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5 Tips for Shy People on Acing that Next Job Interview

While most people don't look forward to job interviews, they can be especially concerning for introverts and shy people.  However, there are strategies to help you put your best foot forward when selling yourself in an interview.  Read on to learn how you can impress your next interviewer:

  1. Prepare.  Preparation is one of the best ways to feel more confident about your upcoming interview.  Think of the questions that you're likely to be asked and then, rehearse your responses in advance.  Doing so will help you feel more at ease when the interview occurs.

  2. Bring Props.  Visuals that show your accomplishments are always a great idea, and they can be particularly helpful for people who are less comfortable selling themselves.  If you have charts, graphs, or letters of praise, bring them along.  It's also a good idea to write down your 10 greatest professional accomplishments and carry them in a notebook for reference during the interview.

  3. Visualize Yourself Succeeding.  Research shows that visualization can be just as effective as actual practice.  With that in mind, we advise you to imagine a successful interview—that you're prepared, answer questions confidently, and have a great rapport with the interviewer.

  4. Fake It.  Just about everyone feels some degree of nervousness prior to a job interview, even people who are extroverts.  However, people who excel in interviews know that in spite of anxiety, they can “act as if” they are confident and use this mindset to genuinely perform well during the interview.

  5. Pay Attention to Body Language.  Sit up straight, maintain direct eye contact, avoid fussing with your hair or clothing, and remember to smile.  If you really want to wow your interviewer, mirror them.  That doesn't mean mimicking them exactly but waiting a brief period of time (30-50 seconds) before behaving similarly—for example, leaning forward if your interviewer does so.  Mirroring helps to form a connection.  That being said, practice this strategy in a low-pressure situation prior to incorporating it at your next interview.  You want to make sure you can do it naturally and still easily follow the flow of conversation.