Bikeflip wrote:chrisbru wrote:cinephile wrote:I'm curious as to what the "right" answer to a question like this would be.
I think "yeah, I weighed school rank, employment prospects, cost, and location, and this school turned out to be the best choice" would be fine. I'm not sure what they're trying to get at with that question.
I wouldn't say rank. What if the interviewer has a different ranking system where, mentally, her school is better than your school? This happened to me in an interview and left me in a very awkward position. Objectively, it's harder for the interviewer to take issue with the other elements you mentioned.
When I was interviewing, almost every person who interviewed me went to a much lower ranked school (because government hiring has changed, and people who lateral in tend to be from local schools). So my response was always along the lines of, I was offered a competitive financial aid package which my decision a lot easier, but even without that, I really liked x, y, and z strengths of the school (usually something that was focused towards making me seem more prepared for the job I was interviewing for). That way, I never used the word or concept rank.