How much of your personality should you show during an interview?
Office Hours #3: All About Interviews: The STAR Method with Judy Park
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Regardless of the position, it's important to be professional, courteous and honest - these are soft skills that are difficult to teach, but valuable in any company. However, showcasing a piece of your personality allows you to take comfort in knowing that you are being selected for who you authentically are and what you bring to the position. I would show just enough of your personality for your interviewer to feel a connection between you, the company and the job. Remember that it is an interview and the hiring manager wants to find someone who is foremost a great fit for their team and the position. Do your due diligence and research the company and team culture beforehand so that you can have an idea of what the desired work atmosphere is so that you'll know what personality types tend to perform well in the role and that should tell you a lot about whether or not this is the job for you.
Good luck to you!
I interviewed for a civilian position with the state highway patrol. It was a 5-person panel interview. The very first thing they did was require us to lift up a box of copier paper off the floor and set it back down. That was their way of seeing if we could meet the physical requirements of the position. I can't squat, and have totally improper lifting technique. Thankfully, the box had no lid on it. I grabbed it from the top edges, tossed it up in the air to get my hands under it, and, totally unexpectedly said "this doesn't wiggle nearly as much as my dog!" They loved it! I ended up the top candidate for both cities they were interviewing for!