Just because you’re an ‘introvert’ doesn’t mean people won’t warm to you and most certainly it doesn’t mean you will suck at job interviews! With the right preparation and mindset, you have the ability to absolutely nail them!
Here’s a few handy tips to help you on your way:
1. Do your homework:
Research the background of the company you will be meeting with, and make sure you know exactly what it is they do. Look into things like their particular core values, ethos and perhaps whether they have an interesting history.
Employers are looking for people who really understand their business. By knowing particular quirks about a company, it not only demonstrates dedication towards the company but that you’ve put in the time do your homework properly. This shows a promising work ethic!
2. Accept that you have to sell yourself:
As an introvert, your natural inclination is often to step back and let others take charge. Talking about yourself is usually NOT your idea of a fun situation. Try to think of it more as a form of self-discussion rather than a bragging session.
Before you go in, consider your strengths and achievements and form a general idea of how you’ll speak about yourself. Practice speaking in the mirror or to a close friend/family member to build your confidence.
3. Body Language:
As an introvert, you probably tend to be a little shy in new situations and your body language would display this more loudly than your words. You’d be surprised just how much body language can influence first impressions!
Practice this in the mirror too. Think about how you walk in, how you sit down, where you place your arms and most importantly how you will shake the interviewer’s hand. Focus on holding yourself confidently and comfortably as this will create a sense of ease between you and the interviewer.
4. Maintain eye contact:
Eye contact goes hand-in-hand with body language. Eye contact is the key to creating a strong and immediate connection with your interviewer. You don’t have to be the loudest person in the room but eye contact shows credibility and trust. Plus, there is definitely something shifty about a person whose eyes won’t meet yours!
5. Plan Questions:
Meeting new people can often be quite nerve racking and under this pressure you may not think of the particular questions you need answers for until you’ve already left! Before the interview, think about the role you are going for and prepare any questions you may have beforehand. This way you go into the interview armed with questions to fall back on if you blank out.
Not only does this benefit you, but it also shows you’re a proactive thinker and have thoroughly considered the role you are applying for.
6. Be Punctual:
If you’re already a little nervy, being late really isn’t going to help this situation! Not only does it create a negative first impression it can also often be the make-or-break between you and another potential candidate. Plan your trip the night before and make sure to account for any potential high traffic periods.
7. Thank them for something specific:
As they say, you’re most remembered by the first and last point of contact, so make sure you leave on a good note. Thank your panel or interviewer for the interview and wish them luck with the rest interview process. Perhaps tell them what specifically you liked about the process.
If you are currently looking to land a job interview,
the I Want 2 WORK job portal is the perfect place to start.