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Old 02-10-2011, 08:07 AM
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Before today, I was studying more than 12 hours a day preparing for exam C which is coming in 13 days. And I just received an email saying I'm invited to an interview which is within a week from now. Having an interview is really good, but it is just unexpected for me at this point and makes my crazy schedule even worse. I cant handle this any more and need some advices here.
Option 1. Prepare really well for the interview, since the position is really good and I like the company very much. But that means I need to cut my study time for C a lot and I'm definitely gonna fail as I'm way behind my schedule already.
Option 2. Focus on the exam, and just prepare for the interview as much as I can. But if I do that, I feel guilty not trying hard enough to get the job, even guilty because it is actually the first interview I ever have.
What should I do? Should I sacrifice my study time for this interview? I care much about the exam because I've only passed P and FM, and passing C would increase my chances of getting interviews. But since I haven't had any interview yet, I don't think I'm a good interviewer and it's more than possible that I get rejected.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:15 AM
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Work on your interview, that is the whole point of studying anyway (to get a job). Instead of being stressed out by this, look at the interview as a great opportunity! You may be able to get a job without having to pass more exams! No matter how many exams you pass, if you are not a decent interviewee then you will never have a job, so you might as well give it a shot and gain some experience.
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I'm assuming this interview is for an actuarial job. Is it possible to call them up and say "um, yeah, can we push the interview back a week, I got an exam?"
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I'm assuming this interview is for an actuarial job. Is it possible to call them up and say "um, yeah, can we push the interview back a week, I got an exam?"
Yes, it's for an actuarial position. But unfortunately the interview date is not flexible.
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I'd focus on the interview. You can always retake 4/C if it comes to that. (And the retake could be on the company's dime.)
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Make the interview your first priority.

Make the exam a strong second. Whatever time you have left after interview prep, spend on the exam prep. Worry about burnout two weeks from now.

Do NOT take the attitude that "I haven't spent enough time on this exam, failure is inevitable." Do as much as you can with the time you have left after the interview.

Alas, multi-tasking, fitting study time in around impossible schedules, and avoiding burnout will be your lifestyle for the next several years if you get the student job, so you might as well start adapting now.

Best of luck with your interview.
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I'm assuming this interview is for an actuarial job. Is it possible to call them up and say "um, yeah, can we push the interview back a week, I got an exam?"
um, yeah, if you try that, you will never get a job with that company.
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Make the interview your first priority.

Make the exam a strong second. Whatever time you have left after interview prep, spend on the exam prep. Worry about burnout two weeks from now.

Do NOT take the attitude that "I haven't spent enough time on this exam, failure is inevitable." Do as much as you can with the time you have left after the interview.

Alas, multi-tasking, fitting study time in around impossible schedules, and avoiding burnout will be your lifestyle for the next several years if you get the student job, so you might as well start adapting now.

Best of luck with your interview.
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um, yeah, if you try that, you will never get a job with that company.
I've not only done that, but know several others who have.

It's not a problem to ask if the interview could be moved to a more convenient time (for both parties), just don't expect that it'll happen just because you ask.

And the reason for the request has to be a pretty valid reason . . . Exam prep a week before sitting, IMO, is a valid reason to request rescheduling--but not sufficient to expect the request to be honored.
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I've not only done that, but know several others who have.

It's not a problem to ask if the interview could be moved to a more convenient time (for both parties), just don't expect that it'll happen just because you ask.

And the reason for the request has to be a pretty valid reason . . . Exam prep a week before sitting, IMO, is a valid reason to request rescheduling--but not sufficient to expect the request to be honored.
It's the job of the candidate make themselves available when the opportunity arises.
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