Interviewing for a job can be difficult if you’re an introvert. Following a few helpful hints can help you make a bold impression and a better connection with your recruiter.
Use Proper Body Language
A big part of what an interviewer thinks of you will be based on your body language, so here are some things you’ll want to do:
- Sit up straight and keep your feet on the floor
- Avoid crossing your arms or legs (this can make you seem closed off)
- Use hand gestures (without overdoing it)
Maintain Eye Contact
Introverts tend to shy away from eye contact; however, this is problematic because a recruiter may take it as a lack of confidence and make it harder to connect. If this is something you struggle with, make it a point to maintain eye contact (without staring). Simply being aware of it is often enough to help you improve in this department.
Provide Insightful Answers
At the end of the day, it’s your knowledge and skill set that ultimately determine whether you get the job. It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert if you’ve got the skills to thrive, and an interview is the perfect place to prove you’ve got what it takes. Actively listen to your recruiter and take a moment to come up with an insightful answer. Also, slow down if you feel like you’re talking too fast—something that’s common when people are nervous.
Ask Relevant Questions
Remember that asking questions is a two-way street. You can often impress them by asking engaging questions. If you need some ideas, Career Sidekick offers some great examples:
- What are the most important skills to have to do well in this job?
- When and how is feedback given to me as an employee?
- How will you judge my performance?
- What are some reasons why your employees like working here?
Just because you’re reserved doesn’t mean you can’t succeed and impress a recruiter. You just need to understand your personality and follow the specific strategies mentioned here. If you do, you’ll have a great chance of being successful.
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