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How to Properly Introduce Yourself at a Job Interview

They've seen it all, so never mind trying to dazzle them. Be yourself and learn to properly introduce yourself at a job interview using these common sense approaches.


  • Step 1: Show some energy and interest in the company and the job. Act professionally without appearing forced in your conversation.
  • TIP: Enunciate clearly enough to be understood. Nervousness and bad speech habits result in the same thing -- they won't get the information they need to hire you.
  • Step 2: Make eye contact, project, and avoid stammering or trying to fill silences. This is your time -- enjoy it.
  • FACT: The ratio of unemployed persons per job opening in the United States by early 2010 reached nearly 12-to-1 in manufacturing and 37-to-1 in construction.
  • Step 3: Remain standing until your host invites you verbally, or with a motion, to sit.
  • Step 4: Shake hands firmly when introduced, greeting the interviewer pleasantly by name, and give yours. Be natural and think of the interview as a conversation between soon-to-be good friends.
  • TIP: Research online stories and facts about the organization, and make lists of relevant experiences you have that would fit their profile.
  • Step 5: Arrive as much as 15 minutes early. If you got a ride to the interview, have them wait in the car until you're done.
  • Step 6: Introduce yourself in a confident way to the receptionist, who also deserves your best manners. Be sure you know the full name of the person you're meeting with, to avoid embarrassment.
  • Step 7: Prepare yourself and bring extra copies of your resume, work samples, and a portfolio, if appropriate. Bring a reference list and personal appointment book. You want to introduce yourself as a serious candidate.

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