Hiscox are an international specialist insurer, employing over 1,800 employees worldwide. They do not offer big insurance schemes, instead they insure the rare and unusual. For example, some of the items they currently insure include a Picasso painting, a ship which sails through the pirate infested Gulf of Aden, a classic car collection, pretty much anything. The skills and abilities to find an insurance solution for the unusual is something that they are looking for throughout the application process, and is reflected in the questions you will be asked at each stage.

The application process for jobs with Hiscox is long with a number of different stages, each is designed to test you in an new way. Whether you are applying for an experienced job, an eight-week internship, or a two-year graduate scheme, your application process will include a similar set of stages.

The graduate scheme and internship recruitment process with Hiscox includes the following stages:

Experienced hire applicants will experience a three stage recruitment process, with a first interview, psychometric testing and final interview.

Hiscox Application Form

The online application form is your first opportunity to impress the recruitment team at Hiscox. The application form will ask you three questions about yourself designed to draw out information about you and your relationships with the people and the environment around you. You also have to upload your CV and a cover letter, which is an opportunity for you to tell the company anything you think is important to your application but is not included in the application form. Always remember that it is important that the information you provide on your CV matches that on the online application form. 

Hiscox Telephone Interview

If the recruiters at Hiscox like your application form, they will put you forward for a telephone interview. The aim of this interview is to determine whether you have the personal and professional skills required for the job. The interview is build as a skills based interview, but it is possible that a more technical question would be included in the interview. As this interview is a telephone interview, it is possible to prepare answers to some of the commonly asked questions and keep them near you should you be asked them. Learn with JobTestPrep how to answer competency questions effectively in interview conditions.

Interview Questions

Some of the interview questions that have come in Hiscox interviews in the past include:

  • Tell me a time when you have negotiated successfully.
  • Why do you want to work for Hiscox?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • What factors would you consider when insuring this building?
  • How much profit did Hiscox make last year?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • How do your skills match the position as an underwriter?
  • Tell me about a time you led a team.
  • Describe a work problem you have encountered and how you handled it.
  • Describe a time when you’ve had to deliver a difficult message to a group.
  • Describe a time when you came up with a creative solution to a problem.

Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test

You will be asked to complete a psychometric test either before or after the telephone interview, provided your application has passed the stage before. This test will be a Watson-Glaser critical thinking test. Provided by Pearson, the test examines you on five key areas of critical thinking ability and decision making. In a Watson-Glaser test you need to demonstrate your abilities in drawing inferences, recognising assumptions, deductive reasoning, logical interpretation, and argument evaluation.

As with anything new, it is important to revise before sitting the actual test. See JobTestPrep’s Watson-Glaser pages to understand more about the tests you will be sitting, and access the Watson-Glaser practice pack to prepare for the actual test.

Hiscox Assessment Centre

The Hiscox assessment centre is a whole day event which will test you continuously. It includes the following assessments:

Hiscox Case Study Exercise

You will be given a brief and asked to complete a task relating to it. You then present your findings to a member of the recruitment team. An example of a case study exercise given is of a brief on a chain of cinemas. The candidate is asked to give specialist advice to just one branch and prepare it into a presentation. There is a lot of information to process in order to come up with recommendations, and you will be asked questions on your presentation. It is important to make a good impression at this stage as the case study is an example of the type of work Hiscox does.  

Hiscox Group Exercise

At a group of up to eight people you will be given 45 minutes to work through an exercise. This exercise could relate to the brief used in the case study; for example, organise a charity event at the cinema to raise its’ profile. The most important element of the group exercise is not coming to a conclusion, but how you interact with the team, give over your ideas, how you listen to others, lead others and draw out their ideas. Getting the balance in a group exercise can be tricky, but JobTestPrep’s group exercise preparation can help you learn how to do this. 

Hiscox Interview

This interview is a mixture of CV based questions, asking you about yourself and previous experience, and more technical questions that will test your knowledge of underwriting and your ability to work out more complex insurance packages. An example of such a technical question is: Underwrite a cargo ship going from Southampton to New York. This interview will be a face to face interview, with a very different feel to the earlier telephone interview.

See how JobTestPrep can help you prepare for your assessment centre exercises and interview.

Final Interview

If you have impressed at the assessment centre, you will be invited to a final set of interviews and possibly tests. The interview will be with senior managers at Hiscox, who will ask you questions about more strategic business issues, and your own ambitions for your career. Each interview is different, so don’t forget to prepare once again for this interview.

Role Play Exercises

You may also be requested to sit a vocational test. This could be a role play to test the skills that you need for the job. A past example of a test was a sales tests whereby you are required to identify a client’s needs for a particular item, and sell him the item that best fits those requirements. Taking part in a role play requires acting, something that takes many people out of their comfort zone. See JobTestPrep’s advice on role plays here.

In Summary

The Hiscox application process is long, with quite a few stages. The theme running through the entire recruitment process is Hiscox’s desire to find the best candidates at every level from graduate to experienced, who can work within their very unusual insurance product base. This page was aimed to identify the key things they are looking for, and arm you with the tools needed to let your skills stand out. We hope you have found this article useful, and good luck!