How to introduce yourself in an interview

Published: Thursday 1st July 2021

Are you wondering how to introduce yourself in an interview? You’re not alone, in fact, it’s a very common concern for candidates to have. Your first interaction with a potential employer is very important as it sets the tone for the meeting and also gives them an initial indication of what you are like. A bad introduction will most likely lead to an unsuccessful interview. So if you are wondering how to introduce yourself professionally then keep reading!

A candidate shaking an employers hand in an interview

Introduce yourself in a professional manner

When you introduce yourself in an interview you must come across as professional. This will show your potential employer that you are smart and that you are taking the interview seriously. Manners are a must as employers are always looking for polite employees. A good self-introduction example would be “Hi, It is a pleasure to finally meet you in person. I have been excited to hear more about this opportunity and get to know you and your business more”. You want to make sure that you are showing interest in your chosen field as well as communicating that you are very interested in the role. 

Remember to dress smart

Most interviews will require you to dress smartly. Potential employers will look to see how you present yourself as believe it or not, your style shows your personality. Employers are more likely to be impressed if you are dressed nicely and clean rather than wear scruffy clothing. Dressing smart also shows that you take pride in your appearance which can also be shown in your work.

As well as dressing smart, body language during an interview can also be a key factor. When you are giving your interview introduction you want to make sure that you are sitting with your back straight rather than hunched over. Also, you want to make sure that you are not leaning back in your chair as this can show that you are disinterested. If you sit forward, this shows that you are keen to listen and take in information. 

A young women in an interview with a gentleman.

Do your research on the company 

Another factor that always wins employers over is showing knowledge of their company. If you do your research on the company and project this when you introduce yourself, this will show that you have taken your time to find out more and this really shows interest and commitment. It is always a great idea to ask questions to find out more about the role, company culture, and business background. The more interest you show the better!

Be sure to get familiar with the job description and duties. In your interview, you can compare how your skills and experience would help complete the tasks. This will give your potential employer a better understanding of how well-suited you would be for the role. Any research that you do and show when you introduce yourself will always ensure that the interview starts off on a great note. 

Be yourself

When going for an interview most people tend to forget this important thing. Your potential employer has asked you to attend an interview to get to know you as a person and to see if you will gel with the team. So be sure to let your personality shine through as it is important that you feel comfortable and that they feel you will be a good fit. If you follow the advice in this blog about self-introduction then you are sure to ace your interview! 

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