Underwriter Interview Preparation Guide
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Underwriter based Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience as Underwriter. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concept

35 Underwriter Questions and Answers:

1 :: Tell me about your financial training and or work experience?

I have not had any financial training. As for my work experience. I have been the insurance world for a very long time.

2 :: Give me a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project?

When our office in Baltimore, MD had problems and I had to work in two states at the same time.

3 :: Have you ever been overloaded with work?

I would not say overloaded. I would say I have handle larger work load.

4 :: Why do you want a career as an underwriter?

Because I love railroad. I was trained by the best person in the industry. I am a young single mother and I want to see where my career can take me.


Turning your strong point into weak point.

For example: I am a perfectionist and therefore, I rarely believe in anyone who can work as well as me. As a result, I am afraid to delegate important tasks to others. This approach has a weak side as that if you are not clever, you will cause the employer to believe that you are cheating him.

Solving your weakness absolutely.

A better approach is that you state one point which was once your weakness, but you have done well to resolve it.
For example: I tended to be a perfectionist, therefore I didn't like to delegate to others. But I have found out that in order to develop the organization, everyone in the organization must be experienced with many tasks and this is very good for an efficient team work.

You need to show it through your attitude and voice: It is really your weakness. And, you may also state some situations how much that weakness has caused you difficulties.

Give your solution to resolve that weakness, partly or wholly.
Solutions to a weakness may be training, mentoring, etc

6 :: How Do You Stay Organized and Prioritize Your Workload?

Underwriters often have several tasks to perform all at once, and many take on dozens of clients at any given time. Your interviewer will want to make sure that you have what it takes to stay organized as your workload grows, and you should be able to explain your method in one or two sentences. "I keep a very detailed planner that I update throughout the day. This helps me remember which cases on which I should focus at any given time. I also use an alphabetical filing system to keep track of each applicant's information so I know exactly where to find what I need." This answer shows your interviewer that you have your own personal methods for remaining efficient throughout the day.

7 :: Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor?

I would not say that I had difficulties with a supervisor, but I would say I have had difference of opinion that after further discussion we came to some kind of a decision.

8 :: What was your biggest disappointment as an underwriter?

I have yet to have any true disappointments as I am still growing with the world of railroad underwriting.

9 :: What attracts you to this industry?

My attraction to underwriting railroad came from Mr Robert Keller. I had the opportunity to work and be train by the number one man in the industry. As you may already know ms duper was also trained by Mr Keller as well and look where she is today. So for me I would like to see were my career as an underwriter takes me.


Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.

Employers look for applicants who are goal-oriented. Show a desire for continuous learning by listing hobbies non-work related. Regardless of what hobbies you choose to showcase, remember that the goal is to prove self-sufficiency, time management, and motivation.

Everyone should learn from his mistake. I always try to consult my mistakes with my kith and kin especially with elderly and experienced person.

I enrolled myself into a course useful for the next version of our current project. I attended seminars on personal development and managerial skills improvement.