Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Friday, October 9, 2015
Great Question! This would be the time to do your elevator speech. You want to have a 1-2 minute speech ready to go at any time that highlights how you got to where you are and where you would like to go in the future. Make sure that you have this ready to go for an interview or a coincidental run in with your CEO. I have some pointers for you on this.
-Pay attention to your voice inflection. You need to be authentically excited about your career. If you are not, a recruiter won’t be excited about moving you forward.
-Don’t sound like you are reading off a script. The trick of having an elevator speech is making it sound like it’s the first time you have ever said it. In reality you will have practiced it many times. A tip on this would be to start in a different spot, or to switch up one or two things each time.
-Highlight the positive things. Do not focus on negative aspects on your career or on yourself during your elevator speech. Definitely don’t speak negatively about previous co-workers, supervisors, or companies.
-Have several different speeches ready. One that is all encompassing, one that focuses on your past and one that focuses on your future. That way you are ready to go no matter how the question is asked.
I wish you all the best!