I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in December 2013.
Interview Details –
The interview process at Northwestern is a little bit daunting - at the first meeting they will repeatedly tell you that their internship is very highly ranked and give you a basic overview of what you will do if hired. There is then a brief interview, just a few questions about your thoughts on the insurance industry.
The second meeting with Northwestern will be at the local office you would be assigned to work at if hired and with someone you would be working under. They will further look for your interests in insurance and look for your goals. At this point they will assign you with coming up with a contact list of 100 friends and family members who you would be able to call, network with, and sell insurance to, if hired. They will also give you some interview questions to ask a few contacts regarding financial planning and insurance. The important thing with this step is that the list of 100 contacts have to be people Northwestern finds desirable - what I was instructed was to come up with a contact sheet of 100 of my friends and family members in the area. My interviewer told me that they could be people my age; at the time I was 20. When I turned in my contact sheet for review I was told that that list of 100 people all had to be in their late 20's or early 30's and established in a professional career, specifically they requested accountants and attorneys. If you're between the ages of 18 and 22 like most college students you will probably find this task very difficult as I did. This seems to be the biggest catch in the whole process.
Interview Question – The most difficult part of this interview process is that you must come up with 100 contacts as described above. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.
Interview Details – 2 interviews which were extremely easy. Just be funny and talk well, they are looking for good sales people who are exciting to talk to and can network with a lot of people.
Interview Question – No difficult questions. Extremely easy but make sure you are excited about everything you talk about Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Commission based job
Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual
Interview Details – Phone interview with recruiter --> 2 in-person interviews. I believe most people had 1 in-person interview, but NM wanted to make sure that this was the direction I wanted to go in because I had stated in the first interview that I wanted to pursue an analytical finance role rather than a sales one.
Interview Question – Describe a a time when you persevered over a difficult situation (the questions were all easy and along these lines. Most of the weeding out for the job is done once you are hired and realize whether the it is a good fit for you) Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in October 2013.
Interview Details – I initially sent in my application after hearing about the internship through my school. I got a call a couple weeks later (the recruiter was on vacation). The first interview was a 1:1 interview and consisted of her asking me basic questions. She asked about my hobbies and what kind of person I was. The second interview was with the Director of Interns and he also asked basic questions. The third interview was a presentation where I had to answer four questions. You have to tell them how you'll benefit the program and how the program will benefit you.
Interview Question – If you were going to start your own company who are the first people you would hire? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in September 2013.
Interview Details – First, they contacted me over the phone and asked if I'd like to come in and hear a little bit more about the opportunity. The first "interview" pretty much consists of the recruiter(s) asking you about your network and who you know that you could potentially sell life insurance to. They also tell you about earnings potential and how a few people managed to make 6-figure salaries. Following the second interview you're asked to compile a list of 100-200 people you know and their phone numbers. The list is due at the third interview. I chose to decline the opportunity for a third interview.
Interview Question – Would you be able to compile a list of 200 names and numbers of people you could potentially sell life insurance to? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I'd prefer coldcalling through the phone book over trying to sell all my friends and family life insurance.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in September 2013.
Interview Details – 4 interviews. Not a single one is hard. Just be a normal human being and try to be as personal as possible. As long as you don't go out of your way to do something stupid you will get hired.
Interview Question – What is the most important piece of the puzzle? View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in August 2013.
Interview Details – Easiest interview I participated in during my internship hunt by far. Hiring manager was relatively new and stuck to the more basic questions, so nothing caught me off guard. Based on the people that ended up getting hired along with me, I would say the qualification bar was lower than I had expected, which was suprising when I was told that over 500 applicants were interview for roughly 15 spots. Communication was easy throughout the process, the hiring manager was always readily available to answer any questions.
Interview Question – Nothing stood out as particularly difficult. Behavioral questions only. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations, I could either accept or decline.
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in August 2013.
Interview Details – Very easy to get interview. They ask you more personal questions rather experience related questions.
Interview Question – What type of job did my parents have Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Not for me
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.
Interview Details – Really simple behavioral questions. There was also an online personality test.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in June 2013.
Interview Details – The bring you in for a initial interview were you go over what the job is about. then if you get a call back you go to the specific branch which you are selected to. there you are interviewed again a much longer one I should add where you must give a presentation and answer sometimes personal questions.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Answer Question
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