Can I just be honest? I do not like interviewing! I know it’s for you and the company to see if you’re a good fit but it’s just not my favorite things to do. My thoughts are you’re meeting people you’ve researched online and you have 30 mins-1hr to share everything about you,’work- related’ you , and it’s just a lot for the introvert me lol. Let me just say I’ve been on a roll having 8 interviews back to back and I’ve learned a lot through this process. Now it’s time to help you!
So I was applying to a bunch of jobs and wasn’t hearing from anyone (that’s another blog post) then I literally received a flood of emails/calls for interviews and at first I was a little overwhelmed. I loved the fact I was finally receiving feedback but I knew I couldn’t schedule interviews all for one day. So before I responded to anyone I prayed first for wisdom then I went to my planner and scheduled two interviews per day. I spaced out the interviews to make sure I could arrive on time and most importantly, give me time to think. One thing I did not like about grade school was the time given to leave one class and go to the other. This did not give me time to get my mind off whatever class I was in.
Prepare for small talk
I don’t know about you but when I’m preparing for an interview I’m focused on the questions they may ask and what I’m going to say so I can be in and out. However, there are moments where there’s small talk. Use this opportunity to show your personality!
Make a lasting first impression
When I was volunteering at a dental clinic one of things the dentist kept practicing with me was my handshake. My body language along with a firm handshake all needed to say I had confidence. As an introvert, its easy for others to misread us as being bored and distant when we’re really paying attention. So I always go in with big smile and having constant eye contact, even if it gets a little awkward.
You’re an introvert & proud of it
Being an introvert isn’t a bad thing to be honest. I think companies like to have a balance of both. When I’m asked about my strengths its being an introvert. I’m a natural observer and listener which works in my favor.
I hope this helps!