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Principal Financial Group Interview Questions

Interviews at Principal Financial Group

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    Commercial Real Estate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Easy, one phone interview and one in-person interview. The in-person interview consisted of two panels of four people. Very fit and interest based interviews. In the phone screen they ask you to rate your skills with Microsoft Office, Argus, and a few other programs.

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    Commercial Real Estate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online then had a phone interview. They asked a lot of behavioral and team work questions also wanted to know about leadership experiences I've had. Heard back within the same day to schedule an in person interview. With this particular department they do a panel style interview where they have 8-10 people interviewing at the same time. Took around a week to hear back after the in person interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What type of leadership activities are you involved in on campus.   Answer Question
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    Commercial Real Estate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online. Received an email to schedule a preliminary phone call with HR - call with HR was interest-based. Final interview was a panel of four employees from different teams. Interview was fit-based, no technical questions as it is an 8 month internship and you will learn everything you need to know on the job. Great people and great company.

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    • Describe you worked in a team, including the outcome.   1 Answer

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    Commercial Real Estate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA).

    Interview

    got in through a connection. The process is 2 interviews, each 45min with 4 people asking you questions. they go over your resume. its very simple and im just trying to get to the 50 word min that this site requires. just dont do anything stupid

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  5. Helpful (4)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview

    3 rounds of interview- all behavioral. Focused on knowing whether individual is good fit for the organization or not. Questions mostly asked from resume. Leadership experience if any would be grilled as they want to hire employees who could be future leaders in the organization. Salary negotiation not required as you would be paid best in the industry

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  6. Helpful (4)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview

    Good, brief ... technical test followed by Tech interview, Mgr interview and HR. Technical test depends on the job role you seek. For development, the technical test checks people for sql and logical aptitude in programming. Make sure you dont quote too high a salary in your expectations since they weed out such candidates after the first test.

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    LDP Interview

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

    Interview

    Called me in early October to set up an in person HR Interview. After the HR interview I was informed in late October that I had made it to the final round (2 day super-day). First night was just mingling with current members of the program and the selection committee. Day two was a campus tour and interviews with the selection committee.

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    Negotiation

    Salary is set.

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    Leadership Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview

    No email, only phone calls. They were last minute with their interview scheduling, but the interview was well done and professional. There were two people asking questions, but the questions were mainly asked by the recruiter. Nothing was particularly notable, and this was just a screening call more or less.

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    • Very general questions, most of them were pertaining to personal experiences. A specific one was to talk about a personal mistake.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (San Antonio, TX) in November 2017.

    Interview

    About to the interview with them tomorrow so I will update the technical questions. Being the first interview for this position and the first interview being comp sci student, I have no idea how it is going ot be.


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview

    I applied online for a (juniorish) SE position, and eventually met with leads from two different teams. They both said they would be working with ETL tools for a few months, but that eventually coding opportunities might come up (seemed more like a Data Engineer role to me). I thought this was odd. Afterward, I met with a team of senior developers who expected me to be an expert in AWS. At the end of the interview, the senior developers told me there was a bit of a mix up on their end and that they were interviewing me for a senior position that needed to know AWS. I had previously been told that no cloud experience was necessary for the position.

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