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Old 05-06-2005, 05:14 PM
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Except for the part where I actually give useful advice in my sarcastic response, whereas the primary purpose of his post is usually to brag about how much he makes.
Huh? I think his primary purpose is tough love.
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What about my embarassingly bad GPA?

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How bad was your GPA, Westley?
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Old 07-13-2005, 04:01 PM
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How bad was your GPA, Westley?
Did you read that thread? I beat that guy by very very little
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:31 AM
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I have had lots of inter-office relationships. There's really no problem.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:51 AM
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Mind you, I did enjoy it. And it is very helpful, as long as the reader knows where you're coming from (a frustrated resume reader with a big pile to go through).
Having been a resume reader, as well as a contributor to the pile (especially recently), I'm grateful to be back on the receiving end (for now).
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Old 08-22-2005, 04:07 PM
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What do I say to follow up on a resume that I sent a few weeks ago? How do I avoid a bunch of empty silence?
Get a job at Wal-Mart like I did.
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:12 PM
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With fewer new responses going into threads, I decided to mine some old PMs for my "best of" material.

Had a guy ask me via PM what were the types of questions that I was expecting/hoping for an interviewee to ask. My response was:

I don't particularly like to be asked questions - I am glad to tell a candidate why they should work for this company, and if they have questions, that's ok, if not, that's ok too. BUT, most people expect you to ask questions, and they view that as showing interest. So, it's usually best to ask questions.
The best questions are always ones that arise in the normal course of the interview - they are tied to what the interviewer asks you, or the thought is sparked by the interviewer. If a question comes up during the interview, don't be afraid to ask it right then. OR, wait until the end, and then say "You know, before you mentioned ______, tell me more about that issue" (usually better to wait until the end, shows that you were paying attention, but either way is fine.

Some good general questions (non-technical):
Explain how the rotation program works (make sure that they have one before you ask).
How does study time work?
How are your exam results (for the company)?
How would you describe the company culture?
Why do you choose to work here versus someplace else?

Good technical questions are tough to ask, and it depends on where you are at, but you might ask:
Good questions at an insurance company (ok to ask at a consulting firm as well): what is the corporate strategy, and how does the work that actuaries do fit into that? How does the actuarial group interact with underwriting and marketing?
Good questions at a consulting firm (probably wouldn't ask at an insurance company): what is your quality process? Who are your target clients?

If it's an accounting firm, read up on what's going on in the industry - Andersen and Enron are still causing shock waves - and ask about that. Same for the insurance company - if it's a P&C commercial insurer, bring up the Travelers/St Paul merger, if it's life you can ask about other current events that you can find in the trade press - ask them how similar events will impact them.


If you have a lunch or dinner interview, keep it somewhat off-work:
Do the people that work here tend to go out together?
How do you like living around here?


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Old 01-03-2006, 07:18 PM
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Why is this your most frequent "Best of Westley"?:

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Your best posts are the ones you remove?
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Old 01-04-2006, 08:24 AM
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Your best posts are the ones you remove?
Nice avatar.

Interesting, those posts do not appear in the thread in my view, so I didn't know that anybody could see them.

If somebody responded to a particular post, or if mine is a response, I left it to keep the flow of the thread. If a particular post had no responses and was not a response, then I consolidated it to the first post and deleted the original.
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This thread should be a sticky.
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