How to Make a Good Self-introduction?
For candidates, a self-introduction is to show your personal advantages in the career, which is directly related to your first impressions to others and the smoothness of future contacts. At the same time, it is also a means of knowing oneself. When introducing yourself, it is vital to bring out bright spots about you in order to attract your interviewer.
Interviewer can quickly get a first impression of you during your simple self-introduction through your clothing, looks, expressions and actions, etc. Also, they can easily get a rough understanding on how much you understand the industry, as well as how is your ability to organize language, to think logically and critically, and to communicate, hence evaluating whether you have satisfied their requirements or not.
Purpose of Self-introduction
Self-introduction in different types of interviews serve different purposes. For example, in a recruitment interview, the purpose of a self-introduction is to make the recruiter understand three major problems of the job-seeker:
What are you doing now (should emphasize different aspects in common);
What are you going to do in the future (stressed to be specific and reasonable);
What have you done in the past (should be consistent or coherent with the future)
And it’s also important to figure out the purpose of the interviewer when requiring you to introduce yourself. Common expectations include:
First, to check whether the self-introduction content conflicts your resume, therefore testing whether you are honest and sincere for the job.
Second, to examine your logical thinking ability, language expression ability, as well as the ability to induct and deduct information.
Third, to examine your initial self-cognitive ability and major values, which are often betrayed through your statements of the reasons for your job changing.
Steps and Tips for Self-introduction
To put it simply, you should follow a three-step self-introduction process: know-understand-appreciate. Usually, most ordinary-level self-introduction can only reach the first two levels. To make an impressive and excellent self-introduction, you should try your best to reach all the three levels.
First, politely make a very brief opening statement to all the interviewers. If the interviewer is paying attention to something else, wait a moment, wait until the interviewer concentrates on you.
Second, manage time efficiently. If you set the time for self-introduction, pay attention to the length of time. Generally you can prepare two versions of self-introductions in advance: one for 1 minute, and the other 3 minutes, since these two time limits are most common to see.
Third, design the content of self-introduction. Minor information like your name or work experience are usually already covered in your resume. So focus on your competitive advantages, work reflections, and the results of previous work to prove that you can work well on this position.
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