When it comes to job interviews, one of the most difficult parts is making a strong, solid introduction.
After all, you know that first impressions are everything, and you wanna be remembered in a really good way.
In today's video, you'll learn how to introduce yourself in an interview in three simple steps, and what you can do to make a lasting first impression so that you can secure the ultimate job offer.
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How you introduce yourself in an interview can either get things going in the right direction or can totally sabotage you.
So before I jump into the three simple steps to introduce yourself in an interview, there's a couple things to keep in mind.
First, make sure you arrive to your interview ahead of schedule.
If you're even a few minutes late, this is going to throw off your entire focus.
It will throw off your energy.
Your head won't be in the right place, and you won't be able to answer questions properly because you'll be so focused on the fact that you were late to your interview.
So plan your schedule ahead of time.
The day before your interview, map out your destination.
Figure out how long it's going to take you to get to the interview.
Plan to be there early, and plan for any unforeseen circumstances such as traffic or childcare issues.
And if it's a phone interview, make sure you get to your spot early.
And here's the cool thing, I have a video that will walk you through exactly how to make your phone interview a success.
I'll go ahead and link that video below, and you can take a look at it as soon as you're done with this one.
The second thing to keep in mind before we jump into our three simple steps to make an introduction is to learn as much as you can about the company before you go into the interview.
Do your research to find out what the company's biggest problems are.
What are their pain points, and what are they looking for in an ideal candidate?
Go into your interview prepared to tell the interviewer why you are the best fit for the position and how you can help them solve some of their biggest pain points.
A little bit of research can go a long way.
So let's jump into the three simple steps to introduce yourself in an interview.
Step number one is to keep your introduction short and simple.
When it comes to introductions, you might feel like you have to share everything so that the interviewer can get a sense of who you are, when in fact the opposite is true.
Your interviewer doesn't need all the details, at least not right now.
You'll have plenty of time later on in your interview to discuss more of the details in depth.
When you first meet your interviewer, you can say something like, "Hello, I'm Heather Austin.
"I'm excited to be here to meet with you about the position."
Or you could even just say, "Hello, I'm Heather Austin."
"It's nice to meet you."
Don't overthink this part.
Just be yourself.
The second step to introduce yourself in an interview is to highlight your qualification(s).
When you're introducing yourself in an interview, your main focus needs to be on your qualifications.
What makes you an ideal fit for the position?
An easy way to do this is to narrow in on your most important career accomplishments, and then top that off with what makes you so unique.
Why are you the best fit for the position over everyone else that might be applying?
You can include in your introduction some of the largest problems you've solved, or some of the contributions you've made in the past.
With the focus on your qualifications, what makes you unique, and your problem-solving abilities, create a career story that paints a better picture for your interviewer of who you are.
So here's an example of what you could say.
"I'm a business analyst with over eight years of experience designing innovative business systems to help organizations streamline their approach to gathering important documentation and analyzing business needs."
"I hope to make an impact in the areas of management and team leadership."
Now you can use this sample response as a starting off point and customize it with your own information.
Now one of the questions you're likely to get asked during your interview is "tell me about yourself."
This is a catch-all question that interviewers like to ask to get a sense of your personality and how you'll fit within the organization.
I have the video that I created just about this question.
I'll go ahead and link that video below, and you can take a look at that as soon as you're done with this one.
The third step to introduce yourself in an interview is to be prepared for follow-up questions.
Follow-up questions are a great sign that your interviewer is interested in learning more about you.
So be prepared to give more in-depth examples of your background and your experience.
One of the ways interviewers like to ask follow-up questions is by using behavioral or situational-based questions.
Now these questions are very open-ended, and it might sound something like: "Can you tell me more about the time that you did X, Y and Z?"
Or: "Can you tell me about a time that you used your skills and your talents in the areas of X, Y, Z?"
Be able to share examples and stories surrounding your greatest accomplishments and some of the largest problems that you've solved.
This will make your responses more natural and will help you better get your point across.
Now to help you better tackle behavioral interview questions, take a look at the video I made right here where you'll learn two simple steps to answer any behavioral interview question.
I'll also link the video below.
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