Elevator Speech

You step into the career fair and make your way toward a representative from the top-ranked company on your job-search list. What can you say and do during the next 60 seconds to make this recruiter want to explore hiring you?

Hit them with your one-minute introduction!

Check out our Career Cast podcast on elevator speeches.


Follow the formula – Use the following formula to build your 60-second introduction:

  • Name
  • Class (senior, junior, sophomore)
  • Major
  • Opportunities that you are seeking
  • Relevant experience (work, internship, volunteer work)
  • Highlights of skills and strengths
  • Knowledge of the company

Tailor your introduction to each employer you approach based on research and knowledge of each company. (Here’s where to start: Get a list of employers attending the career fair from your career center, and check out their websites for information about products, services, and opportunities.)

Practice to perfection  – Practice your introduction so that you can move on to the important next step—the interview. Add positive nonverbal communications—eye contact, facial expressions, body language, and posture. Practice with a mirror, a friend, and/or a career services staff member.

Ask a great question –  Next, make yourself memorable by asking a question about the company. (These questions are based on information you’ve found in your research.)

  • “Could you tell me more about the new (product) you are developing?”
  • “Could you tell me more about your financial management training program?”
  • “What type of projects do your interns work on?”

Avoid the following:

  • Asking what the company does;
  • Asking if the company has any jobs; and
  • When asked what type of position you are seeking, saying you would be willing to do anything at the company.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.