For the NLCS interviews, I don't think it's all about being an extrovert. In public, you often don't get a squeak from my DD and, when she does speak, she's definitely quite self-effacing but she was offered a place.
At the open day, Mrs Wilson did say that they know girls can be shy and the NLCS interview is designed to settle them down and get them to open up before challenging them. It started off with a discussion of her background (her primary, her brother's secondary, her interest in NLCS, other schools she'd applied to, extra-curricular interests) and then moved to quite challenging puzzle and maths questions (definitely requiring the child to think on the spot). The English question was far more straightforward and typical comprehension style (read a passage, answer some question such as character's mood and then say what might happen next).
We had many reasons to assume that she wouldn't be offered a place. She can be quite shy and it's not at all obvious that she has many strong qualities. She's at a state primary, her brother's at a state grammar and all the other secondaries she'd tried for were state schools, so we were clearly a state school family. Despite all of these issues she was offered a place at NLCS and I do remember the interviewer remarking how well she'd solved the problems posed to her.
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