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The greatest employees a company can find are not always the ones who do best at job interviews. Indeed, with nearly 50% of the population considered to be introverts, employers who are impressed by big talk and showy confidence in the interview room are likely to be missing out on a ton of real potential.

If you are an introvert, you can flag up your own value as an employee at your next interview by working cleverly with the unique characteristics that make you who you are. Employers at interviews are just waiting to be impressed: if you can shine through your introverted exterior, you are bound to make an impact.

Doing so requires self-awareness, preparation, and plain old technique. Once you’ve recognized that you tend to be more of a thinker than a talker, figure out how you can work that into your game. Think up small talk ahead of the meeting, so you needn’t fear awkward silences – and when you do need a moment’s silence to consider your answer to a tough question, let the interview panel know that’s what you’re doing. They will appreciate that the best answers are often worth waiting for.

Your personal engagement with the panel will be what marks you out from extroverts, who may not be able to make the same kind of deep connection. For more advice on how you can make this work, check out CashNetUSA’s graphic: it provides everything an introvert needs to push to the top of that pile.

Introverts Guide to Job Interviews

Marilyn VinchMarilyn Vinch is a London-based freelance writer who enjoys writing (and reading!) about the challenges small businesses face, human resources, leadership, personal growth, and working smarter. She is a digital nomad who loves travelling and immersing herself in different cultures.

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