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Old 07-08-2016, 09:24 AM
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if you want to do an "informational interview" then you need to just honestly want to have a conversation with another human being without the desire to get anything from them besides good conversation. honestly, you will have a lot more fun in your job search if you treat it this way. The same rule applies to girls and dating. don't be thirsty...
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a lot of (respectable) girls won't even agree to meet with you for a coffee if they think you're just interested in *** and not interested in getting to know them
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if you want to do an "informational interview" then you need to just honestly want to have a conversation with another human being without the desire to get anything from them besides good conversation information.
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Think you worrying too much about semantics. If someone asks me for informational interview, I understand that as another term for networking. Obviously they want to make good impression and perhaps get job at my company now or in the future. They also want to have a contact who can give them leads, and also do some educating about any number of things-local job market, aspects of the profession, different specialties, etc etc.
I agree with this and generally disagree with EEA's post this was responding to.
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yes, I agree that they are not at all obligated to be your friend and they can decide to not divulge any personal information whatsoever for the purpose of conversation making.

I imagine that some actuaries may agree to do an informational interview and then act like robots who are simply actuarial encyclopedias without personal experiences or feelings
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if you want to do an "informational interview" then you need to just honestly want to have a conversation with another human being without the desire to get anything from them besides good conversation. honestly, you will have a lot more fun in your job search if you treat it this way. The same rule applies to girls and dating. don't be thirsty...
I somewhat disagree, whats he going to do with the information if he can't use it. You essentially want the job or the girl in any situation not how good/bad the job or the girl is.
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I somewhat disagree, whats he going to do with the information if he can't use it. You essentially want the job or the girl in any situation not how good/bad the job or the girl is.
only if you are desperate.
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I somewhat disagree, whats he going to do with the information if he can't use it. You essentially want the job or the girl in any situation not how good/bad the job or the girl is.
Agreed, AbedNadir's advice seems pretty weird.
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Agreed, AbedNadir's advice seems pretty weird.
what, so you think that you can't talk to an actuary just to learn from them for other reasons? what about mentorship from people more experienced than you?
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what, so you think that you can't talk to an actuary just to learn from them for other reasons? what about mentorship from people more experienced than you?
Very, very few people are willing to take their time to do this.
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