Why Presentation Skills Matter When Interviewing for a Job

July 10th, 2015

So, you landed a job interview, but don’t know what to do next. The first thing you need to do is mark it down on your calendar so you do not forget the date and time. Next, put together your presentation for the interview. How you present yourself to a potential employer is vital. If you make a bad impression, it is possible that you will not be asked back for a second interview.

Below are some tips you can use to master your presentation skills for a job interview.

Ask for Details

Find out how much time you will have for the presentation, what topics you will need to cover and if you will have access to any technology when giving the presentation. You should also find out who you will be presenting to, what their level of expertise is on the topic and who they are in relation to the position. Will they be your superior, your co-worker, or your client?

Build a Structure for Presentation

Once you have the topic for the presentation, create your structure. This will explain the topic and all the keys aspects of it. You must have an introduction that captivates the audience, an argument in the body that is compelling, and a conclusion that is memorable. If you have these three aspects in your presentation, you should be successful.

Create Aids

Aids are always a big help because they break up the monotony of just one person speaking the entire time. They also give those in attendance something interesting to look at while you are speaking. Use a PowerPoint slide or two during your presentation, but make sure the main focus is on you.

Practice Your Presentation

Practice is the only way for you to learn the material and work out any kinks there might be. Keep an eye out for nervous habits you might exhibit while practicing and make a point to eliminate them entirely.
Presentation skills are very important for job interviews as they demonstrate your full range of communication skills – so be sure you follow the tips outlined in above for your next interview.

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