Job Interview Tips For Introverts

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Job Interview Tips For Introverts   Introverts enjoy time alone and, as a result, are often considered socially phobic. As a result, interviews can often be exhausting for introverts, especially if they do not enjoy the spotlight on themselves or bragging about their accomplishments. But if you want the job, how do you handle the interview?
In her article for Psychology Today, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., says that introverts imagine interviews with far more dread than will be warranted by the way it goes. She writes, “The idea of being the center of attention, even if it’s only a one-person scenario, makes you uncomfortable and anxious. Once you get going, though, you may find that you not only survive, but enjoy the experience. The trick is to get over the hump of imagining the worst and allowing yourself both to relax and also to make those critical first few seconds of the interview count as much as possible in your favor.”
She also reminds introverts that it’s okay to be introverted. “We can’t all have the same personalities. You are introverted, someone else is extraverted, and that’s the way it is,” she writes. “Don’t assume that the extravert will always trump the introvert in an interpersonal situation. You may have the quiet contemplative style that the interviewer is seeking. Introverts can be great leaders, particularly when matched with the right type of team. It’s possible that the interviewer actually prefers someone with your personal style and maybe, just maybe, is an introvert as well.”
In 2013, a study was published about extroverts and author Sophia Dembling explained its effect on job interviews. She wrote, “To an extent, you’re right: extroverts are at somewhat of an advantage in job interviews because they can be better at selling themselves and putting on a show. The good news, though, is that a study published in the Academy of Management Journal found that while people expect extroverts to energize a team and make things happen, it turns out that extroverts often don’t perform at the anticipated high level. Measuring their long-term performance against that of neurotic people, researchers concluded that the neurotics got more accomplished.”
So how should introverts handle job interviews? First, consider applying for jobs where being an introvert is a plus. If you don’t like talking on the phone, consider travel jobs where you input data or where you do not have to handle customer itineraries. 
Dembling suggests creating talking points about yourself and practicing them beforehand.
According to Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” says that you don’t need to use the word introvert to describe yourself. She told Scientific American, “introverts are comfortable spending time alone, and solitude is a crucial (and underrated) ingredient for creativity.” In this Bustle article, it is said, “Discussing your strengths is always more effective when you connect it to specific examples of your experience or accomplishments, so mention that project your previous boss trusted you to handle all on your own or how productive you were on a two-person team.”
Make sure during the interview you use your energy to make eye contact, which is important in all job interviews. It might be difficult, but even holding eye contact for just a few minutes can make all the difference in getting the job interview or not.
When the interview is over, introverts need time alone so make sure that you spare some time before and after the interview for yourself to recharge.
Make sure to send a follow-up email thank you note after the interview is over. Here, you can also be sure to say things that you couldn’t say or didn’t think about during the interview.    

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