First impressions can play a major role in how an employer perceives you as a candidate. What you say during the first phase of the interview can make a difference in the outcome—in a good way or in a bad way. You don't want to come across as awkward and lacking in social skills. Rather, you'll want to show that you have the professionalism and communication skills to be an asset to the company if hired.
Some hiring managers may even make a decision to reject a candidate based on a poor first impression.
What to Say When You Arrive at the Interview
Be prepared to make a quick introduction to the person who greets you. When you arrive at the interview site, introduce yourself to the receptionist by stating your name and the reason for your visit.
What to Say When You Meet the Hiring Manager
You may have to wait a few minutes for your appointment. Then, you will either be escorted to the interview room. Take the time to introduce yourself so the interviewer knows who you are.
Introducing Yourself at a Video Interview
When you're interviewing via video, be sure to arrive at the meeting slightly early, so you're sure all your technology is in working order. Look directly at the camera, and try to keep your focus on the camera during the interview. That's how you'll make eye contact with your interviewer.
Keep Your Introduction Short and Concise
You'll have an opportunity to introduce yourself on an in-depth basis during the interview. Many hiring managers will start an interview with an open-ended question like "Tell me about yourself." The core of your response should focus on the key elements in your background that will enable you to excel in the job for which you are interviewing.