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Well, that's how long interviews are. Personally, I think interviews are an ineffective way to measure candidates. If you can figure out a better way, I think we'd all benefit from it.
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What do you mean "that's how long interviews are"?

When I schedule an interview, I book them for as long as I want. (as the interviewer)
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What do you mean "that's how long interviews are"?

When I schedule an interview, I book them for as long as I want. (as the interviewer)
Oh good, it's nice to know you can do that. If given that option, I'll do it too.
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Thanks for the replies everyone! I'm surprised to learn that act sci majors are judged differently than everyone else... makes me feel a whole lot better about my own chances, though.

I'm also surprised (though I've heard this before) that resumes are sometimes filtered by computer software. Why not just put some HR drone on the task? He/she would probably screw up slightly less than the software; at least for uniquely formatted resumes.
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Because some consultant told the CEO or HR VP that "best practices" involved screening software.
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Thanks for the replies everyone! I'm surprised to learn that act sci majors are judged differently than everyone else... makes me feel a whole lot better about my own chances, though.

I'm also surprised (though I've heard this before) that resumes are sometimes filtered by computer software. Why not just put some HR drone on the task? He/she would probably screw up slightly less than the software; at least for uniquely formatted resumes.
To me, non act sci majors with exams have a slight edge over act sci majors. The humanity majors who can pass exams get extra points. They show themselves to be more well-rounded.

I've worked for a few very big companies, and I've never heard of actuarial resumes got filtered out by machine. I don't think this is common for this field, but what do I know.
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Desperation is a red flag too right? I don't think that is the same thing as "eager."

Sorry to bring back an old thread...
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Desperation is a red flag too right? I don't think that is the same thing as "eager."

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Why is desperation a red flag. Red flag for what
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To me, non act sci majors with exams have a slight edge over act sci majors. The humanity majors who can pass exams get extra points. They show themselves to be more well-rounded.

I've worked for a few very big companies, and I've never heard of actuarial resumes got filtered out by machine. I don't think this is common for this field, but what do I know.
Yeah...the humanities major who happens to stumble across the actuarial profession out of desperation certainly is more rounded than the kid who has decided to become an actuary since highschool.

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As far as non-actuarial majors are concerned...I would rather see someone with applied math or economics. A Folklore and Mythology major might know some interesting things, but I think people with more applicable majors ought to have a better understanding of what their future career entails.

The fact that we are even talking about ActSci degrees, or degrees in general along with exams as unreliable signals of competence indicates that something is seriously wrong with our current education system.
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