I have written an essay for applying to a B-School. I am confused whether 'will' or 'would' is correct in the [below] sentences below. -
My feeling is that 'below' tends to not be used in a frontal position. Others may have a different feeling on this.
- With strengths like leadership aptitude, analytical skills and a drive to excel, I believe I would/will contribute positively to the school's competitive culture.
- I am confident my knowledge and experiences would/will add value to other participants and facilitate a healthy exchange of ideas leading to a win-win situation for all.
- The experience of working in magazine editorial teams at school, college and my company would/will help me take the institute magazine to greater heights.
In these two sentences, I am talking about what I think I would add to the school. Can you help me decide what to use- will or would? And what is the grammar rule behind the decision so that I can take a call by myself in future?
And please let me know if these sentences contain some other error.
Students have to get over this attitude that 'grammer' dictates one correct answer. Life's situations are much too complicated for that and there are often a number of choices. The decision on which language is chosen often reflects register differences, writing versus speech, people being spoken to, etc.
In this case, SS, either one would work grammatically but they state different feelings. Using 'will' might be interpreted as being overly cocky, the feeling that you're already hired or it could be interpeted as the kind of confidence that the company is looking for.
Using 'would' leaves the idea of you being hired as more of a tentative decision, which it still is. 'would' is more polite, more deferential. I can't really decide for you which to choose because only you have any idea abut how it will be rceived.
My personal feeling is that in a letter, using more tentative 'would' would be better and a face to face interview is the place for more directness, for a real selling of yourself.
Thanks in advance.
You're welcome. I hope that I've helped you. Good luck!
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