May 16, 2018

Introvert’s guide to nailing an interview

Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience, and if you’re an introvert, you may feel an added level of complexity. It can be challenging to figure out how to do and say all the right things without presenting a forced extroverted performance. Here at Design Thinking Agency, we create an atmosphere that allows you to be yourself, even during the interview process. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help present yourself in a comfortable and honest way at your next interview.

1. Be honest

It can actually be quite liberating to simply state that you are an introvert. Every workplace needs a balance, and maybe the company you are interviewing with is actually looking for someone more reserved. Being upfront may help you feel more at ease and informing the interviewer about this part of your personality can offer more context about you as a complete individual. Use this opportunity to highlight the strengths that comes with being an introvert and how it actually gives you an edge.

2. Showcase your confidence

We don’t want anyone to feel pressured to perform or be someone who they aren’t. During the interview, show them exactly why you’re a great fit. Be mindful of your body language to demonstrate engagement. For example, maybe you aren’t big on hand gestures but you’re great at maintaining eye contact and smiling. Beyond body language, allow your personality to shine through in other ways such as your outfit. Trust in your abilities and bring your introvert superpowers, such as your attention to detail, preparedness and relationship-building, to the table.

3. Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask direct questions to gain a better sense of the culture and determine how introvert-friendly the organization is. Start with questions about the office setting such as if it’s an open floor plan and if there are areas employees can go for some privacy and quiet. Or if it’s acceptable to wear headphones while you work. You can even come straight out and ask what the atmosphere is like in the office.

Hopefully keeping these tips in your tool belt will make it easier to find a great fit for your work style. It’s important to note here that you shouldn’t make the whole interview about your introversion! Just pick one or two of these items, do your research on the company you’re interviewing with, and take a couple of deep breaths before going in. Just remember, you owe it to yourself to find the supportive and accepting environment you deserve and will feel comfortable working in.