As a recruiter, I come across some really interesting questions candidates are asked during interviews. I try to ask myself these questions from time to time. They help me reflect on my own motivations and clarify my ‘why.’ One question, in particular, recently caught my attention: “if you were in a room with your friends and family members and they were all shouting out adjectives to describe you, what is one word you would hear that you wouldn’t agree with?”
This question is a tough one, and it requires thinking beyond just ‘what is your greatest weakness.’ It makes you think about what others would say about you, then pushes you reflect on how you might be perceived—even if it’s painful.
At first, I thought of some obvious ones like ‘impatient’ (but I probably wouldn’t disagree if anyone called me that), or ‘over-analytical’ (but, again, I’d take that more as a compliment). Then I thought about the word ‘introverted.’ I’ve heard people call me that before and I, personally, disagree. Sure, I’m probably not the loudest person in the room, and I don’t show my excitement or my frustrations on my sleeve, but I love getting to know people, and I usually do that on a 1:1 basis rather than commanding the room.
Now that I think of it, I’m probably more like an introverted extrovert. I like my alone time. I like figuring stuff out on my own. But I’m energized when I spend time with people. I highly value my relationships. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
That’s a big reason I decided to become a recruiter. It’s the part of ‘the sale’ that I love. I also love the career development side of things. “The candidates’ journey” if you will. So stay tuned. Because I’m working on some projects that will hopefully help people find jobs that align with their purpose and get jobs they love.