Extroverts are known for their ability to bask in the attention of others, and when you’re being interviewed, you’re definitely the center of attention. Just because you’re an extrovert doesn’t mean that this isn’t an intimidating situation! The main difference between extroverts and introverts is how social interaction makes them feel. Introverts often find interaction with others draining, while extroverts are energized by those same interactions. So as an extrovert, it’s normal to still find interviews stressful, but not for the same reasons as introverts.
When you’re extroverted, you’ll probably hear friends and family say that interviews will be a breeze for you. That’s all well and good, but interviews are still pretty nerve-wracking! What if you word-vomit all over the place and come off as scatterbrained? Or worse, somehow offend the interviewer? What if you talk too much in general? Ack!!
Don’t fret too much though. Extroverts make excellent employees – they’re wonderful at integrating quickly with a new team, are great at fostering working relationships, and are easily motivated to reach their goals.
And there are definite benefits to being an extrovert when job hunting. But what can you do to make the most of your outgoing nature? We’ve put together this handy guide to help keep your extroverted nature solidly in the “pros” column of any hiring manager’s checklist.
Put Together A Game Plan
As an extrovert, you may struggle during an interview to not divert the conversation, especially if you and the interview click right away. While it’s great if you and the interviewer get along, don’t lose sight of the fact that they’re trying to hire an awesome employee, not a new BFF. To make sure you stay on track, create a plan to tackle problems that could arise on interview day.
- Try on different interview outfits ahead of time. Hit up the group text and see what your friends think and which one they like the most. This way, you can roll in to the interview with confidence, knowing you look sharp.
- Do some digging on the company before the interview. What is their mission? Core values? Big goals for the year? Come up with ways to describe how you fit into their culture and main objectives – you’ll score big points for connecting the dots for your interviewer.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before and enjoy a hearty, healthy breakfast (you don’t want your stomach to do any talking during the interview!). You’ll supercharge your body and mind so you can take on the day.
- Plan a small get-together with a few friends after the interview. Whether it went awesome (hooray!) or poorly (ack!), connecting with those you care about is important. They may even have feedback for your next interview or stage in the process.
Practice Makes Perfect
While you may excel at striking up conversations with just about anyone, it’s important that discussions during your interview stay relevant. If you’re not careful, you could delve into TMI territory!
One of the best ways to keep your brain focused on the important stuff is to practice with a friend. You want to make sure that your answers aren’t rambling. Practicing with someone else helps you figure out the cadence of conversation appropriate for an interview. You don’t want to babble on forever and hurt your chances to get hired. Make sure you’re giving your interviewer plenty of time to talk too!
Remember that there are a bunch of typical interview questions that almost everyone asks. Prepare responses for those so you’ll be able to give a succinct and thought-out answer.
Activate Those Active-Listening Skills
Active listening is a valuable skill, regardless of profession. Some extroverts struggle with their listening skills because they are more focused on jumping into their response than listening to the conversation. There are four main steps to mastering active listening:
- Give them your full attention when they are speaking. Don’t start answering the question in your head and miss out on the second half of the questions!
- Take time to understand what you’re being asked or told. It’s okay to ask for a little time to think about your answer.
- Respond thoughtfully. You don’t have to blurt out the first thing that comes into your head. Crafting your response will help you come across as confident and eloquent.
- Remember what is being said to you. Interviews are not the place for information to go in one ear and out the other! Referring back to important topics and recapping your fit for the position will both serve as a great close to your interview and leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.
Let Your Personality Shine
Interviews are a great way to show companies what you have to offer on a personal level, in addition to your skillset. While your ability to perform the tasks well is vital, hiring managers want to hire people they will enjoy working with. Don’t pretend to be a different person than you are during an interview! You could come across as fake or wind up in a job that’s not a good fit for you. Instead, put your best foot forward and be yourself. In general:
- Extroverts are usually highly-adaptable.
- They are typically able to make decisions quickly and efficiently.
- Extroverts are more likely to thrive in the company of others and are awesome collaborators.
- They are often great leaders and want to grow within companies.
While these attributes aren’t true for every extrovert, they apply to many of them. Dazzle your interviewer with your great skill set and charming personality. You’ve got a lot to offer!