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Northwestern Mutual Interview Questions

Updated Mar 24, 2017
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    Financial Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Traverse City, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Traverse City, MI) in December 2016.

    Interview

    The process is competitive. Only one out of 80 interviewees are offered a contract. There are approximately four interviews in total. The first is a short interview with a presentation at the end. Then there is values screening and psychological evaluations. Secondly, there is an in-depth interview with the director. This is followed by a homework assignment involving surveys and a presentation of findings. Lastly, there is an interview with a panel of other representatives.

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    Financial Representative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jackson, MS
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Jackson, MS) in July 2013.

    Interview

    I had a phone call for initial screening, then an hour and half interview with the current assistant and the office manager. Then I was called to another 2 hour interview with the current assistant and the financial planner that I would be working for. It was way too long to answer the questions that I had.

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    • Mostly the interviewers just asked what it was that I did not like to do.   1 Answer
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (New York, NY) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Stared with an interview with the HR head. Then a week later a panel interview. Then an interview with the head of the local company. Then a talk about compensation and a requirement to complete market surveys. This is when the reality sets in and if you can do it or not. The employees are extremely professional and courteous.

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    Reasons for Declining

    I could not do a position that is 100% commission

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    College Financial Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Dallas, TX) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Initial Communication is vague as to what the interview process is or involves, let alone what the job is. Info sessions take place at your school or other similar location, after which you will have the opportunity to sign up for the first of at least three interviews. Know that they are looking at both your character and your behavior. They do not necessarily care about grades, while they do appreciate and respect well earned grades, do not put off an application or pursuit of this program just because your grades are not the best. You should then have two more interviews further exploring your suitability for the job.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult problem I faced was my indecision. The program demands your unwavering dedication and focus. If you cannot make that commitment, do not expect to get an offer.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It's an internship, there really isn't much of a negotiation phase given the nature of the program.

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    Insurance Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Boston, MA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    This was one of the most long winded, and excruciatingly painful interviews I have ever endured. I was first contacted by Northwestern Mutual after they claimed my contact information at a career fair held at my college. Due to the displacement between my college (NY), and the office I was applying for (Boston, MA), I was first interviewed over the phone. During the phone interview I was asked the typical questions, greatest challenges, biggest failures, etc. After I passed this stage I was asked to come in to a group interview in their Boston offices. I drove the 5 hours from college to their office in Boston and waited in their lobby with several other current college students. Finally we were all ushered into a room with a insurance agent who didn't look entirely excited about the presentation he had likely given a dozen times that month. The presentation was typical of any insurance company, a general run through on the difference between term and whole life insurance packages. After about 45 minutes the sales associate handed out a packets to everyone in the room, and we were told that in order to move to the next round of interviews these packets had to be filled entirely. The packets consisted of ten forms, each of which were three pages long. A single form required you to call a friend of the family, a relative, a former associate - anyone within your social 'circle', and ask them a variety of different questions all of which pertained in one way or another to life insurance. I need not mention what NWM likely does with the countless pages of information they get from the people they don't hire. These surveys also contained a an additional page and a half of questions directed toward you about how you felt about the phone interview and other questions along that nature. The Boston office boasted that they were the only branch that required for 10 of these nightmarish surveys, and I overheard an applicant saying that another branch only required 2. After about 5-6 hours of actual work - plus another 2 hours at least for coordinating these phone interviews, they were completed. ( They require that you meet half these people in person, but since I was displaced from the area in which I was to be expected to sell they made an exception)

    Interview Questions

    • What was your biggest failure/success   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    'Cold Calling' friends of the family and other people whom I've grown to respect and admire just to talk about insurance was one of the most degrading experiences of my life. If you value your network of friends, don't turn them over to Northwestern.

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    Financial Services Representative Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Colorado Springs, CO) in January 2009.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter and interviewed. There was an aptitude test required before the interview. After the interview, there was another more thorough aptitude test for personality and sales skills. A score below means there will be no offer. Further interv. with managing director and managing partner, plus informational sessions with 2-3 veteren reps. They require Life and Health + 6 and 63 if you are offered a contract. There is a small stipend during the 3-4 week training process and they reimburse you for a passed test. NMFN is the finest company of its type in the nation but the job is 100% commission and ought to be 90% insurance product sales in the first 2 years in order to make it. They require 2-3 meetings a week, Managing director, mentor, and monday morning accountability sales reporting meeting. The average veteren rep makes 150K+ per year. Top reps make 300-400k.

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    Negotiation

    none

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    Tracy Bannick Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Denver, CO) in February 2009.

    Interview

    The interview process started on an on campus event, in which I handed off my resume. Then three days later I was given a phone call and a date for a face to face interview. After the face to face interview, I was given a personality test to determine my skills as a financial adviser then a second presentation interview was scheduled.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation in which a person at work needed your assistance and required your assistance.   1 Answer
    • Describe a time when you had to work to achieve a goal.   1 Answer
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Logan, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Logan, UT) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Met with multiple people from the office where i would work, to the CDO and Managing Partner. We talked a lot about how this job is difficult but very rewarding. Working with lots of different people as a FA and receiving lots of support from the home office.

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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Troy, MI) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Series of interviews. First was invited for a group interview and presentation then had a one on one interview with hiring director. Was invited then to another presentation with others applying for the intern position where we watched videos and learned more about the position. Have final and last interview next week

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (New York, NY) in February 2017.

    Interview

    First interview was a screening call, the second interview was a little harder, he asked why I wanted to work for NW mutual, and when I gave a typical answer, he did everything he could to rip me to shreds. I didn't get the offer.

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