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How to introduce yourself in an interview and make a great first impression

Have you ever fumbled your introduction at a job interview? Making a great first impression is critical. The way you introduce yourself can set the tone for the rest of the conversation and leave a lasting impression on the interviewer. In this article, we'll cover how you can get started on the right foot.

The easiest way to begin formulating your introduction is to use your professional summary statement as a springboard. This should highlight your most relevant skills and experience, so is a powerful way to frame your introduction and capture the interviewer's attention.

For example, if your professional summary statement emphasises your expertise in project management, you could begin your interview by saying something like: "If you're a seasoned project manager like me, you know that leading cross-functional teams, managing budgets, and delivering successful projects on time and within budget are essential to achieving business goals. With over 5 years of experience in project management, I've honed my skills in these areas and I'm confident that I can bring this expertise to your team. Let me tell you more about my experience and how it can help drive success for your organisation."

See what he's done there? Using his professional summary statement in his introduction like this established credibility and expertise right from the start. It can also help steer the conversation towards your strengths and qualifications for the job.

So, starting with your professional summary statement, now polish your introduction by:

  1. Prepare in advance: Take some time to think about how you want to introduce yourself. Write down a brief summary of your background, skills, and accomplishments that you can deliver in 30-60 seconds. Practice your introduction until it feels natural and comfortable.

  2. Be concise: Keep your introduction brief and to the point. Focus on the most important aspects of your experience and skills that are relevant to the position you're interviewing for.

  3. Use a friendly, confident tone: Smile, make eye contact, and use a friendly tone of voice when introducing yourself. This can help put the interviewer at ease and create a positive connection between you.

  4. Highlight your strengths: Use your introduction to highlight your unique strengths and qualifications for the job. Emphasise how your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate for the role.

  5. Be authentic: Don't try to be someone you're not in your introduction. Be yourself and let your personality shine through. This can help the interviewer get a sense of who you are as a person and whether you'd be a good fit for the company culture.

Here's three standout examples we've come across recently. I hope they spark some ideas for you! (*I've changed the names)

Executive Assistant:

"Hi, I'm Sarah*, it's great to meet you. I've over 8 years experience as an Executive Assistant supporting senior executives. Through this time I've had the opportunity to develop my organisational, communication and problem-solving skills to a really high standard. I'm confident that my experience and skills align well with the requirements of this position and I'm excited to discuss how I can contribute to your team."

Senior Manager:

"Hello, my name is Jessica* and it's a pleasure to meet you. As a Senior Manager with over 12 years of experience in operations and team management, I know what it takes to drive business growth and build cohesive teams. I'm confident that my leadership, strategic thinking and analytical skills can add significant value to your organisation, and I'm excited to learn more about this opportunity."

HR Manager:

"Thanks for inviting me in today, my name's Luke* and I'm excited about this role. As an HR Manager with over 10 years of experience in talent acquisition, employee engagement, and performance management, I understand the importance of creating a positive work culture and building strong teams. I'm looking forward to talking about how my expertise in HR strategy, compliance and employee relations can support the growth of your company."

The way you introduce yourself is just the beginning of the interview process. But by taking the time to prepare and deliver a confident, professional introduction, you can set the stage for a successful interview and increase your chances of landing the job. First impressions matter!

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