First of all, you should consider your demands and needs: what exactly you want from your agent. What do you want to insure? life, health, disability, your car, your home or some other coverages. After you consider your needs, it is better of you to work only with one agent. If he has the enough expertise, he will provide you with the best program that can give you the coverage on all the major risks or at least he can fulfill your demands. By the way, it will be good strategy of you to regularly make a yearly review over the new plans for insurance.
Then you can use some other tools to find that perfect agent; you can use the word of mouth to ask about that agent. It can be the best and the easiest way, but be careful not to pay all your attention just on the price. Otherwise, you should be specific in asking for the one who can give you the best professional advice.
You can also be sure about some of the insurance courses that the agent may have been completed such as; Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI); Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Insurance Couselor (CIC) and also Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). In fact, these courses can be a very strong proof for reality of the agent that you are going to deal with, as it would refer to the degree of his expertise and his ethical behavior. If you have trusted a certain company by recommendations or by gathering information, you can get their help to give you that agent.
If you have made up your mind about the type of insurance that you are going to use, you can get the agent leads, then you can find some of those who offer the lowest prices. But, in this case, you should be careful about what you would call the lowest price. Here, you are sure about the insurance that you are going to buy, but you are not sure about the insurance that you really need and which may be with a lower price.
All what you want from the company here, is to tell you the names of some agents who are known as the best in the field of insurance, the most experienced and who can probe your needs, identify coverage gaps, solve problems, help you resolve claim disputes, do annual reviews, and, in short, provide greater expertise. Although these information are available to the company but for some reasons they would refuse to give you any of these information.
You can go to the local company office and ask for a list of the names of these agent. Here you can specify the names for those who have completed the courses that we mentioned above. Even if they do not have this list they would prepare it for you later.
In this stage, you have almost reached the end as the choices become very few and you can choose that agent from two or three candidates. But how could you be sure about the abilities and expertise of any one of them. At the same time, you do not have enough information or experience to interview them. At first you can meet them, then you may ask for a design for a specific insurance program in which you would define some of your own needs with the best coverage levels. Then you may meet them again, the agent with the greater expertise and greater care for you will be your future agent.