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Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative Intern Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in March 2014.

Interview Details I applied through my college career portal, and received a phone call approximately 3 days later. The first phone call was considered an interview, which consisted of pleasantries and some base information about the company. From there I was invited to a 2nd interview (group interview) which consisted of other prospective interns. The 2nd interview was less about engaging with the interns, and further education on what Northwestern is and what it expects from interns. Shortly after the group interview I was invited back for a 3rd interview, and was e-mailed a personality test. The 3rd interview was all about the intern, and finding out from the recruiter if you fit in with the company. I was also assigned a project; or a "Market Survey." The point of this is to gauge how others feel about you as a financial representative, and finding out how comfortable you are at asking friends/family for referrals. At the 4th interview I met with the intern captain, and that person had the final say on bringing me aboard. From this point you start the official job application, and begin studying for the life insurance state exam. The cons: This is a commission based job, and as such it will require you to roll up your sleeves and work hard. The Pros: You can get many licenses while in college, and your hard work is rewarded. If you think this job is for you then please examine your business attire, the other students came in looking sloppy. Perception is reality and first impressions set the tone.

Interview Question – The whole interview process was very informal, so just brush up on common interview questions.   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details The interviewing process included four steps. The first interview was a typical interview that asked basic questions getting to know me. The second interview was fairly odd. I was told I had to interview my interviewer. Before scheduling my next interview, I was told I would have to have ten surveys (half that I knew/half that were strangers) completed that asked for fairly personal financial information. I did not go back.

Interview Question – The interviewer asked if I knew anyone else that would I thought would be a good candidate for the job, and then immediately offered them an interview that day.   Answer Question

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Financial Representative Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Minneapolis, MN (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in April 2013.

Interview Details Easy

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself (personally, professionally, and financially) in ten years?   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Sacramento, CA (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in November 2013.

Interview Details Three Rounds, three 1-on-1 interviews. All last about an hour each. Quick and painless. Recruiters are nice and evaluate your qualifications.

Interview Question – What was the biggest struggle that you've faced in life and how did you overcome it?   Answer Question

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Financial Representative Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Newport Beach, CA (US)

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in May 2013.

Interview Details The hiring process was very straight forward, after submitting an online application I was notified of my application having been received. I was contacted within a week through e-mail by a college recruiter who asked some general questions. Following the string of e-mails I was asked for a phone interview where my morals and ethics were the focus, the recruited asking the questions was engaging and inquisitive regarding every aspect of my answers. The final step of the interview was a presentation to the college recruited on a market analysis of potential clients for financial services.

Interview Question – I was asked for a specific instance of anyone I knew who had an experience with a financial representative and how it went.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was an intern, there was no negotiation. Strictly commission based with a weekly stipend upon receiving state license number.

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Financial Representative Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in April 2013.

Interview Details Total of three interviews. The first two are very behavioral. "Tell me about a time when...". Very friendly people and environment that felt more like a conversation than an interview. The third one is a presentation. As an interviewee, you are given some homework after the second interview, and you report your findings in the third.

Interview Question – Tell me about your biggest failure? How did you overcome it and what did you learn?   Answer Question

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Financial Representative Intern Interview

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Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details Process took about a month. Quick to call back. This is a sales job, but with a well respected, serious company, so know what ou are getting into. Worked with two different hiring managers who were both very pleasant and professional. Overall very positive experience for a sales oriented career in insurance and finance.

Interview Question – They gave me two weeks to get in touch with 9 people and collect 45 references.   Answer Question

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Financial Representative Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Albany, NY (US)

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in January 2014.

Interview Details Consists of 3 interviews. First is very basic and just behavioral questions. I will be going for my second one soon. Left first interview with homework assignment of finding a list of 60 contacts (mainly friends and family). Although calling friends and family does not seem fun, some family friends actually do need insurance and will be willing to obtain it through you. I find this as a stepping stone to other big internships.

Interview Question – Conversation flowed smoothly and did not seem stressful at all.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Menlo Park, CA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northwestern Mutual in May 2013.

Interview Details The first interview was very standard. What are your strengths/weaknesses? When have you had to overcome adversity? Pretty straight forward questions. My interviewer was very friendly and relaxed. She was mainly interested in my ability to articulate thoughts clearly and demonstrate some level of personal determination. She gave me an "assignment" where I had to contact a number of people and interview them on their experiences with financial services. After that, I had a second interview which was pretty much designed to iron out the details. All in all, it was a pretty straight forward process. The people were nice and helpful. Nothing to stressful.

Interview Question – None of the questions were particularly unexpected or unusual. I think my interviewer may have asked me what kind of animal I would be, but that was mainly to see if I could think spontaneously. There was no right or wrong answer.   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Northwestern Mutual

Interview Details Phone interview, then a skype interview. Asked to write down 100 people I know. Aked what I know about the industry.

Interview Question – What is Insurance?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – none

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