It can be hard knowing where to start when being tasked with creating a presentation to deliver in an interview, but it is a very common ask from a lot of companies, so is something you need to be prepared for. Here are a few basics we’ve put together that should be simple to execute but have a great effect on the success of your presentation.
Have a focus from the beginning, whether it is a point you’re trying to prove, a question you’re trying to answer or experience you’re trying to showcase, keep coming back to your original focus. If there is something you wanted to discuss but doesn’t link to your focus, leave it out – make sure everything is relevant.
Layout & Content
One of our number one pieces of advice for creating a presentation is to keep it simple. You don’t want to be showing cluttered pages, keep it to a few main points allowing yourself plenty to elaborate on, also ensuring you are not just reading from a slide.
Listen to what your recruiter says about your interviewer, the likelihood is they’ll know them on a personal basis and will able to give you a real insight into what they will be looking for. It’s also a good idea to look them up on social media, see their background and see what they’re interested in, then you can try to sculpt your presentation around this.
This is something that can only be perfected with practise. Practise in front of the mirror, to friends or family, which ever works for you, just make sure you have prepared. Another really helpful exercise is thinking about all the possible questions your audience could ask you (within reason!), prepare answers for these and practise those too! That way nothing can phase you.
Seal of Approval
Why not send your presentation over to your recruiter? They will be happy to receive it and see all your hard work. They’ll also be able to give you really useful constructive criticism (if any is needed) and help you to make your presentation even better!
As long as you have prepared you should be able to walk into your presentation with confidence, which is essential. Try and relax so you can show who you really are as well as delivering a wonderful presentation. After all, the most important thing for the interviewer is being able to see who you really are.
If you are stuck with a presentation, feel free to forward us what you’ve got or give us a call for some advice – we’re always here to help! In the mean time, why not check out our infographic with our Top Tips For Acing An Interview.
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