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Old 06-19-2012, 06:59 PM
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Default Is it possible to get hired with no extracurricular activities in college?

Is it possible to get hired for an entry-level actuarial position if you had no extracurricular activities in college?

I have passed all the preliminary exams and have an internship, but I could never find a job. I think one of the big reasons is because I had no extracurricular activities in college. No matter how hard I try to be personable and come across as a person they would like to work with during the interview, I can tell that they can always see right through me whenever they ask me about extracurricular activities in college. Always at that point, everything comes apart.
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What did you do when you weren't:
1. Going to classes;
2. Studying;
3. Eating;
4. Eliminating waste (this is the professional thread, so I try to tone it down a bit);
5. Sleeping;
6. Cleaning (washing dishes, clothes, yourself, etc.)?

Anything else is "extracurricular." Go to ball games? Do things with friends? Have a gf?
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Just make something up. If you say you like to play tennis, for example, how will they be able to verify that?
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Just make something up. If you say you like to play tennis, for example, how will they be able to verify that?
"Ah. So-and-so plays tennis. You'll be talking to him at lunch...."
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"Ah. So-and-so plays tennis. You'll be talking to him at lunch...."
That's a risk he's gonna have to take.
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"Ah. So-and-so plays tennis. You'll be talking to him at lunch...."
There are people who enjoy playing tennis and are not very good at it.
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There are people who enjoy playing tennis and are not very good at it.
Whenever I'm asked if I play golf, I proudly proclaim, "I hold the course record............... 373 strokes."
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I think the OP must have bigger problems than just missing a few extracurriculars.

Apparently he is getting interviews. Seems like he needs to work on his people skills.
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Extracurriculars help me out when I'm interviewing a candidate only because it gives me something to ask them about. I've interviewed a lot of candidates where the conversation goes something like,

"I see you're interested in X. I also like X/I don't know much about X/I've heard Y about X, can you elaborate on..."

"Yeah, I like X. I've been doing it for blah blah blah."

And that's it. After two or three of these, I'm forced to resort to the uncomfortable, scripted interview questions and in my mind, this person isn't interesting enough for me to want to sit in a room with them for half an hour, let alone work with them for the next several years. The interview is over as far as I'm concerned.

Having extracurriculars is nice, but having a likeable personality is better. I'll always back up the candidate I enjoyed talking with the most. At the interview stage, the candidate is already good enough on paper. Be memorable in a good way, come prepared with thoughtful questions, do research on the company and type of work, and carry on a normal conversation. And if a normal conversation doesn't come easily to you, practice.
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