We have often been told that the first impression is the last, and if you ask us, we would agree with the statement. First impressions create a great impact, especially at job interviews. During a job interview, you might have to introduce yourself several times, to different interviewers. To deal with it, you need to be well-prepared and confident.
Your introduction can be responsible for the rest of the interview process; therefore, we suggest showcasing the best of what you have. To assist you in the process, we have a few tips & tricks that can be helpful.
Tips and Tricks that will help in better preparation for a job interview
- Research about the organization.
- Dress up appropriately for the job interview.
- Avert distractions and maintain healthy eye contact.
- Let confidence be your game changer
- Be calm & comfortable
- Keep a check on the body language.
- Prepare what to say.
- Rehearse your introduction with a friend.
If you follow these, you will be able to easily navigate the process and will eventually find out the best ways to introduce yourself.
A few things to consider when introducing yourself in an interview
Before your job interview, there are several things that you need to consider. Putting little effort will add up to big results.
1. Dressing up appropriately
When you are meeting someone new, appearances play a vital role. Therefore, it becomes imperative to opt for proper attire for the interview. Different offices have different dress codes, so research the company culture before heading for your job interview.
Whatever you wear, try not to go overboard. Be comfortable in your outfit and let it depict a part of your personality.
Planning your introduction a day or 2 before your interview will help you in many ways. As much as planning is important, so is confidence. Once you have prepared what to say, practice a bit as it will enable you to be spontaneous.
Initiate the introduction by boldly stating your name. Always flaunt a light smile while you are speaking as it radiates positivity and confidence. Speak in such a way that it depicts that you are excited about the opportunity and want to be respectful of their time.
Although it is quite obvious, ensure that you remember the name of the interviewer. Train your brain well to be able to retain every information that is necessary while giving your introduction to the interviewer.
Body language is a vital attribute and is an important part of communication. While you are giving your interview, it is important to take care of little attributes that you want your body language to display. Keep your shoulders back and chin raised, this will depict that you are confident. Another great practice that can be inculcated is, maintaining solid eye contact while introducing yourself. These little efforts will display that you’re engaged in the conversation and capable of maintaining a conversation with your potential colleagues.
If you are unsure about how to present yourself during introductions then try asking for help from a friend or family member. All they have to do is, pretend to be your interviewer. You can practice a mock interview with them. This will allow you to know about your shortcomings and rectify them.
Another great way to practice is to introduce yourself in front of the mirror.
As soon as you enter the office, make sure to check-in at the reception. Introduce yourself with your full name, interview time, and the designation that you’re interviewing for so that they are aware that you’ve made it on time. Once you are through with that, you will be asked to wait until the HR representative comes to meet you. Another good etiquette that can be followed is avoiding taking out your phone to pass the time while waiting. While sitting place your arms on the armrest or your lap.
Stand and meet anyone who arrives to welcome you. A firm handshake with a smile will give them a good impression. Introduce yourself to them and when they introduce themselves, respond with “It’s pleasure meeting with you”. If you have already had a prior conversation with this person via mail or call, you can also say “It’s nice to meet you in person.”
This person will then most likely guide you to your interview room, ensure to thank them before they leave.
Being a bit prepared ahead of time can help in calming your nerves. A little research about the company and the interviewers will ensure a smooth conversation at the interview and will also help you to answer all the questions with utmost confidence. It will also show the potential employers that you’re the correct choice for the opportunity.
Normally, you will have to wait in your interview room until the interviewer arrives. Utilize this time to calm & compose yourself. Gather your stuff that must include a pen & diary for making notes. Take a sip or 2 of water and relax. Once the interviewer enters the room, greet them by standing up and extending your hand for a cordial handshake.
Although your interviewer would be aware of your name and the post that you have applied for, it is still preferable to give a short and quick introduction. Once the introduction is done, you can give them your CV. Based on that, you might be asked a few questions, be well prepared to answer them. If you ever feel silence building up. Take the lead and say a few things about your professional background or anything relevant.
A common question that is always asked in an interview is “tell me about yourself”. Remember to breathe and take the conversation one step at a time. It’s appropriate to pause to collect your thoughts. Keep your answer concise, relevant, and focused on how your professional skills and experiences make you the best fit for this job opportunity.
Keep making notes throughout your interview. These notes can be used as a reference to ask any questions at the end of the interview. It will also depict that you’re assertive and have valued your time with them.
Once your interview is over, stand up, shake hands with the interviewer and thank them for their valuable time. You can also prepare a few phrases like “It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for your time”.
If you have multiple rounds of the interview then be well prepared to greet the next interviewer with the same zeal and confidence.
Once all that is done and you have had some time to process all the information, send them follow-up notes via mail or any other suitable medium.
Confidence mixed with some basic etiquettes will assist you in nailing any job interview. Be yourself and put your best foot forward, the rest is all sorted.