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Title: Interviewing Workshop


1
Interviewing Workshop
Presented by Peter Wick, FCAS, MAAA Sarah
Shoemaker Milliman, Inc. September 10, 2009
2
Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Ten Ways to Blow an Interview
  • Follow-Up
  • Questions

3
Introduction
  • Peter G. Wick, FCAS, MAAA
  • Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman, Inc.
    Milwaukee, WI
  • University of Wisconsin Graduate 1978
  • 31 years experience, last 24 at Milliman, Inc.
  • Chairman, Milliman Recruiting Committee
  • Sarah Shoemaker
  • Actuarial Assistant, Milliman, Inc. Milwaukee,
    WI
  • Purdue University Graduate - 2008

4
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 1. Come in Jeans and a T-shirt

5
What to Wear
  • Men
  • Suit tie
  • Belt
  • Dark socks
  • Make sure your shoes are tied
  • Clean shave
  • Wear conservative jewelry and cologne
  • Women
  • Suit Skirts are acceptable but should be knee
    length
  • Blouse Nothing low cut or revealing
  • Simple jewelry Nothing dangly that can become a
    distraction
  • Be conservative with makeup and perfume

6
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 2. Act like you would rather be somewhere else by
    avoiding eye contact or acting nervous

7
How to Act
  • Shake hand firmly
  • Speak clearly
  • Show an interest in the interviewer
  • Focus on the style of the interviewer and adapt
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Research the company
  • Plan ahead and be ready to support everything on
    your resume
  • Practice interviewing

8
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 3. When asked if you have any questions, just say
    no

9
Questions to Ask
  • Describe the duties of the job for me
  • What do you offer students in terms of study
    hours?
  • What is your pass ratio?
  • In what ways is a career with your company better
    than one with your competitors?
  • What do you like best about your company?
  • What skills are especially important for someone
    in this position?
  • When should I expect to hear from you or should I
    contact you?

10
Questions NOT to Ask
  • What does this company do?
  • Will I have to work overtime?
  • What do I have to do to get to your position?
  • Why do you think Id be a good fit for the
    company?
  • If I get the job, how soon can I use my vacation?
  • How much will I get paid?

11
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 4. Tell the interviewer you did not learn
    anything in college because your professors were
    idiots

12
How to Respond
  • Avoid negative comments and single word answers
  • Try to maintain a flowing conversation
  • Give appropriate responses that relate to the
    interviewer or company

13
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 5. Explain your 2.3 GPA by saying I wasnt
    motivated, but if you hire me I will be

14
Motivation
  • If you did well, be able to explain why you were
    so successful
  • Avoid being a know-it-all
  • If you had a rocky patch, it is OK as long as you
    can show why and explain what you changed

15
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 6. Explain your lack of exam progress as being
    due to excessive drinking

16
Exams
  • Interviewers do not need to know specifics about
    your life outside of school work
  • Every company will be different when it comes to
    exams
  • Passing two exams will open many doors
  • Can you have too many exams?

17
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 7. Tell the interviewer from Wisconsin you cant
    wait until Purdue beats the Badgers in football,
    basketball, and every other sport

18
First Impressions
  • Dont make a bad impression
  • You are trying to find out about the company, but
    the company is also trying to find out about you
  • Be yourself
  • Know your audience
  • Networking is a big part of the working world - -
    you never know who you might run into down the
    road

19
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 8. Tell the interviewer the best way to contact
    you is via your cell phone and then lose it

20
Best Form of Contact
  • Be careful with call backs.
  • Could happen at an inconvenient time for you
  • Roommate answers
  • You pick up not knowing who is calling
  • Make sure you are in a quiet environment
  • Using e-mail as best form of contact is
    acceptable as well

21
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 9. Have incriminating photos on Facebook

22
Social Networks
  • What you put on the web is out there for anyone
    to see, not only your friends
  • Facebook and other social networks can give
    employers the wrong impression of you

23
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • 10. Return for your afternoon of onsite
    interviewing covered in your lunch

24
Dining Out
  • Be careful with what you order
  • Wings, ribs, and spaghetti are all very messy
  • Alcohol not acceptable for lunches
  • If taken to dinner and alcohol is ordered, watch
    your consumption

25
10 Ways to Blow an Interview
  • Come in jeans and a T-shirt
  • Act like you would rather be somewhere else by
    avoiding eye contact or acting nervous
  • When asked if you have any questions, just say
    no
  • Tell the interviewer you did not learn anything
    in college because your professors were idiots
  • Explain your 2.3 GPA by saying I wasnt
    motivated, but if you hire me I will be
  • Explain your lack of exam progress as being due
    to excessive drinking
  • Tell the guy from Wisconsin you cant wait until
    Purdue beats the Badgers in football, basketball,
    and every other sport
  • Tell the interviewer the best way to contact you
    is via your cell phone and then lose it
  • Have incriminating photos on Facebook
  • Return for your afternoon of onsite interviewing
    covered in your lunch

26
Follow-Up
  • Order of importance
  • Handwritten letter
  • Typed letter
  • E-mail
  • Send in a timely manner
  • 1-2 days
  • Do not send exact same letter to everyone in the
    company
  • Will not make or break your interview, but could
    be a deciding factor

27
Questions??
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