I came across this question on a job application for an art instructor job:
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being very introverted and 10 being very extroverted) where on the scale are you when meeting a person for the first time?
Do you think this is a fair question?
I have no doubt in my mind that the "correct" answer is a 10 and that this question is trying to weed out introverts.I personally don't think that being extroverted would make a person a better art teacher though.Outside of sales, I don't think there are too many jobs where extroversion is a real edge. Introverts do not necessarily come off as unfriendly upon meeting people. They may be more reserved, but that can actually have a calming effect on people and put them at ease, whereas an extrovert can sometimes overwhelm people when they first meet them.
Why do you think people consistently underestimate and devalue introverts? Or do you think that is even true?
I've noticed on past jobs that as an introvert, I'd often end up doing more work, and better quality, than some of the extroverts, but often they were noticed more and liked better simply because they schmoozed....
Some think the I/E divide is 50/50 in the world, but it seems clear that the extroverted attitude is preferred; I can't see any practical advantage to it though. It seems it simply comes down to charm over talent, intelligence, and ability....
On a personal note, this discourages me, because I was thinking this job was a great fit for me. I have worked as a tutor with kids of many ages (and not just one-on-one, but in small groups), and I was very good with them. I am not an outgoing person, but I am patient, gentle and encouraging, and I found kids responded well to that. I made such a noticeable difference in some kids that the principle commented on it and one parent thanked me. I am also an artist of sorts (illustration/design), so this job seemed like something I'd be great at. I now feel if I were to answer this question honestly (my answer being a 2), that I would not be considered for the position, and I honestly, I feel it would be their loss.