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People who are shy or introverted
often say they feel at a disadvantage
during the job search process, with its
emphasis on social interaction and self-
promotion. After all, if you're shy, you're
uncomfortable in the spotlight, and
having to promote yourself puts the
spotlight squarely on you.
And if you're an introvert - you may
or may not also be shy - you derive
your energy from reflection and ideas,
and the social demands of networking
and interviewing can feel daunting.
Nevertheless, there are advantages
to being shy or introverted that you
can capitalize on as you approach your
Here are five of those advantages.
1. Ability to Listen
The single most important skill in
any social encounter is listening, and
people who are shy or introverted tend
to listen well.
Listening is essential to the network-
ing process because it enables you to
understand the needs and circum-
stances of the other person. By tuning
in to that person, you refocus the spot-
light and, more importantly, you gather
information that enables you to offer
helpful information or resources to that
person, the sometimes-neglected part
of the "information exchange" that
defines the networking process.
Good listening skills are key in the
interview process, as well. Your strong
listening skills can help you gather
information during the interview to
determine if the job is a good fit for
In addition, your listening skills will
enable you to fully understand what
the interviewer is asking so that your
answer is focused and you are less likely
to go off on a tangent.
2. Tendency to Think Before You
Overlapping with good listening skills
if you're an introvert is your tendency
to think before you speak.
Some introverts view this as a flaw
because they see more extroverted peo-
ple jumping right in and answering
questions with apparent ease, never at
a loss for words. However, quite often,
those same extroverts are giving long-
winded, unfocused answers that don't
even address the question.
By taking extra time to organize your
thoughts, you are less likely to ramble
or speak off-point.
Your well thought out answers will
be refreshing to the hiring manager or
HR professional in contrast to the more
3. Desire for In-Depth Information
If you're an introvert, you typically
enjoy understanding things deeply.
This is an advantage in motivating
you to prepare for interviews and net-
working encounters by doing some
background research. Preparation will
help you develop questions to ask in
an interview and will provide you with
information that other candidates
haven't taken the time to find out about
Employers are impressed with job
seekers who take the initiative to do
this kind of research.
In addition, preparation will help
you anticipate questions and formulate
answers, to help you provide clear and
concise answers. Oftentimes, extroverts,
in particular, don't take the time to
prepare - they mistakenly believe that,
because social encounters come easily
to them, they don't need to do any
4. Understated Manner
Extroverts have told me that some-
times they think their energy over-
whelms or overpowers other people.
People who are shy or introverted don't typically
have that problem. Not only is their manner not
overwhelming, oftentimes their message isn't, either.
Rather than sounding boastful or full of hype,
it comes across as straightforward and matter-of-
fact, sincere and genuine. Definitely an advantage.
5. Good Chemistry with Shy/Introverted Hir-
Did you know that nearly 50% of the population
describe themselves as shy? And anywhere between
25% and 50% are thought to be introverts. You
stand a pretty good chance of being interviewed
and hired by someone much like yourself.
Recognize and embrace the strengths you bring
to the table, and use your introverted or shy qualities
to their fullest advantage.
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