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Are you introverted, you do not change personality just because you're going for a job interview. Here is some advice to fill the awkward pauses.

A job interview is your chance to present yourself to the employer, to convince that you are the right person for the job. Research has shown that employers often replace the complicated question of who is best qualified for the job, with "who I like best?".

In the competition to be well-liked, they may extroverted have an advantage.

Personally, I like people who are aggressive, coming in as a fresh breath and dare to challenge a bit, but without being glib. For we like people who dare to be a little loud on the field without being arrogant. And that has some energy. It makes life for us who are around them much easier, says recruiting manager at Manpower, Jon Paulsen.


Career Counselor and author Wendy Gelberg driver career guidance center Gentle Job Search in Boston, USA, and has written the book "The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Carree." She says that certain aspects of the job search is well suited to the extroversion forces. 

They thrive in social situations, and has the ability to talk coherently and effortlessly in most situations, explains Gelberg.

She says that the job search success is strongly linked to networking and finding the tone during an interview. Since this is typical extrovert capabilities, it can give them an advantage in the job search.

These typical extrovert-capabilities Gelberg talking about, may be the one in personality psychology calls sosiabilitet. Being extroverted is not one thing, says Olav VASSENDEN, psychology professor at the University of Oslo.

Extraversion is a feature people have in varying degrees, and it is composed of several facets, some of which are sosiabilitet, positive emotions, thrill-seeking and activity level.

If one talks about sosiabilitet, it's enough so that if you are low on this, so you will have certain problems in an interview, says VASSENDEN. 


A common misconception is that introversion is the same as being shy. It need not be. And you do not have low self-esteem if one is introverted. According to Wendy Gelberg is introversion characterized in that one becomes faster stimulated by social interaction and a lot of people, and that recharges by being alone. Unlike getting extroverted energy from being with others.

This, in combination with having to answer questions in stride, often poses a challenge for introverted people at job interview.

The biggest drawback I hear about from introverted in job interviews is their need to process and meditate a question before answering, says Gelberg.

Unlike the extroverted, which typically prefer to think out loud while they formulate an answer, prefers introverted typical to think through things in my head, and come with a fully formulated answers - their ultimate conclusion. This can lead to long and unpleasant silences, which makes interviewed awkward, says career counselor. 


Psychology Professor at the University, Olav VASSENDEN, have not heard about that introverted generally should have a longer response time than extroverted, but says that people who score high on the facet activity in many situations will emerge as agile and energetic.

There is evidence that introverted generally prefer to have it quiet around him, and perhaps especially when they work and concentrate. Extroverted however, often prefer more noise and activity, without compromising performance, he says.

Nor is unconditional good to be extroverted. According Gelberg can one pitfall for the extroverted be that they do not get thought about before giving an answer, which may cause them to unwittingly talking bad about his former boss, or says something that may put themselves in a bad light.

Olav VASSENDEN says likewise that although selection is something that empirically linked to extroversion.

This might be nice to stand out in a job interview, but you do too much of it, why not get annoying to work with. 



Interviewing is not just about talking, and to present itself, but also about listening. And at this point you introverted have an advantage, says Wendy Gelberg.

Introverted is often good to listen, is probably more patient while the interviewer asks questions, and can thus provide better, more customized response.

They can use their natural curiosity and inclination to delve into things, to really understand what the workplace does, and the specific challenges that are in the position they are interviewed to. To make a deep interest, and to demonstrate a thorough understanding of these things, do they distinguish themselves from the competition in a positive way, says the American career counselor.

The same applies, according introvert job expert, the ability to read up and prepare in advance of the job interview. This is an ability she believes is among the introverts forces: the more prepared, the better impression on job interviews.


The introverted and extroverted they. It sounds like two peoples living on each planet, and works completely differently. But it need not be like that you completely fit into one of these boxes.

Very many people have a bit of both, says a professor of psychology, Olav VASSENDEN.

One can thrive well with other people, and in other contexts thrive alone. It is on a continuum, with most located around the middle, while far fewer are looking into extremes. But some is the extreme - extremely extroverted or introverted, he says.

According VASSENDEN it will be extremely introverted pose problems beyond just embarrassing pauses in job interviews, while just being a little above average is not necessarily something handicap.

Besides, there are more things than extroversion of importance to job success, says psychology professor:

The feature that has the greatest impact on positive outcomes in professional life is conscientiousness, along with general intelligence, he said.

Wendy Gelberg also emphasizes that introversion is not the only personality factor contributing to job satisfaction and success:

Many introverted have happy and successful careers playing against their type. 


  1. Remember that the job interview is a conversation and not an interrogation. Use your good listening skills to understand the challenges faced by the employer, so you can tailor your answers. Show how you have solved similar tasks in the past, or how to have competencies to solve such problems.
  2. Use the same capabilities to fully understand the question before you start answering.
  3. Decide in advance for what is the parent you want to communicate to the employer. The only thing you can control the interview is whether you get communicated this message.
  4. Good places to do this is in response to "tell me about yourself", "Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses," or the recent conclusion of the interview, where you can summarize your interest in the position.
  5. If you have to think about a question before you answer, you can get away with one or two long breaks by saying, "Good question. I can think of several examples of it. Let me think a moment about which one best illustrates X ". But this can not be used for each question.
By Olive Davin