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I do think there is some truth to what Riley said here though:

"Or it could be that most actuarial work isn't difficult and that differentiating between a mediocre and highly-skilled candidate isn't even valuable"

A lot of actuarial work can be adequately performed by several candidates. However, a company isn't only looking to hire someone with the necessary skills. They're also looking to hire someone who will increase overall productivity within the team (or at the very least, NOT decrease productivity). Example - a slightly higher skilled worker who talks about a lot of negative things in an interview probably gets beaten out by the slightly lower skilled worked who has a positive attitude or comes off as someone who will get along very well with co-workers, since negativity can bring down productivity. Anyway, I think there's a reason that attitude and social behavior get judged in interviews. Skills are important too, but a lot of hirers want to look at a more complete picture, since one's skills are not all that matters to an actuarial company's big picture. Maybe that's not as true in, say, the programming world. Plus, when candidates are similarly skilled, you probably have to consider attitude and social behavior to help make a decision. At least that is my (possibly ill-informed) opinion.
I've done a LOT of interviewing lately and yeah, good to be smart, but the real differentiators are business accumen, project management, general drive, communication.
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you really think the receptionist has a say in the hiring process?
Why would you think that we wouldn't talk to the receptionist before making our decision?

Anyhow, if someone arrived an hour early to an interview with us, they'd sit in the lobby and read Milliman's "Newsbreak" periodical. Which is a pretty good read.
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Being rude to the receptionist is basically an automatic disqualification from anywhere.
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