Job Interviews: Delivering Your Pitch

For every job interview, you should develop a pitch that is optimized for the particular position. A good pitch effectively summarizes your best and most relevant points. It makes you appear like an impressive candidate. A good pitch will also gain the hiring manager’s attention. It will make them want to know more about you.

Do you already have a pitch ready for your upcoming job interview? If not, then read on as we discuss the steps to craft an effective pitch that will attract your potential employer.

Write everything down

List down the qualities that make you a very good candidate. Write down your character traits, special achievements, top skills, industry expertise, educational attainment, and career goals. At this stage, don’t concern yourself with the job description. Not yet. Just get those thoughts flowing. Once you complete that list, then it’s time to move on to the next step in interview preparation.

Have a clear idea

The second step is where you should develop a clear idea of what kind of message you want to convey in your pitch. Study the job description and figure out the kind of person that they are looking for. And then, use that to filter your list of qualifications. Determine which achievements and qualifications best show your strengths and abilities with regards to the job. Ask yourself, what message do I want to send? Yes, you want to show them that you are great. But you have to be more specific. Ask yourself: do I want to show them that I’m a potential leader? Do I want to show them that I’m innovative in achieving results? Do I want to show them that I’m a committed team player? You cannot craft a great pitch if you don’t know what you want to achieve with it.

Organize your thoughts

Next, it’s time to organize your thoughts. Figure out the best way to communicate the message that you want. Some people begin by talking about how they started out in their careers, while there are others who begin by talking about their goals for the future. It’s up to you. Just remember a few things. First, be concise. Your hiring manager does not have all the time in the world to listen to your life story. See to it that you focus on the most important points. Second, back up your claims. If you say that you are results-driven, then make sure you give an example of a situation where you have exhibited that trait.

Practice your pitch

Have you finished preparing your pitch? Great! It’s now time to practice your delivery. It is not necessary to memorize a pitch word per word. You can just use an outline. Besides, you’re talking about your own experiences and skills so there’s no need to memorize entire paragraphs. Practice in front of a mirror. Speak with eagerness. Remember, no matter how good your pitch is, it will be useless if you deliver it like a robot. Add some life. Add some confidence. And don’t forget to smile.