Interviewing Tip of the Month
Even the most confident job seeker may fear being perceived as timid or too soft spoken in a job interview. To combat this:
- Practice your answers. Careful preparation is a great confidence booster. Ask a friend or relative to mock interview you, using commonly asked questions.
- Think out loud. When asked a question, avoid giving one-word answers (which can be misconstrued as rude or unintelligent). Adopt the practice of verbalizing your thought processes--something which naturally shy people tend not to do.
- List the positive characteristics that come with your shyness. It's okay to mention these in an interview! For example, say that while you might be an understated person, it makes you analytical, observant and a good listener.