Principal Financial Group Interview Questions in Iowa

Updated Aug 18, 2015
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    Investment Counselor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA).

    Interview

    It was interesting. Me and a group of candidates were invited to meet with a group of managers. We basically all socialized for 20 minutes. Then the managers presented us with information about the position, what was expected etc... We were then pulled out individually by a single manager for a 25- 30 minute individual interview. Next we had a mock phone conversation with a manager who was acting like a disgruntled client calling in and received feedback on how we handled the situation. After that I was contacted and asked if I would like to come back for a 2nd interview a week later. That interview went great. I received an offer and was hired.

    Interview Questions

    • The most critical part was how I handled a role play customer situation with the manager acting as a customer. I was presented with a customer who had been on hold for too long and had a question about their account and some of our services.   1 Answer
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    Commercial Real Estate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA).

    Interview

    got in through a connection. The process is 2 interviews, each 45min with 4 people asking you questions. they go over your resume. its very simple and im just trying to get to the 50 word min that this site requires. just dont do anything stupid

    Interview Questions

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    Market Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    They sent an email and set up a phone interview. However, understanding where the job was located was very difficult from reading the job posting. Online in their website it said they had several locations, but you read the job posting and it said Iowa. Iowa was a deal breaker for me so I couldn't move forward. They did offer me other remote positions and I wrote back that I was interested but never heard back from them after insisting twice.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Principal Financial Group? Really make this answer apply to you.   Answer Question
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    Lead - Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    3 rounds of interview. First round is HR and all questions asked are based on situation and behavior. Second round they call it as Center Of Excellence. Very few questions are technical. Third they say it is at HR Recruiting building, and it is purely technical.

    Interview Questions

    • What technology stack used. Is there a situation that you had a conflict with your team member and how did you resolve it.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Not satisfied with salary part. Asked for increase , said that it is going to be their standards.

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    IT Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Principal first requires that all eligible applicants go through a phone interview. If you make it past the phone interview, you will be invited to come interview in person. I had three different individuals interviewing me with more of a conversation type of atmosphere. Most of the interview questions are behavioral and then they transition into your goals and what you are looking to get out of this work experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a difficult project you had... what about it was difficult? Results?   Answer Question
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    Employee Communications Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    1 Phone interview that lasted about 20-25 minutes, followed by an hour and a half in person interview that required a test of my grammatical and writing skills as well as a question interview. I was asked to write about what my ideal vacation would be, but they did give you four or five alternative options to write about. The test on grammar was fairly easy.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 10 years? After retirement?   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    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
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    Leadership Development Program Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    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
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    ITApplications Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    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.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation associated with internship positions.

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    Leadership Development Rotation Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    They reached out to me immediately after applying. I met with one of the HR people and someone of the program. They were absolutely amazing and welcoming. It was a really warm experience. Keep your resume in front of you because there was a lot of behavioral questions concerning my resume.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me salary in the first interview! This completely shocked me because you have no idea what you will be expected to do, so you can't even put a price on your work yet. It seemed a bit predatory seeing they knew I was early in the job process.   Answer Question
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