When should you add info on projects or associations that you joined that are exclusive to extremely intelligent people (e.g. Mensa, in my case)? Researching on the internet implies a general sentiment of no. The reasoning being that:
- There are many more people who will label you as arrogant or feel threatened by your intelligence, rather than be genuinely impressed that you're in the top.
- You should come across as intelligent in your CV anyway, so this is extraneous information.
- Even if you get the job, there is a chance that you will be thrown difficult tasks with little or no help due to you being supposedly super-smart.
- Most importantly: the fact that since you're smart, you'll be a bad team player ala Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.
However for me, there are some extra considerations:
- I want the mention to get me pass through initial screening as I find that I generally do well in phone and face-to-face interviews. The main problems I have are: in group assessment although not because I'm arrogant, but because I feel that I won't be adding value to the group task since everyone has already covered the points. Yes I even know that the task is not the challenge but how I communicate with everyone else, so every time it becomes a battle between my brain and my mouth! But to get back on topic, the other problem I have is that I commonly get screened out in the initial stage because of...
- Lackluster academics. I made some pretty poor choices in my younger days and as I'm still in my early 20's, my academics do still matter.
I have since grown up and have developed a much better work ethic (incidentally, the story of 'change' makes for a very successful motivational interview story!). This does not make up for the mediocre results in academics unfortunately. As a result, my CV seems to not be very special. In this case, will it be a good idea to mention such projects or associations, in order to somehow make up for the poor activity in schools?
If not, what if I include it in a small section under say, "hobbies and interests"? Or should I just stay away?