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Old 09-29-2017, 12:58 AM
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I've applied to many jobs and had 5 interviews, but I haven't been able to land an entry-level job. I was a graduate student in math pursuing a teaching career, but I just couldn't see myself doing that for the next 10 years. I left grad school and started taking actuarial exams. I passed exam FM in April and exam P in May. Currently, I'm applying everywhere I can, and I'm studying to take MFE in November.

I've felt my interviews have gone fairly well, but that obviously isn't the case. Does anyone have recommendations for me going forward?
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same story has been posted many times, and this is the same answer they all get: if you are getting interviews, your resume must be good enough. practice interviewing with someone to find out why. "many" is probably not as many as you think either.
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Thanks for your reply; I asked it again hoping someone would have additional insight. But I think your advice sums it up. I'll definitely continue to practice interviewing and to study.


There are a lot of books about interviewing. Does anyone have one that helped them?
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Apply to everything, including non-actuarial roles, to practice your interviewing and so that you have an idea what companies' questions are when they have your resume. No book will simulate the interviewing experience you'll get as well as when you're being interviewed.
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[DTNF]

Gotta remember that you don't have to do "good enough" to get the offer. You have to be better than everyone else interviewing.

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To add to what DTNF said . . . one area that many EL candidates can definitely improve upon is to answer the question asked. When you start to volunteer information that is not related to the question asked, that can work against you; no matter how good that "additional information."

(Note that this latter mentality is most likely driven by interviewing "advice" that is for more sales-oriented positions.)

But just keep working hard and pass Exams.
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If you can somehow manage it, do a mock interview with someone who can reasonably play an interviewer and "videotape" it. When I did that myself years ago, was a bit eye opening as to how one sounds and looks, body language, etc. You will see how you come across
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I've applied to many jobs and had 5 interviews, but I haven't been able to land an entry-level job. I was a graduate student in math pursuing a teaching career, but I just couldn't see myself doing that for the next 10 years. I left grad school and started taking actuarial exams. I passed exam FM in April and exam P in May. Currently, I'm applying everywhere I can, and I'm studying to take MFE in November.

I've felt my interviews have gone fairly well, but that obviously isn't the case. Does anyone have recommendations for me going forward?
It could be the case that you're interviewing just fine, but losing out to candidates that have more exams and internships. It's very rare that I've seen someone overcome these deficiencies just because they were good at interviewing.

If you made it onsite, that's a sign you're actually pretty good at it.
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Gotta remember that you don't have to do "good enough" to get the offer. You have to be better than everyone else interviewing.

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It could be the case that you're interviewing just fine, but losing out to candidates that have more exams and internships. It's very rare that I've seen someone overcome these deficiencies just because they were good at interviewing.
In my experience, we usually only interview the top 4 candidates onsite. At that point in time, we consider all of them equal on a job experience/exam progress basis. We just interview them to see how they would fit in with the company personality wise and have them explain some of the questionable parts of their resumes if they have any. In short, all of their resumes impressed us enough in terms of hireability, but we wanted to pick the best candidate personality wise after the initial screening.
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Have you tried applying for an insurance mailroom to get your foot in the door?
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