Introducing yourself in an interview is the first phase of an interview session. It can set the tone for the rest of the interview because you’ll be making an impact on the interviewer at this point. Those who were able to properly identify themselves had the highest chance of progressing to the next step. During the introductory stage, an interviewee’s purpose is to capture the interviewer’s attention. Preparation prior to the interview is required to attract the interviewer’s attention. let’s find out How To Introduce Yourself In An Interview?
Introducing yourself in an interview is simply a way to tell the interviewer about yourself, starting with your background, skill set, experiences, certification, motivations, why you are fit for the job, and why you are the ideal candidate. There is a typical format to this introduction, which will be elaborated more on.
It’s crucial to remember that making a strong first impression will help you land the job. It demonstrates that you spent time and effort preparing for the job. Introducing yourself can be difficult, but if you rehearse beforehand, you will have a better chance.
Elements of Self-Introduction
As mentioned earlier, there is a format that is followed in terms of the information needed for the position. Self-introduction format is not a one-size fit approach. Being able to adapt to your style takes practice. Adapting to your self-introduction is based on the job requirements and the company profile. This means you have to take the time to study the company and the position so that you can match your skills and experience.
Self Introduction Format
In introducing yourself, this format is generally applicable but adjustable depending on the position, skills, and company you are applying to.
- Greeting: This should be the first thing to do when you go for an interview, it shows your politeness and etiquette. You don’t want to go there and dive into your prepared statements, this can be overwhelming and unforgettable to the interviewer. Greet everyone in the room and ask if you can go ahead and take a seat. Please make sure you are relaxed.
- Name: The second thing to do is state your name, of course, the interviewer wants to know who they are speaking to, so go ahead and give your name.
After you have greeted the interviewer(s) and stated your name, then it’s time to add the background. You can apply this formula to your background PRESENT-PAST-FUTURE. Always remember your background should be made up of reasons why the interviewer should hire you and the reason why you are fit for the position. The background is made up of your previous/ currently held position, your educational qualification, and your accomplishment.
- Previous/currently held the position: this is where you state what you are or what you have been doing. You can also add your years of experience in addition to your occupation.
- Educational Background: You can follow up with your educational background the recent first followed by the past, depending on the position description. If you have so many degrees or qualifications, it is advisable to add the only qualification that is relevant to the roles for which you are applying. You may be tempted to list all your skills to the interviewer, but understand that the interviewer may not remember all you have mentioned. The interviewer may remember skills that may not be relevant to the roles you are applying to, this will not work well with your chances of getting that position.
- Accomplishments: This is a time to inform the interviewer about your relevant successes; please don’t be tempted to highlight unrelated accomplishments because they may be forgotten or lost in the heat of the moment. Remember that they have your CV and will ask you if they have any concerns.
- Skills: you can add your current skills and your previous skills that are also in line with the job description.
- Experience: Adding your experiences that are relevant to the job description is important. It shows why you are fit for the role and why they should hire you. It is always best practice to speak about experiences that relate to the job. Experiences do not only apply to your specific job, it can be your volunteer job, club group, or community responsibilities, just make sure you match them with the job description.
Best Self-Introduction Practice
It is important to do adequate research on the company profile and check its goals and objectives.
- Make sure you have written your draft copy of your experiences, skills, and accomplishment so that you can match them with the job description.
- Practice your pitch on your own or in front of your friends who can evaluate you.
- Make sure you time yourself.
- Add only relevant information.
- Prepare for questions.
- Observe the context and adjust, this means understanding the environment and adjusting accordingly.
- Be clear and concise.
Putting all in Practice
Let’s give an example of a general introduction scenario;
‘Good afternoon and thank you for this opportunity. My name is sarah and I am a Data analyst with over 10year of experience in database management and data analysis. I just recently completed my doctorate in data mining and management. I have always seen myself as one who gives insights into business operations with the sole aim of proffering solutions. I am skilled in using python, R, and SQL in database management. In my previous position, I lead a team of data analysts in creating a strategic direction for XYZ in becoming a market leader in app creation. I have always been passionate about making informed decisions that will drive business growth.’
The above scenario immediately captures her skills, accomplishments, and degree, clearly and concisely.
In wrapping up, self-introduction is crucial for your interview. A well-structured introduction can capture the name, current/previous occupation of the job seeker, the relevant degree or certification, accomplishments, skills, and motivation. As earlier mentioned the format can be adjusted depending on the context of the interview.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I include my age, parent, tribe, or religion?
The answer is NO, the interviewer does not need to know which religion, tribe, or position in your family. It is not relevant unless previously stated.
- Can I talk about my extra-curriculum activities?
This is only necessary if you are an entry-level candidate with little to no experience, it all depends on the type of position you are applying to.
- What if I don’t have all the details to the questions asked?
Ensure you prepare well, by checking the company profile and job description. If you have that covered, any other questions you are not sure of, you can simply tell the interviewers you don’t have an idea at the moment.