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13 Apr

Rana Adel

Associate Consultant

Article by Sophia Dembling

Introverts have long suspected, and research now confirms, that no matter how good you look on paper, you’re less likely to be hired if you can’t give a good interview.

In a study published in The Journal of Psychological Science, people who listened to or watched (via audio recording or video) job candidates sell themselves in simulated interviews were more impressed with the candidates than people who read pitches from the same candidates.

No matter your accomplishments or how brilliant you are, you can’t let your resume or a finely crafted email do the talking for you. To land that job, you need to put on a good show in the interview. Although this certainly is not impossible for most introverts, who are perfectly capable of being extraverted when necessary, it often doesn’t feel natural or easy.

However, there are ways introverted job seekers can give themselves an edge in face-to-face interviews:

Before the Interview

1. Do Your Homework

“We’re born researchers. We love that quiet time,” says business communication coach Nancy Ancowitz, author of Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead. “You always have to read your audience, so find out as much as possible in advance. Research the interviewer, the company. Whatever you can learn will give you a competitive advantage.”

2. Prepare for a Quick Sale

Write out a clear and succinct elevator pitch, and practice delivering it.

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