XL Group
3.4 of 5 57 reviews
www.xlgroup.com Dublin, Ireland 1000 to 5000 Employees

XL Group Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 31, 2014
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Environmental Underwriter Interview

Environmental Underwriter

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at XL Group in June 2011.

Interview Details – Round robin style with lots of folks to make sure you "fit" their culture. Typically a candidate will be interviewed by 6 or 7 people and then after the interviews the group will "roundtable" whether XL wants to hire that person. One powerful, opinionated voice can knock down all the other voices.

Interview Question – Pretty standard stuff really. Looking back I think they were focused on finding employees that would not question or make suggestions to improve the process or organization. Most of the questions were about one's willingness to collaborate with others on account decisions.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – They exceeded what I was asking slightly but get it all before you join. Bonuses are thin because no matter what your achievement you will always be rated as average and get a lower bonus.

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Actuarial Intern Interview

Actuarial Intern
Exton, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at XL Group.

Interview Details – I heard the position from my professor and then I received an email for interview. There are two rounds. I had a phone interview with an actuary first. Then I was invited to the Exton office and had interviews with five actuaries there.

Interview Question – Normal interview questions. Prepare everything on your resume. Also they asked me about the difference between Life Insurance and P&C since I had an internship in a life insurance company before.   Answer Question

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IT Procurement Intern Interview

IT Procurement Intern

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at XL Group in April 2013.

Interview Details – Typical interview with questions about resume and background

Interview Question – To describe my class work   Answer Question

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Anonymous Interiew Interview

Anonymous Interiew
Stamford, CT

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at XL Group.

Interview Details – First round - Phone screening with HR Talent Acquisition Lead.
Second round - In person interview with the Hiring Manager and HR Manager.
Third round - In person interview with the head of the department.

Second round of interview process is very important as you will be working with the hiring manager. The hiring manager and HR manager spend about 45 mins each inquiring about your personality, job experience, and educational knowledge. In order for you to clear the interview, You need to have the skills and experience for the job you are applying for.

Interview Question – Why should we hire you?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation - very generous offer

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Nov 14, 2013

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Global Claim Actuarial Intern Interview

Global Claim Actuarial Intern

Interviewed at XL Group

Interview Details – First round HR interview, very nice lady. Then I was contacted by the HR next day about the second round interview. Video interview with an actuary. I think they are looking for someone with years of experience.

Interview Question – Normal questions, but in detail in what you have done in the past.   Answer Question

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Summer Intern Interview

Summer Intern
New York, NY

I applied through college or university - interviewed at XL Group in April 2013.

Interview Details – I meet with 2 supervisors from different department. they are nice.

Interview Question – your innovation in your previous job   Answer Question

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Summer Actuarial Intern Interview

Summer Actuarial Intern
Exton, PA

I applied through college or university and interviewed at XL Group.

Interview Details – I applied through an alumni connection. After applying I was promptly contacted to set up a phone interview. Even though I was studying abroad for the semester they were very willing to work with my circumstances. Shortly after the phone interview I was contacted about a second interview. This was traditionally an in-person portion, however due to my study abroad we used google video chat. This was the final interview and about a week later they made their decision. I really appreciated their willingness to work with my circumstances and their promptness with each step.

Interview Question – I was asked which lines of business I was most interested in working with. It really required me to have done my research and to understand the lines.   Answer Question

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IT Group Interview

IT Group
Stamford, CT

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at XL Group in February 2012.

Interview Details – Met with the head of IT and some of the people that work for him. Nice group, friendly.

Interview Question – Was I available to work weekends?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Was not in a position to negotiate. Accepted the offer given.

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Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
Hartford, CT

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at XL Group in August 2010.

Interview Details – Communication was very good with the company and they were timely. Somewhat redundant questioning in the interviews, but was fairly well organized. The process consisted of two phone interviews with HR and the general manager. The on site second round was to meet the team. Interviewed with two members - an existing business analyst and a technical lead. They identified that I was a better fit for another area, so were very flexible in shifting the focus and getting a member of another group to come perform an interview. Office environment was fairly updated with nice break room areas on each floor. There were tons of windows, so the natural lighting helped with the atmosphere.

Interview Question – Describe in detail a current project you've been involved with and how you elicited requirements from various stakeholders.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The position was not a good fit for my skillset and the salary was less than my current position.

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No Offer

Positive Experience

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Human Resources Financial Analyst Interview

Human Resources Financial Analyst
Stamford, CT

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at XL Group in November 2010.

Interview Details – I interviewed for a HR Financial Analyst position, it was a financial analyst that would work from the HR department. I had to do three rounds of interviewing; the first round was with the hiring manager, his peer, someone else from HR and my potential peer it took about two hours. Second round of interviewing which was a lunch interview took about one hour and it was in the buildings cafeteria, and the third was with a senior executive via web conference, she makes the final decision so you must impress her.

The interview was fair with expected questions such as my experience, strengths, weaknesses, maybe a few process type questions about how you would handle a certain situation you should expect "normal" questions that everyone should be prepared for, no curve balls.

The overall experience was a very professional one they provided me with an itinerary of who I would interview with and the times, directions to the location, before the interview I was offered water everyone was very nice and the culture seems friendly. I was very disappointed that I did not get the job I was told by the recruiter that the other candidate was given the offer

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