1. How to Introduce Yourself at a Job Interview
It’s a tough fact, but what you say and how you present yourself during the first phase of your interview will have a huge impact on how successful you might be – for good or for bad.
So, what’s the best way to introduce yourself at a job interview? How can you start off an interview making the best possible impression?
In the tough economic climate that we’re currently in, employers need to be sure that who they are hiring is the best person for the job. Some hiring managers may make a decision to reject a candidate based on what they didn’t do when they met them. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to interview manners and to carefully think through how you will introduce yourself during a job interview.
What to Say When You Arrive at the Interview
It’s a pretty obvious fact, and hopefully this goes without saying, but you must treat everyone at your interview with equal respect and politeness. (I don’t mean to patronise, but believe me, some people actually need to be told this!)
It has been known for candidates to arrive at their interview only to be turned away shortly after due to their dismissive or unpolite attitude towards front line staff, such as receptionists. Many managers will ask their receptionist how they were treated by candidates when they introduced themselves.
Your interview starts as soon as you step foot into the building!
What to Say When You Meet the Hiring Manager
You will either be escorted to the interview room, or the hiring manager will come out to meet you in the reception area. Again, take the time to briefly introduce yourself so the interviewer knows who you are.
It’s good etiquette to include a handshake as part of your introduction. If your interviewer doesn’t offer their hand first, take action and offer yours. Tell the interviewer that it is a pleasure to meet them, smile, and be sure to make eye contact.
2 Keep Your Introduction Short
“So, tell me a little about yourself.” The dreaded question most candidates find the most difficult to answer. It’s a tricky question, but easy to master, with practice!
Your introduction should be concise enough to hold the interest of the interviewer. Generally, a quick recap of your most compelling qualifications and previous employment history will be sufficient. You could also mention a couple of personal pieces of information (you play the piano, you were a ski-instructor for two seasons) but remember, the employer initially wants to know about your professional life.
Your goal is to show that you’re qualified for the job and that you would bring something extra to the team.
You should carefully analyse the job before the interview so you can point out the interests, skills, experiences, and personal qualities which will enable you to meet or exceed the requirements.
Be Prepared for Follow Up Questions
You need to be fully prepared for follow up questions. Your interviewer may ask for specific examples from your introduction that show how or where your skills have been utilised in the past, professionally or personally.
You should always have real life examples for any skills that you mention in an interview or have written on your C.V. Don’t get caught out.
3 Manners Matter at Job Interview
Manners matter during a job interview. Regardless of the job you are applying for, you will be expected to act professionally throughout every phase of the interview process from greeting the interviewer to saying thank you after your interview.