Giving a good elevator speech provides someone with two things, it tells them that you can think on your feet, and understand the needs of the job and company you're interviewing for. Read through the following tips and you'll see what we mean.
Hesitating or stammering through your speech will give the impression that you lack awareness both of yourself. Memorize an opening statement that you can deliver quickly and confidently.
Keep it short.
We believe your first response should be no longer than a TV commercial: 30 seconds. If the interviewer wants you to go into more detail about a particular point, he/she will ask.
Make it all about them.
Remember, you're there to sell yourself as the answer to their problem: which candidate will be the biggest asset to their company. Information about your childhood, family and leisure activities is not relevant to that mission.
Explain HOW you are the answer to their problem.
Highlight your strengths and accomplishments that will help you excel on the job (team player, self-starter, disciplined, creative, etc.).
This formula for a great elevator, whether you have a 30-year job history behind you, or you're just starting out, or you're switching career tracks. Show the interviewer why your character, not just your skill set, will add value to the team, and you'll take a giant step toward a job offer.