I've been in a lot of interviews before. When I first got interviewed for my first real job, I thought I babbled a lot. I was not just nervous, but I also felt that my energy was being drained out of me while the interview was going on. I couldn't explain it, but that's how I felt. Over the years, I felt more confident with my interview. I envy people who exude confidence (but hate it when it's over-the-top).
For some people, an interview could be really stressful. Imagine how an introvert must feel with an interview. So Best Masters Programs came up with the following tips for an introvert who is looking for work:
- Don't apologize for being shy. Soft-spoken people are generally considered more trustworthy and showing a timid side won't put off an interviewer.
- Focus on successes during an interview, in your head and out loud. This will help boost your self-confidence.
- Make sure to rehearse before an interview, in a mirror or a webcam. You won't be able to know exactly what the interviewer will ask, but it's perfectly acceptable to search for common interview questions and practice your answers.
- Practice meditative techniques that will calm you. These can be particularly helpful while you're waiting to be called in for an interview. It doesn't benefit you to sit in the waiting room anxious and thinking negative thoughts.
- Always follow up an interview with a thank-you note to your interviewer. Not only is this polite, but it allows you to add any extra information you may have forgotten. Shy, anxious people generally forget certain facts they wanted to get across in an interview.
- If you're shy, chances are you've mastered digital communication. If you feel better speaking from a computer keyboard, send your thank you note or any other necessary comments via email. This will show the interviewer that even if you're not particularly eloquent in person, you truly can express yourself in text.
According to the infographics prepared by Best Masters Programs, many introverts view their shyness as a serious roadblock to success. IT IS NOT A HANDICAP. Nothing can convince a person of their potential like hard evidence. Below is a list, historical and current, of insanely successful introverts who found a way to use their shyness to their advantage.
- Bill Gates
- Abraham Lincoln
- Albert Einstein
- Mahatma Gandhi
- Rosa Parks
- Warren Buffett
- J.K. Rowling
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