Things suddenly change. Let's see if I end up with deliciously more time for posting, now that my idle thought "I can probably do this from my phone" led to this short post.
You attended all the recruiting events in the fall. You presented your "BBA" or "Bcomm" candidate business cards, asked your clever question, uploaded your resume and cover letter peppered with extra curriculars and top marks, and now you've done it. You've scored job interviews with the Big Four where you hope to fulfill those dreams of becoming a Chartered Accountant, to make your family proud and pay off the massive student debts you've been racking up over the past three or four years.
And you could blow your big chance in the interview by making the most innocuous of statements.
"But I'm so clever, I know I won't ask about the overtime, but will tell them I enjoy working long hours," you respond. You know all the right things to say, you're ready for this.
But do you know anything about the wrong things to not say?
Keep in mind that your answer may inadvertently turn into a hilarious insult.
If you were asked some metaphorical question about what you'd expect after crossing over to the other side of a bridge, you might come up with something clever.
What if the recruiter were to ask you where you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
"Oh man, I'd be in my 30s. I'd be so old. I don't what life would be like when I'm that old!"
Remember that thing about the inadvertent hilarious insult?
How exactly do you think you'd do, compared to the other straight-A student with a great resume of club presidencies and other volunteer activities if the only thing separating you from each other was that the other candidate didn't make the recruiter feel like you were completely tone deaf to other people's feelings, by making a statement like the one above?
Based on the recruiting events I've seen, the odds are that the recruiter conducting your interview is a lady in or approaching her 30s. Keep that in mind before you stick your foot in your mouth.