A professional introduction improves the prospects of a candidate to get the job. How you introduce yourself in an interview plays a major role in creating a good impression before the interview board. There are various ways to introduce oneself in an interview, and depending on the level of the job and experience required, a candidate can phrase the script accordingly.
The candidate has to tell the interviewer in brief what are the interests, qualifications, nature of the person and his or her achievement that make the candidate suitable for the job.
Here are some interview tips to improve your chances of getting a job:
1. Introduction with Gratitude
To begin with, the candidate may thank the management for giving an opportunity to be interviewed today. They can mention that after going through the job description, “I am confident that I have requisite qualifications and experience required for the job.”
And if I am offered this job, I am sure of meeting up to your standards in performance and giving good returns.
2. Begin with the latest job
This is one of the easier ways to introduce yourself in an interview.
For example, “I have been a sales manager with an automobile firm named…for the past five years. Previously, I was associated with leading FMCG firms in the early part of my career. I hold an MBA in marketing and have won several awards within the organisation for impressive sales performance on a quarterly and yearly basis. I am a go-getter and a consistent learner on the job.” For freshers, it is good to talk about voluntary activities done at college or even part-time work, which shows your willingness to work and earn money.
3. Qualification and Family
For entry-level jobs, it may be better to begin with a self-introduction, followed by educational qualifications and some brief information of the family- nuclear or middle-class family. This can be followed by certain attributes of oneself – such as hardworking, self-learner, disciplined, etc. This can be followed by a mention of the immediate goals in life and career. Freshers could briefly mention some activities such as working for charities, being in sports or taking part in leadership activities as an indication of involving in team activities and using the opportunity to build leadership or communication skills.
4. Keep your Introduction Short
In pandemic times, interviews may be held over the phone or online or in-person. However, it is important to keep the introduction short and create the setting for the follow-up conversation. Keeping the introduction short and crisp also helps create an impression that you have good communication skills that are now vital for many jobs.
5. Non Verbal Cues and Body Language.
Ensure that you maintain eye contact with the interview board members and keep your shoulders relaxed and erect. Place your arms in a comfortable position, preferably folded on your lap. Yet you can move your arms to emphasise a point. Do not shake your legs, turn your gaze to other parts of the room, or scratch your nose or face.
6. Add a personal Touch
Adding a personal touch to your introduction may make your introduction quite memorable. It may be about what motivated you to a particular career or job and your inspiration to continue in the same field. References to your personal qualities can also shift the focus to more of your socio-emotional and personality traits rather than too much focus on technical skills.
7. Leadership Skills
If you are in a leadership role in an organisation, it could be mentioned in the introduction. “I am in charge of the national distribution channel or in charge of website development and design.” Even as you may mention briefly about previous jobs, the achievements and goals attained in the present position may be given more importance.
8. Mention Your Qualities
An interviewee can use the introduction as an opportunity to mention the qualities that might be the right fit for the job. For a leadership position, a company may be looking for self-motivated or self-driven, multi-tasking people, which can be highlighted in the introduction.
“I am a quick learner and have good communication skills.”
9. Your Career Goals
It is important to emphasise that you are goal-driven, and hence a short sentence on personal career goals can make a powerful impact in the introduction itself. “I would like to be a leading digital marketing professional, and I believe that this company would provide the opportunities for growth.” Having a clear perspective on career goals shows to the interviewers how ambitious and determined you are in getting ahead in your job or career. Short term and long term goals can be mentioned in brief that may help guide the rest of the questions in your favour.
10. Don’t Overstate your resume
Don’t use the opportunity of introduction to recite the summary given in the resume. The interviewers might go into specific details given in the resume once the interview progresses. The purpose of the introduction is to set the tone for further conversation.
The introduction can also mention your expectations or motivation in taking up a new job. It may be learning new editorial skills or managerial skills. Or that you expect a great learning experience if given an opportunity to work for the company. A brief mention of the strengths of the company may help you to create the impression that you have done some research on the company.
It is important to use simple language, speak concisely and pronounce words properly. Don’t use the introduction opportunity to narrate the incidents from your childhood or that you have overcome heavy odds to reach this position. In a nutshell, the introduction is about telling the interviewer who you are, what job you are engaged in and some information to understand more about you.
A good introduction shows your professional competence, objectives and career goals and why you are suitable for the position. Your unique experience and credentials should be highlighted so that you stand out from the rest of the applicants. It is also important to observe grammar while making the introduction. It is good to use present simple tense to explain your life and character, while present perfect tense may be used to talk about life achievements. However, simple past tense may be applicable in certain instances as an accomplishment made two years ago. An applicant may also use the introduction to briefly state hobbies and interests that enable the interviewers to understand your personality better. It may be cycling, films, poetry or travel.