I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Sentry Insurance in February 2013.
Interview Details – They interviewed me for the insurance representative position. First they went over my past experience and how and why i was no longer employed with them. After reviewing my employment history we discussed what i could bring to the table if hired on. After the interview you go through drug screening right away.
Interview Question – The hardest question for me is explaining why I left another insurance company and going to work for this insurance company. Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at Sentry Insurance.
Interview Details – I was contacted about two days after I applied. They called me, offered sometimes for an interview and then I came in. You get shown to HR, wait for the departments supervisor(s) and then are interviewed. They go over basic duties in the department and what you can expect. They will then ask you questions which are variable depending on the department you work in. Usual questions are "What problems have you faced, how'd you work it out?" types of questions; very basic. After my interview, the supervisors left and that departments HR rep comes in, tells you about the pay, etc. You will then go through a standard drug test mouth swab and if you have no questions, you wait for a call.
You usually have to wait a week for the drug test to go through, but they called me, offered the job, and I was asked to come into orientation the following week.
Orientation consists of filling out some forms, watching some videos about discrimination, getting your picture taken for your ID badge, going over your benefits if you qualify, and then your supervisor will come get you and show you around your department and your day starts.
Interview Question – They were all very basic interview questions, nothing was unexpected or really thought provoking. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Sentry Insurance in October 2010.
Interview Details – I had three interviews total and all on the same day. The first interview was the standard behavioral with HR (also took a saliva drug test).
The second interview was with my future manager and a senior programmer. I thought the questions were very basic for someone with experience. For example, what is the difference between a console application and a web project (.NET). Most of the questions were to gauge my past experience and to verify I actually knew .NET.
The third interview was a one-on-one with a project manager where we discussed project management methodologies and the questions were focused upon whether I was a team player or not.
Interview Question – I was asking how I would go about the process of figuring out the depth of the Mariana Trench by dropping a bowling ball into it. View Answer
The process took a day - interviewed at Sentry Insurance in May 2012.
Interview Details – I had 4 1-on-1 interviews. Two were development managers, one was a senior developer and one was more from the business side of the company. The business guy mainly talked to me about what the company did and how what I would potentially be doing fit into their corporation. The senior developer gave me more of a skills test. I would suggest googling "basic java interview questions" and making sure you know the answers to a bunch of those. And the development managers more just talked to me about the process of the software lifecycle at Sentry and talked with me a lot about my interests.
Interview Question – What is the difference between a list and a map Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not much in the negotiation phase. They gave me an offer, allowed no wiggle room, and I just accepted it.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sentry Insurance in November 2011.
Interview Details – Awesome. It was nice to have someone so straight forward
Negotiation Details – easy
Very Easy Interview
The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Sentry Insurance in March 2010.
Interview Details – Recruited by a 3rd party staffing firm. Proceeded to interview 1 on 1 with the Manager that ran the midwestern states. Meeting went well, proceeded to do a phone interview w/their HR person via phone. Proceeded to the next level...getting flown up to Stevens Point, WI for more interviews.
All went well with everybody except the final decision maker. This guy was dull, dry, no personality, and I could not believe he was in charge of hiring salespeople. Coming from selling payroll, copiers, insurance, mortgages all my adult life, I was told that I did not have the experience to sell something other than a "comodity" and his concern was that I would not be able to handle a longer sales process.
My thoughts are if somebody can sell mortgages when the market is falling apart, health insurance to people laid off losing their jobs, and copiers...copiers are like selling used cars. Please, I think I could have done great. After telling a friend of mine about the long drawn out, inconvenient interview process I was informed that the person I would be replacing was an old roommate of mine several years back. This was even more entertaining for this guy was a fat slob with little work ethic.
Funny but not too much longer I saw another posting for this position. Gotta love corporate America!
Interview Question – In your past sales careers, what was a mistake that you made and why? How did you correct it? What would you have done differently? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Sentry Insurance in October 2010.
Interview Details – Applied online, recieved phone call and interview, scheduled interview. Took 3 hour interview and tests, received phone call back in which they offered the position to me.
Interview Question – how would I handle a claimant that was injured in an accident View Answer
Reason for Declining – Ideclined based on high turn over rate
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Sentry Insurance in September 2010.
Interview Details – Was contact by recruiter two days after applying for the position. Immediately, a phone interview was conducted which was fairly simple (Why are you wanting to join the insurance field, what do you currently do, etc.). Was then scheduled for a 2:1 interview (two managers conduct the interview together) which lasted for one hour. Questions asked were all situational questions, such as "Describe a situation where a customer made you upset and how did you handle it?" and "Tell me what skills you have that you can apply to the position you are applying for?" The interview was fairly laid back as the managers were very informative and upfront on what the position requires. The building and rooms were very organized and the employees and management seemed very professional, in my opinion. However, the interview process was easier than I was expecting.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you had to work with a coworker you did not like. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – As I mentioned, the managers conducting the interview were very informative and upfront with the details and responsibilities of the position. I felt the position did not meet what I was in search for.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Sentry Insurance in September 2009.
Interview Details – Seemed like a very good company to work for. I've been a successful benefits consultant for past 4 years and was an independent multiline broker for 7 years prior. However, I did not score well on their skills test and was not offered a job. These guys are clowns. This test was a joke and these guys have taken a lazy approach to screening prospects. Don't screen talent with psycho-babble old school skills test. Trust your judgement and don't let good talent slip away because some top level manager was sold a "skills testing system". Not sure how long they have been using this system, but if they found the secret to screening talent, then why don't all the great companies use it? Hmmm. Thankfully, I read the other reviews on this site...now I understand how goofy this company is...saved me from wasting my time!
Thank you, skills test!! :)
Interview Question – Take this insane questionaire that includes a skills test and we'll find out if you can sell even though you have a successful track record....ok? View Answer
Very Easy Interview
Interviewed at Sentry Insurance
Interview Details – Submitted resume online, received an initial phone call the following day to set up an in person interview. Met with the district manager to discuss position and details of arrangement. No out of the ordinary questions, mainly behavioral based to determine if you can make it in sales and your networking abilities.
Interview Question – Not being from the area, how do you plan to market yourself and the company? Answer Question
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