I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in April 2012.
Interview Details – First initial phone interview consisted of basic questions getting to know you. Interviewer was very nice and engaged in conversation well. After you pass phone interview they have you complete a small slideshow about yourself where you present it in the next 1 on 1 interview. After the 1 on 1 interview they have you complete a market survey to recruit potential clients. Final interview you turn in the market survey and go over details.
Reason for Declining – All commission based must go out and recruit own clients to make money.
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in November 2011.
Interview Details – My interviewer first asked me to fully explain my resume and what sales experience I have. She then asked me how I have dealt with rejection before & what motivates me to work. She then asked me my feelings on a purely driven commission position. The second interview they show you what you are selling (mainly insurance) then she asks you what you thought about the information packet she gave you at the end of the first interviewer. The last interview you give the interviewer & the director of the local northwestern a presentation on why they should choose you. They then will extend an offer or inform you of their decision in a few days.
Interview Question – Why are you drawn to a commission position? View Answer
Reason for Declining – This company seems to rely on "family friends" to buy your product and not true sales. I was looking for something that would put me out in front of other businesses/people I did not know and be able to show them my product and them be able to tell that my product is the best.
However, I feel this product is very overpriced and did not believe in it. Therefore, this was not a good fit for me.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in April 2010.
Interview Details – They call back almost everyone just so they can have a bigger selection pool. The first is a group information session. After the group interview, you talk with the recruiter to discuss about an interview. The first interview consists of creating a presentation on Powerpoint about why you want to work for Northwestern Mutual. After that, they give you a packet which you must complete. It consists of "surveys" with family/friends personal information, and other handouts to "analyze your market." Finally, after that is a final interview. The span of all of this took almost two months due to lack of communication on the recruiter's end. I had to continually send follow-ups.
Reason for Declining – The job entails selling insurance to family and friends. It's not actually building a business, it's about finding enough people to buy insurance from you.
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