A brief: “Don’t skip preparing your answer to this question. A well prepared answer can put you, as a candidate, in the right direction right from the beginning of the interview. You have a good opportunity to sell yourself effectively in few words and it allows you to set the tone for the rest of the interview.”
The job interview is made up of several parts, and each part is instrumental in telling the interviewer more about the candidate.
Needless to say that the first part, the introduction part, is one of the most important parts in any job interview – the initial impression, the first interview seconds/minutes, affect the entire application process for a prospective candidate.
The first question you will probably be asked in an interview is:
Here are some tips that you should keep in mind when introducing yourself in an interview:
What to Say when Introducing Yourself?
The interviewer doesn’t want to know details about your personal life, but to know that you can do the job based on your qualification and what you’ve achieved in your previous jobs – that your professional abilities fit into the job and its requirements.
Think of these first words, the introduction words, as a preview of yourself, so that you focus your answer to address what really maters the interviewer – tell enough interesting information, main topics, about yourself so that the interviewer can easily take the lead of the conversation and continue the interview.
How to introduce yourself professionally in an Interview?
Few key points about yourself
As it is the beginning of the interview, you will be able to provide only few key points about yourself that are interesting and yet useful for the continuity of the job interview:
- In two or three sentences focus on what most interests the interviewer – start with your most recent job, explain why you are interested in this position and why you are well qualified for the position – your key qualification and professional qualities.
- Highlight your greatest achievements – put forward short statements (or a short story) that draw attention to your accomplishments.
Answer the Questions Concisely
While introducing yourself, try to be precise. A long and winding introduction may put off the interviewer right from the beginning – the best way to introduce oneself in an interview is to prepare a brief speech, an oral profile, which would be easy to remember, so that one can say it out flawlessly, confidently, subtly and yet has good impression on the interviewer.
Never make it too long – make it up to 1 minute top. You would want to interact with the interviewer as soon as possible, giving him a chance to lead the conversation rather than missing your way right at the beginning of the conversation.
Don’t repeat phrases from your resume
Remember that your resume is already on the table – your resume is in front of the interviewer. Of course, you will be able to expend more about info that is written in the resume during the interview flow.
Asking this question, the interviewer wants an introduction speech, a briefer – he will wait to hear the main points about you.