Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Introverts: Supercharge Easy Job Interview Parts

Job interviews can be full of stress and terror for introverts. Meeting new people, saying all the right things, answering questions well, and not becoming tongue-tied are difficult for us.

But if we dissect the job interview, many of its elements become easier for shy and introverted individuals to handle.


Pinpointing Easy Job Interview Elements

Here are some job interview aspects that rank "easy" on the introvert difficulty scale:

Researching the job and the organization. Learn all you can about the job and the organization before your interview. Review the company's website, marketing, enewsletters, blogs, social media, history, annual report, product information, and anything else you can find. This information will help you understand the organization's purpose, direction, and culture. You can also search LinkedIn for information about the interviewer's background. If you need to learn more about the job's typical duties, research it in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Preparing questions for the interviewer. As you do your research, make a list of questions to ask the interviewer about the organization. Avoid basic questions such as "What does your company do?" Create in-depth questions that show you've done research such as "How does your merger with XYZ Company affect the future of this department and the company?" Also include questions about the job and the ideal employee for it.

Dressing up. Dressing well and conservatively for job interviews will give you a professional edge and a confidence boost. 
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Showing soft skills. It's easy for introverts to be on time, shake hands, and show good manners. Remember to smile and make eye contact. These soft skills will go far in a job interview.

Presenting an impressive portfolio and reference list. From the comfort of your home, you can organize and develop a physical or online portfolio of your work that will help you stand out. Include examples, certificates, awards, and recommendation letters. In addition, an impeccable list of references will impress any employer.

Telling the employer you want the job. It's painless to say, "I'd really like to work with you and with the organization." Plus, it's a great way to reinforce your interest in the job and to end an interview.

Thanking the interviewer. It's not difficult for introverts and shy people to give a sincere thank you and to shake hands at an interview's conclusion. Ask for the interviewer's business card so you can follow up.

Sending a thank-you note and following up by email. Send a thank-you email immediately after the job interview. Then send a follow-up note a few days later to ask about the opening's status. Most job seekers don't take these steps, so they could move you to the front of the hiring line.

Boosting Your Job Interview Performance

If you keep the job interview elements above in mind and give them extra emphasis, you will boost your job interview performance.

What other parts of job interviews are relatively easy for you? Please share your thoughts with other shy and introverted job hunters.


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