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Asked by Connor on July 14, 2016

Hi I'm a senior who will be entering the pharmaceutical industry and trying to come up with an elevator pitch about myself that can be used in interviews and conversation. What information should I include and do you think there is a certain organization to the pitch that is best?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on July 18, 2016

Awesome question! It crosses all industries and is a skill everyone should cultivate. Your elevator pitch is 3 things: 30 seconds. What's your skill? What's your ask?

Now let's break it out. 30 seconds, because that is likely all you need (and have) to make an impression. Attention spans are short, opportunities are fleeting so practice your pitch and get it dialed in.

What's your skill? This can be the thing you offer the company you're after, the work you have been doing or the successes you've had in your field. What are your major assets? Craft them into words you can deliver quickly and confidently to leave an impression of your personal brand. What are your strengths or the things people have commended you on in your career (college or workforce)? Outside people can sometimes see our strengths better than we can, if you're having trouble pinning this down, ask!

What's your ask? You need to be able to talk about what you'd like to see happen next. Do you want a job? Do you need a door opened, so a contact? Do you want an information interview? Not sure on the ask? This can also be a time to talk about your motivations...I want to help do __________. I am inspired to pursue this field because of _________. These are great impression making statements.

Now try it out on some soft audiences! Be prepared to pitch differently to different people. You've got this!

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Answered by Aliyah, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, on July 25, 2016

The above answer is great. My one advice is to remember, who are you as a brand? How are you different from the next pharmaceutical candidate? The standard answer of just your skills are good but also include something positive or transferable skill that makes you, well you!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on August 4, 2016

Way to think ahead! Your elevator pitch should be no more than a 60 second speech to summarize who you are, your experience/accomplishments and why you would be a great fit for their company. Make sure you do your homework before interviews/events so you are knowledgeable about their industry. You also want to make sure you are clear on exactly what you are looking for and your goals. This is a time to impress your future employer or open doors through contacts. Best of luck!

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