Principal Financial Group Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Principal Financial Group job interview, here are 28 interview questions and answer examples.

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What software programs do you use in your current work and how adaptable would you say that you are in learning and using new programs?

"In my current role, I currently use a program called Zendesk that is an interactive customer support tool. When we started to use this tool a little over a year ago, I was very quick to learn and utilize all of the great functions of the program and have since become a trainer for new staff that join our team. As well, I'm very fluent in the entire Microsoft suite of products and would consider myself an expert on the Outlook, Excel and Word programs."

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28 Principal Financial Group Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. What software programs do you use in your current work and how adaptable would you say that you are in learning and using new programs?

  • 2. List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

  • 3. If hired here at Principal Financial Group to develop iOS and Android software, when would you use a fragment rather than an activity?

  • 4. Here at Principal Financial Group, we are expecting someone with strong leadership skills to take this role. How would you describe your management style?

  • 5. Our clients here at Principal Financial Group expect top-tier service and products and we will expect you to do just that in this role. Have you ever went the extra mile for a client when it wasn't expected? Why did you do so?

  • 6. If you joined the team here at Principal Financial Group, how would you build relationships with those that you would be working closely with?

  • 7. We pride ourselves on our interdepartmental teamwork here at Principal Financial Group. If hired for this role, what kind of team player could we expect you to be?

  • 8. How can Principal Financial Group motivate you on the job?

  • 9. In working with financial data here at Principal Financial Group, what are the steps you would take in the data validation process as part of your work?

  • 10. How would you define what working capital is for a company and what does its measurement mean?

  • 11. Data Scientist is a fairly new role here at Principal Financial Group. Why do you feel that you can make the jump into the financial industry as a data scientist?

  • 12. In your experience as a Financial Analyst, what do you feel is the best metric to gauge a company's future stock performance?

  • 13. If you were asked to review a colleague's code that they had written, what key things would you look for?

  • 14. If hired to this role here at Principal Financial Group, what do you see as one initial hurdle you will have to overcome in your first weeks on the job?

  • 15. Think back over your career up to today and tell me about the most difficult day on the job you encountered. What made the day difficult and how did you handle that situation?

  • 16. In this role with Principal Financial Group, we will rely on your organized and methodical approach to provide financial analysis reporting. What does your current reporting process consist of?

  • 17. The day-to-day life at Principal Financial Group can be hectic and stressful at times. If hired for this role, how would you keep yourself motivated when working with stressed colleagues and pushy clients?

  • 18. Have you ever run into a situation where a company had a positive cash flow but was still in critical financial trouble?

  • 19. One huge philosophy that we believe in at Principal Financial Group is professional development. How have you worked to develop yourself professionally throughout your career?

  • 20. What statistical analysis tools do you have experience working with?

  • 21. At Principal Financial Group, we pride ourselves on providing the best overall customer experience. Talk about your customer service experience and explain why it will help our clients here.

  • 22. At Principal Financial Group, we are building a massive machine learning program and your role as a Data Scientist will be an integral part of that project. What experiences will you bring to that side of this job?

  • 23. What SDLC models are you familiar in working with?

  • 24. Here at Principal Financial Group, we ask our test engineers to follow specific QA protocols. What role do you feel QA plays in software development and testing?

  • 25. What do you consider to be a good litmus test for when you would automate a test process for a new system versus testing manually?

  • 26. At Principal Financial Group, our Financial Analysts have to often work under a tight deadline. Talk about a time you had to work under a tight deadline in the past. How did you handle that situation and what made it a success?

  • 27. At Principal Financial Group, we are always looking for bilingual skills from our staff to better suit and expand our client base. Do you speak any other languages fluently?

  • 28. If you noticed that a company's balance sheet was showing increased amounts of accounts receivables, what future impacts to that company would you consider to be feasible?