Introducing yourself is always awkward. How exactly do you greet others and tell them a little about yourself? Do you just say hello? Do you smile and wave?
It can be hard to figure out, both in casual and professional contexts. Here’s a quick guide that covers the do’s and don’ts of introducing yourself in a variety of different situations.
When your boss just scheduled a meeting in the big conference room, you know you’re about to meet some new people. And they are likely people who you want to make a good impression upon. So it’s time to flex your professional introduction skills.
So how do you introduce yourself to fellow coworkers, executives, partners, and higher-ups in the company?
Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Explain more than your title.
Don’t just introduce yourself as Mark the Program Specialist. Talk about how you contribute to the team and how you can bring your skills to the table to help the business out with its projects.
2. A smile and a nod go a long way.
Always smile when speaking. It gives off a good impression and lets recruiters know that you are engaged and enthusiastic.
Job Interview Introductions
Job interviews are also a part of a professional environment, but since you don’t know any of the people yet, and you don’t even know if you will be working there yet, it is best to be as polite as possible. There are certain ways you can introduce yourself that will make a lasting impression and boost your chances of getting hired.
1. Maintain good body language.
Always look people in the eye when they are speaking to you, and when you are speaking to them. This can help you stay alert and professional, and it silently lets the recruiters know that you are very interested in the conversation.
2. Greet everybody.
Greet everyone you meet, from the receptionist to the hiring manager. Not only will these people possible be your coworkers, but it’s also good to show that you can be polite and cordial. People want you to get involved with the company, so approach people with a smile to let them know that you are happy to be there.
3. Call the interviewer by name.
Your recruiter will introduce themselves to you, and it’s important that you remember their name. Bringing it up later in conversation can show that you have been paying attention. Forming a personal connection with the interviewer is always a good idea so you can make a good impression.
4. Work on your handshake!
Make sure your handshake isn’t too weak. A firm grip shows steadiness and confidence. You don’t want to overdo it by crushing them, but don’t be afraid to go in for a nice hearty handshake. This is a common-place form of greeting in the professional world, and it’s good to practice these little mannerisms beforehand. They can really add up to make a big difference on your first impression!