Introverts: How To Ace An Internship Interview Without Changing Who You Are

Friendly tip: Don't adjust your introversion just to impress your boss!
IMAGE pexels.com

You’re just a couple of steps away from landing that coveted internship, all you need now is to pass the interview stage. As the reserved, inward-looking introvert that you are, an interview is usually beyond your comfort zone—it requires you to talk and share your thoughts and it involves a bit of social interaction. Here are some ways to use your introversion to secure that internship spot.

Prepare a list of talking points based on possible interview questions.

As an introvert, it isn’t the easiest thing to be vocal about your thoughts. To make sure you won’t mess up your chance to land an internship, do some research on the possible questions your interview might entail and write down your answers in advance so you could rehearse (but not memorize!) them. When you already have a grasp of how you intend to respond to certain interview inquiries, it won’t be as hard for you to voice out the thoughts in your head.


Don’t close yourself off to the possibility of an impromptu conversation with your interviewer, however. Use your talking points as a mere guide for how you want to answer particular questions, but don’t obsess about delivering it verbatim during the interview proper. 

Recommended Videos

Chill at a coffee shop before your interview to gather your Zen.

We know that introverts find it draining to be caught up in too much social interaction, and internship interviews are generally representative of such a situation. Head out for the interview a little earlier than the call time and instead, wait in a coffee shop near the location of your interview, put on some headphones or bury your head in a book, and save up some energy.

A coffee shop is often a safe haven for introverts—you’re surrounded by people without having to be consumed by the worry of social interaction (save for when you order, but that’s nothing you can’t handle!), because people just tend to leave you alone in such establishments. The coffee is simply an added bonus for caffeine-driven introverts.


Dress to express and impress.

Not all introverts might find fashion at the very top of their lists when it comes to things to prioritize during an interview, but you might want to consider being sartorially prepared, too. For many people, they draw confidence from liking how they look and knowing that they look good in the clothes they choose to wear.


Choose an outfit that expresses who you are, but also take into consideration the attire required for your prospective internship. It’s highly unlikely for you to regret showing up to the interview looking neat and presentable, anyway.

Don’t adjust your introversion just to impress your boss.

While it’s common to think that extroverts are preferred in the workplace because they can easily convey their ideas during pitch meetings, communicate effectively with their superiors, and just generally have a more outgoing disposition, don’t alter your being an introvert only because you think it’ll please your future boss. Introverts have just as much to offer in the workplace as extroverts and their qualities are just as ideal and useful. At the end of the day, actions will always speak louder than words.









About the author
Mylene Mendoza
Candy Staff Writer

Candy Bulletin

What're you up to today? Submit your OOTD, fanfic, essay, school project, org event, a pic of your latest hobby, or anything you want to be posted on the Candy Bulletin page!
Reminder: Posts will be subject for approval by the Candy team, and may be shared on our online channels. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are strictly prohibited. Only original work must be submitted.
Hi, you!
*1st 15 seconds will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
Upload Video
*For the direct video upload option, only the first 15 seconds of the video will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)

By submitting your post, you agree to Candymag's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thank you for submitting your post.
You will be notified via email once your entry has been approved by the Candy team.

Submitted posts will be subject to the approval of the Candy Team.

A few reminders:

  1. Candy Bulletin is an online platform where users can upload original work, personal passion projects, and other forms of self-expression, for the purpose of sharing with the community.
  2. You can upload photos of your curated OOTDs, 15-second videos, essays, poems, and more, as long as the submitted work is original, follows copyright laws, and free of any nudity, pornography, or profanity.
  3. You are encouraged to comment on one another's posts, as long as everyone remains respectful.
Submit Another Post
latest on CandyMag.com
They also launched a fundraising campaign to help our jeepney drivers!
Here's the face behind the golden voice of many familiar commercials.
A community page where you can share your feels and show your skills! Learn more here
Katherine Go A day ago

Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

Pick a sticker to view stories by reaction!