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Updated Feb 17, 2015
Updated Feb 17, 2015
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    Investment Accounting Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview Details

    First round interview - Just asked about my resume, skills, why I want to work at Principal.

    Second round interview - Went through my resume again but in more depth. Pretty much all behavioral questions.

    The interview was pretty laid-back, not very stressful. I was expecting at least some technical questions, but I was pretty young and clearly didn't have the experience, and I think they realized that.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview with Human Resources and second interview with panel. All were friendly, but misleading on their interest. Took almost three months to receive a "no thanks" reply. Seemed disorganized on the number of available positions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    IT Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview Details

    I met with them at a booth at my university's career fair. I was asked for an in-person interview the next day. There were three interviewers. Two were from HR and one was a technical interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were not very technical. More just to get to know who they were interviewing.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Principal Financial Group in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 phone interviews , one was by the HR and the other was by two technical leds at Principal and they were expecting some technical answers to their questions but I was interested in Business Analyst role.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Principal Financial Group in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial and follow-up communications with HR were very professional and helpful. He seemed to really care about my future at the company. I was contacted about one week after I applied and the interview was scheduled for the next week. The interview itself was fairly informal (it is an intern position ) and they did a lot of the talking, but I left feeling like I'd like to join the team.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions concerning specific challenging client relations.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Financial Services Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview with hiring manager, basic behavior/personality questions. Brought in for an in person, then had to do project 100. Pretty standard for this type of position, explain who you know and think you could sell to.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Not much negotiating room.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Sales and Service Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Principal Financial Group in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Standard interview. Asked personality questions and my history at work and school. First two interviews were over the phone and the third was in-person. Had to give a 10 min. presentation and evaluate myself on how I did in the presentation.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    none
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    ITApplications Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Principal Financial Group in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Currently I am a third year obtaining my Bachelors in Computer Systems Engineering studying out of state. I Applied online for the summer IT intern program. Principal's response time was extremely prompt throughout the entire process, and they quickly set up a phone call with an HR representative that was my point of contact throughout the entire interview process. The interview process consisted of two main parts. The first was a 30 minute conversation with the HR representative. The second portion of the interview process was a phone conference call. During this second phone interview, Principal took time to discuss exactly what the internship entailed. Additionally, this phone call consisted of two conference style calls with 4 different representatives. During these interviews the following professionals within their respective fields asked various behavioral questions and specific details about school projects as well as personal projects that I had completed over the previous years. I was happy and eager to talk about some personal projects I had completed within android development. A week after my conference calls, I heard back that I had received an internship position for the position I applied in application development.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were not difficult and followed the guidelines of the numerous IT interview I have completed. The large majority of the questions were not techinical. If possible it would behove applicants to review code from previous projects so that one can talk about specific programming details and experiences.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation associated with internship positions.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Leadership Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview Details

    No email, only phone calls. They were last minute with their interview scheduling, but the interview was well done and professional. There were two people asking questions, but the questions were mainly asked by the recruiter. Nothing was particularly notable, and this was just a screening call more or less.

    Interview Questions
    • Very general questions, most of them were pertaining to personal experiences. A specific one was to talk about a personal mistake.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Leadership Development Program Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Principal Financial Group in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through my university in August of 2014, and received a phone interview in September. I attended the final interview round in October and received an offer a few days after. The phone interview was 45 minutes with two people (an HR representative and an LDP associate). The final interview consisted of three interviews (2:1 each).

    All of the questions were behavioral, however, they want to determine your leadership style.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe your leadership style. How does this promote effective teamwork?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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