The Ultimate Job Interview Contest

Watch the Finale

And the
winner is...

1st Place

Nicole Smith
“Atlanta is a place where I can truly make a lasting impact. By choosing Atlanta, I get to live a city life with every professional opportunity right in front of me.”

2nd Place

AJ Wilson

“I am a product of metro Atlanta and love this city with all my heart... I have seen this city grow, I know where this city is headed and I know I can help it get there effectively.”

3rd Place

Gayla Robbins

“Atlanta is a city for anyone and everyone. The progressiveness and inclusiveness that Atlanta boasts alone is a reason to call Atlanta home.”

Cash Prizes

1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place


Each of the top three finalists will receive:

  • An all expenses paid trip to Atlanta to interview with 5 top executives
  • A VIP dinner with local leaders
  • A helicopter ride above Atlanta
  • The chance to compete in front of a live audience for the top prize of $10,000

Meet the Finalist Judges

Marian Pittman
“Relationships matter in good times and in tough times. Invest in relationships and always be authentic.”
Steve Koonin
“Bring your real self to work every day.”
Hala Moddelmog
“Step out of your comfort zone, affirm your own competence, and embrace the power of risk.”
Kathryn Finney
Jeffrey Martín

Meet the Semifinalist Judges

Brett Oliver
“Quiet all of the meaningless noise from tv and news, and instead pick up a book to expand your perspective and understanding of the world.”
Bill Kaelin
“Find something that you love and commit yourself to it regardless of the extra mile you have to go to get there.”
Greg Abel
“It’s not easy, but work hard to discover and define your own voice and stick with it.”
Anna Ruth Williams
“As technology speeds forward, it's more important than ever to keep your chops wet and constantly learn.”
Jenny Jang
“When the foundation outlined in these principals is properly laid, then building a career you are passionate about will be much easier.”
Tami McQueen
“In driving innovative ideas, fail fast, fall forward, and practice being comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”
Jennifer Stanford Johnson
“Speak up, ask a lot of questions, and follow your gut.”
Jason Carter

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ultimate Job Interview?

The Ultimate Job Interview is a contest for college students and recent graduates who are looking to make their mark in Atlanta. Contestants enter by submitting a 90-second video on why Atlanta is a place where people can make their mark. Once the video has been submitted, entrants will share their video to secure votes. The top 10 entrants receiving the most votes will become semifinalists and have the opportunity to give a five-minute pitch presentation, virtually, to a panel of judges to tell why they should be hired and how they will make their mark in Atlanta. After the five-minute pitch presentations, judges will select three finalists. These finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to interview with five top Atlanta executives before a live audience. The finale event will air on WSB-TV at the end of January.

Who is eligible for this contest?

This contest is open only to legal U.S. residents, over the age of 18. Employees of The Metro Atlanta Chamber (along with its contractors, affiliates and subsidiaries) and their families are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law. Contestants residing in those areas where the contest is void may participate in the contest, but may not win any prizes.

What are the important dates for the contest?

September 1, 2016: Contest Opens For Entries
October 17, 2016: Public Voting Begins
November 15, 2016: Semifinalists Announced
December 7, 2016: Finalists Announced
Finale Event TBD

How will the winner be selected?

Representatives from ChooseATL and sponsor organizations will serve as judges and rate the semifinalists based on the quality, creativity and originality of their submissions along with their presentation skills and the content presented during their five-minute pitch. The three finalists will be selected from this pool of Semifinalists. Our panel of five top Atlanta executives will rate and judge finalists based on their performance during the finalists’ challenge and in-person presentations during the finale event. All decisions of the judges are final.