Interview Tips for Introverts



Life as an introvert can be difficult enough without the intensified environment of a job interview. Whether a candidate is seeking a role in biochemistry, genetics, virology, pathology or any number of other science fields, there's enough to think about for the interview process without also having to worry about how you will come across to prospective employers.

Introverted job candidates often fear that they will compare poorly to their extroverted peers in such an inherently social situation. However, by playing to their strengths and creating the right personal branding, introverts, too, can deliver standout interview performances that get them hired. Here are some interview tips for introverts. 

Prepare well


This is one of the areas where an introverted job aspirant can thrive. By gathering all of the information that they can about the company and position - in addition to the finer points of their CV and what they are likely to say in the interview - in advance.

By taking steps the day before the interview to practice your answers to likely questions, organise any documents that you will bring with you and trying on your outfit for the interview, you can relieve a significant amount of stress.


Work on the basis of your strengths


It can be easy for employers to make unfair assumptions about introverted candidates, so you will need to carefully consider how to express yourself at interview. Are there certain personality traits, qualifications or skills that you would like to emphasise?

Remember that knowing your strengths as an introvert is one matter, but actually selling them to the prospective employer is quite another. The aforementioned self-assessment should give you a greater awareness of the qualities that you can market to hiring managers.

Introverts, for instance, can be good listeners, so you may wish to explain how such skills have contributed to past projects. You should be sure to back this up with examples of praise accorded to you by previous employers - especially given that as an introvert, it may not come naturally to you to 'brag' about your successes.


Take a confident approach


Though this may seem like the hardest thing to do as an introvert, rather than worrying about how your personality could compromise the interviews against the extroverted competition, try to follow our interview tips for introverts and feel confident in your interview style.

An introvert can easily succeed in an interview context with the right self-branding that helps to show their value as an employee in their own right. By taking the right approach to interviews, introverts can mark themselves out as indispensable prospective employees.  

We hope these interview tips for introverts will help you sail through your next interview. To browse the latest science jobs in your field, take a look at our Job Recruitment page here. 

In a bid to connect employers and job hunters via Twitter the UK’s first Twitter Job Fair took place this week on Tuesday 24th February at the Twitter Headquarters in London - and I was lucky enough to be involved.  

The Twitter Job Fair 2015 initiative made careers-related advice and news accessible to Twitter users all over Europe. The concept was first launched last year in Germany and was very successful. This year the Twitter Job Fair was held several European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands.

 

 

The UK’s Twitter Job Fair, worked with over 50 businesses in the UK including L’Oreal, John Lewis, GSK, Nestle and British Gas. These well recognised companies along with key careers spokespeople gave UK tweeters the opportunity to seek careers advice, find out about job vacancies, get job application/interview tips and ask careers-related questions using the dedicated #YourJob.

 

My thoughts

Confidence in the job market right now is higher than it has been pre recession. So with confidence in the market more employers are hiring and more people are switching jobs. The Twitter Job Fair was a great way to show people how to use tools readily available to maximise their chances to look for jobs and assess their future career. As somebody who runs a recruitment business and has been in extremely competitive application and interview processes, it was great to be able to share career tips, advice and my experience and knowledge of how businesses are using Twitter to recruit. There were some great questions!

 


What are the benefits of using Twitter?

  • Provides people with the opportunity to communicate directly with a wide range of companies and services for information
  • Allows people to engage with businesses and potential employees, and find out more
  • Smaller companies are able to reach new and varied potential employees that they wouldn’t normally have been able to communicate with through traditional channels (print, TV, radio)
  • A quick and simple way to share news and discuss shared passions with like-minded people
  • A great way to raise your business and personal profile and is the quickest way to get the message out about you or your company and it's absolutely FREE!

With more and more recruiters posting vacancies on a daily basis, Twitter users in the UK and across the world are embracing the digital platform as an alternative way of seeking employment. So if you haven’t already signed up, make sure you do! The process is very straightforward, all you need to create an account is an email address and a password, and you’re ready to go! Your dream job is probably being tweeted at this very moment. So what’s stopping you?

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for a science job, technology job or engineering job, make sure you visit our Twitter page @Hyperec_HRS  our recruiters are always busy posting the all the latest vacancies.

And just to prove using Twitter really can help with your career, our very own Marketing Officer found her job at here Hyper Recruitment Solutions through our Twitter page!

If you missed out here is the timeline from my Q&A session: https://twitter.com/TwitterUK/timelines/570277201275551744

 

So, you’ve finally decided to chase that “dream job", weeks of sending off CVs are starting paying off and the interview offers are starting to come in. Congratulations on making it through to this stage. Now what?

You've researched the company’s background, looked over the job description and rehearsed your answers to the likely questions. Great!

This will certainly help you in the interview, but did you know that the language you use in your responses may well be the deciding factor? As such, knowing how to speak in a job interview is vital.

 

 job interview language

 

Preparing for interview

Dressed in your smartest suit, you arrive nice and early, feeling confident. Just one more hurdle to overcome – the actual interview itself.

This is undoubtedly the most daunting part of the whole recruitment process. So, whilst you’re sitting in reception waiting to be called, why not use the time to fill your head with some last-minute positive thinking.

 

How to speak in interviews

From formal to informal, singe or group, there are many types of interviews, but one that you are likely to come up against is the competency-based interview.

Ever heard that "Tell me about a time when…" question? It probably sounds like a simple question but, during an interview, it’s so easy to forget that answer you've been memorising for days.

When this happens, we often end up missing out key details and usually give a really unstructured answer that’s far from ideal. Don’t worry – we've all been there!

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we always encourage our candidates to use techniques like ‘STAR’. This model will really help you to formulate a structured response, which will, in turn, ensure you give a well thought out answer.

 

 job interview language

Here are some examples of how can you use the STAR model to ensure you use the correct job interview language in your responses, keeping your answers both structured and positive.

 

Talk about challenges

Interviewer: ‘Tell me about a time when you failed at a task.”

Avoid using phrases like “I’ve never failed at anything before” or “I never make mistakes”. We've all faced challenges, both professionally and personally – these responses simply show that you’re lying.

Instead, use this as an opportunity to demonstrate that you are not only capable of dealing with difficult situations but you've actually learnt from the experience and grown as an individual.

Candidate: “When things didn’t quite go to plan, I made sure I…so next time…”

 

Talk about weaknesses

Interviewer: ‘Do you have any weaknesses?”

It’s a fact: we can’t be good at everything, so there will be something you’re not good at. When you’re asked this question, don’t focus on how bad you are – turn a negative into a positive

Candidate: “I would like to learn…” or “I did…to overcome this challenge in the past" or “I asked a colleague to help me.”

 

Leave a positive lasting impression

When you walk into the room make sure you introduce yourself and shake hands with the interviewer. Similarly, when you leave, thank the interviewer for inviting you for an interview.

It’s just as important to end on a positive note as it is to make a good first impression.

Why not mention something you came across during your research? Simple things like this will help ensure the interviewer has a positive impression of you.

Candidate: “I noticed that you have a company football team” or "it was great to meet the team – I think I would fit in well."

 

Bottom line, knowing how to speak in interviews is critical. Using the right job interview language with the correct delivery will ensure you create a lasting impression and a positive experience for everyone. Remember, as I always say, #thinkpositivebepositive. Good luck!

 

For more interview advice and questions or more information on the right job interview language to use, get in touch using the button below and speak to one of our expert advisors today.

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To enter, you will need to RT @Rickymartin247's tweet from 24.01.14 Twitter account. Then, simply follow @Hyperec_HRS on Twitter or ‘Like’ our company Facebook page. Yes, it is that simple!
 
The prize draw opens 24 January 2014 and closes 09 February 2014 one winner will be selected at random.
 
T’s and C’s apply, click here for more details. The winner will be announced Monday 10 February 2014.

Don’t have a Twitter account yet? Don’t panic, you can set one up here it’s easy! New to Facebook? Don't worry, you can sign up here!

 

Don’t forget, the start of a new year is a perfect time to look for a new job!

So your full of enthusiasm, you’ve made your New Year's resolutions and you’re ready to make some changes! Looking for your ideal job is a great place to start and you don’t need to do it alone!

Using a recruitment agency can be a useful tool when searching for a job. Whether this is permanent, contract or temporary employment, a recruitment agency has access to a broad selection of opportunities. And did you know? Sometimes agencies have exclusive access to jobs that may not be directly advertised elsewhere!
  
So if you are thinking about a science job, technology job or engineering job visit our website and check out the latest roles. No question is too small and here at HRS we are more than happy to help, speak to one of our friendly consultants today!

For more useful advice and information on how to work with recruitment agencies click here.

Make 2014 your year, get that job you’ve always wanted! 

 

To celebrate the New Year, we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a personally styled outfit for the value of up to £250 courtesy of The Chapar! So, if you fancy some new clothes but don’t like the idea of going shopping yourself, well look no further this is the perfect prize for you!

The Chapar offer a broad range of looks and styles from classic to preppy to rakish. So, whether you're into classic brands or modern labels, they will find the style that suits you best. What's more they will deliver straight to your door! 

How does it work?

The Chapar Man is served by a team of Personal Stylists who learn everything they need to know about their client. Clothes are selected according to an intimate profile and are tailored to suit a particular lifestyle.

 
 
 
       
          
  
How can you enter?

 

To enter, you will need to RT one of the giveaway tweets starting with *GIVEAWAY* from @Rickymartin247's Twitter account. These messages will be tweeted over the next week, starting on 4 January 2014. Then, simply follow @Hyperec_HRS on Twitter or ‘Like’ our company Facebook page. Yes, it is that simple!

 

The prize draw opens 4 January 2014 and closes 12 January 2014 one winner will be selected at random.

 

T’s and C’s apply, click here for more details. The winner will be announced Monday 13 January 2014.


Don’t have a Twitter account yet? Don’t panic, you can set one up here it’s easy! New to Facebook? Don't worry, you can sign up here!
 
New year, new look, how about a new job?

 

So what will 2014 bring for you? If you are searching for a position in the scientific sector then look no further, we are here to help! So, whether you’re looking for a permanent, contract or temporary position in the science, technology, engineering or IT sectors, you’ve come to the right place, visit our website and search for the latest jobs! 

 

What’s more, here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions(HRS), we go above and beyond simply finding the right job for you. We are happy to offer advice and tips on how to improve your CV, covering letter and application form. In addition, we will prepare you for your interview, give you advice on what to expect, along with sharing information on the history and culture of the organisation. No question is too small and we are more than happy to help so, please speak to one of our friendly consultants to find out how we can help.