To help you navigate the process, we’ll start by identifying best practices when introducing yourself, followed by examples and tips.
When you first enter the building where your job interview will take place, you may need to check in with reception.
If there’s a bit of silence, don’t be afraid to lead with your own elevator pitch that quickly summarizes your professional background and interest in the job.
Here’s an example that someone applying for a Graphic Design position might use: “I’m a graphic designer with over five years of experience specializing in creating beautiful, unique website experiences that make users’ time with a brand more enjoyable.
It’s good etiquette to avoid taking out your phone to pass the time while you wait.
If you’re seated, place your arms on the armrests or in your lap.
After you’ve had some time to process and review your interview notes, remember to send timely follow-up notes to your interviewers, whether that be via email or handwritten.
Sometimes recruiters don’t give out interviewer emails, so be sure to ask for their business card or ask the recruiter if they can pass a thank you message to the interviewer.
Being prepared ahead of time can help calm your nerves, so do some research on the company and, if possible, your interviewers.
This will help guide the rest of the conversation, set you up to answer questions intelligently and ask solid, informed questions of your own.