5 steps to conquering interview presentations
It’s becoming increasingly common for our candidates to be asked to present as part of the interview process. Presenting during interview might be a foreign concept to you, but don’t be thrown off by it or let your nerves get the better of you. This is actually the perfect opportunity for you to showcase more of your personality, experience and skills.
It’s very unlikely that you’ll be asked to present during the interview without prior warning. You will usually be told exactly how long you’ll be expected to talk for and on what topic. If you’re not properly briefed on this then it’s not unreasonable to ask; nor is it unreasonable to ask whether a projector/screen will be available, as this will have a bearing on how you approach the presentation.
Think about what those present in the room are going to be looking for. Usually they’re assessing three main things:
• Creativity and knowledge:the content of your presentation, your aptitude for problem solving and how you have used your experience to answer the brief
• Communication skills:your ability to engage with an audience, build rapport and trust
• Time management:your capacity to manage and adapt the pace of the presentation based on frequency of questions/interruptions – so that it finishes on time
Here’s some best practice advice on making a lasting impression – for the right reasons. Read more