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How to Pitch Yourself

Marina Ruiz, Director of University Relations

“Tell me about yourself,” is one of the most common talking points with future employees and interns. It sounds like a simple question but it definitely can come with a lot of information. This is your time to sell yourself. For starters, do not tell them about your resumé, they most likely have it or will ask for it if interested. Jodi Glickman breaks down the most important parts of this question. 

The Goal of the Pitch: 

The goal is to get yourself to a second conversation, turn your monologue into a dialogue. When introducing yourself the chances of getting hired are slim, so focus on telling them just enough to get engaged to prompt them for a follow-up question. 

The Strategy: 

  1. Start with the destination 
  2. Your backstory 
  3. Connect the dots

Leading with the Destination: 

Look forward, talk about what you want to do and why you are the right person to do it. Ask yourself with every conversation, why am I here? What am I trying to accomplish? Why am I excited?

Your Backstory:

Talk about relevant experience or transferable skills. What is it that you bring to the table? Steer away from reciting your resume; you become the author of your story. 

Connecting the Dots: 

When you know these three points, you don’t have to memorize your pitch, you begin to have a natural dialogue. When your points match up you are selling yourself as a marketable employee.

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