Sample presentation for an interview

Self-presentation in the interview: example, content, structure

Self-presentation structure and content ✓ Patterns and examples ✓ Work out your own motivation ✓ Prepare exactly how ✓

  • What is the content of your self-presentation (SP)?

  • How do you illustrate your strong self-motivation and above-average drive?

  • Which SP structure makes sense for job interviews, telephone interviews or assessment centers?

  • And which selected attitudinal arguments make your audience sit up and take notice?

Here you can get detailed examples, samples and hundreds of formulations for your self-presentation:

German SP, three detailed examples, different occupational fields:




1. Interview and self-presentation: structure

Why you? With your self-presentation you give the answer to the central question in the application process: "Why should we hire you?"

Always in the center: This question is sometimes expressed directly, but there are also paraphrases for it. These are, for example: "Would you please briefly introduce yourself to the group?" Or "Could you briefly summarize your career for us?"

Structure: You can divide your self-presentation in terms of attitude arguments into three to four sections.

  • Part 1: We generally recommend starting with the current tasks in your current position.

  • Section 2: Then - briefly - go into your previous position, especially if you have completed tasks there that you should also work on in the new position.

  • Section 3: Then - also very briefly - the basis of your professional development, for example a degree, vocational training or current advanced training, could follow.

  • Section 4: And then your self-presentation ends with a short final summary (section 4).




2. Formulations for self-presentation

Unfamiliar self-portrayal: Most people find it difficult to present their own skills, knowledge and successes in a success-oriented manner, including managers. This is because hardly anyone is used to talking about themselves.

When do formulations sound clearly exaggerated? And when do applicants possibly sell their extensive wealth of experience below their value?

From the application practice: To solve these problems, you can use descriptive phrases in your self-presentation, for example:

  • "At my current employer, I am responsible for ..., ... and ...." Or

  • "In my current position as ... I am responsible for ..., ... and ...." Or

  • “My current tasks include ..., ... and .... But I also represented a colleague for a longer period of time and am therefore also familiar with ... and ... "or

  • "I was ... always very interested, that's why I worked into the program with the support of colleagues ... and now I also use it frequently."

Further formulations: A comprehensive selection of descriptive formulations that you can use for your self-presentation in job interviews is also available in our e-learning interview. The sample formulations listed there come directly from our application coaching, give you specific suggestions and help you with your self-presentation.




3. More impact with action words and key terms

Future tasks: After you have got to know the first useful formulations for your self-presentation, you are probably wondering how you can fill the placeholders in the example sentences with content. Here we recommend that you use keywords and key terms from your future work area.

Present power of action in words: Suitable keywords and key terms can be found in the respective job advertisement of the company. These are both future activities from day-to-day business and special project tasks.

More impact in conversation: Get used to explaining your professional skills and knowledge using descriptive language and appropriate catchwords and key terms. You will find that you can argue with a high density of information.




4. Drive: That motivates you every day

Executives are successful in interviews when they not only talk about what they do or have done, but also about what they like to do.

Self motivation: Basically, we recommend that a professional self-portrayal is only given a well-measured amount of emotions. Too strong emotions, regardless of whether they are positive or negative, may distract the decision-makers on the company side from the key points of your professional profile.

Your drive is convincing: But executives cannot be completely without enthusiasm and passion. Make it clear in your self-presentation,

  • how to motivate yourself for your daily work,

  • how to successfully prepare employees for new challenges,

  • which past successes have inspired you and

  • which goals you absolutely want to achieve in the future for the new employer.

Knowledge and enthusiasm: In our coaching in particular, we always make sure to work out the right balance between the necessary factual information about one's own career and future professional goals and the emotions that are inextricably linked with it, i.e. the inner drive and the enthusiasm to be shown to the outside.




5. Selected: Successes in self-presentation

Success in numbers: In order for you to become a professional when it comes to communicating success, you should point out suitable successes in the presentation of your professional career. Applicants who can refer to numbers here have a clear advantage.

This applies to increasing market shares, unit numbers, profit, sales or reducing returns, quality defects, reminder and dunning procedures and costs.

Statements: But even non-quantifiable successes make your self-presentation more shiny. For example, "The outsourcing of routine engineering tasks to external service providers meant that my department was able to concentrate on product improvements."

If you would like further suggestions, examples of complete self-presentations and specific formulations for your self-presentation, we recommend our innovative e-learning courses for self-presentation. Only with us with reference to special professional fields.