IntroductionEvery person has a different kind of personality. So some people are really extrovert in whatever they are doing. Some people are just the reverse of it. They like to keep to themselves. They are shy of mixing up in a crowd of people. They take time to socialize. There is no good or bad being an extrovert or introvert. Although there is a drawback or shortcoming of being an introvert. I am going to discuss that here and will give you some remedies to overcome your shyness or introversion.
Drawback of being an introvertPlease don't take this point otherwise. Being an introvert is not wrong. But it shows some negative impact when such people appear for their interview. If they are applying for a job in the marketing sector or advertising sector or even in the software developing section, being an introvert will throw a negative image of yours on the interviewer. Maybe an extrovert person of the same potential as yours would appear as a more appealing person for the job than you. Later on, you might analyze the situation and think, why is it that you are not able to crack most interviews? The answer to this question lies in the next section.
What is the basic glitch here?The interviewer who is there to take the best out of you, gets confused about your real self. Remember, you have to express yourself properly at the time of an interview. It is not job of the interviewer to do so. The more you remain shy at the time of interview, the more will the interviewer think; you do not like this job. He might also think that you don't know anything about the job that you are appearing for.
Even, sometimes the interviewer reads your body language. If your body language is not appropriate for the interview or if it is not giving positive vibe, they will not be impressed. Generally, shy people or introvert people appear as arrogant and haughty persons to the interviewer. If this kind of a feeling is imparted, the chances of your getting a job will be very narrow. Now, there will be many people who will identify with the situation described here. So the question is what is the remedy in such cases? Let me go through some easy way outs where you don't even have to change your personality as a whole.
ConclusionIf you follow these rules, you will bag the job even if you are an introvert person. As you can see through the points, nowhere did I suggest that you should change your personality. Be the person you are. Shine as the person you are. Only apply some small techniques at the time of your job interview, to not let anybody else know about your shyness.
Good and most important points as the interview is a function of assessing all the qualifications of a candidate rather than just the academic one. Though academically qualified, a candidate with bad quality and nature will be considered as unfit for the post. Similarly dress sense is another important one. I went to a big software concern as a panel person for interviewing candidates and saw most of the candidates in informal dress and timid face postures. It is not expected that the candidates must be too humble and must be wearing dhothi and half sleeves shirt etc., but normal politeness and a formal dress is not a big thing to ask for.
The personal interviews are conducted for assessing certain personality traits relevant from the point of view of the job offered to the candidates. The real personality is revealed in any case after the experienced individuals conduct the interview. In case the candidate is very shy and introvert then attending some coaching institute is likely to be useful. Learning soft skills helps not only during the interview process but later also throughout the career. It is also true that one cannot fake during the interview. In case the candidate possesses core competencies and deep domain knowledge, then it becomes easier to clear personality test also.
Always believe in yourself. You will not be punished if you answer wrong. If you clear this interview, you will be wonderfully rewarded. If you fail, next opportunity is awaiting. So why do you fear and become introvert. Be expressive and bold because you feel happy and blissful from within. If you are extrovert, then the interviewer will definitely smile at you. Keep these points in mind.
The article gives simple and basic, but, some very relevant tips for candidates appearing for interviews.
I especially support the author in her suggestion tip that "It is a preconceived notion that interviewers are bad". Just like pregnant women were kept scared by negative stories in early days, in the present day, somehow, there is a negative aura given to the interviewers. It is this myth or misconception that the author wants to dispel. A candidate has to feel secure that the interview board is not our enemy. They are there to get the best candidate. It may be you also. But how will they find it? They may start from very basics and pull on and stretch to your maximum capacity.That is only to see what is your maximum potential.
From my experience, I can say that it is we, the candidates who lead the interviewers by our initial and early answers. If we are open, honest and factual, the going will be easy. The interviewers will understand if we are nervous or anxious and that prevents the answer. Then they will make us comfortable by asking some simple, courteous and ice breaker questions.
So we should not lead them in wrong path by our fake answers. The tips given in the article thus come to guide the candidate.