Definition of people person by merriam

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I couldn’t resist answering this reader question. HR professionals are constantly described as “people persons.”

I’ve been thinking about your post on interview questions. If I tell you “I’m a people person và normally I get along with everyone.” How bởi vì you know I’m lying?

Nobody in the workplace is perfect. If you hate some or all of your co-workers, then you will never progress. But a “people person” will because he/she can get along different people and knows how to lớn giảm giá with difficult situation. By talking through the situation, you can turn others around with your delicate powers of persuasion. Only a “people person” can bởi this.

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Being a “people person” is a unique that you are born with, it cannot be learned. It’s who you are. Unfortunately in today’s modern and high tech world, people can kém chất lượng it.

I recently said this lớn a recruiter – that I’m a “people person” and know how khổng lồ handle difficult situations. They looked at me with the same kind of thought you described. So, what does recruiter look for? Individuals who are truly a “people person”? Or someone who can wear different masks at work?

First, let me say that I bởi believe sầu that “people persons” exist. But I define the term people person as someone who is gregarious, outgoing & enjoys being around people. I vì not define a “people person” as someone who has excellent communication skills and is able to handle difficult situations.

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In my career, I’ve sầu met individuals who loved being around people. And would regularly tick them off. I’ve sầu also worked with people who were off-the-chart introverts that had fabulous verbal communication skills.

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Enjoying the company of other people doesn’t make a person immune to lớn dealing with jerks. And while there have sầu been times when you are able lớn turn around the less-than-desirable behavior of others, there are plenty of times when you aren’t.

To this reader, if you’ve sầu been able khổng lồ change every person’s behavior you’ve tried to lớn change…I say, bravo lớn you. Let me toss out a word of caution. There will come a time when you can’t. It won’t be for you not having the skills. And it won’t be because you didn’t try. But sometimes people don’t change. Simple as that.

Recruiters want khổng lồ know how you’ve handled situations in the past because there’s a chance it could happen again. Telling a recruiter that you get along with everyone because you’re a people person is another way of saying “I don’t want khổng lồ tell you what happens when I don’t get along with people.” It’s completely unrealistic khổng lồ think a person has lived their entire life getting along with everyone.

At some point in our careers, we will work with someone that we just don’t like. And we don’t want to lớn spkết thúc time trying to build a relationship. But we do need lớn work with them.

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