An elevator pitch or speech is a 30-60 second overview of your background and career interests, named for the amount of time you would spend riding an elevator up an office building.  It is a great opportunity to make a valuable first impression.  Can you deliver your value in such a concise manner?  Here are 10 tips to help make your elevator speech professional and well-delivered:
  1. You have to “get” what is unique about you.
  2. It has to roll off your tongue.
  3. One sentence is usually enough.
  4. Your second word should be a verb.
  5. You have to believe it.
  6. Give it attitude.
  7. Smile.
  8. Shut up.
  9. Leave them wanting more.
  10. Have a few Elevator Speeches in your toolkit.
Learn more about each one at

Need help creating your elevator pitch?  Contact the MSOE Career Services Office today.
David Walsh

Phone Interview Tips

Posted by David Walsh Jun 4, 2012

As you pursue full-time, part-time and internship opportunities, it’s likely you will be faced with remote interviewing techniques such as phone interviews*. Phone interviews are similar to in-person interviews, but have their own unique challenges. These tips will help you master the phone interview and move on to the next round!

Phone Interview Tips

  • Dress in the same attire as through you were going to an in-person interview.
  • Make sure your interview location is free from distractions or other noise, close doors if necessary and turn off other phones (cell phones, pagers, PDA, iPod).
  • Keep a copy of your resume and other interview materials in front of you.
  • Have a writing tool and paper ready for notes.
  • If interviewing with more than one person over the phone, write the names of each interviewer on your notepad. This will help you visualize responding to the interview team.
  • If possible, turn off call waiting.
  • Practice with a friend or family member. Have someone call you and ask you interview questions over the phone.
  • Speak clearly and confidently.
  • Take your time. Don’t rush your answers.

*In addition to phone interviews, you are highly encouraged to utilize Montage Talent. Montage Talent allows you to conduct live video conference interviews with a webcam.

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