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What is the best self introduction in interview for experienced lecturer job?

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 Without being able to ask the questioner further questions about this particular scenario, I’m going to make the assumption that the question refers to an interviewee for a position of Experienced Lecturer where the person is asked the age old question of “Tell us about yourself?”

On the surface, this looks like a fairly simple question. In reality, it is probably one of the most challenging ones that you will encounter in a job interview.

Let’s look at it in levels. On one level, the interviewer(s) are assessing your response to the question. They are looking to see if you have the right blend of experience and skills to solve their problem. If they are interviewing to fill a position, they obviously have a problem i.e. a vacancy to fill. They may also have to justify to their higher ups, why they chose to hire you … or not.

In my part of the world, actually getting called in for an interview is like winning a lottery and something to celebrate. However, to win the prize, you have to answer skill testing questions. The prize of course being the job that you are after. Your resume was likely the ticket that got you to the interview. Now you have to convince the interviewee that you can actually do what you say you can do on your resume.

On a different level i.e. the interviewer’s ‘tell us about yourself’ question is designed for several purposes. In this scenario, that of applying for an experienced lecturer job, you are being assessed as to how you handle the question. Are you calm, cool and collected or are you nervous and apprehensive? Does this particular question throw you and you aren’t able to answer it? This question is about talking about yourself. In some ways, it may the easiest question. After all, you are talking about yourself. If you can’t talk about that subject, then who can? The questions may get even more challenging from this point on. If I was hiring an experience lecturer I would be looking for someone who is comfortable in answering the questions. I would be looking for someone who really looks like they want to take on the job because they enjoy lecturing, not somebody who appears to be desperate for a job.

Self-confidence can be contagious. If you exude confidence, your interviewers will notice it.

Now, let’s look at this question from the interviewee’s or job applicant’s perspective. This is a perfect opportunity to promote or market yourself. Many people have a problem doing this though. I’m not sure if cultural backgrounds come in to play or not. Many of us have been taught from an early age not to talk about yourself as it is bragging and nobody likes a braggart. I believe that it was Walt Whitman, American Cowboy Poet who said “If you done it, it ain’t bragging!”

If you were delivering an elevator pitch to a group of business people you would craft it around your USP (Universal Sales Proposition). While you wouldn’t likely think that you are pitching yourself in a job interview, you are trying to highlight and demonstrate why you are the best applicant for the job. This means that you have to do some advance preparation on this question. What do you want them to know about you? What accomplishments do you have either as an individual or a team? Both are important, as employers are looking for team players as well as independents. If you are applying for a specific type or topic of lecturing, this would be a good time to demonstrate your advanced knowledge on the subject.

Here are some suggestions that may not be obvious to everyone.

1. Dress for success. People do ‘judge a book by its cover’. If you don’t dress appropriately, based on their standards or organizational culture, they will make assumptions about you. You want those assumptions to be favourable ones.

2. Your answer to the question “Tell us about yourself?” should be crafted as you would any other speech. It should have an opening to attract the interviewer’s attention. It should have a body, which is the content section. Here you provide details and examples of why you are the best person for the job. You should also end with a strong conclusion. One way might be to summarize your main points as to, once again, why you are the best applicant for the job. I would suggest ending with a strong call for action e.g. “when I take on the experienced lecturer position, here’s what I will bring to the role…”

3. You are being assessed from the moment you walk into the interview room until you leave. Walk in with confidence. Offer your hand to shake with all of the applicants. Greet them in a manner that you are comfortable with and appropriate for the situation.

4. Upon completion of the interview, remember that you are still being assessed. Even if the interview didn’t go exactly the way you hoped, leave a final lasting positive impression. It could work out that all of the other applicants didn’t do as well as you thought you did.

Power Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly! written by Rae Stonehouse. In my book Power Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly!, while not specifically targeted at job searchers, it does provide practical advice on researching job opportunities, how to answer some interview questions and how to self-promote.

Good luck with your interview!










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Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

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