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An interview appointment is one dreaded moment for many and however much preparation one makes, there is always something that catches them off guard and ruins it all.
So many people don’t know how best to present or introduce themselves to an interview panel. First time impression is very important and what you do or say at this moment matters a lot. Here are a few tips on how to introduce yourself at a job interview.
Questions like, ‘tell me about yourself’, ‘who are you’ call for self-introduction. To some people, self-introduction may seem very basic but learning how to introduce oneself eloquently is a very important aspect during a job interview.
We sometimes get tongue tied at these questions and may mess the whole situation. Writing your introduction lines and re reading them before the interview could be of great help.
Joy Mugara, a Human Resource consultant, notes that use formal greetings like good morning, good afternoon or good evening, depending on the time of the day is recommended.
Avoid informal greetings like ‘hi’, ‘hello’, ‘how are you’ as these could be a sign of disrespect. This should be a rule even if you know everyone on the panel at a personal level.
This requires you to give details of who you are, your name, location, experience, current job position and job title, expertise, age, nationality among other vital information. Introduction requires your biography details.
She notes that body language is as important as the words from your mouth. Use your hands in a way that’s communicative. Don’t move other parts like legs. Moving your body left and right unnecessarily could come out as being nervous.
Keep an eye contact with panelists. You can look at them one at a time depending on who is questioning you. Don’t look down, on sides or outside. Eye contact depicts your confidence; a trait employers look for.
Make sure everyone is able to hear you. Don’t shout and don’t be too low. Make sure they are able to hear every word you pronounce.
“This involves you pronouncing the words well, loud and clear. Make good use of your grammar too,” she adds.
Every interviewee has to or should be confident. Being over confident, however, could turn out arrogant. Present yourself and answer questions the same way you would when addressing your bosses.
Ask where necessary
Mugara notes that an interviewee is allowed to ask for clarity where they don’t understand.
“If the question is too hard or you are not well conversant with words of phrases used, ask for clarity. This doesn’t mean you aren’t incompetent, you can’t know all the words in this world,” she says.
After the interview, you are also free to ask them a question or two. One of those could be, “when do I expect feedback?”
However, mind the questions you ask because they could ruin the good already impression created during the interview.
Don’t be rude
She adds that sometimes panelists may ask questions that may seem personal or uncoordinated; you don’t have to be rude in such a situation. Find a possible way to answer them.
Sometimes this could be a trick to see your reaction.
After the interview
Don’t just move away after the interview no matter how good or bad it went. This too shows the panel your personal characters. Appreciate the chance given to take the interview then move out, as calmly as you came.