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 http://www.careerealism.com/elevator-speech-tips/

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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