How To Get Through A Job Interview When You’re Awkward

 

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If social skills aren’t one of your strengths, you’re probably very familiar with how it impacts your job experience. You’ve been through job interviews in the past that you were sure you qualified for, but you can’t ever seem to get the job. The unspoken reason you weren’t hired is one you understand by now—you’re just too awkward. So how can you change this and fix things so you can be hired? Let’s look at some tips to help you minimize stress and get through your next job interview with as little awkwardness as possible.

1. Be Open About Your Awkwardness

There’s no need to try to hide your awkwardness. In fact, doing so will just makes things more awkward because it turns your anxiety into the elephant in the room. Most people can’t hide anxiety well. There are physical signs and your body language will give you away. And even if you do manage to fake it well enough to get the job, your employer will end up seeing it later on when they spend more time around you. Be open when it comes to your social skills. The interviewer will appreciate your honesty and it can possibly become an advantage that makes you stand out as genuine.

2. Highlight Your Strengths
You know you’re lacking in social skills, so you’ll need to make up for it in other areas of your interview. Acknowledge but don’t dwell on your weaknesses—play up your strengths instead. Tell them about your amazing programming abilities or share a story that highlights your hardworking nature. Let them know about any hobbies you have that require effort and dedication, like writing or playing an instrument. This lets them know you’re developed and talented in other areas despite your lack of social skills.

3. Come Prepared

Do practice interviews beforehand. Get down basic answers to common interview questions so you’ll be prepared for some things they will surely ask you. Don’t memorize things, as this will be obvious—just make a mental note of a few good things to say about yourself. Coming prepared also means doing your homework about the company beforehand. Figure out what it is they do and let them know you’ve done research; initiative is always a plus in an interview. Preparation time is necessary on the day of your interview as well. Make sure you have ample time to get ready, as rushing will just give you more anxiety.

Take a few minutes to gather your thoughts before you head out the door to be interviewed. Keep in mind that no one is out to get you. Your mind is exaggerating this experience, so try not to blow it out of proportion. Take some deep breaths and keep the logical thoughts flowing so your mind will have less of a chance to focus on anxious feelings. Remember that everyone struggles in life—this is just another opportunity for you to learn and improve yourself.