Hey guys, I'll be interviewing for a professional business fraternity soon, and was wondering if you guys had any tips. It's a panel interview, so there will be 10-12 of them interviewing me at once. I interviewed once before, but did not get a bid.
Any specific tips? How should I structure my pitch/story? What are some good questions to ask them at the end?
I also have trouble answering random questions like "name three dead people you wish you could speak to and why"
30 Second Pitch for Bfrat Interview
The 30 second pitch for a business fraternity interview should be similar to your one for your job. Its the equivalent for "walk me through your resume" and should cover topics including:
- Name and Hometown
- How you choose your school and major
- Why you are interested in the bfrat
- Some of your interests
My name is Nancy Drew and I'm a freshman Finance major from River Heights, Colorado. My interest in Finance first developed in high school when my father taught me about personal investing which led me to want to pursue a career on Wall Street. With this in mind, I decided to come to XYZ University due to my interest in the strong Wall Street program and their student run investment fund. When I got here to XYZ University I knew that I wanted to get involved right away and my orientation leader, NAME DROP HERE, was a member of Phi Beta Lambda and spoke very highly about the organization which led me to come out to rush events this past week. In the end, throughout the week I met a variety of people (Name Drop Optional) who shared my interests and spoke so highly about how the organization has become their family at school while also helping them develop socially and professionally and I'm excited to be interviewing with you all today.
Good Question to Ask in a Business Fraternity Interview
You can of course ask anything that you want but you should be mining for good questions to ask throughout your rushing process. As you talk to the brothers you should be learning more about the on goings of the frat from a professional, philanthropic, and social level. If the fraternity is known for being very professional / business oriented you should stray away from asking questions about drinking / socials in the interview.
I would stay away from asking them about their professional aspirations until later so you don't put them on the spot in front of the other panel members.
- What led you to join XYZ Fraternity?
- What has been your favorite memory in the fraternity?
- What else are you involved with on campus outside the fraternity?
- Which value of the fraternity do you most identify with?
Ice Breaker Questions for Interviews
In the end, business fraternities are looking for organizational fit. They want to know that you are a likeable person and can have fun. This will trump your interview skills / polish because usual bfrats will teach those skills.
You can always do some research about these types of fit based - fun questions to get an idea of what they might ask but in the end you just need to think on your feet and have fun with these questions.
For example: when answering a question like "What three dead people you would speak with" you should approach it not too seriously. Maybe you're a big music buff and you want to reunite the Beatles so you speak with Lennon and Harrison and then a third person (since the other members of the Beatles are alive.)
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