Introverts + Interviews = Trouble.
As an introvert, you are bound to face a slew of obstacles on your quest for a good job. These obstacles are, unfortunately, unique to introverts and revolve around a lack of understanding on the interviewers’ parts.
This article will attempt to assist you in your noble search for gainful employment by offering a series of tips that you may not have come across before.
Without further ado, here they are:
Email is your friend.
This is one of the simplest ways to astound and impress a prospective employer; send them an email offering to fill their open position.
Even if the position is listed elsewhere, it pays to find a separate email address and apply to it instead (you could also apply where it is listed, to be thorough). You will stand out, for sure, as nobody else is likely to think of such a tricky trick. 😉
Be social – antisocially.
Social media is a hot zone for tech savvy job seekers. If you are an introvert, then you are likely savvy enough to wade these virtual waters with masterful aplomb.
Antisocial socializing is the unofficial definition of the Internet itself, so it stands to reason that you will be able to make a few important connections by PM’ing your way into their hearts.
Enlist your family members.
Your family members are about to join your battalion. You need all the help you can get if you are hoping to secure a good job as an introvert. Like it or not, the vast majority of extraverted interviewers are sure to discount you on the basis of your not being as immediately warm and outgoing as other (extraverted) job seekers are.
Your loving family members already know you’re awesome and should gladly toot your horn to anyone they know is hiring. This can put you a step ahead of your talkative competition.
Assault the web.
It’s high time introverts got violent with their job searches. Short of sucker-punching your monitor, you should put some energy into your efforts. Music helps to keep you energized (try happy hardcore songs and thank us later), but you need to approach job searching as though it were a battle.
Every moment spent not fighting puts you at a disadvantage.
Apply to positions every day. Engage with recruiters every day. Nothing short of a digital barrage can land you the position you so fervently seek.
Forum a following.
Enter the forum, a powerful means of engaging with potential employers and demonstrating your expertise in a transparent fashion.
Obviously, this one is difficult to work into any and every potential employment situation, but if there is a forum to market yourself on, you’d best be on it!
Consult your… just CONSULT!
Extraverts often get to play to their own strengths (blathering on incessantly… sorry, it’s true ) in the majority of professional screening and recruiting scenarios. Introverts are just as often up the creek.
One of the most powerful ways in which you can approach your job search proactively is through consulting.
Offer your services as a consultant and prove, by way of your exceptional competence, that you are the realest of the deals at any given company’s disposal.
Internalize the situation.
No, we don’t mean you should develop an unhealthy inner rage.
If you are not interested in becoming a consultant, then you should take the next best avenue to employment; internship.
Become an intern for the company you wish to work at and prove, by enduring the typical torture inherent to such a position, that you are hirable.
Fake it to make it.
Unfortunately, most interviewers are woefully unskilled at their job. This isn’t necessarily their fault; often enough, interviewing is not truly their job at all. Stand-in interviewers are more common than you may think and they are all bound by the most basic of principles – they just don’t care.
That’s right, the person interviewing you is highly unlikely to care if you are a good fit for the position much, if at all.
You will need to impress them with cold, hard fakery. Thankfully, if you are facing a jaded interviewer, this is easy to do as they are very likely to be following an established (and, therefore, well-known) script of sorts. This brings us to our next point…
As an introvert, you are bound to think a lot more about what you intend to say before you say it. With extraverted interviewers, this is not going to work out so well. They are terrified of silence and will gladly eliminate anyone who brings the object of their deep-seated fear to the forefront.
The best thing that you can do to sway their opinions in your favor is have your answers pre-formulated – ready to blurt out at the right moment. Do your research ahead of time. Learn about the company, position and questions you may be asked before you are face-to-face with an interviewer.
Just be yourself.
Ok, you probably have heard this before (and just as soon, disregarded it), but give yourself a chance.
Your likelihood of getting the job that you are after is tied closely to the type of job you are applying for.
Positions that demand results and a high level of competence are bound to be right up your ally. Some recruiters are actually aware of this and can spot a good fit (an introvert) a mile away. Show them the magic of your inner world by taking time to answer their questions thoughtfully, asserting your competence and just being yourself.
You will probably get the job.