Interview Presentation Tips
Some job roles may require you to deliver a presentation on a specific topic set by the hiring company as part of the interview process. They test the employee on public speaking skills, the ability to stay calm under pressure, and of course the knowledge on the topic being presented. Read our tips below to make sure you succeed if you’ve been asked to present in an interview.
- Plan what you need to do. It often helps to create a structure for your presentation about what you want to talk about.
- Ensure that you have an especially captivating introduction and conclusion, which are arguably the most important parts of a presentation.
- Have a clear message and direction. Presentations are communication based tasks after all, so make sure you are clear in what you are trying to put across.
- Use PowerPoint to create a visually pleasing presentation by using images and limiting the amount of words you place on each slide (you should be elaborating verbally on your slides). Other platforms you could use to create a presentation include Microsoft Sway and Prezi.
- Ensure you practice your presentation, ideally in-front of other people. This will not only make you more confident when you do present, but it will also ensure your presentation is timed right (generally, you should account for roughly 2 minutes per slide, dependent on the content).
- Expect an FAQ at the end of the presentation. Be prepared to elaborate and have a conversation about your topic.
- Utilise your nerves. Many people get nervous before public speaking, and it is one of the most common fears in the world. Even famous individuals such as Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, and Winston Churchill got nervous before public speaking. Accept that it is normal to be nervous and use that energy to show passion to your audience. Hiring managers would expect you to be nervous in this kind of situation.