Nail The Interview!

  • You can make a great impression by asking the right questions.
  • Potential employers want to see an enthusiastic person who they feel can get the job done. A firm handshake and looking the interviewer in the eye are key.
  • Don’t worry about extended periods of silence as the prospective employer is envisioning you in his/her workplace.
  • If you don't have the answer to a question it is best to reply with: “I am unsure of the answer.” Then go on to describe how you would research the answer.
  • If you are unsure of what you are being asked it is a good idea to ask the questioner to rephrase the question.
  • If you are asked “Tell me about yourself” you should answer “I would love to and where do you want me to start”. This avoids a lengthy answer and gets you to cover the area the questioner had in mind.
  • When asked about your strong points prepare clear examples of why this is a strong point and how it will bring value to the organization.
  • When asked about your weak points it is perfectly fine to have one or two examples but be prepared to discuss how you are trying to overcome them.
  • Avoid mentioning compensation. That is part of my job. Instead, say that you are looking for an opportunity to advance your career and you know you will be treated fairly. If a question concerning relocation or similar comes up and you don’t know the answer, a proper reply is “May I ask my recruiter about that?”.
  • Be prepared to talk about your leadership qualities and give examples. This is very important to many companies.
  • Describe your greatest career achievement to date and why?
  • Describe your biggest career disappointment and why?

Questions For The Interviewer

  • What attracted you to this company?
  • Why do you stay?
  • What is the role of the actuary in this company?
  • What challenges do you face?
  • Would you describe a typical week?
  • How will my performance be measured?
  • Why should I work for your company?
  • Will I learn anything here that is different from the other companies?
  • How will my career be furthered by working here?
  • Would you give me a brief overview of the study program a) study time b) books and seminars c) financial rewards?
  • How can I come in and hit the ground running?
  • I am interested what is the next step? How will you know if this is the right move for you?