For job seekers who considered themselves introverts, an interview can be intimidating. After all, it requires you to share details about yourself, and that might not be something you are usually comfortable with, especially since you are probably meeting the hiring manager for the first time.
However, just because interviewing may be a bit outside your comfort zone, that doesn’t mean an introvert can’t be a great interviewee. If you take some time to prepare in advance and view the experience from the proper perspective, your interview can be a success. Here’s what you need to do.
Spend Time Building Up Your Energy
Many introverts find social situations especially draining. And, if you enter an interview without replenishing your energy, it can make the task even more daunting.
If you want to excel during your interview, it’s important to take some time to build up your energy stores. Try to take some time to recharge your batteries over the course of a few days by limiting your social interactions, as required.
For example, if you have an interview on Monday, take the weekend to replenish your energy in a way that feels best to you. However, make sure to also get yourself in the right mindset while you do by reflecting on your prior experience and skills, and how you can share those points with the hiring manager.
See It as an Asset, Not a Flaw
It isn’t uncommon for outsiders to talk about introversion as if it is some kind of character flaw, even though the reality is it can be an asset.
Introverts tend to have calm demeanors and almost always think before they speak. During an interview, this can make you come off as thoughtful and conscientious, something the hiring manager is likely to appreciate.
Additionally, just because a person is an introvert doesn’t mean they don’t come off as friendly. If you take a moment to collect your thoughts and then deliver a response with a smile, the hiring manager isn’t likely to view how you answered in a negative light.
Learn to Find a Balance
During an interview, it is important to embrace your extrovert-like qualities, as well. Most introverts can be extroverted in situations where they are comfortable, so learning to harness that can be beneficial.
For example, it is acceptable to take a moment to think before you answer an interview question. However, a long delay could leave a less-than-ideal impression, so you need to make sure you are willing to act (or even put yourself out there) if you want the hiring manager to feel confident in you.
One of the easiest ways to harness the power of extroversion is to practice your responses before your interview. This increases your comfort level with what you want to say, and gives you a chance to hone your answers, making them easier to deliver. Also, by reflecting on your career before you head to the meeting, you’ll have better recall if you are faced with a question you weren’t anticipating.
Ultimately, introverts can be excellent interviewees and, by following the tips above, you can make the best impression possible on the hiring manager.
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