Your Key to Interview Success By: Peter Fisher
Job Interview – Self Introduction – First Question – Tell me about yourself.
Example of a good answer: Start off with a quick summary, then offer to give examples to back it up, cover your education and experience, including your achievements, then offer to give some examples. Always give the interviewer an opportunity to break in with a new question at the end of each example (by using a pause or even asking: “Would you like another example?”).
If this is your very first job, It is a good strategy to talk about your academics, projects, certifications, any part work experience, internships, competitions and end the question with talking about your core competencies ….
Once you have been invited to an interview you must get ready to create the image of someone they will surely want to hire above all other job applicants.
Yes, they should have read your resume and cover letter you sent in, but that only gave them enough for them to want to see you in person. Now you are going to meet the hiring manager in person, you have a one-off make or break opportunity to get them to see you as the only person they want to employ.
As you know, interviewers will often rely heavily on their first impressions, to the extent that the interview becomes merely a confirmation of that first impression, either good or bad. So if self-introduction is your key to interview success, the first and most important aim is to create a positive first impression.
Everybody has an opinion as to how you do that:
- look ‘em in the eye
- give ‘em a firm handshake
- speak up and don’t mumble
- know your stuff
All good ideas, but what do you actually do and what do you say?