Are job fairs really effective? According to some, yes. In fact, one candidate on Glassdoor highlights how their time was well spent by attending a local job fair in Connecticut. As a featured review of the month, here is how one job seeker went from job fair to interview with Northwestern Mutual in just a few days…
First, it’s important to note that Northwestern Mutual’s hunt for ‘brand talent’ is a good sign considering that the U.S. insurance industry lost 3,400 jobs in October, which is the 12th consecutive month of losses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). On the plus side, BLS also revealed that in terms of average weekly earnings for non-supervisory positions, life insurance employees saw the largest rise in earnings—5.7% to $989.23 (See here for more: Life Insurance Salaries).
For the lucky job fair candidate, his/her Northwestern Mutual’s interview process experience was very positive, from first point of contact through to the interview:
- Recruiter followed up with job seeker two days after job fair to coordinate an interview
- The interviewee reports an overall positive experience during the process and that the interview was ‘very easy’. Note that 62% of Northwestern Mutual job candidates report a positive experience as well and only 6% report a negative experience.
“The interview was open and real…feel like they know exactly what they are looking for and when they find it they essentially are there to confirm their feelings and see how you react as they begin to sell the company, structure and culture.”
“It’s an easy interview if you are as open as they are and are a good fit for what they are looking for…some companies seem to still put you through some hoops even when they know they want you.
In addition to the one-on-one interview the job seeker garnered by attending a job fair, they were also asked to take a personality test. At the end of the day this one interviewee did not garner a job offer, but it is important to keep in mind that the candidate was able to network with other industry contacts, and it gave them the opportunity to work on improving his or her interview skills.
If you are up for an interview with Northwestern Mutual or another life insurance company, here are just a few questions from the Glassdoor community that you should be prepared to answer:
- What kind of sales experience have you had? – Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor Position
- Why are you leaving your current position? – AIG Attorney Position
- The interviewer asked what kind of skills I have that would contribute to the job and company. – New York Life Sales Agent Position
- When you disagreed with your manager’s decision, for ethical, personal, or business reasons, what did you do? – Prudential Financial Services Associate Position
To read up on more Life Insurance interview reviews and questions for specific positions at specific companies click here.