Danielle Skuy is a second year Commerce student who was a finalist in last year’s You’re Hired Interview Competition. As a first year student participating in the competition, Danielle was diligent in her preparation and offers some advice on how to prepare an elevator pitch for the second round of the competition:
“Memorize your elevator pitch, then practice in the mirror and try to make your memorized pitch sound conversational so you do not sound like a broken record. Remember to be yourself; I loved giving the elevator pitches and I loved making the judges laugh. ”
Beyond reaching the final round and participating in a live interview with representatives from Scotiabank, Danielle claims the experience she had during the Interview Competition was something that helped her secure her first co-op work term:
“I think a large part of the reason that I got the first co-op position I interviewed for is because of how the Interview Competition prepared me. Once you interview for a job in front of a room of people while being filmed, regular interviews are a breeze.”
Danielle also offered some encouraging advice to students who are unsure if they should register for this year’s competition:
“Compete! You are going to spend the rest of your life interviewing, but you will not always get the chance to receive constructive feedback. It was so much fun and learning how to interview truly is a learned skill that takes practice. My advice is to go for it- especially if you are in your first year. It is excellent practice for co-op interviews.”
Visit dal.ca/mcs for more information on how to apply to the 10th Anniversary You’re Hired Interview Competition. Registration closes on January 9th!