I recently had another interview and all the other candidates had very big personalities and were rather loud and keen to make themselves heard. This is the total opposite to my own personality. It was a long drawn out process and I was shortlisted once but didn't get through to the final 'round'. I qualified last year and was up against people who are stil training. I feel rather disheartened as I have proved that I am capable because I passed my PGCE, its not to say that I think the others are going to fail, but you know anything could happen before september. The reason I think I was cast out is because of my personality. I am quite a quiet/shy person UNTIL I get to know people and then I come out of my shell. Obviously I am much more confident infront of a classroom but get very nervous and I am not as much of a performer as the people I was up against. I am annoyed that this has gone against me, I can't change who I am. Some of the other candidates were so rude, barging past each other during the school tour so they could be at the front and constantly fire questions at the teacher showing us around. I was very polite, asked questions when I thought it necessary rather than spitting out a non stop list of pointless questions. I think at the end of the day I paled into insignificance and I just wasn't really 'remembered' by the staff. What am I meant to do? Change the person who I am? I know a lot of teachers who are not the outgoing chatty type and they managed to find jobs, so is there hope for me? or am I going to have to become someone I dont want to be?