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Ten Job-Seeking Tips for Introverts

Ten Job-Seeking Tips for Introverts

Dr. Katharine Brooks

June 28, 2010

3. Focus on your successes. What have you done well? What are the 3 strengths you want an employer to know about you? How can you craft those strengths into a story that an interviewer might want to hear? I know many introverts who tell wonderful, clever stories. It’s that anxiety/audience thing that keeps you from telling them. The more you know about your strengths, the less you’ll be tempted to focus on your challenges.

At the same time, it’s OK to mention that you tend to have an understated style — in fact that can be a great response to the typical “what is your weakness?” question. You can say something like “I tend to have an understated style and people don’t always know what I’m thinking. So I have learned to make sure I give my feedback explicitly when needed, and encourage people to ask me if I haven’t been clear. For instance, if you have any questions for me or if I haven’t answered something clearly I hope you will ask me to clarify it.” You could also mention that you don’t tend to over-talk in situations and make a point of listening to all opinions before you make a decision.

4. Rehearse. In front of a mirror, with a friend, using your computer’s webcam (eeewww…I know you probably don’t like being recorded but do it anyway.) See, the more you do something, the less foreign and the less nerve-wracking it is. If you tell your interview stories to the mirror, then to the webcam, then to a friend you are not only rehearsing and improving the story, but you are also decreasing your stress level.

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