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Old 12-17-2010, 01:16 PM
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You can chat about the cafeteria and kitchens. Find out if there are toasters in the kitchens.
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If there aren't any, then you may be working for FormLetter. If this is the case, watch your kidneys.
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Bonus points if you can work the word "bodybag" into one of your questions.
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If there aren't any, then you may be working for FormLetter. If this is the case, watch your kidneys.
I put decoy toasters in there to throw would-be assassins off the trail.
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it is always good to ask about the actuarial exam student program

Also it's good to ask what is the biggest challenge the actuarial department has had to tackle in the last year.

It is good to ask about why or what led to the position becoming available

If not apparent, ask about the work environment, if more projects are split between group members or is it more like each person does his/her own thing

Ask if most of the work involves large projects or many short-term projects.

Pick any 2 or 3 among these and you should be fine, and show confidence
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Try to ask questions that show you did some research or at least that you know what you are talking about. For example, if interviewing for a position in pensions, you can ask how the shift from DB to DC plans will affect the outlook on the profession. Or, if the company has undergone or will undergo a major merger/acquisition (e.g. Towers Watson, Aon Hewitt), you can ask how they have had/will have to deal with the integration of different cultures (try to point out specific differences in their separate cultures when phrasing your question). However, be prepared incase they fire back and ask you your opinions on these things--they might try to make sure you didn't grab the question off the internet and that you actually know what you are talking about.

With the actuarial students, just show some genuine interest in the program/company and be yourself. Having lunch in this setting is mainly to make sure you are a likable guy. As long as you are actually interested in the company/position there shouldn't be a problem making conversation. If you are struggling to come up with questions for conversation, ask questions where you already know the answer. In their answer, they might add in something you didn't know and it might stimulate other conversation. Keep in mind that although it is lunch with actuarial students, it's just a slightly less formal interview with food in front of you, so act accordingly. Good Luck.
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It all depends on who you are talking to. When I interviewed, I was with entry levels and people who had been there for 20+ years. Obviously you're not going to be asking them the same questions. I asked the person who started working how their transition was from college to work, how their entry to the insurance industry / actuarial world was and how they are settling into the culture of the company. I asked the 20+ year person what has she enjoyed about the job so much that has made her stay with the company. You have to act personable and not like you are reciting these off paper though. As someone said, just don't put yourself on the "don't hire" list by doing something dumb.

Smile, be yourself, and remember the interview is going both ways -- they want you to take the offer if they offer it. If they can't convince you with their answers to the questions, then maybe it's not the best company to work for.
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I put decoy toasters in there to throw would-be assassins off the trail.


noticing a toaster out of its element is like lesson 1 in assassin school
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noticing a toaster out of its element is like lesson 1 in assassin school
But noticing an element out of its toaster requires much more skill than that.
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