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California Casualty Interview Questions

Interviews at California Casualty

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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Outbound Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at California Casualty (Kansas City, MO) in October 2011.

    Interview

    The gentlemen that completed my phone screen seemed very positive and informative about the position.

    Interview Questions

    • This is a high metrics company. Be prepared to explain how you were compared against your peers and how you   Answer Question

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    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at California Casualty.

    Interview

    Assume you are applying for the FBI and do your research and know what they are going to ask as it is all a psychological profiling interview. Know what you would do in every work question they present to you and be sure to put a positive spin on it.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your most difficult works situation and what did you do to resolve it?   Answer Question
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    Outbound Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leawood, KS
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at California Casualty (Leawood, KS) in June 2018.

    Interview

    One of the worst overall experiences I've had in the job search. The recruiter over the phone was great. He grilled me on a 45-minute phone interview and that went well. However, after going through that, a long online assessment, application, and having 5 references contacted, I met with the 2 direct managers. They couldn't have been more unprofessional or unqualified. Mind boggling how these 2 are the decision makers for the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you used technology to perform a task.   1 Answer

    California Casualty Response

    Jul 17, 2018 – Assistant Vice President, Talent Acquisition Mgr & Sr. HR Business Partner

    We are sorry to hear that you feel your interview experience was unsatisfactory with California Casualty. As a customer focused company, we aim to provide the best service to our insureds, groups... More


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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at California Casualty in January 2015.

    Interview

    Painful. The first 10 minutes I listened to the recruiter read from slides rapid fire, like he was reading a telemarketer script about what CAL CAS does, offers etc. Then he launched into 5 excruciating interview questions. He was even apologizing by the end and counting down saying "we only have 1 more..."
    On top of that they had you fill out a 500 question personality quiz before they would set up the phone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • They use the STAR strategy for interviews. Situation Task Action Response. I knew this going in so I was prepared but the questions selected were not really applicable to my experience. It made me wonder if they had even read my resume before calling me, I struggled to answer a couple of them because I didn't have that type of work background. They should tailor the STAR questions to the candidate to get better answers. Or ditch it all together and ask targeted questions of the candidate based on work history, hobbies, personality etc. It was a long interview too - over an hour on the phone and it was the longest hour of my life.   Answer Question

    California Casualty Response

    Jun 24, 2015 – Assistant Vice President, Staffing Manager

    We are very appreciative that you have shared this feedback with us. Our goal is to make sure we are selecting the strongest candidates that we believe will fit within our company culture and be... More


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    Underwriting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at California Casualty in December 2016.

    Interview

    I had three interviews over a span of three weeks. The first was a phone interview going over my resume, and asking a few general STAR questions. The second was in person with two people. One of those people would be my direct boss. The third was also in person with the department manager, and the assistant department manager, and was a more casual "get to know you" interview.

    This position was not entry level, and throughout the interview process it was made very clear that internal candidates are preferred. I thought it was odd they kept repeating that, but it can't hurt to have interview experience. All of the interviewers were very nice, though.

    Interview Questions

    • Did you ever have a project not turn out the way you wanted? What was your hardest decision regarding a client? What do you need in a department manager? What do you need from a supervisor (direct manager)? Have you ever disagreed with your boss? If someone in another department asks you to break the rules because they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford to feed their family, how would you handle the situation? What systems do you use? How do you organize/prioritize your day? What does dependable mean to you? Why CalCas? Tell me something about you that is not on your resume.   1 Answer

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    Senior Programmer Analyst II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    Initial interview with recruiter went well. Selected for next stage. Was asked for online skill survey for references. Went well. Waited for multiple weeks to know the final result.Sensed something off in the Recruitment process. Advice to the Job seekers is do not spend time over online skill survey unless the recruiter is very sure of the vacancy. There are some pilot projects related to online skill survey for which you could be a candidate. As needed just give 1-2 professional references do not spend time over online skill surveys

    Interview Questions

    • None just the online skill survey   1 Answer

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    Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at California Casualty (Phoenix, AZ) in October 2009.

    Interview

    long term employee who was hired as temporary adjuster then moved up ranks

    Interview Questions

    • behavioral competency questions   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    none

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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at California Casualty (Colorado Springs, CO).

    Interview

    It was extensive but California Casualty only hires the best, so that is to be expected. The HR team is very welcoming and I loved talking with them on the phone.

    Interview Questions

    • They are situational questions- you think back to a past situation and tell them all about it.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did no negotiate- the offer was above my expectations- they pay very well


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    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at California Casualty (Colorado Springs, CO) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Not impressed
    questionable if resume submitted was reviewed recruiter questions not applicable to my experience, work history, or education level
    Lengthy "presentation" of CA Casualty-not necessary as info readily available on website
    Canned blanket scripting- not tailored to individual candidate
    LIcensed-yet recruiter explained licensing classes?? Not applicable
    Disclosure statement read citing previous criminal behavior/record grounds for termination
    Licensed producers can NOT have criminal records (?????)
    Required to pay for licenses needed in 40+ states ($3000-which they provide a loan for????)
    Recruiter stated software not current ( higher end product using outdated software ?????)
    Product is higher end/priced more than most competitive coverage for niche market to be sold as a "benefit" to those who serve-Heros deserve a quality product, providing superior coverage, value, at affordable rate, for their contribution to the community.Where is the group rate advantage in this?????
    Recruiter ill equipped to answer direct/specific job related questions-offered nothing more than job posting ad-restated same info
    Recruiter types answers to questions-not efficient-completing a regular job application online eliminates this lengthy time consuming part of their interview
    Initial testing typical of this size company, STAR behavioral interview questions
    Excitement and enthusiasm for this company squelched after this interview experience
    Might be a great opportunity-recruiting process lengthy, comes across as a solicitation vs invitation-previous reviewer described is painful-concur with assessment

    Interview Questions

    • Typical STAR interview questions-tell me about a time when you had a difficult customer/ conflict/angry customer/etc. Questions not geared towards sales. Interactions as a sales rep shouldn't have difficult customer, conflict resolutions, angry customers-those questions pertain more to customer service-after a product is purchased. Sales is overcoming price objections/obstacles, educating the value of product, providing adequate coverage needs. Sales is presentation, not conflict resolution-that generally is under servicing a policy. Disappointing that recruiter wasn't versed in differences. Better understanding of differences would lead to more appropriate probing. Tell me about a time you overcame a slump in your sales, telling me about a time when you overcame price objection, tell me about a time when you increased value awareness and upsold a policy.   1 Answer
    • Questions about previous work history, dates, nature of the jobs held previously. All those stated in resume-not sure why that wasn't reviewed before phone interview.   1 Answer

    California Casualty Response

    Jun 24, 2015 – Assistant Vice President, Staffing Manager

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding your recent interview with California Casualty. We understand that the interview process can be challenging. California Casualty is built upon a 100 year... More


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    Field Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Leawood, KS
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at California Casualty (Leawood, KS).

    Interview

    When you read the reviews that the interview process is very in-depth, this is extremely true. Overall, the interview process took close to two months for final offer. Starting with a general HR phone interview, personality assessment, reference check by 5 different employers, followed by another in-depth behavioral question type of phone interview, mine was with two different managers. Then I had a panel interview in person with three different people, similar behavioral questions. You will be expected to give exact details so be prepared. After this there was background check and
    an offer was made. I enjoyed the process it was very detailed however as far as I can tell the company is obviously looking to hire people who are going to stick around long term and build their career here so they don’t want you to waste their time. Very thankful for my offer!

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you the best candidate out of all of the other talent we have coming in today?   Answer Question
    • Behavioral STAR questions   Answer Question

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