The first minutes of a job / internship interview are the most important to you as well as to the recruiter to get a first impression about you. The interview generally begins, after some ice-breaking, with one of those famous first questions: tell me about yourself? Why are you here? Could you present yourself?
The recruiter then will keep silence for some minutes, looking at you and listening to what you have got to say. No interruptions, question will be kept to later, only looking and noticing what you are going to tell.
In the meantime, this part of the interview could be your strength-point, if you had prepared it already. This part is called “The Elevator Pitch” (inspired of the short time of silence spent when you use the elevator with some unknown people), that means how can you impress in such a short period of time?
The speech you are going to tell should of course be structured, smooth, and with a strategy. This is an example of a typical strategy that could be adopted and that I personally developed ( 3W: who, what, why) in a former post:
The whole elevator pitch speech should not exceed 3 to 4 minutes, otherwise it’s will be make the recruiter bored, especially with your stress of the beginning. Try not to fall in repeating your CV (a typical mistake) and don’t forget to make a good conclusion like re-mentioning why you applied to this position. That’s a good hand-up to the recruiter to set him a start point, where he should begin.
PS: Here is a standard definition of what an “Elevator Pitch” is:
An elevator pitch is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition.
The name reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes. The term itself comes from a scenario of an accidental meeting with someone important in the elevator. If the conversation inside the elevator in those few seconds is interesting and value adding, the conversation will continue after the elevator ride or end in exchange of business card or a scheduled meeting.