How to Sell Yourself in a 60 Second Interview

A 60-second introduction is enough time to give a recruiter or hiring manager enough information about you to pique her interest. It's often called an "elevator pitch," because it's as short as an elevator ride. Naturally, 60 seconds isn't enough time for a complete interview or to give a full overview of your qualifications, but, it's an effective prelude to the conversation about your qualifications. Use a four-step method to sell yourself in a 1-minute self-introduction video or encounter:

  1. Welcome the introduction
  2. Summarize who you are, what you do and what you're seeking
  3. Solidify contact
  4. Say "thank you" verbally and in writing

Welcome the Introduction

Say something complimentary about the person's reputation or his company, but don't overdo it. Starting with a positive statement can immediately engage the listener and capture his interest. For a self-introduction example, you could say, "It's a pleasure meeting you, Mr. Smith. I'm a faithful reader of your Harvard Business Review column. Your business advice is spot-on. I've long admired XYZ Company and would welcome the chance to visit with you about management opportunities."

Summarize Yourself

Segue into a statement about yourself, striking a balance between modesty and confidence, says eAge Tutor. Avoid giving any kind of chronology of your career – you don't have time for that. Tell the person where you're currently employed or the field in which you're seeking employment. For example, you might say, "I've been the leading salesperson with ABC Corp. for seven years, and I'm now ready to transition into a leadership role so I can put my MBA to use. I see XYZ Company recently posted a sales manager opening."

Solidify Contact

Suggest a way to establish contact with the person, such as exchanging business cards or asking if she would take a look at your resume. For example, say, "I'd like to visit with you about career opportunities at XYZ Company. Let's exchange cards?" or "I'm diligently searching for opportunities and have copies of my resume. I'd like to give you one to review." Alternatively, you could say, "Here is my personal card, it has the URL for my resume and contact information. I'd love for you to take a look at my qualifications." Have your materials prepared, because a 1 minute self-introduction sample may be hard to judge someone by alone. According to LiveCareer, a call-to-action within your elevator pitch is important for effectiveness.

Saying Thank You

Express appreciation for the person's time. Be genuine about it and offer a firm handshake with a statement that you're looking forward to talking to him again soon. Follow up with a written thank-you note that says you enjoyed meeting him and that you would welcome the opportunity to explore opportunities at his company.

When you attend professional networking events where it's likely that you'll meet prospective employers, always take several copies of your resume. Having them on hand is a sign that you're diligent about your job search and prepared at all times.

Practice this type of elevator-speech introduction so that you can say it smoothly as you pass along your resume.