I have been a part of many interview sessions. Interviewer asks for your introduction. It’s part of interview faq’s which I covered in my previous article. You may read it here- Frequently Asked Interview Questions and Answers. Interviewing authority may ask this question in any form, like: Tell me some thing about yourself, Introduce yourself, give me your introduction, please self introduce or he may ask for your introduction in any other regional words. Many times candidates do well, while due to lack of preparation, some candidates face few hardships and can not speak more than 3 or 4 lines as of their whole introduction. I am writing this article over best and impressive self introduction tips.
How Interview proceed?
Your interview might proceed in two ways. Either you drive the whole interview process or the interviewer does the same job. Believe me it’s better to be the one who has control rather than being controlled. Below are the detailed self introduction tips that help yo to drive the process.
You should never start your introduction with “Myself so and so”.
Reflexive pronouns are used to refer to nouns, used in the sentence earlier. Now you are going to start a fresh sentence, here use of myself is incorrect. Instead, I suggest you to start sentence with “I am and so on”.
Next: Include the course details you are pursuing or pursued, no doubt that you have given these details in your resume which is right now in your interviewers hand.
Incorrect: I am DOING or DONE Master of Business Management from Sharda University.
So what’s correct: I am PURSUING or PURSUED Master of Business Management from Sharda University.
You need to understand you don’t DO your degree. Please have some respect for your degree.
These self introduction tips are really helpful but things are slightly different in telephonic interview process. If you are to face telephonic interview and you are planning to prepare for it this article may be helpful for you: Preparing for Telephonic Round of Interview
Emphasize on your positive qualities.
You need to be prepared with the instances to support your positives, but do not showcase any instances unless you are asked to do so. Therefore, good to mention some of your quality achievements which you want the interviewing authority to take note of.
Quote some rules / principles you strongly believe in
I will state mine principles in self introduction examples in next paragraphs.
While interviewing you, generally interviewers take 10-14 seconds to scan your resume. They try to find in your resume that you are speaking about. The very same thing happened quite a lot with me. I spoke, “I secured 95% marks in Physics in my senior secondary class” and the same time the interviewer started re-scanning my resume to see that I had already put Physics marks in bold letters.
You have got some work experience or internship, mention it. But before stating that make sure you know your work inside out. I faced an interview and cleared one round of interview only on the basis of my knowledge, expertise that I gained during my internships. And there I made complete use of the available facts that I had prior work experience. I already made it sure to put answer to every question the interviewing authority could think of.
Interviewer starts questioning you right from where you end
It’s similar to chess game, you played your move and now your opponent will take his chance based on your moves. Make it sure to end introducing yourself at a point where you feel quite confident in discussing. It helps you to take control of your interview and introduction process.
I published an interested article on what to do in your job interview and what you shouldn’t do. Definitely it will be helpful to prepare for your future interview.
Try to show a learning and positive attitude
I will rate this self introduction tip on the top. It sounds common, but there is a lot of difference. Based on the job profile the interviewer may be willing to know are you arrogant, over-confident or cloistered? I have seen many applicants losing jobs over these traits in the HR round of interview. You should show that actually you are willing to learn.
I: Good Afternoon Sir!
Interviewer: Good afternoon. Please have a seat. (I take a seat) So, Nitin, introduce yourself. I started with: I am Nitin Vats. I am pursuing Master of Business Administration from Sharda University (speak your full college name in case you are interviewed out of your college campus. The interviewing person might not know abbreviation).
I have learning attitude towards my profession and positive attitude towards my life. I possess good management and analytical skills and was able to achieve 95% marks in Physics in Senior Secondary. Being a smart worker I always try to learn and implement methods to achieve maximum output with minimum input. I prefer to do smart work instead of hard work. Having done internship at HCL Infosystems Ltd. and Vodafone Ltd, Where I had initial exposure to the corporate world and find it winsome. I learned quite a lot from my internships. (Here I am stretching the internship topic and telling him to ask some questions from my internships. I am taking a lead and trying to turn interview direction). I like to learn new things.
Try to fit your most relevant information in few words.
Hey… Since this is my introduction, do not try to make it your’s intro. Every one has his own and different story. I came up with my intro based on my qualification, experience and expertise and job profile to which I am applying for. So, I can can speak it with a grate confidence, but you can not do it. So, prepare your intro based on these self introduction tips, in your own words and try to give a flow accordingly and introduce yourself to win the process.
Practice a lot on these self introduction tips to introduce yourself
Learn your ‘self intro’ like a chapter of your most difficult subject (like maths for me). I worked hard and introduced myself in front of the mirror many times, specially before facing the interview. Count on me, you forget everything after you enter the interview room.
Never crack jokes while facing your interview, until or unless 1. you are a good joke cracker or 2. you have given up the battle and lost all hopes of the job. Introducing yourself in interview is an art. Keep all of your sense to introduce yourself and prepare well on the given self introduction tips accordingly.
This does not mean you cannot or not allowed to smile. Instead, you are suggested to make sure to smile once or twice. This simply tells the interviewer that you are able to handle stress.
You should never dismiss your candidature!!
If interviewing authority asks, “Give me a reason to disqualify your candidature or Why should I not select you for this job? ”
What is incorrect: “I am not a good team player” “I do not adjust with others easily” “I am a man with serious ego issues” “Hence I am not a good decision maker, as a result of it could lead to the serious issue in the company”
What is correct: Take a moment to reply this question and look aside for a bit of time… then respond doubtfully to the situation, in a childlike manner, “sir, I do not see any reason to reject my candidature and not to select me. I would not have applied for this job profile, if there were any such reason. If your interviewer still persists to give a reason to reject your profile… then respond maturely and politely, “sir, maybe some of the answers that I gave you in the interview were not good enough to satisfy your questions.” What we did here, we just told him what he already knows. Keep in mind that you are still in the interview process, because you performed as expected in previous rounds.
Don’t forget to work on your communication skills.
In addition to the above, proper grammar usage with good language fluency (words per minute.. make sure you are clear when you speak) can also make very huge impact on the person taking your interview. Probably you might feel futile with some the points I stated above, but count on me, in an interview room each of your action counts.
In conclusion I will try to put topics in short:
- First of all start with I am so and so.
- Most noteworthy emphasize on your positive qualities.
- Quote some rules and rules you follow.
- Try to show a learning and positive attitude.
- Communication matters a lot. Therefore work on your communication skills.
- Finally, practice a lot.
All the best!!!
Since I tried to write every point in this article, so I hope this post Impressive Self Introduction Tips, How to Introduce Yourself helps you to prepare for introduction part of your interview. Prepare well with these Impressive Self Introduction Tips, How to Introduce Yourself for your interview. If you are looking for frequently asked interview faq’s this article maybe helpful for you: Frequently asked interview questions and answers.