How can introverts excel at job interviews?


Dear Introvert Zone,

What is the best way to approach job interviews? I’ve always been able to make myself look good on paper. I got professional help putting my resume together, I have excellent writing skills and can write a very good cover letter. The trouble is when I actually have to go to a job interview. I wouldn’t say I suffer from a lack of confidence, I’m just not as good at presenting myself in person as I am on paper. When I’m asked questions I have trouble forming a good answer without having time to think about the answer. This is especially difficult when I’m asked a question I wasn’t expecting them to ask and even more difficult when there are several interviewers. Sometimes I avoid even looking for jobs just because I hate going to interviews so much. Anyone have any advice?

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  1. As a lifelong introvert this has really bothered me as well. The best advice I can give is to try to relate to the interviewer on a personal basis, and try to forget that you’re in an interview. Also remember there is nothing wrong with saying “Just let me think about that one for a second”. From the other side of the desk, I would far rather a candidate do that than rush out a glib answer that doesn’t make sense or is clearly made up.
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  2. Interviews work best for me when I get to talk about what I love doing in my job and the creative ways I have discovered to do my job– that have been so satisfying to me. Before you go to the interview write about what you love doing, what about the job inspires and motivates you? Be as specific and detailed as possible then turn it into an answer for the– what are your strengths question. Also any question that the interview asks that could relate to the above take it and run with it.
    That way when he/she asks that stupid question: are you a team player, and you hesitate it won’t matter. Am I a team player? when it counts and when it makes sense, I am not one to sit around the water cooler focusing on the latest drama du jour. I am very self motivated.

  3. I totally agree with you. Having a perfectly written Resume is a key to making employers call you for interview. It is better to get yours made from a professional CV writer. If you are shy, trust me you are not the only one, but it is possible to impress your potential employer while being shy. Just have faith in your abilities.
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