Learning how to Pitch Yourself in a Job Interview is a Game-changing Employable Skill – These Examples Will Help You Become a Pro
Whether you’re an industry professional or a fresh graduate, the examples and instructions below will help you learn how to pitch yourself in your next job interview.
Learning how to pitch will instantly help you stand out from the crowd. But this can be hard to do without real examples. Whether you’re going for a job in sales, design, marketing or development, learning how to pitch like a pro is a good move for your career.
But if it’s such a great tool, why do so few job hunters actually learn the basics? Pitching is generally thought of as a sales tactic, used to quickly shout your deal to uninterested customers over the phone. But it’s actually a very useful tool across all job roles.
When you learn how to pitch, you’ll be able to confidently ask for what you want. Whether this is at a career’s fair, networking event, phone call or formal interview.
Why Should I Learn how to Pitch?
But it’s the effects that pitching has that are what makes it so powerful. When you learn how to pitch, you learn:
- How to communicate with other professionals.
- Public speaking skills.
- How to come across as confident, informed and employable.
And when you do this, you expand and impress your network.
And these skills are buildable. Before you know it, you’ll be giving expert presentations to strangers with confidence.
You’ll hopefully find yourself on the receiving end of more job offers, too!
How to Pitch in an Interview (with Examples!)
There are lots of different types of pitches, but the job interview elevator pitch is a good place to start. Hopefully the next time you get that dreaded “so tell me about yourself” question, you’ll know how to blow your interviewer away.
1 – Start it Strong
The first sentence of your pitch is make or break. You need to introduce yourself in an informative and engaging way that’s relevant to the situation.
So when you’re in a job interview (or even at a careers fair or professional networking event), you’ll want to lead with your current job title.
“Hi, I’m Daisy and I’m the Content Marketing Executive at DigitalGrads.”
If you’re still looking for your big break, don’t worry, you can still impress.
“Hi, I’m Daisy and I’m a First Class University of Reading graduate with experience in editorial and journalism roles.”
- Firstly, remember to say hello!
- Then move onto your name.
- Lead with your most relevant experience.
- Keep your language simple – the last thing you want to do is confuse your interviewer.
- Your introduction needs to answer two questions: who you are and what you do.
2 – Go into Some Detail
Next you want to add some spice. Include some more detail about what you’re good at.
This section of your pitch will highlight the skills that you can bring to the role, so talk big.
This part of the pitch is essential for your job interview, so be sure to really adapt these examples to your circumstances!
“Even though I manage email marketing and social campaigns, I specialise in SEO and content creation. I use my passion for writing to create blogs, resources and case studies, boosting our visibility year-on-year.”
And if you’re lacking in the experience department, the same rules apply.
“Throughout my degree, I managed content creation efforts for the university newspaper sports column while consistently researching and writing articles for a local newspaper.”
- Even if you’ve not got all that much experience, it’s important to focus on your solid skills and experience over soft skills.
- Try to be factual and punchy!
3 – Finish Strong
So you’ve introduced yourself and your most relevant skills and experiences… what’s missing?
You need to finish strong with a call to action.
A call to action makes someone do something. On a website, it might make you sign up. In an interview pitch, it hopefully scores you the job and gets you a callback.
This is the section of the pitch that focuses on your ‘why’. Why are you here? Why are you pitching yourself to this person? Why did you apply for the role?
“I’ve been looking for my next opportunity for some time and really believe it’s with your company. I’ve always been excited about the ways that corporate communications can bring a community together and I would love to bring my content creation and management skills to this position.”
This section might be the hardest to write and say because it will change in every single situation you’re in. It’s important to know your why before you go into every interview so you can really impress here.
- Bring it back to the company and the job you’re trying to get.
- Highlight your personal interest in a niche aspect of the role – this will help you seem genuinely excited about the position.
Our Finished Interview Pitch Examples
“Hi, I’m Daisy and I’m the Content Marketing Executive at DigitalGrads.Even though I manage email marketing and social campaigns, I specialise in SEO and content creation. I use my passion for writing to create blogs, resources and case studies, boosting our visibility year-on-year. I’ve been looking for my next opportunity for some time and really believe it’s with your company. I’ve always been excited about the ways that corporate communications can bring a community together and I would love to bring my content creation and management skills to this position.”
“Hi, I’m Daisy and I’m a First Class University of Reading graduate with experience in editorial and journalism roles. Throughout my degree, I managed content creation efforts for the university newspaper sports column while consistently researching and writing articles for a local newspaper. I’ve been looking for my next opportunity for some time and really believe it’s with your company. I’ve always been excited about the ways that corporate communications can bring a community together and I would love to bring my content creation and management skills to this position.”
How to Give a Perfect Pitch
But unfortunately, it’s not just about getting the words right.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll find talking to strangers really difficult. These are some common mistakes (most of which I’ve made) to look out for. And some handy tips for getting it right the first time!
1 – Take a Deep Breath
So the biggest mistake I’ve made while presenting was about my breathing.
I was dreading the thought of giving my mini-speech, so when it came down to it, I wanted it over – fast. I ended up speaking at a really weird rate, all while running out of breath.
This made me go red in the face and get even more nervous than before.
So I would recommend taking the time to breathe like a normal person. Speak at a regular volume, pace and take your normal pauses.
2 – Practice it all
I’d also seriously recommend running through the whole pitch as many times as you can. Say it to your mirror, to your mum, record yourself and play it back. Upload it to your DigitalGrads profile (hey, two birds with one stone right?)
You need to get to the point where these words feel normal coming out of your mouth. You want to regurgitate these with no notes and no struggles.
3 – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
And when it comes to your big moment – your time to really show your stuff – and something goes wrong?
Whether you stutter, say something in the wrong order or forget to say the first section of your pitch, it’s not the end of the world. In interviews, never be ashamed of laughing at yourself and asking for a do-over.
If anything, it will make you seem more friendly to your interviewer.
It’s no biggie! You’ve got this.
Pitching is a skill. Like all skills, you’re going to need to practice if you want to get it perfect.
Luckily, we’ve got some training to help you with that. Our Essential Business Skills Training will help you learn how to present yourself to your dream tech industry employer!
I hope these pitch examples and instructions will have you well on your way to impressing at your next job interview! Good luck!