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Top 35 Underwriter Interview Questions
Question 1 of 36
If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?
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Question 1 of 36
If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?
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"First of all I would like to say that I understand the requirements of the company and also that I know what might be the expectations from this job. I would make sure that I add value to the company through my presence and work. Also, if needed I would love to volunteer my services as and when needed for any other tasks including training the interns, giving presentations at some other locations on behalf of the company, doing any voluntary work. I will make sure that I understand the company's culture and become an integral part of it and help it in future growth."
Your answer can best be framed along the lines that you are interested in the underwriter role and seeing how you can provide suggestions on efficiencies in the role, opportunities for expanding cross-functional collaboration, being a super user and subsequent trainer of new hires. If you are interested, being a resource for future college outreach/recruiting, may also be attractive to a rapidly growing company.
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Question 2 of 36
Do you have strong computer skills? Which programs are you most experienced in?
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"I am well versed in using SQL and SAP and have the basic knowledge of Netsuit and Microsoft Dynamics along with Excel. I am capable of analysing several complicated cases using these and also of communicating the results to the clients."
As an underwriter you may be required to use several high level software and programs. In addition to standard office tools, be prepared to show your skills in job specific tools and other skills that you have (web tools, scripting, programming, etc.). Don't sound over-confident but an answer that exhibits confidence in this scenario is highly appreciated by the recruiting managers. What is important is that you have a conceptual technical knowledge that helps you in solving the problem at hand and communicate it effectively to the stakeholders.
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Question 3 of 36
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?
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Question 4 of 36
Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you failed to actively listen to a supervisor.
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Question 5 of 36
What motivates you as an underwriter?
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Question 6 of 36
Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Underwriter?
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Question 7 of 36
Why do you want a career as an underwriter?
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Question 8 of 36
Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person and how you handled the situation.
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Question 9 of 36
Are you efficient with your time?
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Question 10 of 36
Tell me something about yourself that is not on your resume.
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Question 11 of 36
Do you consider yourself to have strong research skills?
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Question 12 of 36
If I were to speak with your social circle, what would your friends say about you?
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Question 13 of 36
Successful underwriters must have good judgement and common sense. Would you consider yourself to fit in those categories?
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Question 14 of 36
Do you consider yourself more analytical or a free thinker?
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Question 15 of 36
Give an example where you have had to use your negotiation skills.
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Question 16 of 36
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?
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Question 17 of 36
Give an example where you have supported a loan that did not comply with FHA loan guidelines?
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Question 18 of 36
Give an example where you have had to challenge loan documentation based on fraud detection processes you use.
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Question 19 of 36
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as an Underwriter?
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Question 20 of 36
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 21 of 36
What do you know about our company?
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Question 22 of 36
What has been your greatest accomplishment as an underwriter so far?
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Question 23 of 36
What has been your biggest disappointment as an underwriter so far?
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Question 24 of 36
What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
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Question 25 of 36
Give me a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
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Question 26 of 36
What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
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Question 27 of 36
What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
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Question 28 of 36
How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
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Question 29 of 36
Have you ever been overloaded with work? What did you do to ensure your deadlines were met?
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Question 30 of 36
What initially attracted you to the insurance industry, and what keeps you here?
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Question 31 of 36
What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?
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Question 32 of 36
What do you dislike the most about being an underwriter?
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Question 33 of 36
How would you compare your current job to that of an underwriter?
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Question 34 of 36
Tell me about your financial training and education.
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Question 35 of 36
If not an underwriter, what other role within insurance would you like to be in?
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Question 36 of 36
What are your general guidelines related to applicable ratios (i.e Debt ratios, loan-to-value)
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