You can take every right step in the direction of identifying and earning your dream job, but if you enter that interview room ill-equipped, it will remain a pipe dream.
So many elements of building a career seem perfectly suited to the introvert’s strengths. You are willing and able to spend time by yourself researching the kind of job that will suit you. You are capable of finding training opportunities, and of preparing for exams and papers. You can get a pretty long way without having to talk to anyone at all.
But if an introvert is defined by their thoughtful, engaged approach to tasks (and, indeed, everyday life), the flipside of this can rear its ugly head when you finally come face-to-face with a potential employer. It’s not that introverts are shy: you just apply a little more thought to questions and situations before responding, where an extrovert’s approach might be to immediately leap into a constructive discussion.
You can see how, in a job interview scenario, this can lead to you being misunderstood. That is why it is essential to be honest with yourself and with the panel.
Know your weak points. If you don’t normally bother with small talk, think some up in advance so you can avoid awkward silences that will make the employer feel uncomfortable. Also, note your strong points. You can make better individual connections than group ones, so approach the panel person-by-person.
And let the panel know the sort of person you are. If you like to think questions over thoroughly before answering, let them know that’s what you’re doing. They will appreciate that your silence indicates not ignorance, but intelligence.
This handy guide provides a full guide to further ways in which you can put a positive introvert spin on your interview experience. Focus on these tasks and attitudes, and you will greatly improve your chances of making that dream job a reality.