How to introduce yourself in an interview
Sometimes the most terrifying question in an interview is the simplest one: “Tell me something about yourself.”
The most basic, and easy thing for you to talk about is yourself. And yet, so many of us don’t know exactly what to say and just end up saying something like “My name is Vinod, and I did my BCom from Delhi, and I like to play cricket.”
You might think this is a good enough introduction and what the interviewer expects, but think again.
This is not a friendly chat, it’s about getting the job. So think like a chess player and plan your move.
Ask yourself: What does the interviewer need to know about you for giving you this job?
That’s what this entire game is about.
So, let us help you answer this with some more thinking points:
What qualities will be good for the role?
If you don’t know enough about the role then you cannot be sure of how you will handle it.
If it is for sales or customer service you need to be a good speaker and have a good memory. If it is for operations/manager you will need to be process-oriented and a very sharp thinker. If it is for IT/technical you have to have certifications and practical knowledge.
So, like this you need to think of your role and what your interviewer is expecting.
What will show your self-confidence?
The next step is to show that you are confident that you can do this job since you possess the right qualities. Even if you are not 100% qualified, the interviewer needs to feel that you can pick up the job and do it better than someone else who is more qualified.
A lot of this comes from body language (which we will discuss a little later).
How can you take control of the interview?
Think of this question as an opportunity for you to control the interview, like a chess player. The interviewer has asked you a question and you can make the opening move. Most of the interview will be guided by your answer here.
If you mention your certificate/diploma, the interviewer will probably ask you what you studied in it. Or if you mention your hobbies, they will ask you about them. So, be sure that you mention things that you want to talk more about and know enough about.
Now you are ready to see the opportunity in this standard question and how you can take advantage of it.
Some more tips for you when answering this question:
• Don’t make your introduction very long. Keep it to about 3 sentences.
• If the interviewer has already seen your resume (you have emailed it earlier, or they have seen your profile on a job site like MeraJob) don’t repeat what’s already in it.
• Keep your Body Language positive. Smile, stay relaxed, speak with expression. Show that you want to make a connection with the interviewer, and not just answer questions like a robot.
Have you already prepared your introduction? Share your introduction in the comments below and we’ll give you feedback and share it with others.
You can also see our other post where we share some examples of good interview introductions by clicking here.
And there is an excellent video on improving your body language at this link here.
If you are looking for a job then start by clicking here.
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