How to Present Your Best You at an Interview

Giving a presentation at an interview is a fantastic way to show that you know your subject and that you can communicate in an engaging way. Some companies will require you to give a short presentation, especially at second interviews, so you need to be prepared. However, giving a great presentation in these situations can be difficult, especially if you’re nervous, or you’re not used to speaking in public.

This is your opportunity to really sell yourself to a potential employer, to show them why they should hire you. This is your time to stand out from all the other applicants. How do you do this? This blog will show you.

Too often people will pull out their standard presentation skills when they are being interviewed. Unfortunately, this won’t be enough to help you to really stand out from your competition – the other applicants.

To get you started with an impressive presentation, it’s a great idea to have the following:

·         A clear structure, with a beginning, a middle and an end

·         A great start that grabs attention, explains how you know your stuff and tells them the structure of your presentation

·         A logical progression through your subject

·         A brief yet memorable summary of your key points.

 A good presentation is so much more than just the content, so: 


  • Make sure that you read and re-read all the documents that you have relating to the position that you’re applying for. How can that information help you to construct a presentation that really matches the style of the company and the work that you could be doing for them?
  • Study the advert and the Job Description to see what skills and attributes they are looking for. How can you use your presentation to show that you have what they want in abundance? Look for examples that you can use.
  • Take the time to go through their company website. Read the blogs and press releases that they post, to assess the type of language that they use. How can you weave the same sort of language into your presentation?

       Don’t go over your allocated time – which means that you will need to rehearse your presentation to get the timing right. Make sure that you build in time for questions at the end. Think about the questions that you are likely to be asked, so that you can be ready with your answers. Be prepared to be asked how you went about preparing for the presentation. Recruiters want to know how you will approach work tasks, if you are successful and are offered the job.

There’s a lot to think about when planning a presentation to give at an interview. Set aside plenty of time to do your research and make sure that you rehearse your presentation until it’s perfect. Get some feedback from other people if possible, so that you can adjust what you will say and how you will say it. This will give you the best chance to look, feel and sound like the best person for the job.

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