Job interviews can be some of the most nerve wracking experiences there are, in no small part down to their unpredictability. While there are standard questions which are regularly asked by interviewers, these days employers are getting more savvy in the ways they interview potential candidates to ensure they get the best of the bunch.
It’s obviously best to be as well prepared for an interview as you can – so research the company and its competitors, dress well, work out where you fit in with the job description and practise the answers you will give to the more regularly asked questions. But what can you do to make yourself really stand out?
Here are ten reasons why you should do a presentation for your job interview:
- Giving a presentation at your job interview is your chance to set yourself apart from the others by doing something a bit different.
- It shows you’ve taken the time to make a real effort.
- It says you’ve come prepared and aren’t the sort of person who rushes things at the last minute.
- For the first time in a job interview you have the control, so use it as your time to shine.
- You can demonstrate how good at communication you are and how well you come across to others.
- You get a chance to demonstrate your knowledge of the company and its competitors.
- It gives you something to focus on and, if you’ve practised it enough, will hopefully help calm your nerves.
- It shows initiative, that you think outside the box and have the ability to take charge of a situation where necessary.
- It gives you a chance to demonstrate examples of the desirable job requirements that you can do well.
- While we normally think of power point presentations, even a printed word document shows you have come prepared.
When you give your presentation, try not to read from a sheet. Make eye contact and be as confident and clear as you can. As long as the presentation is interesting, well-rehearsed and relevant to the job, it’s likely to set you in good favour with those who are interviewing you, giving you every chance of success.