How an Amazon Interview made me want to get out of my Introvert Comfort Zone
So, I decided to overcome my Social Anxiety and Introversion. Now what made me come to this conclusion was actually (drumroll please)………a Job Interview.
The problem wasn’t with the actual interview interaction, I had practiced and was quite good at the talking/answering part. The problem came during the behavioral round.
Amazon requires the behavioral answers to be in the STAR format. For those of you who don’t know, STAR is an abbreviation for Situation, Task, Action, Result wherein you take a life instance and turn it into an answer. It was during this behavioral round (this was my first ever behavioral interview) I realized that I didn’t have any stories. I’ve withdrawn so much from everyone, everything. I didn’t have a situation, one which I could share with a stranger in a formal setting anyway, to elaborate about teamwork and leadership.
I had taken pride in being a loner & had come to accept social anxiety as a part of me since the onset of the pandemic. But at that moment all the stories I could think of were the murder mysteries, historical novels and classic romances I’ve read. But of course I couldn't tell about the adversities Jane Eyre had to overcome to become a teacher and later marry Mr. Rochester or how Sherlock Homes’ critical thinking along with his team work with Dr Watson helped him solve cases (Although now thinking about it, the Sherlock Holmes stories aren’t a bad idea after all, I’ll try it next time!). So I started spinning up stories on the spot and OH MY GOD were they bad!
The entire experience was quite bad but fruitful. It made me realize that I do need people. All this time I’ve been living my worst nightmare, a boring book. You need characters to make up good stories. You need side characters or a villain or literally anyone else for you to be the main character. To quote Belinda Friers from Fleabag S2E3 — “People are All We’ve Got”. So it’s time to buckle up, put on my big boy pants, and live the story I would stay up till 4 in the morning to read.
P.S -For anyone concerned, no I didn’t get the job. But it wasn’t so bad since I was looking for a technical job and this was non-technical role. Basically it was a free life lesson.