How many times have you heard somebody ask you what your elevator speech is? Isn’t that annoying? Who cares? How often am I ACTUALLY going to end up on the elevator with the decision maker whose opinion or approval I need? Probably not very often. It is a good idea in concept and one that cannot be ignored due mainly to the nature of the interaction. If you DID happen to end up on the elevator at the right time… you darn well better be ready.
Now, consider this. You have thirty seconds to explain your values, and why they might make you the best hire this year for your choice of companies. And it could be in front of recruiters constantly. Let’s take the elevator our of elevator speech. (Maybe it’s already out there and I am unaware. If so, please comment and let me know – I would love to check it out.)
It’s not all that far-fetched. And it might be at your fingertips sooner than you think. So start testing your webcam and public speaking skills asap. This is the interview before the interview and it could just be the thing that gets you in the door. Consider it your personal value proposition. But it’s not based on trainable skills and crafty wording about your sketchy past experience. It’s values based and it matters.