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The 7 Second Challenge | How to sell yourself in 7 seconds

Jessica Tabinor Candidate Advice

How to sell yourself in 7 seconds
It is believed that on average, hiring managers spend just 7 seconds reviewing a CV. But how long does it take for interviewers to form an impression in an interview? Could you summarise your skills and experience in just 7 seconds? It is unlikely that you would be asked to do this task in an interview but it’s definitely something to think about and it is an excellent tactic to have up your sleeve.

Morson shares some top tips on how to sell yourself in 7 seconds. Take the 7 second challenge …
 
MAKE IT UNIQUE
 
With the limited time, you pretty much have one sentence that you can fit into your pitch. It needs to be interesting and unique and something that will give a lasting impression. 
 
MAKE IT PERSONAL
 
There’s absolutely no point reiterating what is already written on your application or CV, you need to make this statement personal. You could maybe tailor your pitch to revolve around something that you have learnt in life that you can bring to the workplace.
 
KEEP IT CONCISE
 
7 seconds really isn’t a lot of time. Make sure you are fully aware of your time restriction and don’t miss out any important lines because you’ve accidentally run over at the beginning.
 
THE KEY AREAS TO COVER ARE…
 
If you brainstorm the following points initially, you can then break it down and refine it for your pitch
  • How you define yourself.
  • What benefit can you bring the company?
  • What results can you deliver?
 
USEFUL TIPS AND TRICKS
 
  • When creating and practising your pitch it’s really important to time yourself.
  • Pitch it to friends and colleagues to get their opinion. 
  • Tell a story and remember to keep it interesting!
  • Eliminate the jargon, keep it to the point.
  • Record yourself on video to practice your delivery.
     
Stay tuned for a video where some of our recruiters put these tips to the test…
 

If you would like tips on how to write a CV, personal statement or cover letter click here. You can also register your CV and create your candidate profile to begin your job search with Morson.