I recently saw an “Infographic” that opened with the words: “Some of us get energized by interacting with other people while others among us are drained by such interactions. And it’s likely a lot of people are out there in jobs that are unsuitable for their natural inclinations toward extroversion or introversion.” Related: 13 Interview Secrets For Introverts I am a major supporter of assessment as part of anyone’s self-awareness and continuing development. In the context of career search, I believe that everyone should be aware of their strengths, their interests, and their personality. However, there are two major issues that have the potential to seriously interfere with the value of the information generated by the assessments.
While I don’t have a scientific study to cite, I can say that, in my last 10+ years as a career coach, I’ve worked with a lot of people who’ve labeled themselves as “introverts” on-the-job. Their stories helped me to identify some common examples that indicate a person is being perceived as an introvert at work.