Finding the right candidate for a role is often very hard to do. The traditional job interview with one or a panel of several interviews is still by far the most common approach.
Realising the limitations of this, those making hiring decisions are looking to do a range of things to increase the likelihood of finding the right person. Adding a presentation to the mix is a very easy way of adding a new variable.
For some the idea that they will have to give a presentation is enough for them to withdraw their application. This might surprise you and it has happened to me when recruiting on several instances.
Yet there is good news. When you approach it in the right way it becomes much easier. Trouble is most don’t approach it in the right way and either struggle or lose it completely on the day.
The first thing you need to realise is that recruiters are not looking for perfection. If they are not looking for perfection, what are they looking for?
There are actually several things they are looking for:
So how can you make sure that your job interview presentation is a success? Actually it is not a whole lot different to any other type of presentation. The essentials are:
The Bottom Line: Presentations will be a challenge. A little bit of anxiety is useful to motivate. Just make sure it is not a blocker to your success.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants achieve more career success. Learn more here.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.