Interview tips: Do you have an elevator pitch?

Know how to respond to the question — Tell me about yourself.

Woman in Group Interview

Have answers ready for questions you anticipate may be difficult to answer.

You are in an interview, and the interviewer invariably starts out with, “Tell me about yourself.”  Are you prepared with your elevator pitch?

What is an elevator pitch?

Your elevator pitch is the 30–40-second speech that sums up who you are, what you do and why you’d be a perfect candidate for the job.

Is an elevator pitch only useful at a job interview?

You should be prepared to deliver your elevator pitch at any moment, not only at a job interview but anytime…in line at the coffee shop, at the gym, and yes – even in an elevator. In other words, you can offer it whenever you come in contact with someone who might just be able to help you land that perfect position.

How do you create a great elevator pitch?

First, it takes thought, so don’t expect it to take just a few minutes. Forbes has a great article, with nine steps, to help you create the right elevator pitch. Check out The Perfect Elevator Pitch To Land A Job.

Learn more about preparing for your job interview.

Learn more about all the aspects of interview preparation. Check out the Interview Tips on our website.

You will be glad you took the time to prepare.

Best of luck in the pursuit of your career.

Mark Glickman

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