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Introverts Guide to Job Interviews

Introvert's Guide to Job Interviews If you're one of the 49.3%' of introverts in the world, you may consider yourself at a disadvantage when it comes to job interviews. The truth is, being an introvert comes with its own set of unique skills that are actually an advantage during an interview. Here's how to activate your superpowers! 25 words used to describe an introvert When you hear "introvert" you think of many things. Here are 25 words we associate with introverts: Insular Perceptive Solitary Gentle Alone Sensitive Withdrawn Reticent Antisocial Quiet Distant Introvert Cautious Reserved Inhibited Aloof Moderate Wallflower Bashful Predictable Timid Organized Coy Shy Serious Thinker Brooding Autonomous The world is full of successful introverts, including Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt and Gandhi.? It just goes to show that there are a lot of strong advantages to being an introvert – you just have to know how to use them. An introvert's job interview toolkit Here are 13 tips to activate your skills as an introvert before, during and after an interview. Before your interview Research, prepare and practice Think of small talk in advance Plan the route and calculate the time it will take to get there Preparing gives you a "knowledge advantage", particularly if you're not confident at bragging. Employers look for candidates that will get along with others. Figuring out some topics to talk about in advance will help you if your mind goes blank. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach the venue will help avoid adding unnecessary stress. How: Prepare How: Start with easy meticulously and have a friend practice interviewing you. topics like your trip there and questions about their day. How: Use Google Maps and make a practice trip to the venue a few days ahead of your interview.5 Take 5 minutes to relax before the interview Bring physical evidence Yoga can help you to get outside of your head right before the interview and concentrate on getting your mind in the right place. Back up your skills with a show-and-tell of your achievements. It will also give you something to do if you suffer from fidgety hands! How: Find a private space, such as the bathroom and try the following: Mountain pose: Tree Pose: Stand with feet From mountain together, straighten your back and legs and suck up your pose, use your hand to draw your foot to your inner thigh. How: Prepare an organized portfolio of your work and future ideas that match the job specifications.? thigh muscles. During your interview Think of self-discussion as sharing, not Make personal connections As an introvert, you are good at connecting to individuals rather than a group. This is a strength you can demonstrate during your interview. bragging Horrified by the thought of having to sell yourself? Talk about what you know and can bring to the collaboration, rather than about yourself directly. How: Switch eye contact between each panel member as you answer their questions – looking away from time to time is normal. How: Share your Take your time answering questions Refocus when you've lost concentration achievements in terms of what you learned from them and how you would like to further explore these new skills. According to studies, introverts have a more complex way of processing thoughts. If you miss part of a question because you're too focused on analyzing your last answer, don't be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question. Ask insightful questions Talking in front of a group means all eyes are on you - an uncomfortable moment for any introvert! Apply your strong listening skills to turn an interrogation into a conversation. How: If it takes you a few moments to answer How: Look for opportunities to conclude your answers with return questions a question, let them know by saying, “That's an interesting question. I just need a moment to formulate my thoughts."" How: Try saying, “Just to clarify, are you asking.? to your interviewers.º After your interview Thank them for something specific Wind down right after the interview Aerobic exercise helps you to relax by reducing adrenaline and cortisol levels in the body, which can make introverts It's easy to say thanks, but introverts can make a real connection by using their feel overstimulated and anxious. attention to detail. How: Wish the panel good luck with the interview process, and tell them what specifically you liked about the process. How: Go for a walk with your favorite music on your headphones before heading home." Send a follow-up email Sending a follow-up message is a great way to continue building a positive impression, and it gives you a chance to share extra feedback. How: Contact them within 24 hours and refer to something unique from your conversation. Being an introvert means you have a super set of skills to tap into when it comes to job interviews. Once you've learned how to manage these strengths, you'll be a veritable interviewing pro and have an excellent chance at success! Sources 'Black, C. (2011). INTROVERTS ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD. introvertzone.com 2Schocker, L. (2013). 16 Super Successful Introverts. huffingtonpost.com 3Vogt, P. (2016). Interview Tips for Introverts monster.com "Whitbourne, S. (2013). Even an Introvert Can Nail an Interview psychologytoday.com 5Smith, J. (2015). An unexpected way to prepare for your next big job interview in just 15 minutes. businessinsider.com 6Cain, S. (2016). 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Introverts Guide to Job Interviews

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Job interviews are nerve-racking for most of us. But what if you consider yourself an introvert? You may find them even more energy-draining and worry that you’re not able to present your best self....

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