How to Prepare for an Interview Presentation
Good graduate employers will have a thorough recruitment process.
They want to make sure that you’re the right person for the job and that the job is the right fit for you, too. At the end of the day, happy employees are productive employees!
So, this means that they are exploring various methods of screening graduates, one of these being getting them to do an interview presentation.
If you’ve been asked to do an interview presentation in support of your application for a graduate job, here’s what you need to know…
What Employers Learn from an Interview Presentation
When you’re asked to do an interview presentation, there is a good rationale behind it – they’re not just trying to put you on the spot!
Here’s what a potential employer can find out about you, simply from watching you do a presentation:
- How well you perform under pressure
- The strength of your communication skills
- Whether or not you can complete a task to a brief and follow instructions
- Your level of confidence
- How much you want the job – preparation says it all!
- If you can influence others
- How high your work standards are
- What your personality is like
See, there’s more to an interview presentation than meets the eye. Graduate employers can really gauge whether or not you would fit in with the company and do the role well – all from one exercise.
How to impress during your presentation
Acing your interview presentation relies on three ‘hows’ being done well: how you prepare for it, how well you practice and how you deliver it.
1) The Planning
Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. It’s an old cliché but it’s not wrong!
An interview presentation isn’t something you can do off the cuff; it takes thorough preparation to get it right.
Your first step should be to gather all of the information that you need. What are the requirements for the presentation? Keep them handy so that you can refer to them and make sure that you tick all the boxes as you go.
Then it’s time to research!
Your research is what will make your interview presentation credible and show the interviewer that you know your stuff.
Ensure that you gain a full understanding of your presentation topic so you can talk about it confidently and answer any questions you may be asked.
2) The Practice
Once you’ve become an expert on the subject of your presentation, create your cue cards and slideshow, if you are using one. After that, it’s essential to practice; this will really make a difference during your interview.
Do a couple of ‘test runs’, maybe even get a friend, family member or even better an expert coach to listen in and offer their feedback.
That being said, try not to learn a script – a more natural sounding presentation is a winning presentation.
Practice will help you feel more confident when it comes to the real thing! It’s also a good opportunity to see if you need to refresh your memory for certain sections and adjust your timing, if necessary.
3) The Delivery
Now, it’s showtime! Yes, it’s likely that you may feel anxious or nervous before your interview presentation, it’s totally normal if you do.
However, the interviewer will want to see your confidence shine, so even if you’re nervous on the inside, on the outside you need to show calm confidence.
Speak clearly, make eye contact and maintain good body language. Even if the content of your presentation is spot on, if you mumble your way through it, staring at a script whilst slouching, you’re unlikely to impress.
Keep things professional but don’t forget to let your personality come across – the interviewer wants to get to know you.
Try to make a connection with your audience and give them the opportunity to ask you questions.
Interview Presentations: Not So Scary After All
As you can see, impressing a potential employer with your interview presentation isn’t as tricky as you may have thought.