Let’s face it – landing a great job gets harder every day. As industries evolve, so do the qualifications and standards used by employers to determine the best fit for their company. In addition to increasingly thorough interview processes, many employers have started to request a final interview presentation from prospective candidates. This is especially true of positions that are client-facing, require leadership or deal with the public. RELATED: Need some interview advice? Watch these tutorials! For some job seekers, the idea of a presentation can be extremely intimidating: all of the fears of public speaking combine with the high stakes of a job interview to create the ultimate make-or-break experience. Others, however, are using the interview presentation as a way to highlight their skills, abilities, and experiences – and ultimately to outshine their competitors.
5 Secrets To An Amazing Interview PresentationIf you find yourself faced with an interview presentation, you can feel confident knowing that you’re one step away from landing the job. But you must also remember that acing your presentation is a must. Here are five ways to ensure that you’ll create an amazing interview presentation:
1. Do Your HomeworkAt this point, if you don’t already have an impressive knowledge of the company, it’s time to do some research. Of course, there are basic facts that you must know, like how long the company has been in business, and the name of the CEO. But there are also some other facts that could help impress your interviewer:
- Has the company won any industry awards?
- Do they have a great BBB rating?
- Are They ISO Certified?
- Are there any impressive statistics about their product or service?
2. Provide A Timeline For SuccessHiring a new employee is a significant investment, especially if the position is beyond entry-level. If the interviewer hasn’t already requested a 30-60-90 plan, including one in your presentation will show you’re thinking beyond the interview and want to help them recoup their investment. This technique also has psychological benefits: it will cause your interviewer to repeatedly envision you working in the position, interacting with the team and performing in the environment. The easier you make it for an employer to imagine you in the position, the better your chances of securing the job.
3. Use Visual ReinforcementJust as it is important for your interviewer to envision you in the position, it’s also important to reflect the company image and culture. One way to do this is to create a visual aid that mirrors the company image. Does the company have a strong web presence? Create a PowerPoint or other visual aid that uses some design aspects of their website such as:
- Color scheme
- Page layout
- Company logo