Woodmen of the World Life Insurance
3.2 of 5 23 reviews
www.woodmen.com Omaha, NE 1000 to 5000 Employees

Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 23, 2014
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Field Representative Interview

Field Representative
Rockville, MD

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance in May 2013.

Interview Details – Information provided by managers during the interview process was very selective. They only tell you what you need to know, when they want you to know it. Weeks or months later they tell you new information that would have been very helpful in making that decision whether or not to work for WoW.

Interview Question – You are told upfront that you are an independent contractor, not an employee. However Area/State managers still like to micromanage to the smallest details. They don't tell you that you are a captive agent until you have already invested a couple of months of time, money, and energy into getting licensed.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They were very pleasant and agreeable in the interview/negotiation phase but play hardball when the contract is underway. Managers encourage competition rather than cooperation among the field reps.

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Customer Service Representative Interview

Customer Service Representative
Omaha, NE

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance in July 2010.

Interview Details – Took a long time for a call back after applying. Had to take some test then called back for interview. Basic questions like describe a time you.....

Interview Question – Describe a time you...went above and beyond, had a conflict, etc.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didnt negotiate

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Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Omaha, NE

Interviewed at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance

Interview Details – Typical interview process is
1. HR screening phone call (first-pass elimination)
2. Hiring manager reviews the resumes that make it past HR
3. Hiring manager selects the candidates to interview (HR sets up the interviews)
4. Hiring manager interviews the candidates (2nd pass elimination) and decides which ones make it to the next stage (usually 3-5 candidates)
5a. Candidate is asked to take the Emergenetics and/or Profile XT assessments to understand their behavior and thinking characteristics
5b. Panel interview is conducted with A) position's peers, B) Hiring Manager's peers, C) Hiring Manager's superiors
5c. Candidate may be asked to complete timed written assignment in office at the end of panel interviews
6. Panels meet with Hiring Manager to provide input on which candidate is best
7. Hiring Manager takes into account all inputs, intuition/gut feel, and assessment results and makes final decision
8. HR extends offer and negotiation takes place on the offer (salary, etc)

Interview Question – HR is now moving to a behavior interview model, and uses canned questions from Lominger depending on which "competencies" the hiring manager thinks are important attributes in this role. Behavior questions are all "tell me about a time when you...handled a conflict/disagreed with supervisor/etc. etc."   Answer Question

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Systems Test Engineer Interview

Systems Test Engineer
Omaha, NE

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance.

Interview Details – Office is very spacious and modern. Pepole were extremely friendly and gracious. I was able to navigate up to the proper floor and get in for my interview easily. While the interview was difficult at times, I did not feel I was losing points per-se for not having all the experience they were looking for.

Interview Question – They asked questions specific to my technical knowledge of systems and development   View Answer

Negotiation Details – They were very understanding and willing to work to make me happy

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Very Easy Interview

Field Representative Interview

Field Representative
Louisville, KY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance in March 2011.

Interview Details – You can contact an area manager or they might contact you but they will hire pretty much anyone because the turnover rate is so high

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation

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Field Representative Interview

Field Representative
Cary, NC

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance in November 2010.

Interview Details – Started with a phone interview (just to screen out the applicants and gauge their interest).

Followed up with a first round 1-on-1 interview where he explained the company's goals, objectives, and pay structure.

Next step was an IQ and Personality test online, where the results were reviewed in the second interview.

Lastly, a background and drug test was required before contracting was an option.

Interview Question – Would you be alright accepting a position that is entirely commission-based?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – 100% Commission, nothing really to negotiate

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Field Representative Interview

Field Representative

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance in February 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process is pretty straight forward. Be prepared to take a test online that the manager forwards you the link for shortly after the initial interview. Seemed like an IQ and personality test. As with any insurance carrier, ask a lot of questions, even the ones that seem too dumb to ask. Remember, the manager that is interviewing you is a SALESMAN.

Interview Question – I asked "how the pay works".   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Somewhat on the "transition pay" which amounts to about $2000 the month you go to Omaha for a week.

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