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Cigna Underwriter Interview Questions

Updated Feb 10, 2017
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Underwriter Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hartford, CT
Declined Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cigna (Hartford, CT).

Interview

Applied in Boston area via school website. Had first round at school. Second round in Hartford, CT. Fairly hard interview with a tough second round that has two sets of two interviewers. Each asks some behavioral and analytical questions. Overall it was not to bad other than one of the interviews who was a jerk.

Interview Questions

  • Q. Name favorite restaurant. Take 3 minutes to map out how many customers they would have on the busiest night. Make sure you come up with a single number and be able to back it up.   1 Answer

Reasons for Declining

Job was not for me.

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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Cigna (Hartford, CT) in November 2016.

    Interview

    Fairly average in terms of difficulty. Started by applying to the ULTRA Program online directly via Cignas website. After waiting about a month, I was invited to group interviews at a state university.

    First interview involved myself and two Underwriters from Cigna who had graduated from ULTRA. Consisted of several analytical questions, but more behavioral than anything else. Typical interview experience, nothing unexpected. Be sure to answer analytical questions correctly, and ask good questions at the end.

    Was contacted a day later for the second and final interview, which took place at the Cigna HQ in Bloomfield/Hartford, CT. Was told that I'd be meeting with two upper Underwriters of Cigna, soon learned that this interview process actually consisted of TWO 30 minute interviews with TWO different upper Underwriters. Again, involved more analytical and behavioral questions that would determine how I suited what Cigna looks for in their Underwriters. Questions involved being able to handle quantitative questions, my experience with data analysis, how I would work with others in Cigna, and past work experience.

    After completing both interviews, was walked out of building and told that I would hear back before Thanksgiving (a 4 week time period). Heard back a little less than a week before Thanksgiving with an offer from Cigna by a phone call, and accepted the position immediately.

    My Advice: PRACTICE. Think of any interview question that they could ask, and come up with several different answers that would work in an interview. Be sure to emphasize your experience in data analysis and why you fit this position. This applies to any interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you influence car drivers of the United States to drive in the left lane of a road as oppose to the right lane?   Answer Question
    • Think of your favorite restaurant. On a typical Friday night, how many customers do you think they would have for that night? Explain your answer, and how you came up with that number.   Answer Question
    • Imagine that you're working with our Sales team here, something that you'll do often. It's a Friday, and you have two co-workers that have equal amounts of work that must be done by the end of the day. How would you help each of these co-workers reach their goal by the end of the day, if possible?   Answer Question
    • Explain a time where you've had to deliver bad news to someone you've worked with, whether it be a customer or a co-worker.   Answer Question
    • Explain your experience with data analysis.   Answer Question
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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cigna in November 2016.

    Interview

    The first interview was over the phone around 30 minutes with the department manager. It was just getting to know you type questions and giving you a chance to highlight some things in your cover letter and resume. They also explain the job to you. The second interview was approximately 90 minutes with 5 different people in HR and the Underwriting department. They asked you harder questions about your work experience and a few mental math questions. They just want to see the process in how you formulate your answer.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when overcomed a difficult challenge   Answer Question
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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cigna (New York, NY) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Applied via school job website. Received an email for an interview. Interview process went well. Asked personal questions then moved onto some mental math questions involving percentages. Waiting to hear back.

    Interview Questions

    • You have 7 pool balls and a scale. You have two tries to find the ball that weighs less.   1 Answer
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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cigna (Philadelphia, PA) in March 2016.

    Interview

    I had a 4 hours long interview with about 10 different people. It was the standard process for the underwriter position and ended with a presentation on 1 of 3 topics (wellness, resilience, or diversity) followed by a quick Q&A about it. there were 3 sets of 2 interviews and the presentation. Each interview was done in a pair none one on one. There was also a shadow portion. I thought I did very well on the interview but did not end up getting an offer. Each interviewer was very different and I found it most challenging to connect with any of them. After the interview my take on the position had changed and it was very singular with less interaction with others than i expected. Also, I asked about Obamacare which apparently didn't effect the position at all and they though was random made for an awkward moment.

    Interview Questions

    • what is 9% of 46?
      Tell me about a time you made something simple to understand.  
      Answer Question
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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Cigna (Nashville, TN) in October 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online for the Underwriting Leadership Training and Risk Assessment Program. After applying two weeks later I did a telephone interview with two associates from the Underwriting department. The interview took place on 10/2715 and it lasted for about 30 minutes. THe phone interview was pretty basic.
     4 parts
    a. introduction of the associates
    b. talk about yourself
    c. behavioral questions
    d. questions
    The interviewers stated that the starting salary would be mid- 40's and that they would not be hiring anyone until 01/2016. At this time I am waiting on a call back to see if i made it to the next round of the interview process

    Interview Questions

    • If you were given a total at a restaurant of $65.00 and you wanted to leave a 20% tip how much in total would you pay.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    none

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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Franklin, TN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cigna (Franklin, TN).

    Interview

    Filled out an application online. Was contacted in about a week by phone. Was asked about my availability, why i was interested in the position, and if i was looking for full time work. Was told she would share my information with the hiring manager and would contact me if she wanted to move forward. About a week after that i was contacted to schedule an interview. Note that since the recruiter is not local they will not know exactly how things are at a certain location. I was told to go to the security desk, show my id, and tell them i had an appointment with the underwriting specialist. When i arrived there, there wasn't a security desk and not alot of insight of where to go. I thought i was going to miss the interview but luckily a young lady assisted me with finding my way. The recruiter stated i was going to have two separate interviews with the director and specialist. I ended up having one interview with three managers all together. First they introduced themselves, told their roles and how long they had been with the company. Then asked me to tell them about myself and go through my resume. I was asked questions about excel (what functions ive used), when was a time i had to make decisions as i went along, how would i think decisions are made to determine risks, how did i think they determined risk in an employer setting. Described the position and asked what exactly i felt would give me trouble about the position. Overall, it was a good experience. My interview was today so I'm not sure if i will get an offer or not so I answered no offer. I just wanted to get my review out to fellow interviewers while it was fresh on my mind!

    Interview Questions

    • If I sale a product for $100 and 10% sales tax is included how much would it cost   2 Answers
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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phila, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cigna (Phila, PA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    I was at their office for their final interview, which consists of a presentation and 2 rounds of interview. First thing I notice is that the entire office does not have a single minority male. It seems like hiring some old minority females will fill more of their diversity/protected class quotas more efficiently. They asked basic behavioral questions and some analytical questions. They will ask simple arithmetic questions and some slightly harder analytical questions. I got all the analytical questions correct. Apparently, hardly anyone get some of the analytical questions correct. Which led me to believe I would have an advantage since I got the questions right. No offer.

    Interview Questions

    • How many golf balls can fit in a bus.   1 Answer
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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cigna (Nashville, TN).

    Interview

    I had two phone interviews before I was asked to come in to the office and speak to a three seperate managers. I was notifiied that I had the job if I wanted it in a very timely manner.

    Interview Questions

    • Everything they asked of me was expected. No curveballs or BS questions were thrown in there.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They offered me a job and I accepted.

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    Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cigna (Philadelphia, PA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Two interviews, weren't very stressful at all. The first interview was a phone interview and your recruiter is very friendly. Second interview was two on one, but management does a great job on making you feel comfortable and relaxed.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think underwriters do? What are some key facts about Cigna, such as earnings, number of countries cigna operates in, etc. etc.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They call and I received an offer, it was a fair starting rate, so I did not feel the need to negioate it any higher, from what I could tell, I was offered more than some of the other interns.

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