The extrovert advantage

I was  amazed how my friend coached me on how to answer interview questions for a job of my choice. It was the first time she saw the job description and very naturally she begin to answer the questions with great flow and ease. I was shocked. I told her honestly, that I would certainly employ her, if I were the interviewer, never mind that she had no intention to apply for this job and had no previous inkling what the job was about. She shared with me that she received many job offers and had, what I would call the luxury of turning down jobs and picking the job of her choice.

From then on, I suspected that there was indeed something called the “extrovert advantage” at the interviews.

“Interviews are unfair to half the world of people that we label as introverts. Extroverts during interviews get a good deal because they ‘talk  – think – talk’ whereas introverts ‘think – talk – think’. The implication here is that introverts, if we stereotype them, tend to be slower of speech because they much prefer to provide considered answers. The difficulty is that most interviewers want information quickly so that they can move onto the next candidate. Unfortunately for the slow speakers amongst us the research suggests that people who are really fluent are rated by the ordinary person as being more intelligent, with better interpersonal skills and make better managers. This is obviously nonsense and untrue but we are dealing with perceptions here.”

Perfect Answers to Interview Questions by Max Eggert (2005)

Contract work

There’s an article Contract work a growing trend in the Sunday Times today!

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_463187.html

I thought it would be quite relevant for this blog as I mentioned it briefly before as a possible option for job seekers.

Let me summarise/quote a little from the article:

Is term contract work for you?

Pros

  • Flexibility. Knowing your last day enables you to plan for activities like holidays.
  • Testing out different jobs or industries to find out what suits best.
  • The chance of having your job renewed or converted into a permanent one.
  • Some jobs pay 10% more to make up for the lack of, or fewer, perks.
  • (I don’t really understand this one) Painless, “no strings attached” arrangements. (I think it means you leave before deep bonds can be formed between the job and the people, so less painful. Kinda true, friendships take time to form. But kinda sad, if you leave without leaving impressions or having impressions left on you.)

Cons

  • Lack of stability.
  • Zero, or fewer, benefits, from insurance and medical coverage to annual leave.
  • Hard to build a track record or reputation in the industry.