It can feel like an uphill battle if you’re the quiet type facing a job interview. You have to talk about yourself, your accomplishments, and you’ll be asked questions. While interviewing is a necessary part of your job search, you don’t have to retreat when you’re naturally quiet. There are a few ways you can use your quiet personality to your advantage. Here are a few ways you can feel more comfortable in your next interview.
Connect with the interviewer
To start, see if you can connect to the interviewer on social media. Check LinkedIn to find the HR manager or department head and request a connection. This can help both of you get to know each other before your first meeting and break the ice. Use this information to help you better navigate the interview and be able to personalize your answers to their way of thinking.
Prepare before the meeting
Before you go into the interview, review the job description thoroughly. Look at all the details and match them to your resume and your experience. Think through details that can help demonstrate your expertise in any given arena. Try to anticipate the needs they will have and position yourself as the right solution.
Demonstrate your specific confidence
If you’re quiet, this can be easier said than done, but it doesn’t have to be. Know that you were contacted because you possess experience that they need for their open position. Just knowing this information can help you project a positive and confident attitude when you arrive at the interview.
Know it’s okay to be nervous
On the flip side, it is natural to be nervous. Your interviewer may be nervous as well. You can acknowledge that when you’re talking in the interview. If you stumble over an answer, feel free to restart. If you don’t know an answer, tell them you want to research it further and send your more detailed answer after your meeting. Take a deep breath and be yourself. Often quiet personalities are seen as thoughtful people. This can be an asset for many companies.
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