7 Interview Tips Every Introvert Should Know
Job interviews can be mildly terrifying for anyone, but they’re extra-extra-terrifying for introverts. (Wildly brag about my strengths? No thanks.) Here, some tips for giving a great first impression, even if your instincts are to go hide in a corner.
Practice, Practice, Practice
“I’ll just wing it” should not be a line in any introvert’s arsenal—that’s especially be true for interviews. Whether you enlist a pal to run through questions with you ahead of time or just practice in front of a mirror, go through an entire mock interview out loud until it feels natural.
Know Your Strengths
Introverts aren’t naturals at self-promotion, so take stock of the things you’re best at and figure out a no-nonsense way to talk about them. We find it easier to talk quantifiably (“At my last company, my press materials brought in 12 new clients”) rather than with bravado (“I’m a terrific writer. Everyone knows it.”).
Off-the-cuff comments and free-flowing conversations aren’t typically where introverts shine, so instead of leaving things up to chance, brainstorm a list of all the questions you think your interviewer will ask you and prepare your answers accordingly.
We’re not saying you should put on a hat and a pair of those fake moustache glasses, but scoping out the area where your interview will be proves majorly comforting come go time. Map out your route (or even try it the day before) to minimize travel-related stress and triple-check the weather to make sure you’re dressed appropriately. (No introvert wants to show up a sweaty mess.)
Related: Choose Your Outfit Wisely
If you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing, it’ll show on your face and in your body language. Before an interview, take some time to select pieces (like that sharp navy blazer) that make you feel like the boss you are.
Talk Up Your Introvert Qualities
In the days leading up to an interview, introverts might start to feel insecure about their inward-facing qualities. Don’t! Instead, try talking up your more positive introverted tendencies right there in the interview. For example, many introverts are detail-oriented, thoughtful, creative and serious self-motivators.
Give Yourself Time to Unwind
If you can help it, don’t schedule back-to-back interviews. Allow yourself to regroup after each one by booking a massage, setting aside time to read a good book or making a favorite meal for dinner—pretty much anything that constitutes self-care.