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Old 12-17-2010, 10:15 AM
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Hi everyone, I have an onsite interview coming up and unsure of what questions I should ask that would stick out from the rest of the competition. I was curious if you guys could suggest some good questions that I might not have thought of. I know about asking what the companyís future goal, reporting structure, type of work for entry level. What else will be good? Iíll also have lunch with the actuarial students and want to know what else I should ask besides the actuarial program. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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The best question you could ask them would be "Are there ever any situations where the Search function would be helpful?"
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Ask them how much they pay and then ask for more.
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Don't try to stick out from the competition in the interview, just be yourself. Once I realized this, I got a job.

An interview is damage control more than anything else.
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Don't try to stick out from the competition in the interview, just be yourself. Once I realized this, I got a job.

An interview is damage control more than anything else.
Yep.

Having been involved in two hiring decisions, it basically boils down to 1) do you seem mostly intelligent (i.e. not a big idiot), and 2) are you reasonably personable?

The hiring decision works more as an elimination of those we -won't- hire first, then we decide the best of those remaining. Try not to be in the first list.
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Hi everyone, I have an onsite interview coming up and unsure of what questions I should ask that would stick out from the rest of the competition. I was curious if you guys could suggest some good questions that I might not have thought of. I know about asking what the companyís future goal, reporting structure, type of work for entry level. What else will be good? Iíll also have lunch with the actuarial students and want to know what else I should ask besides the actuarial program. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
The best questions you can ask are those that relate to something your interviewer has just explained to you. It's not going to be 100% of the time talking about you, some of the time will be spent talking about the company and about the position. Of course, a lot of that stuff you'll already know from your research, but some of it will be new information. Come up with a purposeful question about that, and you'll make an impression.
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You should ask about things you are genuinely interested in. A "canned" question is just as bad as a canned response to a behavioral question. Interviewers can oftentimes pick up vibes that the person is a phony. And that will put the person right onto SirV's first list.
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If I told you my questions, I would out myself.
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