what is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch is a 15- to-30-second spotlight moment during an interview that explains to people who you are, what you do and what kind of position you’re seeking. The idea is that you can deliver your pitch to someone in the amount of time it will take an elevator to get you both where you're going.

back it up.

This is your time to shine and show them you know your ‘stuff’. Fill your pitch with clear work examples and express why you’re the one for the job. This helps you hit all the right buttons by letting the employer know you’re prepared, driven, and experienced.

Research the company you’re interviewing for, hit up their social media channels and make sure you ask them questions about the company and role.


No, we don’t mean for you to go and kiss the person you’re pitching to but what we do mean is that you Keep It Short and Sweet. Experts say 100 to 200 words is ideal, or four to five sentences.

The reason most people opt for taking the lift instead of the stairs is because they have somewhere to be quickly. They usually wouldn’t want to listen to someone ramble on.

Keep your pitch to the point and expand on points when you’re asked for details - this means they’re interested and the interruption to your pitch is welcomed!

End your pitch with something memorable. Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer questions as this will make you seem that you are interested in the role and that you have come prepared to your interview.

you do you.

Let your personality come through. Yes, they want you to hit the right buttons as they want to know you have the skills but they also want to know if you will be a fit for the team. Try not to be too rehearsed or robotic - make sure you add a personal spin and mention what you do in your spare time.