Underwriter Interview Questions

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Why are you the best candidate for us?

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List of 36 Underwriter Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    Why are you the best candidate for us?

  2. 2.

    Why do you want a career as an underwriter?

  3. 3.

    What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?

  4. 4.

    Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you failed to actively listen to a supervisor.

  5. 5.

    If not an underwriter, what other role within insurance would you like to be in?

  6. 6.

    Tell me something about yourself that is not on your resume.

  7. 7.

    What motivates you as an underwriter?

  8. 8.

    How would you compare your current job to that of an underwriter?

  9. 9.

    How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?

  10. 10.

    What do you know about our company?

  11. 11.

    What do you dislike the most about being an underwriter?

  12. 12.

    Tell me about your financial training and education.

  13. 13.

    Do you have strong computer skills? Which programs are you most experienced in?

  14. 14.

    If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?

  15. 15.

    What has been your greatest accomplishment as an underwriter so far?

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    What has been your biggest disappointment as an underwriter so far?

  17. 17.

    What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

  18. 18.

    Give me a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.

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    Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?

  20. 20.

    Have you ever been overloaded with work? What did you do to ensure your deadlines were met?

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    What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?

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    What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?

  23. 23.

    What initially attracted you to the insurance industry, and what keeps you here?

  24. 24.

    When will your current project be completed, or when will be the next logical time to be able to leave on good terms with your team?

  25. 25.

    Give an example where you have supported a loan that did not comply with FHA loan guidelines?

  26. 26.

    Give an example where you have had to challenge loan documentation based on fraud detection processes you use.

  27. 27.

    What are your general guidelines related to applicable ratios (i.e Debt ratios, loan-to-value)

  28. 28.

    What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as an Underwriter?

  29. 29.

    Are you efficient with your time?

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    Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person and how you handled the situation.

  31. 31.

    Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Underwriter?

  32. 32.

    Do you consider yourself to have strong research skills?

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    If I were to speak with your social circle, what would your friends say about you?

  34. 34.

    Successful underwriters must have good judgement and common sense. Would you consider yourself to fit in those categories?

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    Do you consider yourself more analytical or a free thinker?

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    Give an example where you have had to use your negotiation skills.