Helpful Tips

30 Second Elevator Pitch

  • Your 30 second elevator pitch will be used in your cover letters and when you are networking. It is also going to prepare you to answer the dreaded question, “Tell me about yourself…” keeping in mind the following when creating your Elevator Pitch:
  • Who you are addressing
  • What is important to this person
  • Who your competitors are
  • What do you offer that others do not

You are not trying to tell your life story. You are stressing the benefits you can offer this person.

WHAT I KNOW TO BE TRUE… You never get a second chance at a first impression. Your 30 second pitch is the foundation for your job search.

Your 30 second pitch should answer these questions:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What are you doing these days
  • Where do you work
  • What kind of job are you looking for

Whether you are the Interviewer trying to Evaluate an Applicant or an Interviewee Trying to Practice before your big interview, HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL:

  • Tell me about a time when you were asked to do something you had never done before. How did you react and what did you learn? (Hiring managers say adaptability is the most important soft skill they screen for.)
  • What are the three things that are most important to you in a job? (Candidates who share the same beliefs and values as an organization, but also bring diversity of thought and experience will drive a company forward.)
  • Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How did you handle interactions with that person? (People who can collaborate effectively and work well with others are essential to a company’s success.)
  • Tell me about the last time something significant didn’t go according to plan at work. What was your proposed solution and what was the outcome? (Organizations are looking for people who are able to adapt.)
  • Recall a time when your manager was unavailable when a problem arose. How did you handle the situation? With whom did you consult?(Employees who can do the job now have the potential to grow into leadership positions at a company.)
  • Tell me about a time when you had to juggle several projects at the same time. How did you organize your time and what was the result? (People who can manage their time and prioritize effectively will help a business thrive.)