As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression. During the interview process, the initial introduction is extremely important. Confidence is key and you want to avoid coming off as awkward by demonstrating some social skills in your self introduction in an interview.
In case you are feeling a bit nervous, we have compiled a few tips and tricks on how to introduce yourself in an interview. Following these steps can help you reach your career goals.
Tell me about yourself?
This is a typical first question in a job interview. The tell me about yourself answer is one that is simple. When answering the question, highlight the following:
- Education & Experience
- Highlight Most Important and Relevant Accomplishments
- Drive, Energy, and Motivation
If you highlight your education, relevant accomplishments, and your drive, you show that you can be a great fit for both the role and the organization.
Your outward appearance will speak volumes before you even open your mouth. Look neat and clean. Do not wear ripped clothing or t-shirts with graphics. It’s best to do some research on the company’s culture before deciding what to wear. Jeans might be appropriate if it’s a casual work environment. Suits or business attire are always safe if you aren’t sure. It’s better to be overdressed during your first interview.
Prepare multiple introductions
You will most likely meet more than one person. Depending on who it is, this will determine what you should say. Be prepared about what you will say to the person you are introducing yourself to.
When you first arrive, be friendly and specific with the receptionist. Remember your manners and don’t be dismissive to them. Often times the receptionist is one of the most beloved people in an office.
If your first impression is negative, this could hurt your chances before your official interview begins. Share your name and the person you are meeting with. It’s also a good idea to tell them the time of your interview and the role you are going for.
If the hiring manager comes to collect you from reception, make sure you stand up and offer your hand. If you are led to their office, offer your hand before sitting down. During the handshake, make eye contact and smile.
Start simply by sharing your name and thank them for their time. If you have spoken to the person on the phone or traded emails you can also say “it’s nice to meet you in person”. Allow the interviewer to then start the conversation.
Your professional introduction
The entire first interview is part of your introduction. Beyond your name and where you’re from, you are sharing your professional background. This is also the first time the hiring manager puts a face and personality to your file.
It’s very common for recruiters to start the conversation with “tell me a little bit about yourself”. Have a prepared answer for this. You do not want to ramble on and on though, so keep it relevant.
This is a great way to show who you are and provide some context to your resume. Discuss related job experiences that make you a great candidate. Make sure you pause to allow the interviewer to ask a follow-up question.
Your final introduction is your goodbye. You can express your interest in the role and ask what the next steps are as you end your conversation. Once again, be courteous and appreciative. Thank the hiring manager for their time. Shake hands and make eye contact when you say goodbye. This will provide a good final impression.