“Tell me about yourself” or “introduce yourself” or any other similar phrase asked to present ourselves in front of a few officials, sometimes makes us feel like we are some sort of product who have been placed around a bunch of people to impress them with our impeccable words.
Unfortunately, this is the most common question that all of us face or will face at least once in our career. These self-introductory questions are asked by almost all the interviewers, before providing any type of job, that we have to answer flawlessly to acquire a place in their organisation.
If you are struggling to deal with the same question, this article has probably brought to you some solutions for how to ace a job interview. The main idea behind this question is that the questioner gets a sense of your personality and confidence.
It also helps the interviewer to take a quick decision on whether you are suitable for the job or not or how fit are you for the organisation. Practically, what could be easier than talking about yourself?
Yet people often get nervous or confused when they are asked to introduce themselves in an interview because they don’t know an appropriate answer to this. Only one thing that can be definitely said is that there is no definite answer to this common question.
It varies from person to person, depending on their work experience, achievements, type of job, etc. Maybe you are the most suited candidate among all but getting a job is directly dependent upon your performance in the interview.
Whenever you ask some experienced person about their interview and their tips on the same, you will get to hear most of these sentences from a number of people:
- Dress professionally
- First impression is the last impression
- Always keep a smile on your face
- Be confident
- Carry a well- crafted resume
- Maintain eye contact
- Be honest, etc.
No doubt, you must keep the above instructions in mind but these are the basic things that every individual knows by now, you have to be different from others to get selected.
Nobody can ever be entirely prepared for an interview however you should be prepared in advance as much as possible. Before moving on to the introduction, you must keep in mind about your appearance and behaviour.
At first sight, you are being judged on the basis of your attire and how you hold yourself. Hence, you must dress sharply and must be gentle in your behavior to deliver a positive impact on your interviewer even at your first sight.
Given below are a few guidelines that you must follow to increase your chance of getting appointed in a company or any other job you are applying for:
Begin with greeting and mentioning your full name – Always start with a “Good morning”, “Good afternoon” or “Good evening” wish with a smile on your face and do not stutter between them by looking into your watch.
Have a look at your watch before popping in to the interview room because it will show a reflection of your confidence and will be a good start.
On the other hand, if you start anything with stammering or confusion, it will not only leave a bad first impression on your executive but will also make you hesitant hereafter.
Keep it short and simple – Do not vomit everything at once immediately after you enter the room. Begin with a short introduction that includes your full name (i.e., your first, middle and sur-name), your educational background and your previous work background.
Now, let the interviewer ask you more questions, so that you have things in your mind to tell him more about yourself later on.
For a fresher- Good morning Sir/Ma’am, I am Naitik Roy Choudhary. I am an engineering graduate specialised in Electronics and Communication Engineering with an overall GPA of 8.7 …
For people with experience- Good afternoon Sir/Ma’am, my name is Sanya Verma. I have been working as an Admin Assistant to the General Manager for over 5 years …
Highlight your qualifications- The most appropriate thing to add in your bio is your qualifications, so don’t forget to highlight them.
As soon as you mention your qualifications, you ensure the employer that you are eligible enough to apply for the post. If you were good in your academics, then mention your grades or GPA.
It will give a positive impact on the interviewer about your sincerity towards your work.
Share your experience and work background– Share your previous experiences and performance. You can also narrate a short anecdote based on how you dealt with a client or a situation in your past.
But narrate this only when you are asked a question relevant to the situation. Blabbering about irrelevant things will reduce your chance of getting in there.
Include your achievements, awards and certification- If you have previously won any competition or have been awarded for anything, you can add them in your short introduction. Suppose, you have been felicitated with an award for an overall excellence in your academics and co-curricular activities, mention this in your bio undoubtedly.
This will act as an additional benefit apart from your other achievements, will enhance your intro and this may even help in securing your job. Also, if you feel some of your hobbies or talents are not directly related to the job yet it can leave a good impact on the evaluator, feel free to share them.
Mention your new skills, courses and internships – Apart from academics, if you have learnt some new skills or completed some new courses, do not forget to mention them. A student or a fresher, who doesn’t have much past experience or achievements to show, can definitely use this point to highlight his extra efforts.
Applicants with internships in their respective fields can gain an extra point and will be preferable over others who have applied.
Nowadays, there are a lot of online courses like soft skills, business communications, web development, graphic designing, etc available on the internet that saves your time as well as provide you a certificate on completion.
You can join a new online course relevant to your career and add it in your CV.
Why are you applying and why should you be hired? – This is the second most common question asked after you are done with your introduction. Always prepare an answer for this question beforehand.
You cannot simply say that you wanted a job and you’re qualified for this job so “hire me”. You have to show some enthusiasm regarding the job you’re applying for. There is crowd out there, competing for this position. Hence, you will have to prove how are you better than the others and why should they choose you.
Don’t be a robot while speaking- If they wanted a robot, they would not sit in front of you to hire a human, right?
So, be a human, be natural and expressive in your speech as well as your body language. Keep your speech crisp to avoid any yawning faces in front of you, because they are humans and they have to deal with a good number of candidates before and after you.
Don’t make a monologue or brag too much about yourself- Remember, you have come for an interview and not an elocution competition where as soon as you are asked to introduce yourself, you start to give a long monotonous monologue.
Also, avoid flaunting about yourself and don’t ever use superlatives. For example, “Hi, I am Ramesh Gupta, a graduate from XYZ college. I was the best speaker of my college and no one could ever beat me in oratory.”
None of the employers want to hire an over-confident or an over-smart employee because they won’t be an asset to the company.
Do not elaborate about too much about your family- Don’t emphasize more on your family background until the questioner asks about them because usually, he is more bothered about your work background like projects and internships you’ve done in the past rather than your family background because it won’t be of much use to them or the company.
Simply saying, “My family has 3 members, my mother is a homemaker while father is a retired college professor” will be enough.
Don’t learn a speech on introduction- It should look natural while you speak, hence avoid learning anything by heart. You can prepare some key points beforehand and elaborate them in the meantime. You can even take a practice session with a family member or a friend before the interview. You can also practise in front of a mirror.
Be comfortable and count it as a learning experience- Don’t get tensed about your interview. Everyone tells you to be confident, but I think being comfortable is more important.
Once you’ll find your comfort, your confidence will automatically boost up. However, avoid being too comfortable as well because you need to act like a professional at the same time.
Just relax and take it as a learning experience because opportunities keep coming, so what if you couldn’t ace one interview? there are many more opportunities to come and this experience will definitely help you in future.
Good Morning, Sir/Ma’am. I am Natasha Kejriwal from Bangalore. I am pursuing B. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from SSM College of Engineering, Bangalore with an aggregate of 9.5 GPA.
I know JAVA, C++, C and am currently learning Python. I have received an award of excellence for academics in my college in the year 2018-2019. I have completed my +2 from Delhi Public School, Bangalore and secured 98% in CBSE.
I’ve done internships at XYZ Company in July 2018 and in ABC organisations in June -July 2019. I am interested in Software Development and have represented my college in State level Hackathon. I have four members in my family and I am the youngest daughter.
That is all about me. Thank you.
[At the end of the interview, don’t forget to thank the interviewers. You can use statements like- ‘Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity.’]