The following is a guest post by ColinJR. You can find out more about Colin in the author bio at the end of the post.
There exist a lot of misconceptions regarding introverts. Many people truly consider them to be aliens and try to avoid them not knowing that these people are just as interesting, creative and needed people as their extroverted co-workers. Of course, their best features and working skills can be discovered in case they get a job corresponding to the specifics of their personality. Because of natural shyness, concentrating, preferable solitude and other personal traits, introverts’ one of the most matching careers can be job in marketing that does not require socializing, teamwork and interactive skills. Market research analyst, for example, is one of the topped jobs for introverts. This job requires concentration, responsibility, accurate data accumulation and processing what can turn too burdensome for an average extrovert.
But even if you have a degree in marketing and completed M.B.A, the job interview and the impression you make on an employer will play an important role. That is why it is necessary to be well informed about possible interview situations which can be unusual and nerve wracking for an introvert. Handshaking, being center of attention and witty interview questions are the source of discomfort and uncertainty. In case you are going to an interview, your job and your future career are at stake, that is why get prepared to your job interview with general tips given below.
As a rule, the tips are divided into two groups: ‘before the interview’ and ‘during the interview’. Following these comprehensible recommendations you will get more confident and will increase your chances to get the desired job.
Before the Interview
Since you are applying for a job in marketing, show your awareness of the company’s strategies and goals. Learn as much as possible about the organization you are applying for, get to know what people you will meet and talk to, surf for this on the internet or even go to the library. The knowledge advantage will help you feel yourself confident.
Do not learn by heart and rehearse ready answers for possible interview questions. The marketing sphere requires creativeness and fresh thoughts, and your conned answer may sound unnatural and suspicious.
During the Interview
If you will do the aforementioned research, you will minimize the ‘surprise’ interview questions and make you feel well-informed and self-confident on the interview day. Although, the interview itself is the most dangerous and unpleasant part of applying for a job, since handshaking, small talk and other types of socializing are required.
Small talk. Be ready to join a small talk, you may practice this with your friends and relatives.
Notes. Make some notes and bring them with you. This may include the key points you would like to make or the questions you would like to ask but are afraid to forget about. You may also bring a portfolio showcasing your accomplishments and your achievements. This will ease the burden of telling story about you and can also serve as an excellent illustration and a source of additional information.
Know the site. Find the shortest or the most appropriate way to the place where you are going to have the interview. You may also take a walk in that direction to be sure you will spot the place in advance. In this case you will not need to waste valuable energy and your mental resources trying to find the needed building or street.
Being an introvert does not mean being worse or strange, it simply means to have different features and personal traits, which can turn extremely advantageous for different jobs requiring no socializing and teamwork.
This is a guest post from ColinJR, who is a full-time freelance writer at Writemypapers.org that provides online writing services.