Monday, May 23, 2011
Introvert is not a 4 letter word
I got turned down for a job today. One that I think I actually wanted. It had a lot of potential to be interesting and different than what I do since it had generalist roles incorporated into the benefits roles. The few people I met seemed super nice. The company is in the process of "turning HR around" from being unapproachable and mean to open and fun. They said all the right things and I thought, well I didn't necessarily think I said all the right things but one of my interview failings is that I don't try to hide who I really am. I answer the questions asked essentially the same way I would answer them if Michelle were asking me the question. Well according to the recruiter I was working with I knocked it out of the park. I reassured her on the 401(k) stuff. I answered everything right... until. When asked the question "how do you unwind or destress" I said something to the effect of "I go home and veg out mostly. Working in HR you have to be "on" all the time and since I'm essentially an introvert I like to spend my after work time relaxing and being quiet." Something like that. Apparently they don't want an "introvert." Keep in mind, I've charmed 4 people in the interview until this point so clearly I have social skills and the ability to talk to people. I even mentioned that working in HR for the past 11 years, I know what it takes but during my down time I like it to be just me. I'd feel sad about the loss of this job since I think I did want it, but I find myself so annoyed by this "no introverts" attitude that I'm fine with it. I am seriously sick of job hunting though. I may have to take a little break.