Ashley Stahl discusses how we should talk about ourselves during a job interview. “The average human attention span today is five seconds, so not only do you need a strong elevator pitch, you also need it to hook the interviewer’s attention from the outset. That’s just about all the time you have before her mind starts wandering to her next meeting, her inbox or her lunch plans.”
Stahl suggests three steps:
– Tell a story: “Try referencing a time when your potential was recognized in the workplace, and talk about how that specific incident relates back to your talents and interest in the position at hand.”
– Make it about them, too
– Keep it short and sweet: “I recommend aiming for between 60 and 90 seconds in a job or informational interview, and 20 seconds when you’re in a networking environment.”