Superhero Series: Charles Xavier's PRO Interview Tips
February 17, 2017
In college / Masters Applications, and in job interviews, there is usually a time allocated to asking interviewers questions. Here are a 3 PRO tips that will help sway the interviewer to your side!
1. Show your knowledge:
In a Master’s program, don’t just say – “Please tell me about some professors you would recommend.”
Say something like “From my research and having spoken to alumni such as Bobby, I have identified Professor X as someone I would like to conduct research with because of his unique experiences with mutant genome sequencing. I also learned that he also runs the shaving club which is a truly rare opportunity for students to bond together and learn how to get that signature polished look - nothing beats a shiny bald head!"
2. Name-drop alumni/students/coworkers who have led you to your current choice:
Before showing your knowledge, cite sources that lend credibility to what you say.
For example, “I heard from Alfonso that your job is so exciting because of the range of industries that you come across on a daily basis. As a new graduate, this opportunity to better understand contrasting business models and revenue drivers is very exciting. Alfonso spoke highly of his project at Chevron, and I wanted to ask you….”
3. Agree with them and summarize their response:
Do not just move on to the next question without acknowledging the interviewers response.
You can say something like “Yes! I totally agree with your point. It makes perfect sense that diversity and inclusion should be core focuses on your school. Having socio-economic, religious, and political diversity can help lead to greater adaptability and teamwork, and I hope to help foster this culture at your school.”
Unfortunately, not everyone gets in to the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, but with these 3 tips, you might just edge out the other applicants!