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Principal Financial Group Interview Questions in Iowa

Updated Jun 6, 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.

    Interview Questions


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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
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    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

  4.  

    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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    Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    The interview was pretty straightforward. No unexpected questions as it was strictly behavorial and not a single technical question. During the first round, it's a phone interview that discusses your resume and interests. In the final round, there are many behavioral questions that they expect you to answer thoroughly. As long as you can confidently answer each question with strong detail, you should be great.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example where you demonstrated leadership skills.   Answer Question

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    Investment Operations Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    30 minute phone interview and then an hour in-person interview. The phone interview was very basic, they just went over my resume and asked basic questions. The in person interview was mostly behavior based questions.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had 12 hours of work in an 8 hour workday, what would you do?   Answer Question
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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. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Make sure you have ALL of the following before you even apply. If you don't you are wasting your time.
    1. 4 year degree
    2. "Proficient" (meaning 10/10) with MS Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
    3. Typing skills of 45-55 wpm

     If you don't have these, don't expect to get anywhere. Even a "processor" job which is nothing more than over glorified data entry putting numbers from a paper application into the computer system requires the above. Not sure why that requires PowerPoint but it does.

    Interview Questions

    • Interview questions were pretty basic, what is your background, how does it apply to this position, are you interviewing anywhere else, who is it, and what part of the process are you at? They are very interested in finding out where else you may be looking because this city has a very very small talent pool. They want to know who they are up against, and what the chances are that you will get hired before they get around to deciiding if they want you for the next step. Hiring decisions seem to take about 2-3 months from the time you actually apply. Be prepared with a back up plan.   Answer Question

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    Customer Service Representative Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Submitted app online, called me to set up over phone interview, then called back to do a face to face. Did face to face waiting for them to call or email to offer me the job. Lady on phone couldnt answer any of my questions as to what to expect for face to face interview.


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    Individual Investor Specialist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Falls, IA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group (Cedar Falls, IA) in March 2016.

    Interview

    First is a phone interview. Pretty standard, some behavioral questions. Took about 20 minutes. Beware as this is where they will ask what your salary requirements are. Then is an in person interview with 2 people. Again, pretty standard. Took about 40 minutes. It's pretty laid back, more behavioral questions. They go into pretty good detail about the job and the FINRA 6 exam that is required if you get hired. They are pretty quick and timely with getting back to you.

    Interview Questions


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