Interview is an interaction between two or more people wherein the interviewer ask questions to the interviewee to get information from him.
Different companies have different rounds of an interview. Typically for any company the first round of an interview is a Personal Introduction Round also know as PIR. This round is a handy tool for the person who is taking an interview to eliminate the candidates as most of us tend to do mistakes while introducing ourselves. This can be avoided by making a conscious effort and a bit of practice. Just make a note of the things mentioned, it will definitely help to improve your chances of getting selected.
Before starting make sure that u take a deep breath and start so as to avoid any voids in between. Remember the old saying “First impression is the best impression.” The interviewer should be able to see the confidence in you the moment you utter your first sentence. Also remember that you are telling something about your own self and no one else would know about you better than you. While speaking don’t sound as if you have mugged everything, let the flow be natural.
Most of the training institutes which train candidates on personality development, have a typical format to teach and all the candidates who take training will speak in the same format. If you have taken any training, just rethink and rewrite a new introduction for yourself.
While introducing yourself don’t go into much details about any unnecessary thing, For example, if you are telling about your graduation, just tell the stream and the year of passing. No need to tell about the percentage you secured and the institute, unless the institute is one of the top in its stream.
Make sure you concentrate more about things like your strengths, hobbies, what you do in your free time etc. so that the person who is taking your interview will get an idea about what kind of a person you are. Try to give examples related to your statements. Don’t try to portrait yourself something which you are not. If you say anything about you which is not true, it will create a problem at a later stage.
Have a look at the sample Personal Introduction:
“Hello, My name is Sandeep, I was born in a village and brought up in Hyderabad. I an MBA from Osmania University with Marketing as the area of specialization. I have 2 years of experience in the field of Marketing. Coming to my family background, it comprises of five members. My father has a small business and my mother is a housewife. I have two younger sisters both of them are pursuing there graduations.
In my free time I love to spend time chatting with friends, listening to music and playing chess. I also like to travel to new places and meet new people, this being one of the reasons to choose marketing as my specialization in MBA.
I am a very fast learner and this really helped me when I joined a software company after completing my MBA. My job responsibility their was into online marketing which requires a lot of technical knowledge. Me being a non technical person had no idea about the stream. But I learned things really fast and picked up the pace faster than people who were from a technical background. My other strengths include positive attitude and I am adaptive to any kind of situation.
That is all I have to say about me at this point of time. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak something about me.”
This was just a small sample of self introduction. You can make changes and add things keeping this as an outline. Prepare your draft of self introduction well before and practice it at least ten times standing in front of a mirror, at the same time make sure that you do not mug it so as to avoid sounding mechanical. All the Best..