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Question :

How can I make a better self-introduction at a job interview? I have been working for 15 years in banking. I don’t know how to structure and summarize all the things I’ve done in 3 minutes. I don’t want to just repeat what I’ve put on my resume. What should I include and how could I present myself to make an impressive introduction?
 

Posted by Anna on Sunday, 05 Jan 2014

Comments :

Fraser Douglas - Career Doctor

Posted Tuesday 21st January 2014 07:28:00 AM

 

Dear Anna, Thank you for your question. I think we can break this down in many ways but fundamental to success at interview is demonstrating your suitability and appetite for the role while also building rapport with the interviewer. Let’s look at each of these in turn and see how it informs your self-introduction. You need to summarise your 15 years of experience into something which is brief and relevant to the role you are interviewing for. If you really want to impress, take the time in advance to think about your suitability and the journey you have been on to arrive at this point. So why are you there and why are you suitable? You should go into this in detail on your resume, editing your CV accordingly to emphasise your most relevant achievements, you should then briefly summarise these as part of your introduction. You will notice I mentioned achievements; this isn’t the time to speak subjectively about your abilities but to give accurate data related to your successes. Don’t just list your career and experience chronologically but think of tangible, professional achievements that make you the right hire. For example, if you’re interviewing for a sales role, speak about revenues you have generated or new clients you have brought in and if you’re interviewing for an administrative role talk about cost savings or efficiencies you have generated. The interviewer should be able to follow your logic and see why you have the relevant skills and experience for the role. This then links into discussing why you are interested, which in turn helps you build rapport. Interviewers are basically looking for three things: Do you have the experience? Will you commit? Can they work with you? Your introduction therefore also needs to also encompass why you want the role, don’t speak negatively about your current employer, don’t mention pay but summarise why you are interested in their company and in that role. Make sure you have do some research in advance and can clearly outline your reasoning. By talking positively about their firm, you will start to develop rapport with the interviewer as everyone like to hear positive comments and aspirations about the business they work for. I hope this helps and good luck interviewing!

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