The point of a PowerPoint presentation for any employment interview isn’t, as many people think; to demonstrate how good you might be at presentations, but to determine your communication and social skills to see how you cope when under pressure.
Many candidates neglect to see the point of a presentation and think it’s about showing how intelligent and clever they are. This is wrong, the topic of the presentation is irrelevant, what employers are looking for is the way you deliver it. How confident you are speaking in front of other people and how persuasive you are.
A presentation is also a good way to show a company whether you can think logically and follow arguments through in a logical manner. It’s also a good exercise for employers to determine the way you react under the pressure of rigorous questioning and disagreements over the argument you put forward through your presentation.
One of the main reasons employers like to make candidates provide a PowerPoint presentation for a job interview is so they are able to access your capability to persuade. Having the ability to bring people on board and convince people is an essential requirement of any job in a managerial position.
It’s your ability to persuade, to convince, to carry people with you, it’s your confidence and how you deliver the presentation that is being assessed.
There is an element of selling in a presentation because every presentation is produced to convince people to accept a specific argument. If you’re applying for a managerial position you will have to persuade people that a method you would like to implement is the right one to solve an issue, or to move this company forward.
PowerPoint presentation for a job interview has developed into a standard part of the recruitment process, specifically for managerial positions whether senior or junior.
This can be an advantage for applicants who give many presentations as part of their current or past jobs but if you have never given a presentation you shouldn’t worry a lot about it. If you have good social and interactive skills you won’t have any problem.
Make sure the arguments you are putting forward follow logically, each point following logically from the next. It’s irrelevant whether the argument is wrong as long as it follows a logical pattern. This show clear thinking. Many organisations ask you to prepare a fifteen minute presentation about anything. The subject matter is irrelevant, it’s your thinking, confidence and social skills that are being tested together with your capacity to persuade and the way you respond to disagreements to your arguments.
The trick of giving a successful PowerPoint presentation for a job interview is to be confident. Here’s a number of good tips for giving excellent presentations:
Like all speaking in public everything relies upon your confidence. You can’t persuade others if you’re not confident yourself. If you are nervous about standing up in front of an audience, and many of us are, when it comes to strangers. Apply some techniques to help you, breathing techniques for example. Also a good strategy is to remember that the people you are talking to are just people.
Know Your Subject
If you are given a topic to give the presentation about, then research it thoroughly. Knowing your subject thoroughly gives you confidence and allows you to talk with authority about it. It will also prepare you to answer any questions that may arise.
Non Verbal Communication
This is as essential as what you say. Have a confident posture, no slouching and certainly no hand in the pockets. Persuading is as much about body language as it is about speaking. Make eye contact with each person in the panel when making points.
Nerves may make some people try to rush through the presentation and their voice gets faster and faster, you need to avoid this. Maintain a calm clear voice that is well pitched, pause often when you are emphasising points.
PowerPoint presentation for a job interview
Don’t let the PowerPoint slides to take over the presentation. This often happens. They’re an aid for your argument not the main focus. When each slide pops up don’t just read from it. Your audience can read the points themselves. Add something to every point; a little explanation calmly delivered will demonstrate your confidence and your understanding of the subject.
This is important. Talk like you normally talk, don’t attempt to speak in some academic way that is unnatural to you. Viewers will pick up on this right away and you will seem like a fake. Remain natural and your presentation will come across well.
Giving a PowerPoint presentation for a job interview has become pretty standard today. It’s not something you need to worry about. Just stay natural and do your homework on the subject. If you are nervous apply some calming techniques like breathing and keep your voice calm.
The best technique in my opinion is not to think about it, put your presentation together, make sure it’s right and just deliver it. I applied this technique to my father of the bride speech and everything went perfectly.