I watched the movie 21 a while back, and there are a couple of lines that have stuck with me. I won’t go into detail about the entire storyline, but at this point a young man was sat in front of a judge for a prestigious scholarship, when he is told the following…
“Unfortunately – Desire doesn’t figure into this much. The ‘Robinson’ is going to go to someone who dazzles. Someone who just jumps off the page.
It’s all about the essay – you need to explain to us, what makes you special, what life experience separates you from all the rest… What can you tell me Ben, that’s going to dazzle me?”
The reason that this stuck in my head is that I know many people who do a myriad of extra-curricular activities in order to be ‘impressive’ to admissions tutors and potential employers, but does it work? When you are applying for the top jobs, everyone has equally impressive resumes, there has to be something that makes you stand out.
I therefore want to ask my readers the following question
“How do you dazzle?”
If you were faced with this question at interview, how would you respond?
What is there about you that truly makes you a brilliant student or employee?
What is there that makes you, you?
What is there beyond your list of extra-curricular activities, your major, which makes you the person I would want to hire if I were interviewing you?
Please post your thoughts in the comments section. If I get some good answers, I might follow up with another post on the topic soon, so keep checking back.
[20/03/2009] The follow up post has now gone live and is called “Jump Off the Page!”. Click on the link and it will take you straight there.