Northwestern Mutual
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Northwestern Mutual Intern Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Baton Rouge, LA

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

Interview Details – They were easy to communicate with and were easy with scheduling an interview that fit my schedule. I had 3 interviews, which felt unnecessary as the first two were the exact same asking very basic questions. They basically had me read my resume to them and explain it. On the third interview they didn't ask any questions, instead they explained to me what they wanted me to do before the 4th interview. They wanted me to interview 5 people and give their names, phone numbers, and what they do for a living. They also wanted me to ask them questions about how much they make, who is their financial advisor, are they happy with their advisor, and 5 names and numbers of people they thought could benefit from Northwestern Mutual's service. This put me off big time. If I had done this as I was instructed, they would have been able to solicit 30 of my family friends for business and would have known a good bit about their financial situation. The main thing that put me off about this is that then and only then would they have considered me for the internship position. I talked it over with my parents and politely told them no thank you.

Interview Question – As stated above, they asked me to interview 5 people to get their names, phone numbers, occupation, who their financial advisor is, and if they are happy with their current advisor. The last question is to get 5 names and numbers from them of people they think could benefit from our service.   View Answer

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I applied through college or university and interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.

Interview Details – It was a pretty easy interview, but afterword you are given an assignment to complete where you must interview people about their financial information. After this there will be another interview/ presentation.

Interview Question – There were no questions that were too difficult.   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details – The interview was very laid back and simple. Most of the questions were easy and more behavioral based. They ask questions about your extended network of potential clients. The interview takes place at the NWM office, and if you're accepted they send you a project 100 assignment which makes you fill out prospective information about your family and friends. Second interview is after that and pretty similar.

Interview Question – What can you bring to this company.   Answer Question

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Declined Offer

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Intern
Cincinnati, OH

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

Interview Details – Called to set up in person interview with manager, once they decided if you were a possible fit, they scheduled another interview with a manager to gage your interest and see if you were the right fit.

Interview Question – basic question, asked about background and future aspirations.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Unpaid.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
West Hartford, CT

I applied in-person and interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.

Interview Details – I was approached at an internship fair by a recruiter. Then had an interview with the recruiter I had met. It was very conversation based and the environment seemed very welcoming. From there, I was asked to complete a series of interviews about various peoples' financial information that I was supposed to present to a board of people.

Interview Question – What is my ideal work environment? Why?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – I found another position that more suited my needs. In addition, I did not like the idea of soliciting my family members and close friends for their financial information.

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Intern
Sacramento, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.

Interview Details – The hiring process was very laid back. I got in contact with the recruiter and set up an interview at a local office. At the interview the recruiter was very nice and I basically just walked her through my resume. The behavior questions were just the typical, leadership, teamwork, conflict.

Interview Question – Nothing was very difficult in this interview. One of the more easy ones.   Answer Question

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Declined Offer

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Intern
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.

Interview Details – Applied online, got a call a few days later probing my interest in the position. Ended up some what knowing the recruiter. Asked to do a few personality/job fit questionnaires. After completing this portion, got a call a few days later for a more in depth interview. Asked if I would commit to an in person interview with a HR manager, turned it down as I had come across other opportunities and was not that interested in commission based pay.

Interview Question – Was probed about family and friends info. NWM extracted info from me to recruit friends, and wanted to know if they were also interested in buying insurance plans etc.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.

Interview Details – College recruiter was very welcoming. Asked basic questions such as background, experience, education, and why you'd be interested in interning as a financial representative. Overall, the first interview was very pleasant and made it seem like a very nice place to work because everyone is suited up. Second interview was with the actual team manager the intern would be working under. Again, similar interview but this time made the career as a financial rep sound very promising, and that may or may not be true.

Interview Question – What would happen if you were to walk out of this room and something happened to you?   Answer Question

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Declined Offer

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Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details – They called me on the phone really early in the morning, seemed like a test to see whether I could think on my toes or not.

Interview Question – Would you rather have me give you 1 dollar every day for the rest of your life or 1000 dollars right now.   View Answer

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Declined Offer

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Intern
Charlotte, NC

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in February 2014.

Interview Details – Definitely seems like a great place to work and a great community. First interview was solely behavioral with barely even a focus on my resume. Second interview was also more about the company than me as a candidate. Throughout the interview process Northwestern did a great job of communicating exactly what they do as a company and what I would do as an intern.

Interview Question – No technical or difficult questions.   Answer Question

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