How to Interview Like a Boss When You are an Introvert

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

By Shahla Aliyeva

 

A job interview is stressful for everyone. If you happen to be an introvert, it can be a really nerve-wracking experience. You have studied hard, you probably have gained some experience, and now you really want to get that job you've applied for.

 

The first steps of the job selection usually involve sending out your CV together with a covering letter. In some instances, you may be required to undertake a test specifically designed for the job you are applying for. Until this point, you don't have to meet the interviewer face to face, and you have time to prepare your best possible job application.

 

Once you get selected for an interview, here comes the hard part. How do you approach it to get the best possible outcome (which is landing the job)?

 

Study, Prepare Yourself, and Then... Relax

 

 

Here's some practical advice on what to do before and during the interview:

 

  •  Learn as much as you can about your future employer. This will show your interest not only in the open position but also in the mission and vision of the company.
  • Prepare a bio that sums up your best achievements. You'll have to talk about yourself, that's for sure. If you are introverted, it will help to have a small speech ready. Practice the speech with someone: a close friend or family member.
  • Prepare answers to the questions most employers like to ask. This will include your strengths and weaknesses, why do you want to leave your current job and why do you want to work for them.
  • Don't just show off your skills, show them facts. When they ask you about your greatest achievement, use an objective language. For example, talk about a project or software you coded. Be very specific and show them you know how to talk about your experience.
  •  Prove to them you're a problem solver and a team player. Companies like to hire people that can work under pressure and show these type of soft skills.
  • Be honest. Don't be too humble, but at the same time, don't overestimate your programming competences or experience in the industry. 
  • Don't underestimate your body language. When you are in front of your interviewer,  sit in a comfortable position and try to avoid crossing your arms (it's a sign that you have a defensive attitude).
  • Try to smile. Be kind, but not too friendly. If you wear a suit, don't take your jacket off unless your interviewer proposes you to do so (i.e., it's very hot in the room).
  • Try to stay focused for the whole interview. Prepare some questions that you would like to ask, but only ask them when you're invited to do so.
  •  Just before the interview. In order to arrive at the meeting with the necessary focus and the right attitude, take some time to relax. For example, you can go to your favourite place and get a good coffee or have a chat with a friend. This will release some of the pressure you feel.

 

The bottom line is: a job interview is a great opportunity, no matter if you get the job or not. If you are successful, good on you! But even if you get rejected, and this could happen for a number of reasons, you'll be able to "practice" and have more chances in your future interviews.