The “IT” Factors Your Elevator Speech Needs

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The “IT” Factors Your Elevator Speech Needs

This blog was written by Steph, our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador from Drexel University.

Tell me about yourself. It’s the first question your employer will ask during your internship interview, but has always been one of the hardest for me to answer. What do they want to know? After almost 20 interviews in the past two years, here’s what I’ve learned about how to get past the first interview question and impress your employer:

  • Don’t forget the basics: Make sure to include your major, year and past internships in the first 2 sentences. Even though they have your resume in front of them, it’s still good to highlight the credentials you have right up front.
  • Keep the jargon to a minimum: Instead of telling your employer that you’re hard working, dedicated and detail oriented, give them a specific example of a time when you were dedicated to a group project or previous intern assignment. For example, if you increased your media lists by 15% due to research you initiated, highlight that upfront in your speech. It will have the employer asking more and eliminates the “dedicated, hard working” jargon.
  • End with a personal touch: While the “tell me about yourself” question is asked in a formal interview setting, it’s also a great way to include something personal about yourself. If you like to run 5ks or follow fashion blogs, let them know!