An interview is a chance for your potential employer to fully assess your abilities, potential and confidence it’s no surprise. Interview presentation allows you to share your public speaking skills, knowledge of a specific topic, ability to stay calm under pressure, and more. And this is a good thing!
Interviews can be nerve-wracking enough, from making sure your body language doesn’t put off the interviewer to rehearsing common questions, there’s a lot of preparation to do. If that wasn’t scary enough, some employers now demand you do a presentation as part of the interview process. It’s time to read some handy hints.
Create First Impressions That lasts forever
When you meet your interviewer for the first time, you make an impression, which can either work in your favour. Your greeting should evoke a positive reaction from your interviewer and set the tone for the conversation. Introduce yourself, followed by a pleasantry. Make eye contact with the interviewer to demonstrate your sincerity. Smile warmly and extend your right hand. Grasp the interviewer’s hand palm-to-palm. Release the person’s hand as soon as the verbal introductions are complete.
Appearance is everything
Attire is the reflection of your personality, Confidence and Behaviour, so for the big day from head to toe should reflect impeccable grooming. Your hair, collar, tie/scarf and other accessories should be a reflection of the quality person you are. To be marketable in business today, your image is as important as what you know. You must “fit in.” Things to be kept in Mind while readying for interview:
- Keep it conservative
- Do not wear cologne or perfume
- It feels like a uniform because it is a uniform
- Be aware of all details (the shine on your shoes, nail polish chips, etc.)
- Hairs should be combed well and should be away from the face.
- Shoes should be darker than the suit and be at least a one inch heel
- Keep accessories to a minimum
- Choose one; handbag or briefcase not both
- A briefcase or portfolio containing the note pad, two erasable pens, Extra resumes, and reference sheets, Letters of recommendation (if applicable), Educational transcripts and Work samples (if applicable).
Tools for Success
- Arrive a few minutes early
- Remember the names of the hiring team
- Body Image
- Use good posture
- Lean forward while listening and answering questions
- Hands above board
- Make eye contact
- Speak with confidence
- Pronounce your words properly and speak clearly and concisely
- Project your voice so that you are heard
- Prepare for the questions
- Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question
- Answer the questions you’re asked as best you can, and ask whether you answered sufficiently if you’re unsure
- Pause if you need time to think
- Send a thank-you note or email as soon as possible that addresses specific and relevant issues you discussed during the interview
- It’s okay to be little nervous
- Research The organization
- Be your most authentic professional self
Presentations in Interview
It is increasingly common to be asked to do a presentation as part of an interview. However, these presentations often have several important distinctions from others. Fortunately, as long as you know what to expect, you can plan accordingly and make sure that your presentation is remembered for all the right reasons.
How to structure a presentation
Structure is the most important thing to get right if you want to keep the interviewer’s attention. But the good news is, it can be fairly simple to do. The key thing is not to waffle on. Write the presentation out, learn it and time it. Unless they tell you otherwise, a job interview presentation shouldn’t last more than 10 minutes. Think outside the box for presentation topic.
Start with a basic opening: Give a brief overview of what the presentation is about.
Elaborate: Follow it up with the main points of the topic you’re talking about. Divide this into numbered points to give the presentation structure. Avoid repetition of data figures and facts
End: Finish off with a short summary and conclude concisely.
How to Elegantly End
The most attractive gifts are typically wrapped in gift paper, you should wrap the interview in a way that the interviewer will see you as a good candidate. Finally, once you say “Well… that is all the questions I need to ask” and thank the hiring staff for the interview; you could get up confidently, shake hands and leave the room. How we end the interview session can be unique, but each word we say should strongly describe our unique values and qualifications.
Above all, remember that you will be at your best if you are relaxed and confident.
This is hard in any interview situation, but you are testing whether you want to work there as much as they are assessing you. Be yourself, as much in the presentation as in the interview itself. Focus on presenting you: your ideas, your plans. You will then have the best chance of getting the job if it is the right job for you