What is an Elevator Pitch?

With the Career Fair coming up, there’s no better time than now to start preparing! There are many reasons why you should go the Collegiate Career Fair, but how do you prepare?  Other than being sure to have your resume reviewed, the next step is crucial – the elevator pitch.

The elevator pitch is your answer to the question asked by nearly every employer: “Can you tell me a little about yourself?” This is your opportunity to talk briefly (under 1 minute) about yourself and the qualifications you have for the job. Think about it like this: if you were in an elevator with the hiring person from your dream job, what would you say to that person to make them interested in hearing more about you?

There are some key components of a good elevator pitch. You want to include some general information such as how you have demonstrated leadership, past jobs/internships, and what you can bring to the organization. An elevator pitch is not the time to tell someone how many pets you have, your favorite hobby, or what you do on the weekends. That kind of information is irrelevant to the employer, because they really want to know your qualifications.

So here are some quick tips for your elevator pitch:

  • Provide a brief background of your interests that apply to that particular job
  • Show appreciation/familiarity with the company
  • State past experiences and skills that relate to that job
  • Be concise, 30 seconds to 1 minute is ideal for your delivery
  • PRACTICE! This is the employers first impression of you so be prepared (but don’t make it sounds rehearsed)
  • If you need more help, here is a helpful example

Lastly, be confident while being yourself! If you use these tips you’re sure to impress and potentially land the internship or job. For more help and advice, get in touch with Career Development at careerdevelopment@capital.edu or stop in during our drop in hours for any kind of career-related help you need!



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