Northwestern Mutual
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Northwestern Mutual Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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Financial Representative Interview

Financial Representative

Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details – Process was pretty structured. Was put into contact with a recruiter, then set up an interview. Got through the first one but realized the position was not for me. Interview was pretty formal although the recruiter was really nice. Good interview experience

Interview Question – What is your biggest weakness?   Answer Question

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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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Average Interview

Financial Representative Interview

Financial Representative
Syracuse, NY

Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details – The interview took about 30 minutes. No hard questions. The recruiter was very nice and tried to keep me relaxed.

Interview Question – How do people around you describe you?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Easy Interview

Financial Representative Interview

Financial Representative
Newport Beach, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in June 2010.

Interview Details – Amazing, you find out a lot about yourself and what you want and why you are there. Just really cool people and such amazing values.

Interview Question – When was the last time you were faced with adversity and how did you respond.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation it is 100% comisson the first year then after that it is based off of your practice adn how you built it.

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Financial Representative Interview

Financial Representative
Dallas, TX

I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in January 2010.

Interview Details – They will make you feel like it's an honer to get a job offer, in reality, they pay no salary, and if you went to college, they will take you.

Interview Question – Asking you about family and friends, organizations, and not realizing that all they really want to know is how many people you have to call on about life insurance.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None, straight commission

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No Offer

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Financial Representative Internship Interview

Financial Representative Internship

Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details – Interview was a basic behavioral screening. Overall positive experience, decided against internship because of personal reasons.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions; only basic behavioral questions   Answer Question

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Any Position
Milwaukee, WI

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

Interview Details – They will bring you in multiple times and for lengthy interview meetings.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult or unexpected. Expect what you would get from any other place, but they will setup 3-4 interviews on the same day with multiple people. Expect to be there for some time.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They will not negotiate on time off.

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Financial Representative Interview

Financial Representative
Raleigh, NC

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

Interview Details – 3 step; 1. with Recruiter very easy laid back. 2. with actual employee with clients, more professional asked to come up with 150 names and numbers and then a powerpoint of why you are good. 3. bring back the names and present the powerpoint of why you would would be good for the job

Interview Question – Explain a time where you were most annoyed?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Not what I wanted to do

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor

Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details – First interview, and then second interview, followed by a questionnaire. And then last interview.

Interview Question – What motivates you to work? How do you deal with rejection?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Easy Interview

Financial Representative Interview

Financial Representative
Richmond, VA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in January 2012.

Interview Details – This is a three interview process. The first interview is a general one (very basic, asking your strengths weaknesses, etc.) done by the campus recruiter. The second one is a little more detailed and done by a financial representative. The third is a presentation you must give to show why they should choose you to intern.

Interview Question – The Presentation kind of threw me off   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation

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