Sunday, May 24, 2015

Steps On How To Introduce Yourself At A Job Interview

First impressions as they always say last longer
and can play a major role in how an employer
perceives you as a candidate. What you say during
the first phase of the interview may make a big
difference in the outcome – in a good way or in a
bad way.

In fact, 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.

1) How to Introduce Yourself at a Job Interview.

When you arrive at the interview site introduce
yourself to the receptionist by stating your name
and the purpose of your visit. For example: “My
name is Achara larry and I have an interview
scheduled with —— at 2 pm.”
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 introduce
yourself so the interviewer knows who you are.

Offer to shake hands, even if the interviewer
doesn’t offer their hand first. It’s good etiquette to
include a handshake as part of your introduction.
Tell the interviewer that it is a pleasure to meet
them, smile, and be sure to make eye contact.

2) During the Interview

Many hiring managers will start an interview with
an open-ended question like “Tell me about
yourself.” The core of your response should focus
on the key elements in your background which will
enable you to excel in the job for which you are
interviewing. You should carefully analyze the job
prior to the interview so you can point out the
interests, skills, experiences, and personal qualities
which will enable you to meet or exceed the

3) Keep it Short
Your introduction should be concise enough to hold
the interest of the interviewer. Generally, a quick
recap of your most compelling qualifications will
suffice. You could also throw in a couple of titbits
which are not essential to the job, but reflect your
persona like the fact that you are an avid skier,
have performed at comedy clubs, or collect African
art. Your goal is to connect personally with the
interviewer as well as to show that you’re qualified
for the job.
Of course, your initial comments should show your
enthusiasm for the job and organization. However,
don’t overdo it and don’t spend too much time
talking about yourself. The interviewer has an
agenda and time is limited, so keep your
introduction brief so you can move on to the next

4) Follow Up Questions
The interviewer may follow up your introduction
with more questions, so it’s important to remember
that you will need to support whatever assertions
you make during your introduction. Be prepared to
provide specific examples of how and where you
have utilized your assets to successfully carry out
work or volunteer roles, academic projects, or other
productive endeavors.
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
wishing you success in your next interview
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