Interviewing for jobs can stress anyone out. However, introverts typically find it more difficult to express themselves, and as such, they can be overwhelmed with anxiety in new social or professional situations. If you’re an introvert, follow these tips to prepare yourself and score that job that you’ve been dreaming of for so long.
Why a Job Interview Is So Difficult
First impressions make a tremendous difference during any job interview. However, sometimes, first impressions about introverts are inaccurate – for example, that they’re unsociable, have their guard up, or seem disinterested in what is going on around them. However, these mistaken first impressions are just misconceptions and not an accurate reflection of who an introvert is.
Extroverts, on the other hand, have a much easier time during a job interview. Their success is due to how they can project confidence despite little to no preparation.
How to Prepare
Locate the site of the interview: If the interview will be at the business’s main campus, but you’re unfamiliar with where that is, go and find out. By reducing your chances of being late, you can save time and frustration on the actual day of the job interview.
Write out answers to potential questions: These responses could be replies to interview questions or for questions that will be asked during chat sessions during interview downtime.
Study your resume: The better you know your resume, the easier you will be able to answer questions and elaborate on it. Your achievements are something to be proud of, and if you are introverted, you won’t want to boast about them. But fall back on your references from past supervisors and coworkers who can attest to your quality of character and fitness for any new job you choose.
During the Interview
Bring copies of your resume: Even though the person interviewing you will probably have one on hand, the more copies you bring, the better. Besides, you never know if someone else representing the company will join the interview and will want a copy to peruse for themselves.
Dress professionally: Even if the company you’re interviewing for has a casual dress code, you want to make the best impression possible. To do that, you should dress as professionally as you can.
Listen: As important as it is to speak confidently you also want to display your listening skills.
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