Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Denver, CO) in February 2009.
The interview process started on an on campus event, in which I handed off my resume. Then three days later I was given a phone call and a date for a face to face interview. After the face to face interview, I was given a personality test to determine my skills as a financial adviser then a second presentation interview was scheduled.
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Colorado Springs, CO) in January 2009.
I was contacted by a recruiter and interviewed. There was an aptitude test required before the interview. After the interview, there was another more thorough aptitude test for personality and sales skills. A score below means there will be no offer. Further interv. with managing director and managing partner, plus informational sessions with 2-3 veteren reps. They require Life and Health + 6 and 63 if you are offered a contract. There is a small stipend during the 3-4 week training process and they reimburse you for a passed test. NMFN is the finest company of its type in the nation but the job is 100% commission and ought to be 90% insurance product sales in the first 2 years in order to make it. They require 2-3 meetings a week, Managing director, mentor, and monday morning accountability sales reporting meeting. The average veteren rep makes 150K+ per year. Top reps make 300-400k.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Dallas, TX) in March 2012.
Initial Communication is vague as to what the interview process is or involves, let alone what the job is. Info sessions take place at your school or other similar location, after which you will have the opportunity to sign up for the first of at least three interviews. Know that they are looking at both your character and your behavior. They do not necessarily care about grades, while they do appreciate and respect well earned grades, do not put off an application or pursuit of this program just because your grades are not the best. You should then have two more interviews further exploring your suitability for the job.
- The most difficult problem I faced was my indecision. The program demands your unwavering dedication and focus. If you cannot make that commitment, do not expect to get an offer. Answer Question
It's an internship, there really isn't much of a negotiation phase given the nature of the program.
Helpful (1)Declined OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Boston, MA) in May 2011.
This was one of the most long winded, and excruciatingly painful interviews I have ever endured. I was first contacted by Northwestern Mutual after they claimed my contact information at a career fair held at my college. Due to the displacement between my college (NY), and the office I was applying for (Boston, MA), I was first interviewed over the phone. During the phone interview I was asked the typical questions, greatest challenges, biggest failures, etc. After I passed this stage I was asked to come in to a group interview in their Boston offices. I drove the 5 hours from college to their office in Boston and waited in their lobby with several other current college students. Finally we were all ushered into a room with a insurance agent who didn't look entirely excited about the presentation he had likely given a dozen times that month. The presentation was typical of any insurance company, a general run through on the difference between term and whole life insurance packages. After about 45 minutes the sales associate handed out a packets to everyone in the room, and we were told that in order to move to the next round of interviews these packets had to be filled entirely. The packets consisted of ten forms, each of which were three pages long. A single form required you to call a friend of the family, a relative, a former associate - anyone within your social 'circle', and ask them a variety of different questions all of which pertained in one way or another to life insurance. I need not mention what NWM likely does with the countless pages of information they get from the people they don't hire. These surveys also contained a an additional page and a half of questions directed toward you about how you felt about the phone interview and other questions along that nature. The Boston office boasted that they were the only branch that required for 10 of these nightmarish surveys, and I overheard an applicant saying that another branch only required 2. After about 5-6 hours of actual work - plus another 2 hours at least for coordinating these phone interviews, they were completed. ( They require that you meet half these people in person, but since I was displaced from the area in which I was to be expected to sell they made an exception)
- What was your biggest failure/success 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
'Cold Calling' friends of the family and other people whom I've grown to respect and admire just to talk about insurance was one of the most degrading experiences of my life. If you value your network of friends, don't turn them over to Northwestern.
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (New York, NY) in December 2014.
Stared with an interview with the HR head. Then a week later a panel interview. Then an interview with the head of the local company. Then a talk about compensation and a requirement to complete market surveys. This is when the reality sets in and if you can do it or not. The employees are extremely professional and courteous.
Reasons for Declining
I could not do a position that is 100% commission
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Jackson, MS) in July 2013.
I had a phone call for initial screening, then an hour and half interview with the current assistant and the office manager. Then I was called to another 2 hour interview with the current assistant and the financial planner that I would be working for. It was way too long to answer the questions that I had.
- Mostly the interviewers just asked what it was that I did not like to do. 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Bellevue, WA) in February 2015.
I applied for the position via Craigslist, but the company name was not disclosed. I was able to find the email address for a number of recruiters there to send my resume and cover letter to. I received a call from a recruiter after a number of emails had been exchanged. I made it through the phone interview and was instructed to take a candidate screening test, which posed a lot of self-reporting, paradoxical questions. I was then asked in to the first in-person interview where I met with the recruiter and the office manager. I was told I'd be asked back for a second in-person interview with the financial representative I would be assisting. I have not heard back from them yet but was told they've been slow about the process.
- Describe how you consider yourself to be both frank and diplomatic. Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual.
The interview process was quite extensive, although it is understandable considering the potential risk that could result from NW Mutual investing greatly in individuals fresh out of college. Prepare to do a lot of work before actually securing the position.
- Why do you think this career suits you? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee, WI) in May 2015.
Your interviewed in many different ways with the company. The call center interviews 60 people at once in a four hour marathon session. Other positions are less crazy, the higher up in management you apply for.
- He tell me a time when you explain that complicated process to a coworker or a customer. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (New York, NY) in June 2015.
Sent in Resume, was contacted for a phone interview. After that was asked to fill out a personality survey, then went in for four more interview in person with recruiter, two financial representative and then the managing partner. On the second interview they ask you to fill out ten market surveys and get 50 referrals. Very easy task, but allows you to see what kind of work you will really be doing.
- How important is money to you? Answer Question
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