In general your CV should show:
How do I prepare for an interview?
Acumen Resources provide full Interview Preparation guidelines for registered candidates attending interviews (Extract Below). We also provide a mock interview service taking candidates through commonly asked questions.
Acumen Resources suggest the following format for your Interview Preparation:
- Gather information on company and the role
- Prepare your key message
- Identify key questions
- Prepare answers
- Prepare your own questions for the interviewers
- Practise ALOUD
What to look for in a prospective employer?
We recommend you chose an employer where you will work closely with a qualified actuary. You should ask about the ratio of students to qualified actuaries and the size of actuarial team in general. Other students will provide a support network for you over the exam session and will give you useful advice on using study leave and study techniques. Most companies provide a comprehensive study package which will cover all your study materials and time off work to prepare for the exams.
Direct writer vs. consultancy?
Whether you would prefer to work in a consultancy or a direct writer is very much a personal decision. The main difference between consultancy work and working for a direct writer is the variety of work involved. By working in a consultancy you will get involved in different projects with many different clients. If you work in a direct writer you will usually work in a team on one actuarial function e.g. pricing or financial reporting. There will usually be little overlap between the 2 functions. However many employers operate a rotation scheme where approximately every year you will get rotated around different actuarial teams – this is important to ensure you gain a wide range of skills on the road to qualification.
Which Practice area?
Many graduates take the first job offered to them after college but there is a big difference between roles across the different practice areas. Below are sample graduate job specifications for the main practice areas: