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Personality Development: The key to acing an interview

Personality as a whole, is the sum total of traits a human is entitled to have – both inner and outer. It is the sole entity that is unique in every person. It constitutes of body language, intuitive intellect, confidence – all the focal points that serve as a differentiator between individuals. This use of personality is instrumental to success in life.
The inner traits are the traits that we have inculcated as we move through the various stages of life. Things such as confidence, intuitive development are what forms the base of personality. To add a different dimension to the inner core, we need an external reinforce, that comes out through our appearance, body language, diction. Together, both form an indestructible team for a personality worth recognition.

Personality development is the overall development of the thinking, perception, attitude, nature, mood, behaviour and activities that works on an individualistic nature. It is a tool to bring out ones innate abilities for self-recognition and instil confidence to face the outside world.

We, as humans, have various roles to play in various avenues of life. We wear masks, a different on in workplace, a different one with friends and a completely different one at home. While interchanging between all these facades in a systematic manner, we forget our inner-self and feel disillusioned, in process. This causes to be the key to a constant rise in depression and suicidal tendencies. Personality development programmes help us find our inner-self, to maintain that fragile sanity that we are running short of. This era of oversharing and in constant connectivity with the outside world, we take inner peace for granted, which these programmes help channel back.

In the pursuit of technical skills, soft skills get skewed. To achieve success in life, one needs to balance the technical with the cognitive side. Yet, in this competitive era with several people vying for the same job, it becomes difficult to set yourself apart from the crowd. Hence, soft skills come in aid to give you an edge over competitors. Of all the soft skills necessary, personality development is one such skillset that would empower professionals in the long run.

Interpersonal Skills 

A candidate’s resume may give interviewers an overview of his/ her background and skills, but the selection is largely based on interpersonal skills which give clear insight into the candidate’s thought process. Qualification for a position is important, the ability to adjust to company culture is crucial. A well-adjusted candidate is a sign of optimal productivity. The best way to assess this is to get a sense of personality. Thus, the more personable the candidate is, the better is his/her chances of being selected for the job.

Body Language 

Body language is the first thing that can set the base in an interviewer’s mind. The way candidates carry themselves is a dead giveaway on how much they take life into account. The candidate should provide answer which he/she thinks, goes in accordance to the thought process. Too slouchy an appearance can signify lack of semblance while too terse may be a sign for rigidity. Etiquettes matter a lot. They are an insight into how the candidate is, as a person, and how he/she treats fellow humans. Misnomer or any ulterior thoughts in mind can be detected easily through the body language and etiquette, creating mistrust in the mind of the interviewer and may cost the candidate to lose out.

Connect with Interviewer

The another key is to connect with interviewer, for which again, you need interpersonal skills. Personality development increases your intuitive skills, helping you gauge the right thing to say at the moment. The candidate’s physical appearance and ability to handle himself/herself during the questioning will create a persona in the interviewers mind and be the focal factor in decision-making process.

It is important to realise that the essence of personality development lies in its ability to sharpen skills dealing with interaction – both verbal and physical. Hence, you can understand the importance of interpersonal interactions, so much so that leading organisations spend a considerable amount of their team development budget on interpersonal skill development classes. It is a gateway to renowned organisations, helping candidates get an added leverage to the already developed skillset. The added benefit of boosted confidence makes it an asset to add to the kitty.

In a nutshell, personality is instrumental in helping us reach the peak of success.

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