questions are easy but they are subjective. Give clear and concise answers and back them up with why you think your answer is correct. For example, they asked me: How much do you think an insurance sales person earns when compared to other sales people? How much do you think you deserve to earn your first year? How many hours make a successful salesman? What motivates you? View Answer
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at New York Life in July 2013.
Interview Details – The NYL partner took a very long time describing how good the company and the position is. She kept emphasizing that if you work hard you will succeed as a sales agent. Those who failed or quit are the lazy ones.
Reason for Declining – Not the career path I want to pursue at this point
I applied online and 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 Question – Nothing, very easy Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Nothing, All Commission, no help
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at New York Life in February 2013.
Interview Details – Your resume is reviewed electronically and you are then provided an initial meeting. The interview process is a bit involved. You meet four times and are provided with the training information if hired.
Interview Question – Nothing out of the ordinary Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I am interested in a financial advisor position, not interested in sales.
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