Insurance Underwriters Job Interview Questions

Are you an Insurance Underwriter? Do you have an upcoming interview with an insurance company? Well if you answered yes to either question, then you should read this post.

Today we look at the job interview questions designed for the Insurance Underwriter profession. Insurance underwriters handle applications for insurance. They analyze and assess insurance applications to identify risks in insurance, associated insurance premiums and extent of insurance coverage. Underwriters take into account company policies and applicable legislation.

Insurance Underwriters Job Interview Questions

Tell me a little more about you.

How would your bosses, colleagues and clients describe you as an Insurance Underwriter?

Describe you experience in the insurance industry?

What kinds of training, courses and programs have you completed related to the insurance industry? For example, Chartered Insurance Professional – CIP designation, Insurance Institute of Canada, Chartered Insurance Institute, London, or Certificate In Insurance – Cert CII designation, etc.

Attention to detail is very important to be a successful insurance underwriter. Tell me about a time when you notice a problem with an insurance application, renewal or contract before anyone else. What was the problem and what did you do about it?

As our underwriter, you provide underwriting advice and answer work with many people from clients to other insurance agents. Tell me about a time when you worked with someone in the insurance industry that you didn’t get along with? What was the source of conflict? How did you resolve this conflict?

How many new and renewal business did you underwrite? What types of businesses and industries did you provide insurance for?

What was the size of your insurance portfolio? How many clients did you deal with?

What is your proudest achievement in your career in the insurance industry?

Why did you chose the insurance industry?

Insurance underwriters work in many different industries and settings.   There are many different job titles depending on the industry and employer.  Here are some job titles relate to Insurance Underwriter:

group underwriter
insurance underwriter
liability underwriter
property underwriter

What kind of salary do you need?

Describe some tricky situations in which you were required to interpret equipment or measurement data.

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Bonus Questions


  • Tell me about some of the steps you have taken to establish long-term, collaborative relationships with groups or individuals.
  • Organizations differ in the extent to which people attend training programs, conferences, and/or seminars. When have you been satisfied/dissatisfied with the amount of exposure you have had to programs such as these. Why? What types of programs were they?
  • What has been your biggest achievement at your last job? What steps did you take to achieve it?

Daily Interview Tip

It's very easy to be so intently focused on giving a good interview that you forget that it's a two-way process. Notice how the reception feels, how people behave towards each other, how the interview is run, and what sense you get from the interviewer. You may even want to ask: "How do you find working here?" Bring your own resume with you (and make sure you remember what you wrote!) and a couple references who have given you their permission. Make sure you have some questions at the end of an interview. You are typically asked if you have any questions about the organization or job you