Lucy Oleschuk
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How to Introduce Yourself In an Interview

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Naturally, no two job interviews are the same. The format and style of each job interview vary, as is the interview room environment. However, the questions often repeat, and the thing that remains constant is the "self-introduction" part. That's why we'll prepare you for tricky questions and the introduction and give you some valuable tips to get you closer to landing your dream job. How to Introduce Yourself In an Interview - 1

Where to Start: Resume and Cover Letter

First, let's start with the critical piece of your job application – your resume. Ideally, it should be clear, concise, eye-catching, and tailored to the job position you are applying for. It's pretty exciting that employers typically look at resumes for an average of 6-7 seconds, meaning every second counts. So, keep your resume short and direct, highlighting relevant skills and projects you've been working on. It's always a good idea to use metrics to list your achievements to give a recruiter a clear "visual" understanding of what you've done. Try to create a complete summary of your experience but also think beyond job duties, i.e., mention your emotional intelligence and soft skills. Also, it's an excellent idea to create an original resume template to catch the eye – you can find inserting ones here. Yet, the excellent resume is just half the battle won. Your cover letter should be as attractive as your resume. Ideally, it should consist of 250-400 words, which may be enough to convince the HR manager of your competence. Just like the resume, it should be short, factual, and direct to grab the manager's attention and keep it until the conclusion. Your cover letter should focus on why you're passionate about programming and the perfect candidate for working in this company. Remember that a cover letter is just a supplement to your resume, not a replacement, so you won't repeat what you have already mentioned in your resume. Ideally, the structure of your cover letter should look like this:
  • Header (your contact information, social media profiles).
  • Greeting.
  • Opening paragraph – grab the employer's attention with 2-3 of your top skills or/and achievements and projects.
  • Explain why you're the best candidate for this job in the second paragraph.
  • In the third paragraph, write why you're interested in this company and why you are a perfect match for it.
  • Formal closing.
Just like with your resume, choose an eye-pleasing cover letter template and make sure to proofread it (or maybe even turn to a friend to review it).

How to Prepare for an Interview?

The moment has finally come. You are invited to the interview. What's next? The time for preparation. Start small and think of your appearance. "Good clothes open all doors." So, try to dress appropriately. Choosing what to wear to an interview will tell a lot to those you will meet. Keep in mind that different companies have different dress codes, so do some research beforehand. Still, there are some standard rules for most cases:
  • Keep the focus on you – don't wear flashy clothes or distracting visuals like statement jewelry.
  • Stay comfortable – make sure you feel good in your clothes and shoes.
That just being said, the research shouldn't only include the dress code. After you've got the visuals down, learn more about the company and the position you're pretending for. Think of the key trait you'd like to present depending on the company requirements, and then think about how to stir the conversation in the right direction. You may use a helpful tool like this to create a list with the key points – Who are you professionally? What is your experience? What are your biggest strengths according to the post you're applying for? Why are you interested in this exact position right now? What can you bring to the table? What are your soft skills? Remember that all the answers should be concise enough to be delivered within a short time frame. Ideally, each answer should take not less than a minute but no more than 2 minutes. That's why it even won't be redundant to have small rehearsals. Devote some time for practicing to estimate whether your answers are concise and clear or you're slow and unconfident at coming up with things to say. Also, such rehearsals will help you make your answers less robotic but more natural. You may even have a "mini" trial with your friend to get feedback on your weak and strong points. A bit of criticism and encouragement will lift your mood and make you believe in yourself to rock that interview when the time comes.

When the Time Comes

The moment you are escorted to the interview room is, most likely, very emotional. You may start panicking and forget about everything you planned to frame in a short period. It's essential to sit back and relax and take a deep breath. Then, greet your interviewer(s) with a smile and start with your full name and a short introduction about yourself. It's ok to give brief details about your family, though remember that recruiters have no interest in your personal life. They typically evaluate your confidence, education, background, and communication skills to find out whether you fit the company and the role or not. Keep your self-introduction professional (ideally, it should last no longer than a minute). In the first part, you can say something like, "My name is Michael, and I am from Berlin." Then, without focusing more on your details, you may talk about your educational background, especially if you are a fresh graduate. Tell your interviewers the name of your school/college/courses/certificates related to the position for which you are applying. You shall also mention the projects you have completed, if any. On the other hand, for freshers, the educational background may be a significant asset, so a line or two on your hobbies may fill the gap. For example, you may speak about co-curricular activities you have pursued. In addition, HR managers are often keen to learn about a candidate's passions since they reflect your personality. Also, don't forget about the strong closing statement. Here, you should explain concisely why you are interested in this job opening and what motivated you to apply for it. You can mention how you think this role aligns with your career goals and that you are ready to take on challenging assignments. Conclude your self-introduction by saying, "Thank you for your time, that's all about me."

Top Points:

  • Always try to maintain an eye-contact with your collocutor.
  • Be logical and straightforward, yet don't simply narrate the content of your resume and cover letter.
  • Avoid falsehoods or exaggeration. The more sincere you are, the more trust between you and the interviewers will develop.
  • Be careful not to take glide much into informality. Life stories are a no-no at this step.
  • Do not ask something like, "what do you want to know?".
  • Use open, professional body language – keep your body relaxed. Nonverbal communication is essential.
  • Don't be afraid to speak up. A solid volume will avoid making people struggle to hear your name and show you confidence.
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Bonus Tip: Be Prepared for Follow-Up Questions

After your introduction, be prepared to answer the tricky follow-up questions. Be ready that HR managers will not only ask you about your professional skills but will also test your honesty and integrity. And the following articles may help you avoid the situation when you are taken unawares:

Wrapping Up

You're likely to have already met thousands of people in your life, and job interviews involve the similar etiquette you use when meeting any new person. So, confidence and a smile will go a long way when introducing yourself. The same goes for preparation. First, research the company beforehand and review the essential skills mentioned in the job description. Then, prepare for the different tricky questions and keep a check on your tone and body language. If you're unsure about that, try recruiting a friend to practice introduction. By the way, the mirror is a great practice tool as well. Good luck!
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praveen r Level 2, CodeGym University in India, India
31 December 2022
thanks