- Work portfolio – the presentation gives a brief insight on your career, the jobs you had, the projects you worked on, and the things you achieved in them. Portfolio is especially useful for people who apply for technical jobs, such as graphic designer, web developer, application developer, marketing manager, cook, etc.
- Presentation of a specific project – for example if you apply for a position of a project manager in an IT company, you can prepare a PowerPoint presentation of a project you have successfully accomplished, one that is related to the job. Slide after slide, you show them how you designed the project, the challenges you faced, how you tacked them, etc.
A presentation is an effective way of demonstrating your skills, but if you plan to use PowerPoint, be sure to ask the interviewers (before an interview), if you can do the presentation. Many interviewers have their own way of doing things, they follow a strict interview template with each job candidate, and may not allow you to show the presentation.
How to prepare a presentation?
Practice makes perfect
It happened to me several times that a job applicant brought their laptop to the interview, and delivered the presentation (which we did not agree about upfront, but I like creative job seekers and I did not mind their presentation). Nevertheless, more often than not the presentation had very little to do with the actual job offer.
You should always practice your presentation before an interview, and make sure it relates to the job you try to get. Honestly, no presentation is better than a bad presentation.
Do not put us under pressure
Most interviewers have an exact schedule for the interviews, and the template, and they try to follow both. You should not interrupt them at the beginning and tell that you want to present your portfolio, or certain project with PowerPoint. You should wait for a good time, which can be:
- When they ask about your working experience
- At the end of the interview
- When they ask you a practical question, and the answer can be explained with the help of your presentation.
Wait for the right time. It may come, and it may not come. Maybe everything goes well, and you won’t even need the presentation to get a job. And if you get a chance to show us the presentation, ensure that it relates to the job, and demonstrates the value you can bring to the company.
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