Telling Interviewer You Are Shy

<p>I seemed pretty confident during the interview, because I can be confident, but I told the interviewer I was shy and that experiences in school (like MUN) have given me confidence in all areas in life. Introspective and impressive? Or just plain bad because they want naturally confident people. </p>


<p>It's like saying you have a big mouth. Is that a good thing or bad thing?</p>

Or just plain bad because they want naturally confident people.


<p>They're not going to want only naturally confident people. A huge chunk of the population isn't naturally confident.</p>

<p>The thing to focus on here isn't confidence, but overcoming difficulty - which it sounds like you have.</p>

<p>Regardless, though, one little thing you say in an interview isn't going to be a big deal. The interviewer isn't providing a transcript, and it's usually only a small piece of the overall application.</p>

<p>Having done a number of alumni interviews, let me say that for me to write that the kid I interviewed was "introspective and impressive" s/he would have to do a lot more than tell me s/he used to be shy but high school experiences like MUN gave him confidence. That makes my cliche meter go ballistic.</p>

<p>I'm really not looking for naturally confident. I'm really only looking for natural. Sense of humor? Curiosity? Focus? Intelligence? Drive? Those kinds of things.</p>

<p>It's absolutely not a big deal, so don't worry about it. That being said, don't plan on saying it again.</p>

<p>Ohhh, shoot. I've said this. First of all, its completely true, and second, I did it in a how did ____ change you as a person way/overcoming difficulties. One interviewer asked me "What difficulties in your life have made you the college applicant you are today?". My answer was complete BS about how ethnic difficulties and being the oldest sibling affected me, so cliche, I know</p>