This is what the experts have to say.
We all want to walk into the interview ready to nail the first impression and receive that coveted job offer at the end. But do you know how to do that? It’s simple: You need a job-winning elevator pitch. You do need to put some thought and creativity into it, but once you do that, it’s as simple as being yourself and talking to your interviewer.
So, what exactly is an elevator pitch? Well, it’s the statement that you use to sell yourself to prospective employers during the interview. Lasting roughly between 15 and 45 seconds, your pitch is the quick and concise explanation for why you are the right candidate for the position, showcasing your achievements and personality. Now, of course, your interviewer isn’t going to ask for your elevator pitch outright. Instead, expect to use it to answer questions like “Why should we hire you?” or “Tell me about yourself.”
Great — but how do you do it well? Instead of having myself write a long, detailed article, why don’t I let these HR and recruiting experts fill you in?
“Interviewers are looking for candidates to be direct and to the point. Candidates should have the knowledge of what the interviewer is looking for based on their recruiter or from the job description they were given or saw online. It is essential for candidates to point out examples of the work they have done that matches what the client is looking for. You have to be concise and stay on message – just talking for the sake of talking won’t help you.” — Tom McGee, VP & General Manager, Lucas Group