First impressions can go a long way. From the moment you walk into an interview up until the moment you leave, you’ll find yourself making introductions to several people including the receptionist staff, hiring manager, additional interviewers and random members of staff. Here are a few guidelines on how to introduce yourself in any interview setting.
Before the interview
Upon entering the site where your job interview is taking place, you might need to check in with the reception. Make your introduction short and sweet by simply introducing yourself with your full name, interview time, and the title of the role you’re interviewing for.
“Hi, my name is John Doe. I’m here for my 1 pm interview for the Project Manager role.”
If you’re asked to wait while the recruiter calls you in for your interview, it’s good etiquette to avoid using your phone to pass the time. Whilst seated, sit properly with your arms on armrests or in your lap and feet on the floor or crossed.
When someone arrives to greet you, stand to meet them and consider the following when introducing yourself:
- Smile and engage in a firm handshake;
- Introduce yourself by saying your full name in a confident voice;
- When they introduce themselves, respond with something along the lines of, “It’s nice to meet you, [name].” (Top tip: if you repeat their name at this point, you’re more likely to remember it later);
- Remember to make eye contact whilst talking.
If the person you’ve just spoken to is just guiding you to the room and will not conduct the interview, remember to thank them before they leave.
During the interview
Usually, you’ll be seated in a room to wait until your interviewer arrives. Use this time to get out a pen and paper to take notes, drink some water and take a couple of breaths to get rid of any pre-interview nerves.
When your interviewer enters the room, greet them by standing up, shaking their hand and confidently stating your name (all whilst smiling).
Although the interviewer most likely already knows what role you’re applying for, you should still prepare a short statement in advance to make sure they know who you are and what role you’re applying for. This should be something like,
“It’s great to meet you to talk about the content writing role on your marketing team.”
After introducing yourself, you can provide them with a hard copy of your resume, provided that they haven’t already got one, and then, let the interview questions begin.
If there’s any moment of silence, feel free to lead with a summary on your professional background and interest in the role. For example,
“I’m a content writer with over five years of experience specialising in creating interesting and captivating, yet easy-to-read, pieces. I’m interested in utilizing my creativity and further expanding on my abilities through the company’s marketing team.”
Preparing in advance will benefit your interview. Not only will it help to calm your nerves, but it may eliminate any awkward silences between questions. One of the most popular interview questions is, “Tell me about yourself.” By having an outline for your response to this often daunting question, you’ll be able to provide a concise answer including how your background makes you suitable for the job.
It also helps to do some research on the company, and if possible, your interviewers. This well help guide your conversation and allow you to ask informed questions of your own.
After the interview
After your interview has ended, follow the lead of your interviewer. Stand up when they do, shake their hand again and make sure to thank them for their time with a smile. Use phrases such as the following to leave the conservation on a positive note:
- “It’s been a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for your time today.”
- “Thanks for this opportunity! Have a great day.”
- “Thank you for telling me more about the role here, I hope to hear from you shortly.”
It’s also advisable to ask for your interviewer’s email address so you’ll be able to send timely follow-up emails if you don’t hear back from them.
If your interview process consists of multiple rounds of interviews, be prepared to repeat the steps above.
Most importantly, remain calm and be yourself! A job interview involves just about the same etiquette as meeting any new person. Interviewers want to hire someone that’s a great teammate so when introducing yourself at your next interview, confidence, preparation and a smile will go a long way!