Job interviews are especially stressful for introverted people. However, if you are shy and uncomfortable, you need not despair. There are many techniques you can use to prepare for job interviews, increase your confidence and get the job you deserve.
Here are 5 simple tips to make your life easier when it comes to networking and searching for jobs.
1 - Keep in mind that a job interview is not a personal or social encounter. It’s a business meeting in which you are selling yourself to your employer. Therefore you must practice your “sales pitch” as much as possible to be the most convincing one could be.
2 - Do plenty of research! Network with others and search the Internet to learn as much as you can about the company and how it works to make sure that you won’t get caught off guard, or be surprised when an unexpected question arises.
3 - Practice your small talk: If you are not good at improvising casual conversation, prepare some lines you can use in advance and practice them with friends or relatives. Practice maintaining direct eye contact and a good tone of voice. Not tool loud and not too fast. This tip is also very useful when it comes to creating new contacts and expanding your network.
4 - Think of good questions: Based on your research, ask questions that show you are informed and interested. At the end of the day an interview is a two-way conversation. If you don’t ask questions, employers won’t get the feeling that your interested and excited to work for them.
5 - Smile: It may feel artificial to smile when you’re nervous, but a “phony” smile is better than no smile at all. It will make your interviewer feel more comfortable which will, in turn, make you feel less nervous and shy. Let your lands rest on your lap. This will help you feel calm and look confident.
Now get after it! And show the world that you can get the job of your dreams.