/ Asked by Andrew
I notice many times when doing interviews I am told I am Quiet. Despite this I have accomplished alot in my days and tend to notice I get better and more talkative the better I get to know people. Would this be a reason for turning someone down?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, October 10, 2014
I understand where you are coming from as I have received the same feedback at times.  Some interviewers will get caught up in the generalization that if somebody is quiet or not overly talkative, then they do not have good communication skills.  As you know very well, this is not the case, nor is it a good reason not to choose a candidate.  It does indicate however, that you likely need to work on ways to connect with the interviewer.  In other words, you need to work on finding some common ground with the interviewer.  This is sometimes accomplished in the small talk that occurs before the formal interview questions begin.  Therefore, my suggestion would be to make the most out of that time at the beginning or end of an interview by being personable and conversing about something other than the job (ex. family, books, sports, etc.).  Such connections will help you to overcome the perception of some that being quiet means not a good communicator.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
My recommendation is for you to approach the interview with your great accomplishment told in a story.  If you answer the questions sharing your story most likely you will not come across as quiet.  Most individuals have great stories to tell and I am sure you are one of them.  Prepare your stories in advance of the interview.  This way when people ask you questions they are top of mind.  Practice your story so when asked you can respond with an engaging answer.  Picture yourself in the office you are going to.  Visualization is always helpful, too.  If you can see yourself at the office you might feel more comfortable which might help you to me a bit more talkative.  Know your material and I am sure you will do well in the interview.  By the way, it is OK to be quiet. That should not be a reason for turning you down.  I hope you find this helpful.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I think this can happen to many people, especially if they are meeting someone for the first time.  It is important to show the recruiter, hiring manager, etc. that you can communicate well and leave a good first impression with them.  My recommendation is to think about questions to ask the interviewer.  This will allow you to speak more at the end of the interview and you will be confident in speaking since you thought of the questions.  I would also practice what you are going to say when an interviewer asks you to tell them about yourself.  More often than not it is one of the first questions they ask you.  At the start of the interview you will show you are confident and able to convey your message to the interviewers.  I think these tactics might even put your at ease during the interview process when you might tend to be quieter.  Good luck in your upcoming interviews!
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I think most interviewers understand that the awkwardness of the interview process causes most to become a little more quiet than normal. As long as you have strong answers and examples to the interview questions and your resume highlights your work experience, your quietness shouldn’t come into play. Good luck on your job search!
Real Time Web Analytics