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Principal Financial Group Interview Questions

Updated Jun 12, 2017
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    Business Support Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA).

    Interview

    I was interviewed by phone with a recruiter following by another phone interview with two person from the specific department I applied under. The interviewers asked very generic interview questions like "what are your strengths..." and had no personality in the process (very robotic and boring). It's too bad because I thought Principal would be a fun place to work for but after the interview, my view shift.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Lawrence, KS) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Applied for software internship online, got an email a couple months later asking to set up a phone interview. The first interview was pure behavioral, interviewer was very personable and questions not too difficult. The second interview was a couple weeks later, also almost pure behavioral.

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about one time where you worked with a team to accomplish a goal and discuss what role you filled in that team.   Answer Question

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    MBA Equity Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview

    All phone interviews, still on going process. Only said I did not get the position because Glassdoor makes me give some answer.
    Everyone very nice so far and wiling to answer questions and provide more information on the company and things like the CFA process.

    First interview seemed more like a weed out process, make sure you're actually a human and know what you applied to.
    Second interview was a mix of do you know what this role is, here is more information about what equity trading at Principal is, and some basic character trait questions.
    Third interview was two separate phone calls with members of the small cap/large cap teams. This was similar character trait questions, asking why I want this role, etc. Coming from a very quantitative background, they asked why I wanted a qualitative role.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you read a balance sheet?   Answer Question
    • What is your favorite book? Have you read any books about this field?   Answer Question
    • Why do you want a qualitative role coming from such a quantitative background?   Answer Question
    • Have you started or do you plan to start the process of earning your CFA?   Answer Question

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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview

    Applied through university's career service. Had a few email correspondences. Interviewed with an HR team lead and then with a Managing Director who turned out to be my supervisor during the summer.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know about us? Why do you want to be part of Principal?   Answer Question
    • What are your involvements around the campus?   Answer Question
    • What is your ideal working environment? company culture?   Answer Question

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    IT Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    The first round was a 30 minute phone interview with a recruiter. This covered basic questions about your experience and interests to see if you would be a good fit for their culture. The second interview was an in-person hour-long interview with three team leaders in the department. These questions went much more in-depth about your experience and previous projects, as well as asking you several standard technical questions (how would you change a Windows registry key, for exampe). They also gave you the chance to ask them questions about the position and what the work would be like.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you go about changing a Windows registry key?   Answer Question
    • How would you go about resetting the memory of a desktop computer?   Answer Question
    • What does VDI stand for and what is it used for?   Answer Question

  7.  

    Financial Accountant II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Phone interview followed by an in person interview. There would have been a 2nd in person interview as well. I enjoyed the questions they asked. It seemed like a really good company.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the most innovative thing you've done in your current position?   Answer Question

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    IT Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    The interview was conducted by phone. The questions were more general in nature and no real technical questions were asked. I was asked how I came up with the dollar amount I desired for salary, which I thought was a little odd. When the interview was over, I was told they didn't have an opening at that time but they were keeping resumes on file for future reference. (In other words, I found out I applied to have my resume added to the bottom of the stack.)

    Interview Questions

    • I noticed you desire $XX,XXX for this position. How did you come up with that number?   1 Answer

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Submitted resume on an online portal, about 1-2 weeks later received a phone call for a phone interview which would be the next week. Interviewed with a woman over the phone receiving details about the internship, duties, pay, etc. and answering base-line character and leadership questions. Then I'm unsure whether I had to take a short quiz asking character and situational questions (I was interviewing for other positions at the same time so I may be getting it mixed up). Received a call the next day to set up a two-step in-person interview, interviewing with two different departments (two people each)-- so in the end interviewed with four people. The interview was at 801 Grand and the security staff were wonderful. After interviewing in person on specific past experiences, achievements and knowledge as well as answering situational questions, I called 3 weeks later as I had still not heard anything. Received a call the day after stating I had been chosen for the internship and since have been able to rank my department choices, and fill out background check information, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Give an example of a time you left a legacy, or started a policy which will continue to be utilized in the future.   1 Answer

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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group in November 2016.

    Interview

    It took around a month for them to call me to schedule a phone interview. The first round was just behavioral questions. They asked about projects done in classes, an experience when I had to apply a new skill, hobbies. I answered them with as much detail as possible. The whole phone interview took approximately 30 minutes. I was told that they would get back with a decision in 2 weeks, but I never got a response.

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    Commercial Real Estate Extended Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Chapel Hill, NC) in November 2016.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with an HR rep that just asked about resume, behavioral questions and etc. She did ask questions about some of the technical skills I listed on my resume so make sure you can back it up if you say you have technical skills. Second round interview was two 30 min phone interviews with 4 people on each. Asked mostly behavior and experiences questions, a couple high-level valuation questions about Time Value of Money principles and etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you talk about your understanding of TVM and the different valuation techniques you have familiarity with?   1 Answer

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