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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Trainee, Underwriting at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: To be yourself and show your personality.

Interview Advice: As above - try and relax so you can show who you are.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Make sure you try to demonstrate the skills that you have and how you could apply them to the position. Research the company and how they differ to others in the industry.

Interview Advice: Be sure to know your application form and CV inside out, and be prepared to answer any questions on these.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Use each stage of the application process to highlight your own personal strengths and experience and prove how these make you suitable to the role. Many applicants will have similar applications so try to and highlight how yours stands out.

Interview Advice: Be diligent with your CV and application form as they will be closely scrutinised in interviews. The interviews focus more on you and your experiences rather than how much you know about insurance; be sure to prepare for questions about your achievements and experiences and link these to a potential career in insurance.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Assistant Underwriter, Maidstone SBT at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: 100% apply. The time and money invested into you is really encouraging and Allianz really want you to progress.

Interview Advice: You can't prepare enough. Once you reach the assessment day it's a long and draining experience but if you are aware of what's going on in the industry, at Allianz and there values/behaviours then nothing should come as a surprise. Lastly just be yourself, don't try to impress anyone and be someone you're not.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure you do your research into the company, its values and the insurance industry. A bit of research goes a long way! Try to relax and be yourself.

Interview Advice: The usual competency type questions based on the company values. Also questions on what products Allianz sells etc., on the insurance industry and the position of Allianz within the market.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Property Treaty Underwriter, P&C Reinsurance at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Demonstrate your curiosity and desire to learn. Swiss Re is full of experts who have so much knowledge to share. Apply for a job that sounds genuinely interesting, rather than one which seems to offer good career prospects for the future. If you don't enjoy your work, you won't be motivated and will struggle to be successful!

Interview Advice: Reinsurance is not an obvious industry for many graduates. Being able to demonstrate your knowledge about how it works will set you apart. At Swiss Re, we take pride in the value we bring to society through building financial resilience. Take a look at our website and explore some of the projects we have worked on in the past (e.g. micro-insurance, index linked solutions for governments etc.)

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Management Trainee, Several at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Understand why you want to work in Insurance and the reason for your choice of scheme. There are several available all with their own pros and cons, understand these and the reason you have gone for this scheme and not others.

Interview Advice: Understand what Allianz does to promote it's brand, not just the financials. Also learn as much as possible as you can about the changes the company and the market is going through at the moment. There are lots of external and internal changes in the news that you should prepare to be asked about.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Assistant Underwriter, Engineering at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Don't be put off if you don't have any relevant experience/don't know much about insurance. A little bit of research will go a long way.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Standard STAR structure - nothing unusual about the question set. Read up on what issues are affecting General Insurance at the moment from PwC/Deloitte reports and Allianz/Competitor annual reports.

Interview Advice: Standard competency questions and aligned to Allianz values (see the website). Be prepared to do a SWOT analysis and be forward thinking - spot opportunities.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Graduate at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Research the company and how they maintain their reputation in the market. Evidence all your experience and how this relates to skills you have. Be sure to include something that makes you stand out.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to answer questions about your CV, experience and what you know about the company. It is important you can show that you are personable and can build relationships with the people you meet on the assessment day.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Know your stuff. Do your research about the industry as well as the company. Make sure you know what you're talking about and don't be afraid to put your hand up and admit when you don't know something.

Interview Advice: Be honest about yourself and your goals. Don't say what you think the interviewer wants to hear, say what you think. A diverse range of people who think in different and interesting ways is far better than a collection of people who can only think the same way.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Market Underwriter, Market Underwriting Nordics at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Focus on yourself and not so much on the others.

Interview Advice: Be passionate, talkative and polite.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Graduate Trainee, Property Treaty at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Try to have a range of things that you have done on your CV - they want to see that you are a well-rounded person. Make sure you come across as someone that can work hard, but is also able to be part of the culture here.

Interview Advice: Do your research into the company and the classes of business they write. Be yourself in the interview, they want to see who you really are. They are all approachable people.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Claims Management Analyst, Claims at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Be flexible and open to learn.

Interview Advice: Have your high school maths skills refreshed.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Intern, Property and Casualty underwriting at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: You're doing the right thing!

Interview Advice: Know what value you intend to bring to the company, they will most likely ask you this.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Underwriting Assistant – Political Violence, Political Violence at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Make time to understand how the Lloyd's Market works and how Chaucer as an underwriting syndicate fits into this. Look at the lines of business that Chaucer specialises in and see what areas are of particular interest to you. This will help you be able to explain why you want the role.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Underwriting Assistant, North American Property Treaty at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: - Research the role & Lloyd's/London market. - Learn about the different products Chaucer offers. - Work out how your skills are suited to an underwriting role.

Interview Advice: - What challenges are facing the Lloyd's market?

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: It really doesn't matter about your academic background: it's about you as a person, the skills you possess and the prospect of your potential. The application process is straightforward and worth your time!

Interview Advice: The assessment centre is definitely an opportunity to see if the company is right for you, as well as vice versa. I recommend speaking to all the employees involved in aiding the assessment centre, as you need to network as part of your time on the scheme, but speaking to those who have experienced it will really help you on deciding if the role is for you! Be confident and most importantly: yourself. Finally, show you can think outside the box, but also apply logic and common sense in the team-based activities!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Service Operations at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: It really doesn't matter about your academic background: it's about you as a person, the skills you possess and the prospect of your potential. The application process is straightforward and worth your time!

Interview Advice: The assessment centre is definitely an opportunity to see if the company is right for you, as well as vice versa. I recommend speaking to all the employees involved in aiding the assessment centre, as you need the ability to network as part of your time on the scheme. Speaking to those who have experienced it really helps you decide if the role is for you! Be confident and most importantly: yourself. Finally: show you can think outside the box, but also apply logic and common sense in the team-based activities!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

Risk Selection Consultant, Risk Selection at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Have a broad range of experience and knowledge. My degree (Geography) made me a jack of all trades - normally a disadvantage but it really helps as an underwriter. Being able to draw upon expertise in several different fields is incredibly helpful when dealing with multiple types of insurance.

Interview Advice: Be engaging and driven. This trainee scheme is very much about giving you support in order to be the next generation of leadership within the business. If you can demonstrate leadership skills and independent thinking early on then you will be off to a great start.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee Underwriter, Underwriting at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: There will be many graduates applying with the right skill set. Be sure to include some information that will make you stand out from the bunch.

Interview Advice: Underwriting within the Lloyd's market is face to face trading so your people skills are extremely important. Be sure to let these skills show through in your interviews.

Industry: Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee Underwriter, at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Be aware that you will be excepted to give your best in every 3 month rotation.

Interview Advice: Be open, calm and receptive. Be prepared but also think about your personal interests (you'll be asked about your hobbies).

Industry: Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Scheme at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: As with most interviews it is important to research the company thoroughly, knowing the values, different classes and position within the market. Tokio Marine Kiln combines interpersonal, externally facing employees with strong expertise so it is important to demonstrate you would be a match for that kind of environment. Consequently, portraying yourself as a well balanced, intuitive individual with a genuine interest in insurance, and in particular underwriting, goes a long way.

Industry: Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Underwriting at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Be yourself and show a wiliness to learn.

Industry: Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Underwriting Analyst, Treaty Property at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: If you are a strong rounded candidate then they will give you a look. Involvement on campus and in the community outshines academics alone. This will translate to the job as you work with many teams outside your given role.

Interview Advice: Be yourself but be sure to demonstrate your interest in the company. It is a tremendous opportunity and if they get any indication you would leave early it will be tough to hire you.

Industry: Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee Underwriter, Graduate Scheme at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Take your time to learn about the company.

Interview Advice: Make sure you know your CV and application form inside out and be prepared for any questions about either.

Industry: Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate, Underwriting at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Interview Advice: The London insurance market is all about building relationships, use your personality to demonstrate you can do this on the assessment day.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Nothing different to any other job application.

Interview Advice: Whilst no real insurance knowledge is necessary, have a basic understanding before you go to interview. i.e. of what the company insures, who its main competitors are, any developments in the market etc.

Industry: Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Underwriting at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Have insurance experience or show what relevant areas of research and expertise you can apply. Open to learning.

Interview Advice: Try and stay calm.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Account Executive, Broker Sales & Distribution at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Know your competency based answers inside-out and also know how Allianz UK is different from its parent company.

Interview Advice: Learn the Allianz values.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Management Trainee, Graduate Trainee at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Do some research into the current insurance market so you can provide examples in your answers, also look further a field to Europe...

Interview Advice: To do some research into the different roles within an insurance company, not just about the brand. Show that you know/ or are interested in Claims/ Underwriting/ Sales with some examples. Also try to demonstrate what makes you human - what motivates you/ what else you could bring to the company?

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, Operations Retail at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Apply early but take your time. The application process will close once the organisation has all the people they want so don't miss out. There is no need to rush to submit an application you're not happy with, make sure it's your best work before sending because it is your first impression.

Interview Advice: Relax. You'll perform your best if you are relaxed and confident. The best way to be relaxed is if you prepare. Have a plan and do your research on the company, it's values etc. If you leave the day happy with your performance then you've done your part.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be confident and learn some of the basic roles of insurance professionals, e.g. brokers underwriters etc.

Interview Advice: Confident communication and ability to build rapport are key to success.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Allainz Management Trainee, Multiple placements at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Really learn what the company does and what it stands for. It revolves a lot around its commercial principles and ambitions so research what these are. Also, a sure fire way of being rejected is by saying the company name wrong. It is pronounced al-eeeh-anz.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Read over publications from the big consultancy firms on the future trends of insurance to give you an idea of what the industry is facing.

Interview Advice: Very basic advice, but use the competencies listed on the graduate website - prepare an answer for each. Try to consider just the here and now, but also have a future outlook and consider business impact.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Lancaster at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure you research the industry. Research competitors and what distinguishes us from them.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Comercial Insurance Graduate, Fleet at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Show confidence and passion throughout the entire application process.

Interview Advice: Learn the company values and apply them to each question.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Management Trainee, Rotations at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: The rotation management scheme is all about being trained up to be a future manager, so you need to be personable and passionate, and understand the business you're applying for.

Interview Advice: No one's trying to trip you up at the assessment day, so just be calm and prepare as much as you can by keeping up to date with recent insurance industry news and Allianz communications.

Industry: Underwriter

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AXA

Underwriting technical centre- property, Property at AXA

Application Advice: Show company and industry knowledge. Show eagerness to advance in your career.

Interview Advice: Think about what competencies the assessors might be looking for in role play activities. Use STAR to structure your interview answers, think of lots of good examples of team work and leadership.

Industry: Underwriter

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AXA

Business Leader Graduate, at AXA

Application Advice: Research the company and the wider insurance industry.

Interview Advice: It is a long assessment day but everyone will try and make you feel comfortable.

Industry: Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Claims handler, Claims at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Be yourself, research the company and Lloyd's market.

Industry: Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Underwriting Assistant, International Casualty Treaty at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Take the time to research the goals and aims of the company before hand to get a good feel for how the company operates and how you can help fit into this. It is also important to be honest and open with your application as dishonesty will not be sustainable throughout the process. Ideally you want to be evaluating the company at the same time as they evaluate you in order to check that the company is somewhere that fits you.

Interview Advice: Again, just be yourself and be honest. Try to relax and answer the questions in a considered and structured way. It often helps to prepare some answers to common questions beforehand so when the question is asked you have an answer or relevant scenario ready in your mind rather than having to think on the spot.

Industry: Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Treaty Underwriter, Treaty Underwriting at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Be open minded and come to challenge the status quo!

Interview Advice: Practice and love team work. No one can go further working alone.

Industry: Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Business Development Manager – Graduate, Business Development at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Be flexible on location, show creativity, be willing to challenge existing assumptions.

Interview Advice: Avoid dry, overly technical presentations. Be professional.

Industry: Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Graduate Trainee Underwriter, Rotational at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: For the assessment centre make sure that you are yourself throughout the day. Make sure you do your research into Chaucer as well as how the Lloyd's Market works and potential challenges currently facing the industry.

Industry: Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Graduate Underwriting Assistant, Underwriting (rotational within underwriting) at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Research the Lloyd's insurance market in detail and gain an understanding for how it's a Market (not an insurer) and the service it provides to its syndicates. Learn about Chaucer's lines of business, with thoughts towards which areas of underwriting are of particular interest and why. My main point would be to understand how specialist insurance is different e.g. to personal lines insurance and to show a genuine interest in the market. Also focus on why you want to work for Chaucer, looking at how it differentiates itself form its competitors.

Interview Advice: There was a large focus on team work in the competency-based interview questions.

Industry: Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Graduate Trainee Underwriter, Treaty, Energy, Casualty, Marine at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Research Lloyd's, the London market and the products offered by Chaucer. Make sure you know what competencies are required and try to have some examples ready.

Interview Advice: What are some of the challenges facing the London Market?

Industry: Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Client Manager, Client Markets at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Be relaxed, don't panic, do not over do it. The profile they look for is very clear, all graduates got along great. We are all very friendly and open and being smug and a know it all won't help you at all.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, if you don't know ask questions, don't be afraid.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Research the company! We're very values driven and customer focused, make sure you can convey your understanding of that.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, assessment centres have only around four interviewees. The assessors are looking at your attitude / potential more than any innate knowledge.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Graduate Trainee, Retail at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: In terms of application, I personally think it is great if you bring in some university experience to the problem based scenarios; however, I would say Allianz as a business appreciates more of a mixed application so try to bring through examples from your previous work experience or some volunteering you have completed.

Interview Advice: My assessment centre comprised of a business problem/case study and an interview. During the interview some of the questions from the initial application form are discussed so I would suggest that all applicants save their initial application form and have a bit of a read before they enter the assessment centre. There is no correct/incorrect answer to the case study. It is all about how you articulate and present your arguments. Be prepared to be questioned on your decision!

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Allianz Management Trainee, Brand at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Do some research on Allianz and its affiliated companies.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate – Commercial Underwriter, Commercial Underwriting – Small/Medium Enterprises at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be yourself - there's no point pretending to be someone else to get a job, you'll only end up with both yourself and your employer disappointed! This company desires technical ability but above all the ability to work with others and to collaborate. A strong team-ethic will serve you well.

Interview Advice: The usual competency-based questions - make sure you have examples ready of times when you've worked as a team, influenced others opinions, overcome challenges etc.

Industry: Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Graduate Underwriter, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: - Use all online resources at your disposal to give yourself an edge including student forums etc. - Run some searches on google to get an idea of any hot topic issue in the industry. - Anything you are able to drop into interview conversation regarding

Interview Advice: - Be professional & structured in your answers, but don't be afraid to show some personality. This isn't a time to be cracking jokes, but smiling (where appropriate), building rapport with the interviewer, & touching on a few outside of work interests wil

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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AXA

Process Analyst, Business Change at AXA

Application Advice: Things are changing at AXA and in insurance as a whole. Ideas and a drive to innovate both in terms of products but also in terms of technology are key to succeed in this industry so make sure you understand the recent initiatives in technological and product innovation both within AXA and within the wider industry and come with your own ideas and takes on the ideas you have heard.

Interview Advice: The best advice I could give for interview is to ensure you understand that insurance is a people industry so when you come for interview expect exercises designed to test your ability to cope with management, difficult situations in meetings and general communication skills.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Show you are keen, do research on the industry and local market.

Interview Advice: Show flexibility and enthusiasm.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Management Trainee, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Answer questions fully, and try and make your answers different, so you stand out.

Interview Advice: Make sure you understand the company, try and find out as much as you can.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Management Trainee, Claims/Commercial/Retail at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Understand Allianz's values. They really matter to the business, so if you can align yourself to them, it will be noticed. Know what Allianz does - we are a very complex business, with lots going on.

Interview Advice: Prepare for the competency interview with a STAR matrix (situation, task actions, results), for various questions - team, leadership, etc.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Underwriter, Retail at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Try and give some examples outwith university - part time job or any voluntary work you may be involved in. Make sure to research Allianz and the role you have applied for. This research is checked in the telephone interview.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Everyone at the assessment centre has reached the standard for the graduate programme so the centre is an opportunity for you to see if you like the style of the company and for the assessors to see if you would fit in the culture.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Underwriter, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Underwriters need to have a logical brain - if you approach the interview with a pragmatic approach you will be an ideal candidate - furthermore they are looking for sociable people as people don't just buy the product they invest in the people they are buying from - make sure you show you are outgoing, ingratiating, and friendly.

Interview Advice: Have a basic knowledge of commercial insurance - understand some of the market but more than anything show off your technical qualities and analytical skills as well as your personal and social skills.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Underwriter, Commercial – Property & Casualty at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be honest and open to yourself about your skills. Really consider what you have to offer and why you would make a good employee.

Interview Advice: Believe in yourself. Really consider why you are worth hiring and be confident explaining the reasons.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Management Trainee, Claims at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: To have a good general understanding of the industry as a whole and the opportunities and threats it faces presently. Investing your time in activities which will provide you plentiful varied examples for the competency questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Energy Underwriting Graduate, at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Be yourself, research the industry and what we do and don't be nervous on the day, no-one is trying to catch you out

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Non Marine Claims Graduate, Claims at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Make sure you understand what Lloyd's is and get across why you want to work in this industry.

Interview Advice: Make sure you research the company and Lloyd's properly and have questions prepared.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate, Underwriting at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Show an interest in insurance specifically. Have good social skills

Interview Advice: Be relaxed

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Enterprise Risk Graduate, at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: -Thoroughly research both Chaucer and the Lloyd's Market. -Relax & be yourself

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee – Customer Service, Customer Services at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Take a look at the NFU Mutual Personal and Leadership star competency sets online, it's good to be able to evidence that you have used some of these characteristics before.

Interview Advice: Assessment centres and interviews are much more relaxed than other companies, assessment centres are in small groups (around 4) and the interviewers are friendly. Try and prepare some responses for questions based around the NFUM Competencies, but don't memorise them word for word. It's good to let your personality come through!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be knowledgeable of the company and show an enthusiasm for the role, previous experience would also be helpful

Interview Advice: Be passionate about the company and know why you want to work for Allianz

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Understand the nature of the business and go into the assesment centre and interview prepared and in positive mind. In the assesment centre ensure that you allow your voice to be heard and take a questioning and inquisative perspective to the activities you are given. Ensure that you prepare for competency based questions.

Interview Advice: It's a competency based interview, read the job specification again and ensure that you can outline examples for these competencies.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Underwriter, Property & Casualty at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Thoroughly research the company and the role you are applying for to ensure you are prepared.

Interview Advice: Try to draw on some practical examples to back up your answers to interview questions.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Customer Services at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Become familiar with the business model, and the ethos of the company, before you decide if it is where you want to be.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, at the end of the day you will not be able to play a character for the rest of your career, so why start like that. Research is vital, and so is taking the time to familiarise yourself with the interview format and the brief.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

Graduate Trainee, Underwriting at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Understand the company and its values

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Management Trainee, Rotational throughout at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Spend time on the application, research the company in depth and relate questions to experiences you've had and things you've done. It's all very well saying you're motivated but prove it with examples.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, its probably the most relaxed interview I've had allowiing me to be myself and speak truly. Learn about Allianz UK, not so much Allianz SE

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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NFU Mutual

Professional Trainee, Rotational at NFU Mutual

Application Advice: Be yourself and ask questions - make sure you are the type of person who is willing to go on the look out and actively seek challenging pieces of work.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have thought about the culture of the NFU Mutual, its background and what makes it unique and how your set of skills and experiences can help you develop within the company.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Market Underwirter for Sub Saharan Africa, Africa at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: You need to be open to a very different environment and networking is probably one of the most important aspects here.

Interview Advice: The Assessment Center (for Graduates) was definitely doable. You can not really prepare since they are testing your overall skills. You can however prepare for the Numeric test.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: The TMK application process is quite extensive, but my advice to any potential applicant would be to see this as an opportunity to learn more about the company that you could be working for, for the next foreseeable future. I found that my confidence and conviction that TMK was where I wanted to be and where I would be suited grew with every successful advancement through the application stages. When it comes to the actual interview process, the structured assessment day can be quite tiring but again see the whole day as an opportunity to make an impression. Don't be discouraged by the odd difficult question, as you will find that you will be given opportunity to make amends and impress as the day progresses. The key piece of advice that I can give any potential applicant is to focus on the role and know that it is what you want to do. I can speak from my own personal experiences and those of friends when I advise that spreading yourself thin when it comes to graduate role applications will greatly reduce your chances of being successful. TMK and other recruiting companies alike will dedicate a lot of time and effort to finding out as much as they can about you as an applicant because they want to hire the correct applicant; therefore it makes sense that you adopt a similar approach to finding out about the role and the company.

Interview Advice: The questions that I faced ranged from general ones about my interests to insurance industry specific questions. I tried to use every opportunity to show my enthusiasm for the company and for insurance. I didn't really face too many competency questions but that is not to say that they couldn't throw some at you, but then with these as with all questions I would just advise that you think the question through and don't rush into answering. I can't imagine that you will face many interview questions where there is a specific correct answer but just take the opportunity to exhibit a rational and logical through process. The early stages of the application process will include some competency/numerical tests (probably online) so try and get a little practice in for these to ensure that you are confident when it comes to dealing with time pressured tests.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Commercial – SME at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Don't be afraid to be passionate - this company appreciates individuals passions, and in such a large environment there are roles for people with virtually every interest set.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: My advice is to apply. You can apply for different roles, that is not seen as a problem.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be curious and enjoy yourself at the interview. Interview questions are standard as you can find on the internet.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Property Fac Underwriter, Facultative UK at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Don't hesitate to apply, with any type of background, Swiss Re is open to different profiles / encourages diversity.

Interview Advice: Do not sell yourself too much, that does usually not help at Swiss Re.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Do not expect to make a career in 6 months, it takes time, but you learn a lot.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Good preparation regarding company, role and business in general. Know what distinguishes reinsurance from other financial services.

Interview Advice: Questions regarding understanding of the role, basic ideas and concepts of (re)insurance and motivation for applying for this particular job.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Automotive Accounts Executive, Sales and Distribution at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Research the industry and ask yourself if this is something you really are interested in

Interview Advice: Be yourself and don't be afraid to show that you have experiences away from work/university in your telephone interview - life experience and extra curricular activities are valued highly.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Graduate Commercial Underwriter, Commercial Property and Casualty at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Know the industry and be highly selective in choosing which company suits you- each insurance company is very different and has a very different culture! Want to complete industry studies as well as working Have some experience, even just a couple of days Have a couple of recent industry examples- read industry press

Interview Advice: Have good examples to illustrate answers Be yourself and be honest At the assessment day- keep on the ball all day, even when you think you are not being judged!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Underwriting Propositions Consultant, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Apply early, research the industry, company and role. Attend careers fairs and speak to company reps.

Interview Advice: You have nothing to lose. Prepare well and perform without any pressure.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be yourself/demonstrate your personality. Try not to underestimate or hide your character.

Interview Advice: Take your time, be enthusiatic and do your research! Allianz is a big, big company - you should know how big.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Underwriter, London Market Property Owners at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Allianz is a great and supportive company. I highly recommend doing the Summer Internship as it gives the opportunity to see if you like the role

Interview Advice: Try and get a weeks work experience in a broker or underwriter so that you can talk about why you want to work in insurance. Give expamples of team work; how you can make decisions under pressure and how you are analytical.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Motor Trade at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: #NAME?

Interview Advice: as above

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Property & Casualty at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Find something to make you stand out and different

Interview Advice: Smile, be pleasant and appear willing

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Graduate Trainee, Graduate underwriting roation at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: During the application, always try to ensure you are answering any questions that are asked directly and carefully. However most importantly I would say that candidates should just be themselves and try to give and honest representation of the sort of person they are rather than trying to compensate or pretend to be someone else.

Interview Advice: If possible, try not to be worried by the people who are interviewing you. Everyone is extremely friendly and they are not trying to catch you out. Just be yourself and allow the interviewers to see your personality.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Underwriting Graduate Trainee, Rotation at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Research Lloyd's of London in order to gain an understanding of how the market works and Chaucer's role in it.

Interview Advice: Ensure you prepare well and be yourself at the assessment centre

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Rotations at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Show that you are a well rounded individual who can adopt to most situations. Kiln are't looking for somebody who can already underwrite insurance, but more for somebody who will fit into the company well.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for a lot of interviews, and make sure your answers are delivered in a positive manner.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee Underwriter, Rotational at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Aside from satisifying the mandatory requirements, the most important factor I think the company looks for is personality - why are you unique. The insurance industry, in particular the Lloyds platform is all about forming relationships and working with people. Your personality will form a key aspect of this ability to build relationships.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee (Underwriting), Graduate at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Take an interest and learn more about insurance in general and the London and Lloyd's markets in particular.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Aspen Insurance

Underwriting Graduate, at Aspen Insurance

Application Advice: Apply early. Differentiate yourself. Research the company and industry.

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Aspen Insurance

Assistant Underwriter, FINPRO at Aspen Insurance

Application Advice: Spend time actually understanding the industry and risk Know your own CV very well Understand the role and what is being asked of you

Interview Advice: Demonstrate how you can be a team player. Remember ATTITUDE IS GREATER THAN ABILITY

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Aspen Insurance

Graduate Underwriter, Professional Indemnity at Aspen Insurance

Application Advice: Present yourself as well rounded

Interview Advice: Life experience and attitude is more important than work experience

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

Claims Adjuster, Claims at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Do as much research on the company/industry as possible. Anyone you know working in the sector make sure you talk to them about their experience and try to glean as much knowledge as possible.

Interview Advice: Values are very important to Catlin, having the right attitude will matter so read the Catlin values. Read the insurance press as this will provide you with material for questions on current events prior to your interview.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Trainee at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Ensure that you have fully researched the company, the specific role you are applying for and any topical issues taking place in the insurance market. It is also advisable to have some understanding of the Lloyd's market. Think about your key skills and how you are tailored to the role you are applying for.

Interview Advice: If you have thoroughly researched the company and thought about your key skills then you should be well prepared to answer any questions in an interview.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Zurich Financial Services

General Management Graduate, Personal Lines at Zurich Financial Services

Application Advice: A range of people are on the scheme, but you need to be prepared to put the hours in and there is a big focus on networking.

Interview Advice: The assessment day is tough but enjoyable. It compromises a group exercise, a case study, a competency based interview and a presentation.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Zurich Financial Services

General Management Graduate, Construction at Zurich Financial Services

Application Advice: Do your research on the basics of the company and practise the psychmetric tests to get used to the structure before applying. Give detailed descriptions of each one of the competency questions. If possible, I would thouroughly recommend trying to find someone within Zurich who can help with the ethics and General Insurance market composition.

Interview Advice: The best advice I can give is again to know the basic structure of the company (How many countries do they opperate in? How many staff do they employ? What are their basic principals?) as well as knowing how they fit with why you want to apply (i.e. I want to apply because the company emphasises the importance of teamwork and I work extremely well as part of a team...). I would also suggest reviewing any competency questions and answers.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Zurich Financial Services

, at Zurich Financial Services

Interview Advice: Previous experiences Demonstrating when you have worked in a team, faced something difficult, faced a conflict, managed time

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Zurich Financial Services

Graduate Risk Engineer, Construction Underwriting at Zurich Financial Services

Application Advice: Come in with your eyes open and a willingness to learn. A background interest in this sector is essential, but not question is a bad question.

Interview Advice: Ensure you have researched the company. You will always be asked why you are choosing to work for an insurance company. If you say "because I've always been interested in insurance", you will probably not get any further... no-one was interested in insurance before they get into it, they go into it because of the variety of the work, different projects etc. Be truthful.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Zurich Financial Services

Market Underwriter, Financial Lines at Zurich Financial Services

Application Advice: Do your research; take the time to really understand the industry and the company. The resources are out there and they'll explain very carefully what's expected of you at each stage so there's really no excuse for being under-prepared. But it's not just about reciting facts and figures, understand what drives the industry and what drives you to want to be a part of it.

Interview Advice: The interview is a fairly standard mix of questions on motivation and experience. Be prepared to elaborate on everything on your CV. Relax and try to enjoy it, they want you to succeed, if you can gain a rapport with the interviewers then you'll be half way there.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Zurich Financial Services

Assitant Market Underwriter, Charities at Zurich Financial Services

Application Advice: Try to go into as much detail about your past experiences, examples of working/projects and achievements. The more detail that is added, the more that you sell yourself and get across your potential. Try and use a variety of examples in the answers to any questions as it shows that you are well adverse to different challenges. Tailor your answers to show how you meet the companies values, traditions and beliefs. This shows that you have the correct mindset to work in the business your applying for and share the same beliefs.

Interview Advice: Be very optimistic and and engaging with your interviewer. Try and get your personality across as well as your business acumen. If challenged, stand by your original statement and be prepared with additional information which backs up your arguement or claim.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Zurich Financial Services

Market Underwriter, Zurich Municipal at Zurich Financial Services

Application Advice: Make sure you understand the key competencies that they are looking for and what these mean and give strong examples of when you have demonstrated these competencies

Interview Advice: Try not to let your nerves inhibit your performance, let the desire for the job shine through in your answers. Give clear, articulate responses which can be achieved by thorough preparation ahead of the day

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Underwriting at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Make sure that you CV shows that you are not a one trick pony.

Interview Advice: Do not worry too much about proving how intelligent you are, instead show that you have a rounded personality and are easy to get on with.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

Underwriting Assistant, Professional Indemnity at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Research the company and show how you represent the core values.

Interview Advice: Catlin looks to employ 'Catlin people' so you will get the job by getting along well with your interviewers, as well as ticking the requisite boxes.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

Graduate Trainee, Claims at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Put some thought into aligning your answers with Catlin's Values and showing how your work and personal experiences have demonstrated these in practice. Be honest and use real examples.

Interview Advice: Be nice! A bright and friendly personality counts for a lot so make sure you seem interested and confident. Don't worry too much about not having lots of technical knowledge specific to insurance, but do try to show some commercial awareness and do some research about Catlin's history and business beforehand.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

Underwriting Assistant, Terrorism at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Examples of 5 values.

Interview Advice: Other examples than those used in application. Be yourself. Catlin like 'Catlin People' so that is more likely to get you in, in my experience than being amazingly clever etc... Certainly by the interview stage.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

Graduate Trainee, Business Management at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure you research the company and know about the values of Catlin.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

ERM Graduate Trainee, Underwriting Management at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Know the Market and company background, but more importantly just be yourself! Any experience working in Insurance would be advantageous.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate Trainee, Underwriting at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Carry out some research both into the company and insurance in general. When applying for the graduate scheme look to convey your enthusiasm and interest by relating your answers to the insurance industry. See the application process as an opportunity to make a great first impression, as your answers will be remembered if you progress to the interview stages.

Interview Advice: There are quite a few stages to the interview process and I would advise that instead of being daunted by this, see it as an opportunity. I was able to enhance my knowledge of the company as I progressed through each stage by taking every opportunity to ask questions. Those interviewing you will take an active interest in your application, so ensure that you are able to confidently recall your answers. I spoke of my interest in the Lloyd's market throughout my application and I was then subsequently asked to tell my interviewer a few facts about Lloyd's.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

HR Graduate Trainee, HR at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Have researched the company well before hand. Be clear about your strengths and weaknesses

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate, Graduate at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Kiln go for the confident and sociable types but tend to avoid the overly confident/cocky sort. To be successful at interview it is important to sell yourself in terms of your qualities and achievements but another vital part of the interview is to build a natural rapport with the interviewers to show that you would fit in well.

Interview Advice: Lots of 'give me an example of a time when.......' type questions. They are looking for leadership, problem solving qualities so be prepared!

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Graduate trainee, Underwriting graduate at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Prepare for the same competency questions as for every other insurance company.

Interview Advice: Try to develop as comprehensive an understanding of the insurance industry (and Kiln's position within it) as possible. You're not expected to be an expert but knowing about it demonstrates an interest. Example questions along those lines which I was asked included 'why do you want to work in Lloyd's rather than the companies' market?' Personal relationships are vital in insurance so it's important that you're chatty and likeable, but not to the extent that you're perceived as cocky.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Trainee Underwriter, at Tokio Marine Kiln Group

Application Advice: Qualifications, personality and confident communication are of equal importance at Kiln and within the market.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

Underwriting Assistant, Underwriting at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure you understand the values

Interview Advice: Don't exaggerate the truth, make sure you are yourself

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

CDP Trainee, Process Improvement / Change Project at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: The company recieves a huge number of applications in proportion to it's size. Ensure that you stand out. In most of the cases I've seen the deciding factor between technically excellent and intelligent candidates is their alignment with the company values and the perception as to how well they will 'fit' in the company.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and genuine, and make sure that you can back up your points with real examples. The interviews don't differ too much from most other interviews, and they won't be including lots of hypothetical 'how many piano tuners are there in France?' type tests

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

, Underwriting at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure you know the essentials of insurance - check out the Chartered Insurance Website.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Catlin Insurance

Graduate Trainee, at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Understand the industry and the company, focus on the values during the application process and try to bring out how you can add value to the company. The impact that each employee can make at Catlin is tremendous and its a very important factor in the application process

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Catlin Insurance

Graduate, at Catlin Insurance

Application Advice: Do your research on the insurance market - including Lloyds of London - many people are mistaken when they think its a bank!

Interview Advice: Research Catlin and our 5 values – they underpin our business and candidates should try and show how they have applied these values in their experiences to date.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Commercial Insurance Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Show that you're a team player. Allianz believe in looking for high performance behaviours regardless of industry knowledge - have an idea how insurance works, but the important thing is that you show a desire to be the best you can be, to be innovative, passionate and hard-working.

Interview Advice: A description of how the insurance works. Then many questions to describe past experiences you have had in work/personal life which show particular attributes.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Development Underwriter, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Sell your skills relating to the position you are applying for. Be aware of the progression expected within the scheme and appreciate that this is a huge corporation with lots of opportunities.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Be confident of your skills set, everyone has unique abilities so make sure you show that to the interviewer.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Graduate Trainee, Claims at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Know the market, company and specifics of the role you are applying for inside out before attempting to apply. Initial application is fairly short so must show interest and enthusiasm towards the area from the outset.

Interview Advice: Be aware of current market trends and trends within the area you are applying for, as well as news about the company. Be aware of company structure/history, and convey a clear interest in the area and willingness to learn & develop.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Business and Marketing Graduate, Graduate at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Understand the company and the products that they sell Understand how insurance works and how insurance companies make money Research competitors and where Allianz sits in the market Consider what you will learn from your role and what skill sets you can bring

Interview Advice: Allianz is a very friendly company, be relaxed in your interview. Show enthusiasm and a drive to experience as many areas of the business as possible. Allianz encourages people throughout their career to make cross-divisional moves and take their skills to other areas of the business.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Management Trainee, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be honest in the your interviews and assessment centers, they are not there to try and find a certain type of candidate with a particular set of skills, what is more important is to choose the right individual for the job who is willing to learn.

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Allianz Insurance

Development underwriter, Motor at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure you have good analytical and persuasion skills. Be ready to work in a supportive company, where hard work is recognised.

Interview Advice: Prepare to face lots of competency based questions. You will have to present on a business case, and engage in a role pay.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Management Trainee, Market Management at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Know how insurance works Understand the way insurance sold (i.e. through brokers, direct to customer, through corporate partners, etc) Have a view on what area of insurance interests you most / which is most suitable to your skills Keep up-to-date with economic issues Understand challenges insurers face Do your research!

Interview Advice: Research Prepare a rang of examples Practice short presentations

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Operations Controller, Claims at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be genuine, make sure you are flexible and adapt to every situation. Be able to get on with anyone from any background and take every opportunity given to you.

Interview Advice: Learn up about the company, research current news and what has been going on. Look up some stats about the company and make sure you know what your placement entails.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Research and be yourself.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Commercial Insurance Graduate, Commercial Underwriting at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Make sure you have an understanding of how the commercial insurance market is structured in the UK before applying; poorer candidates know very little about how business is transacted and how the market functions when they apply. You will need to demonstrate within your application why it is you want to work in the area for which you have applied, so make sure you understand the role and then sell you skills!

Interview Advice: As previous with regards understanding of the market; questions will certainly be asked about where we sit within the market and who our competitors are. Other than that the skills required will be similar to other financial services type roles so read up on these and make sure you can demonstrate them.

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Allianz Insurance

Commerical Insurance Graduate, Existing Business at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be confident in your approach and don't worry about knowing too much about insurance as the job requires an equal proportion of character not just technical skill. When faced with a problem try to find solutions and not just disregard them, this will be key when it comes to the assessment stage. Finally be friendly and eager to speak (but don't overstep your mark) when applying as this is a people business that relies on making strong connections.

Interview Advice: If you are given a deadline stick to it especially when it comes to time keeping, don't overstep it and don't under reach it. Again find solutions to problems and be innovative. Communicate your personality not just your accolades. Don't wear vans to the interview no matter who stole your shoes the previous week.

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Allianz Insurance

Graduate Assistant Underwriter, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: A number of the graduates came to the role with very little insurance experience. This means that the company is looking for types of people rather than ready to go underwriters. Also, being able to say you don't know the answer or showing a willingness to change your mind when challenged served myself and others well during the interview process.

Interview Advice: Know the product lines and what Allianz Commercial's key areas are.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Management Trainee, Cross division at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be honest and consider whether you are flexible enough to be willing to move round the country and try a new role every 6 months.

Interview Advice: Relax and enjoy it. Use it as an opportunity to see if the company is for you. Interviews are a two way process.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Management Trainee, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Read up on the latest insurance topics. Prepare many examples for the competency interview.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Non Marine Claims Graduate, Non Marine Claims at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: The application procedure is quite lengthy, starting with a question to answer and providing a CV, then a online test, a phone interview, an assessment centre and then a final interview with managers of the department you are applying to work within. Although each part of the application is challenging in some way, I think it is important to do your research for the first stage of the application and make sure you give a good answer to the question to get you through the starting gate. I found that everyone made an effort to make the assessment centre as un-scary as possible so don't panic too much!

Interview Advice: Make sure you research the company and Lloyd's and really understand what your role entails. I think it is also important to remember that people employ people they like so try and relax and be yourself at the assessment centre, and ask for a moment to think if you're asked a question in an interview that you are not sure about.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Corporate Management Trainee, Commercial at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Be honest & do your research!

Interview Advice: Know your CV and have plenty of examples.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Allianz Insurance

Graduate Assisstant Underwriter, Commercial Insurance at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Prepare well!

Interview Advice: So some research on the company, go on the website, google them, read press articles relevant to the whole company and the sector you are applying in.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Chaucer Syndicates Plc

Energy Underwriting Graduate, Energy at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Research Lloyd's and the role you are applying for to get an understanding of what you can bring to Chaucer. There are many different departments which specialise in different things, and no-one will be suited to every role, therefore knowing what each role entails allows you to make the best decision on what to apply for.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed at the assessement day and interview, no one is trying to catch you out. Do your research so you'll know why you want to apply for the role.

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Underwriting Assistant Apprentice, Marine Treaty at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: This is a very good opportunity for those who are willing to learn on the job and want to get good experience in a London based firm.

Interview Advice: Prepare relevant examples of how you've been able to manage multi tasks in the past, also any experience with numbers or mathematics based strengths. If you can gain a basic knowledge as to how the insurance industry operates, this will only benefit you in the future.

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Underwriting Apprentice, Marine at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: To be enthusiastic in your approach to ascertaining a position such as this. Once you get into a company like Chaucer your career prospects can multiply very quickly so the opportunity to apply shouldn't be taken lightly.

Interview Advice: Try to be relaxed and confident in yourself. When asked a question, don't be afraid to spend a few seconds to properly formulate your answer before speaking. They aren't expecting you to produce perfect answers straight away. Also.. ask them questions back, it shows you're interested and also that you're thinking about what you are being asked.

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Underwriting Assistant Apprentice, Marine Cargo & Specie at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Have a good, well-rounded CV and cover letter. Try to convey your personality as well as anything you have achieved that would be relevant in a day to day role. They will be looking for something unique on each CV/cover letter so unusual achievements/hobbies will draw interest to your application.

Interview Advice: Stay calm! Answer the questions with relevant "evidence". Try to convey your personality in a positive way and always give the interviewers an opportunity to remember you. Have questions prepared - don't be worried about taking in a list of questions. Take a copy of your CV with you also for reference.

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Aspire Programme – Apprentice, Energy at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: My advice would be that you don't have to be an expert/specialist in insurance and don't necessarily need an insurance background. The company provides the training and resources for your development. All you need is just keenness and enthusiasm. There is always support from the team/company and you can make your experience whatever you would like it to be. If there is specific training or something you want to do specifically, it is welcomed.

Interview Advice: The interview process is fairly relaxed and flexible, so you will do better if you are relaxed. A little research before the interview is also helpful, ensure you find out about the company, the type of business and any subsidies/branches they have locally/internationally. Aside from this the interview will be about you, so ensure you talk about your achievements at university/college or outside of this and what you can bring to the table. Also, find something specific as to why you want to work for the company or in the industry.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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Claims Operation Apprentice, Claims at Chaucer Syndicates

Application Advice: Just be yourself. At Chaucer they are more interested in an individual then what someone looks like on paper. At the end of the day we are all people at different stages in our life, which those recruiting at Chaucer understand and have reasonable expectations of. You will be more likely to be hired if you are a nice person that's enthusiastic or excited about their future, than if you are someone with straight A's in school.

Interview Advice: Don't be nervous! My first ever interview for a career was at Chaucer and I have never felt so welcome anywhere else. I did some prep work before the interview but hadn't realised I'd done it on a different Chaucer. However it was my effort that was appreciated, not my questions and answers. The more relaxed you are the more they can get to know you.

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Underwriter

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