6 tips that will help introverts nail job interviews
Have an interview for an important job, school application, or other chance to improve your life? The good news is you’ve made it this far. The bad news, if you’re an introvert, is that you now will have the limelight turned squarely on you. To avoid having a deer-in-the-headlights look on your face under all that scrutiny, you can take advantage of these 6 simple tips. Even if you’re an extravert, or just someone who gets nervous about your self-presentation skills, these tips will help you relax and enjoy the experience and maybe even get that opportunity you seek.
1. Practice makes perfect: Everyone should practice for an interview, especially introverts. Practicing gives you an opportunity to think about what you're going to say and how you're going to say it. As a result, you feel more confident walking in there and the self-assurance will show. You can practice alone but it might help more to practice with a family member, friend or partner. If you do practice alone, do it looking into the mirror so that you can also focus on perfecting your posture and eye contact.
2. Accept the interview invitation with enthusiasm. Whether on the phone or in an email, express your pleasure at being given this opportunity. Don’t express even the slightest self-doubts or anxiety.
3. Ask in general terms what will happen during the interview. Without sounding scared, get as detailed a sense as possible and practical about what to expect. The more you can visualize the situation ahead of time, the more prepared you’ll be to enter it in a good frame of mind. Don’t get overly picky but just try to get an all-around sense of the pace, timing, and nature of the interview itself
4. Go to the location ahead of time: If you've never been to the part of town or location you're going to for the interview it's a great idea to scope out the location ahead of time. If you've already been somewhere you'll feel less nervous on your way there. Plus, you're way less likely to get lost and end up late. It can also help avoid pitfalls such as: where to park, or do you need an ID to access the building?
5. Find out who’s interviewing you. If you have a name, or names, do some detective work and learn about the backgrounds of your interviewers. Knowing who they are will also help make the situation more concrete in your mind. In addition, this knowledge can help you avoid inadvertent bloopers such as assuming they went to college when in fact they didn’t, or making incorrect assumptions about their age relative to yours. Again, you may not be able to find out this information, but such knowledge can be power when you’re looking for ways to connect more effectively during the interview.
6. Stay positive & smile: No matter what you say if you say it with a smile and a positive twist people are going to take to you better. There's no reason to be anything other than positive during an interview. Even when asked about a project that went wrong in the past make sure to add a positive spin on things. Whilst remaining positive, leaning forward, nodding and smiling shows that you are interested and engaged.