Being an introvert doesn’t have to come as a huge disadvantage for job seekers. That’s because introverts already have what it takes to be successful in the work environment. They’re quiet, focused, and keep to themselves, which can help minimize distractions in the long run.
Although introverts already have all the requirements most employers require, sitting through a job interview can be nerve-racking.
Preparing for a job interview might be relatively easy for some people, but when it comes to introverts, this task could be downright frightening for them. If you prepare ahead of time and work with your natural inclinations instead of against them, however, you’ll be able to present yourself in the best possible light. So if you’re one of the 50 percent of people who identify as an introvert, don’t panic. There’s still time for you to ace the interview.
Remember, it’s really important to prepare for interviews thoroughly. That said, here are four ways you can do so and still shine in the interview:
1. Do Some Research
Before the interview takes place, do some research on the company. You can look at their website or search them by name to see if there’s any recent news about the organization.
If their site is lacking in visual appeal, for example, offer a few concrete suggestions on how they can quickly and efficiently update their image. In other words, you could probably mention some tactics you think can benefit the company’s online presence.
If you are able to find information online about the company, then do as much research as possible.
Look for things like healthcare benefits, business hours, employee retention, and other workplace trends like remote work, daily projects, and work-life balance. These are all things that could affect your overall performance on the job.
If you have a recruiter helping you along the way, be sure to ask them what to expect during the interview. You can also ask them questions like, “How long do meetings usually take?,” or the names of people you’ll be meeting that day?
The more information you know, the better you can prepare for the interview, which is extremely helpful when it comes to introverts.
2. Prepare Some Stalling Techniques
Even with hours of practice, there’s always a possibility of employers or interviewers asking you a question you didn’t prepare for: one that asks you to showcase your strengths, or one that prompts you to talk about a particular time you had a disagreement with a co-worker.
Whatever you do, make sure that you plan ahead for this situation by practicing stalling techniques. You can start by acknowledging the questing and ask the employer if you can both circle back to it later if it catches you off guard.
3. Schedule Your Time Accordingly
Since shallow socializing and meeting countless new people can be daunting for introverts, avoid scheduling more than two interviews throughout the day.
This is important because if you schedule multiple interviews on the same day, you’ll start to get burned out and could lose interest during the interview. That said, you want to have all your energy and focus devoted to one employer.
What if you’re already working but still looking for a new job?
Then consider calling out sick just so you don’t go into an interview feeling stressed out from dealing with people beforehand. Or schedule your interview sometime in the morning to avoid having it at the end of a full workday, when being social feels more tedious.
Interviewers will sometime introduce you to people around the office so they can see if you’re right for the job. If that happens, don’t be afraid to ask if you can take a quick break between conversations.
Use that time to get a drink of water, clear your mind, take deep breaths, or give yourself a pep talk so you can get through it.
4. Take Steps Towards Reducing Stress
Stress is one of those things that not has the ability to affect your mood, it also has the ability to impact your sleep.
Studies have shown that stress is a unique enemy of sleep, which can damage your ability to concentrate during an interview. What can be done to manage stress?
Introverts can practice the same easy techniques extroverts can. Although there are certain techniques that might be more suited for introverts. Here are some ideas to consider:
5. Practice Meditation
Believe it or not, mediation is something that can help minimize stress when taken seriously and can also help you feel more relaxed as well.
Although there are many ways to practice meditation, the most common way involves finding a quiet place to sit and reflect. This is what allows you to get centered when things like job interviews are throwing you off.
6. Reorganize Your Space
Introverts love having their own space, one that allows them to recharge when their energy is low. So, if your space is chaotic, this can make things really difficult. While cleaning might not be the best activity for you to do, maintaining your personal environment can be a great stress management tool.
There are so many other great benefits to introversion, if you focus on your strengths instead of weaknesses, you can showcase your talent and shine in your interview.
Just remember to follow these steps and plan ahead of time to make the most out of the interview. If you have doubts going into an interview, just keep in mind that they reached out to you for a reason.
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