You have secured yourself a final stage interview and now you need to pull together a presentation to get you over the line. Ensure you have considered the following within your preparation and delivery:
There are several different formats that you could utilise as a part of putting together your presentation, the most obvious of these would be PowerPoint, an easy to use way of pulling together information into a slide-show format. Alternatives to these include Prezi or Keynote as well as others. Deviating from PowerPoint may, on occasion, offer compatibility issues that you would want to avoid.
Unless your interview is for a role reliant on putting together PowerPoint presentations, often, the best designs are the simplest. Try not to go overboard with clip art or animations which will ultimately distract the interviewer from your content. A simple animation which adds some life to your presentation is “fade” where text will appear and can be in a certain order should you wish to hide certain things until you are ready to deliver. Avoid using animations such as “Fly In” or “Bounce” which are too distracting for the purpose.
Aim to keep the theme of your presentation consistent in your use of colour or layout, again to keep focus on what you are saying. Often a good base for the theme of your presentation is the company’s branding, you will normally be able to find the company logo through Google Image Search, then use a default theme on PowerPoint but amend the colours to be in line with branding.
Having a visually appealing presentation means nothing if you haven’t fully considered your brief. A common brief might be: “Consider your business plan over your first 30/60/90 days in the role” or a variation thereof. What you will be looking to achieve is evidencing your understanding of the job, relating your objectives to the original job description all while showing that you have a reasonable time frame in which you would do things.
Frequently go back to your presentation and make sure that you haven’t deviated from your presentation brief.
Throughout your suggestions or commitments to your new job, you will want to ensure that these objectives are considered in the most effective way, this makes use of SMART objectives:
S – specific. Where you address the exact points in your brief.
M – measurable. Where what you will do can be measured by the employer.
A – accurate. Where what you have said is correct in the context of the presentation.
R – realistic. Where what you are setting out to achieve is achievable.
T – time-bound. Where what you are doing has given a time frame in which it will be done.
You need to ensure that the wording on your presentation is at it’s minimum, ideally, so that you have a selection of bullet points that prompt you to talk through each point. Depending on how you work, you might look once you have everything in your presentation or you might do this as you are going.
Leave yourself time to practise your presentation, you don’t want to be reading from the slides when you are in your interview and you want to have a rough idea of how long it takes to deliver the presentation in case there is a time limit. Practise makes perfect!
Now that you have everything ready, just be confident in yourself, you have gotten to this stage because the employer believes in you and wants to see how you will deliver in a different situation. Stay confident, keep eye contact and show them what you can do.
Contributor: Tristan Law