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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume CV and online and got a phone interview by email.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't remember exactly how it went, but he gave me a scenario and explain all the sum of monetary figures. It was a very broad question that involved specific numbers while reading the newspaper. I have many years of interviewing potential job candidates, and I don't think that it was a well-designed question at all. The interviewer began the call how tired he was as a result of being in a series of meetings between his travels.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Actuarial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Only had the first interview with a couple of guys for the Actuarial Analyst position in Fall 2009. They were asking mostly typical behavioral questions and needed specific examples in the answers. I was told they would contact me within a week to tell me if I have moved on to the next stage of interviewing but it took them more like three weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a situation in which you had to show a great amount of patience with someone you were working with.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by the recruiter and pre-interviewed. This was a basic interview to measure my skill level and go over my resume. I then had a phone interview with the hiring manager and her manager, I assume to see if they wanted to consider me further. Following that interview, I signed permission for a background check and was given a copy of the company benefits. Their scheduling center set me up with 2 more phone interviews and 2 face to face. This consisted of phone interviews with a developer and a project manager who were both based in different cities. I also met face to face with the HR representative for the area and with the hiring manager.

    The actual interviews were not difficult. I think they were trying to determine my current skill set, my aptitude for learning, and overall fit with the company. It was stressed that the job involved some travel as well as lots of overtime during half of the year.

    The employees all seemed intelligent, well spoken, and were overall really happy with their jobs. I did get the impression that they were all really into their work - didn't have much of a work/life balance but were fine with it.

    The benefits package was interesting. I expected a better health plan from an HR consulting firm. They only offer one high deductible PPO option but do contribute towards an HSA for their employees. The PTO was interesting. You had the option to purchase additional hours. The company also offers a pension plan, although who knows how much those can be counted on. Lastly, and perhaps one of the most valuable benefits, the company is very virtual. Some employees work exclusively from home and others just here and there. I think generally, most employees are in the office more often than not but when working long hours, the ability to work from is a great benefit in my opinion.

    Interview Questions
    • I can't remember anything extremely difficult. Maybe how I have handled conflicting priorities for difficult clients in the past.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Actuarial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wellesley, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wellesley, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Typical behavioral interview. Sat through three one on one interviews with the more outspoken and friendly members of the staff. The truth is that these people were the only friendly workers at the company so it gave an unrealistic view of the company. The interview process was not challenging but required you to be able to effectively communicate how you would work on teams and handle difficult situations.

    Interview Questions
    • Be prepared to talk about your social media and how you overcame difficult challenges/obstacles in life.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Without a masters or experience there was very little room to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Actuary Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in May 2008.

    Interview Details

    In general, an average interview in terms of an actuarial interview. Initial phone interview, few questions related to resume. 1 on 1 interview about actuarial exams and possible projects. Didn't get a call back.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Actuarial Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    Talked with the senior actuaries and learned about what the company does. The interviewers asked basic questions like "what jobs have you had", "how many exams have you passed", etc. At the end there was lunch provided.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about actuarial consulting vs other actuarial jobs?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Client Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in May 2007.

    Interview Details

    Watson Wyatt suffers from a heavily matrixed operating structure. They are notorious for taking a long time to make decisions, especially in hiring. I had a couple of competing offers and thus, the process was accellerated for me. I met first with the hiring manager, then with the Managing Consultant at the time, and finally with my boss' mentor and Managing Consultant from a different office. Interviews were not centrally planned. Culture was fairly benign as a visitor; many actuaries in the office, so pretty quiet, difficult to get an accurate sense.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe your ideal work environment (if you could have anything).   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Brief. I didn't ask for all that much above and beyond what I was offered. If you have leverage, you can get the company to make some concessions, but on certain benefits they are inflexible.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in January 2007.

    Interview Details

    Entire process was fast. Easy interview. Interviewed with everyone, even junior staff. More concerned about fit than skill set. 30 minutes each.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Successfully negotiated higher pay. However this is not typical.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Watson Wyatt.

    Interview Details

    There was a series of local and national interviews including managing consultant locally and divisional marketing director.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It was straightforward, not a lot of negotiating.
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    Actuarial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reigate, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reigate, England (UK)
    Application Details

    The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Watson Wyatt in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    At the assessment centre we had several test- numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning. This was followed by an interview with 2 actuaries. The interview was fairly relaxed with standard competency based questions. Some abstract "thinking outside the box" type questions towards the end. Next I had to take part in a role play with a member of their staff which I was given time to prepare for. There was also a group discussion followed by a written exercise.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the daily turnover of an average out of town supermarket?   Answer Question
    • If a man has car insurance with a £200 excess, and pays a £500 annual premium, but wants to increase his excess to £400, by roughly how much would you be willing to reduce his premium?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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