Almost everybody finds interviews stressful but they can be particularly tough for introverts. People with this personality trait struggle when put on the spot, and also can have difficulty with small talk and self-promotion.
Here are some tips for introverts that will help to be successful
Plan Yourself Wisely
Since meeting new people can be taxing for introverts, plan yourself by physically preparing yourself, this will give you a sense of mastery that can calm your nerves and improve your self-confidence and performance. Know the company, job, your resume, and your career goals inside and out. Write out the questions and answers you want to practice and edit them with a critical eye to get started. Then, practice with someone else playing the employer, even if it is only on the phone. You may need to do this more than once. Before the interview, do a dress rehearsal in your interview attire and in person, if possible. If you can afford it, engage a professional – it is well worth the investment. If not, practice with someone whose opinion and perceptiveness you trust.
Do Your Research
Before the interview, spend time researching the company. You can look at their website, as well as searching online for recent news and press releases about the company.
On the job you’ll find reviews of companies, as well as insider tips on interviewing. If you have a recruiter friend, ask him/her for tips on what to expect during the interview.
It’s also acceptable to ask the person scheduling the interview how long conversations usually take, and for the names and titles of the people you will meet with.
Use this information to find their profiles on LinkedIn.
All this research will help you visualize the interview. You will feel less stressed if you have a sense of what to expect.
Prepare for Typical Questions
Do you need a lot of time to digest and formulate an answer? For introverts, being put on the spot and forced to answer on the fly can be deeply uncomfortable.
While some interview questions may be technically psychological ones, many are easy to anticipate.
Stand in front of a mirror and practice your answers. While it may look rather strange, this practice can help you improve your answers.
Have Stalling Techniques at Hand
Even with a lot of practice, its possible interviewers will ask you an unexpected question. Plan ahead for this situation by practicing stalling techniques. You can buy yourself time by saying something else entirely, just to divert attention away from being under pressure of giving a wrong answer to question asked.
Prepare for Small Talk
Between introductions and formal interview questions, there is sometimes small talk. Remember, first impressions during interviews are very important. Come prepared with a line or two about the weather, or some praise or commentary on the office.
Sell Your Introvert Qualities
Some of the qualities that introverts have are absolutely essential to having a successful company. Introverts are typically detail oriented, creative, thoughtful, and work well both independently and collaboratively. Given time to prepare, introverts can shine in meetings and presentations.
Before the interview, make a list of your accomplishments. Consider ways your introversion may have been helpful. Did you doggedly finish a project that others abandoned after the launch? Solve a thorny problem after reflecting on it? Quietly mentor and support fellow employees? Bring up these instances during your interview.
Author: Temitayo Olojede | Career Advisor | Job mandate | firstname.lastname@example.org