Securing a job interview isn’t easy. Often, it takes dozens of resume submissions before someone scores an interview. That is why it’s important to present yourself professionally during interviews to leave a positive impression.
If you’re an introvert, it’s normal for people to see you as an antisocial or extremely shy person, though some introverts can be social extroverts, too.
If you think you’re an introvert, here are some tips to help you properly prepare for an interview:
1. Know the location of the interview ahead of time.
It’s best to find out where the interview will be held a few days before the interview date to reduce a bit of stress. Drive or use public transportation to see how long the trip takes. This kind of planning can prevent you from being late on the day of the interview.
2. Get to know the interviewer.
You can find out a few things about the person interviewing you by doing background research on him or her. You can check the company website or look for their social media profile online. Knowing who will interview you will help you feel more comfortable once you meet the person face-to-face. Perhaps you’ll have something in common, allowing you to engage quickly.
3. Research the Company
Thanks to the Internet, this shouldn’t be difficult. You can find out what a company does and the company’s goals by looking up their website. Getting to know the company will help you better align your personal goals and discuss why you want to work for them. Always have a thoughtful answer in mind when you’re asked what you think about the company.
4. Research the Position
Before you applied for the job, you should have done your homework on the position. Research helps you evaluate why you are (or aren’t) a perfect candidate for the job. Some of your questions regarding the job may also be answered once you do proper research.
5. Study Your Resume
You may have a hard time bragging about yourself, but the interviewer wants to know about your career highlights, and any personal goals achieved (if they apply). Being timid won’t help you during a job interview. For assistance, you can use written references from your colleagues or employers if you find that talking about your personal strengths and accomplishments is difficult.
Make sure to end the interview on a high note—Thank the interviewer and share that it was nice to meet them in person.(No matter how the interview goes, don’t rush out the door when the interview is complete.)
These tips should help you combat your nerves, and engage with the interviewer effectively, increasing your chances of getting hired.