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Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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Interview Details – Interview with a recruiter. Interview with several different agents about the position. Then submit a business plan and present your plan. Meet with the managing partner who will give you the final approval on joining NML.

Interview Question – question: How are you going to handle not having a guaranteed base of pay?   View Answer


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Financial Representative
Fort Myers, FL

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in September 2012.

Interview Details – The process was very streamlined. They send you a personality profile that is pretty lengthy. After they review your profile they set up the first interview. At that first interview they talk exclusively about your strengths and weakness as your profile fits. Mine was pretty spot on. After the first interview you are given an assignment to conduct 10 market surveys. After you complete that task you go to your second interview. After your second interview you are to amass a list of names and put them in your database for you to get started. The last interview is to talk about compensation.

Interview Question – There really was no difficult questions. I was a career changer so the whole industry was new to me.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There really was no negotiation. They have one pay scale. This job is 100% commision.


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Financial Representative
Dallas, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in December 2013.

Interview Details – 3 step process, the first step is a phone interview. step 2 is to go into the office and meet with the recruiter you had your phone interview with, along with several other people to go over compensation and how you did on your personality assessment. 3rd and final interview is going over Market information surveys, and seeing if this career is a good fit for you. They offered me the job on the spot at the end of the interview.

Interview Question – What is your plan of attack to be successful in this business if you are hired?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Short, take some time after and reflect on what your current situation is


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Financial Representative
Atlanta, GA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in November 2013.

Interview Details – There were a series of phone interviews followed up with some sample surveys that you must submit to the HR representative. Most of the questions were personality based and they make sure to tell you that it will be mostly sales based. If you are comfortable with asking your family and friends if they are interested in life insurance it is fairly easy.

Interview Question – What leadership positions have you held?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I chose not to negotiate.


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Financial Representative
Latham, NY

I applied through other source and interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.

Interview Details – Invited for initial interview and was given a through overview of the company along with the basic interview questions that one would expect; i.e.. tell us about yourself; why this industry and NWM, etc. Very impressed with the professionalism of the organization and the values of the company. Was explained that the process would be in several stages and that there would be an assessment sent via email to complete.

Interview Question – Did not experience any difficult questions or anything unexpected.   Answer Question


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Financial Representative Interview

Financial Representative

Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details – The interview was very simple, just some basic questions about myself. I do not believe that many who apply and get an interview do not receive an offer. The interview lasted about twenty minutes but I was waiting for about half an hour.


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Financial Representative
Lawrence, KS

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in March 2012.

Interview Details – I was introduced to this job opportunity through a friend. The initial communication with Northwestern Mutual was casual because of the relationship I had with my friend. I exchanged emails with my friend and a recruiter and was able to set up an interview. We were able to establish a time that worked and I was able to meet with them at their offices in Lawrence, KS.

Interview Question – The interview process included a background (i.e. education, hobbies, etc.) and was followed by a series of specific behavioral questions. The interview ended with the Northwestern Mutual representative explaining the position to me and was contacts a few days after.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – At the time I was currently enrolled in the University of Kansas and decided to focus my efforts on my academics.


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Financial Representative Interview

Financial Representative

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in May 2013.

Interview Details – There were 3 interviews. The first was a general introduction and question answer session like a typical job interview. The second was your presentation on what you think you will be doing and ultimately how you be a good fit and survive in the industry. The third and final interview was introducing you to your mentor and ultimately that person deciding if they like you and going more in depth on the compensation structure of the firm and any questions to be answered. Then they shake your hand and you get the job. The whole time they are weeding people out of the interview processes because it is highly competitive.

Interview Question – Phoning is something you will have to learn to adapt. In order to meet people you have to call those that you have connections with, alumni, family friends, old acquaintances to share with them what you are doing and see if you can help them or someone else in your network. It felt strange at first, but you get over it as people you meet with find value in what you do and eventually you see the impact your work has on people.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – If you don't want to work hard and you have a poor work ethic don't waste everyone's time applying and taking someone else's hiring slot.


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Financial Representative
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.

Interview Details – On-boarding and interview process took 4 months. First a recruiter called and did a phone interview, then they asked me to come in to the office and meet with them. By the time I received an offer, 4 months had passed and I met with 6 different people.

Interview Question – How many people do you know that make $250,000 or more?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation possible, this was a 100% commission based job. The compensation, benefits and expectations were previously set and not negotiable.


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Financial Representative
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in April 2014.

Interview Details – They were very easy to talk to and open to me joining; almost seemed over kill. I think this might have come from their wanting to expand and to get more reps into their business very quickly. However, there were several interviews and a project to work on. Just tell them what they want to hear.

Interview Question – Do you understand insurance.   Answer Question

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