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Interview Tips for Introverts

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  1. Interview Tips for Introverts Charlie Endicott Personal Career Planning

  2. Investigative (Analytic) - Like to observe, learn, evaluate, or solve problems. This type is associated with scientific/academic pursuits. Prefer to analyze a problem, evaluate options and data, set a plan of action, and analyze the results. Realistic (Adventuring/Producing) Interested in athletics, good with their hands, prefer to work with objects, machines, plants or animals rather than people. Prefer to do the job without a lot of talk or argument, do it right the first time, get to the point. R I Conventional (Organizing) - Like to work with data, numbers, more than people. Like detail, tangible products, and have little tolerance for ambiguity. Like following others; instructions rather than being in charge. Prefer to followa defined structured plan of action. Attentive to detail. Enjoy putting allthe pieces of a plan together. Artistic (Creative) -Interested in artistic expression. Like to work in unstructured situations using imagination and creativity. Prefer creative approach to problem-solving and planning which relies heavily on intuition and imagination. C THE PARTY A Enterprising (Influencing) - Like to work with people in a leadership capacity — managing, performing, persuading, influencing, often for organizational or political goals or economic gain. Prefer to investigate a direct plan of action to be carried out by others. Focus on achieving the goal, not concerned with minor details. Like to keep big picture in mind. E S Social (Helping) - Like to work with people in some helping capacity — informing, teaching, developing, curing people. Prefer to gather data from all involved parties before generating an action plan. Will try to find solutions equitable for all concerned. Adept at networking with people.

  3. Things you would like to avoid in an interview • Handshakes • Introductions • Being the center of attention • Being peppered with interview questions • Tooting your own horn • Thinking while you are talking

  4. You cannot avoid the interview • You may never enjoy them but they will always be there • They always have high stakes-a $40-50,000 a year job • Learn how to prepare for them • Recognize your strengths andmake them known

  5. Before the interview-1 • Practice, practice, practice • Rehearse with friends-mock interviews • Do more than rehearse-study the questions! • Research and gather information about what may be asked • Become an expert in interviewing • Become an expert about their organization • Become an expert about the person interviewing you

  6. Before the interview-2 • Google everyone you will meet • Find out where the interviewer went to school, organizations they belong to, hobbies, etc. • Research the organization-management structure, philosophy, products, services, etc. • This WILL boost your self confidence • Identify your skills and talk about them

  7. Before the interview-3 • Video tape yourself in mock interview-watch eye contact and nervous habits • Allow yourself to be ok if you don’t have all the answers-we rarely do-did you make 100% on all tests? • Study and memorize your resume-you would not be here if they were not impressed • Visualize the interview in a positive mindset • Buy new clothing for position-builds confidence • Think about successful introverts (Gates, Gandhi)

  8. Interview day • You still face the unknown • Minimize any surprises • Gear up for small talk-before interview-practice with friends • Know where you are going-know all traffic patterns-minimize anxiety • Bring notes and a portfolio-for key points and to show off your achievements • Do not under sale yourself

  9. Post interview • Ask the interviewer whenyou will hear about decision-relieves anxiety • Call, write or email interviewer at a 10 day to 2 week period after to show how being an introvert will not be a problem • Thank her/him and point out another skill • Be positive and genuine and use his/her name-he/she will appreciate it

  10. Skills you have that employers seek • Thinking before acting • Ability to work independently • Keen sense of risk and management • You do your work and stay out of office politics

  11. What you have that many others don’t • work well with others, especially in one-to-one relationships • maintain long-term friendships • flexible • independent • strong ability to concentrate • self-reflective • responsible • creative, out-of-the-box thinking • analytical skills that integrate complexity • studious and smart

  12. You are NOT alone-Other famous introverts other than yourself • Clint Eastwood • Tom Hanks • Steve Martin • Harrison Ford • Diane Sawyer • Barbara Walters • Michelle Pfeiffer • Meg Ryan

  13. You can do it! He did!