This is my story of the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Scam Interview process. Being an insurance agent is no easy job, and yes … it’s a ‘job’ and not a career for most people. I had the distint privilage of working for several months at the Schaumburg office (right by Woodfield mall) of Bankers Life and Casualty Company (BL&C). While it was a good learning experience, what I mostly learned was what I didn’t want to do and with whom I never wanted to deal with again. The clients? Nope, I’m talking about BL&C and the management staff.

Lend my your ears, and listen to my (true) tale of what it’s like to become part of the “Bankers Family.” Don’t worry though, there are some highlights in the story. I’ll tell you about how they found me, their interview process and a few other fun facts.

The Catch: How they find you:

Looking for a new job? Great! Did you put your resume up on sites like Monster and CareerBuilder? There’s a decent chance you’ll get a call from a Bankers recruiter. Awesome right?! Well, not so fast. I’m guessing your resume had nothing to do with insurance and you maybe have no sales experience. So, when I had a resume up I had 1) no sales experience, 2) not really interested in insurance and 3) Technology/programming oriented skills … I was rather perturbed to receive a request for an interview via e-mail from Bankers.

Well, an e-mail is ok. Except that the e-mail was very ‘templated’. Meaning the only custom part of the message was my name. Everything else seemed like a copy and paste job. But of well, I thought it was kind of cool and that through insurance sales I could learn some real sales skills! What a great opportunity! At the bottom of their e-mail there was a link to click which says “Please click here to schedule a meeting online.” Well, that’s cool! Simple process!

It takes you to a page to enter in some info and schedule a time. Now I’m thinking this is REALLY cool! Why? Because I rarely see an automated scheduling software. After I selected a time and click submit, I eventually got an e-mail from a completely different person at Bankers saying:

Dear Piotr,

Thank you for your interest in Bankers Life and Casualty Company. I’m delighted to confirm our meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM, which is the first step in the application process.

Please allow 1 to 2 hours for our meeting. I encourage you to bring a recent copy of your resume and to prepare a list of questions. We’ll discuss our company history, career path outline, training program and compensation package during this session. Business attire is requested.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [phone number]. I look forward to meeting you on Tuesday.


Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Bankers Life and Casualty Company
1101 Perimeter Drive Suite 425
Schaumburg, IL  60173

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I removed their name and number.  After reading it I thought this and only this: “Well .. WAIT WHAT’? You (Bankers) contacted me … why would I have to bring a copy of my resume. YOU have it … WTF?!” But I gave them the benefit of the doubt.
So in preparation I dress in my full business suit, have a small set of questions ready AND prepare myself for questions they could ask me.
Well, my mistake for not researching them first. Talk about ‘sticker shock’.