If you got the chance of a job interview, you are already very lucky. Now your task is to land the job smoothly by proving and selling yourself to your potential employer. Sometimes for their convenience to assess your qualifications, the interviewers might ask you to give a presentation. During the presentation, you should utilize some useful strategies that can help prompt the interviewer into wanting to hire you.
1. Visualization is better than just bullet points.
Visualization is a powerful weapon for a presentation. You potential employer might remember your visual presentation clearly but would remember very few of the contents for bullet points. Generally, visualization allows you to illustrate the goals much more effectively than just the bullet points. For an example, if you are interviewing with a managerial position, your interviewer might ask you to demonstrate your leadership style. If you choose to present your participative leadership style, you can take a picture of yourself in a large group, where everybody is talking about a common goal. Compared with bullet points, visualization creates sudden effects, which can help improve the quality of your presentation.
2. Practice makes perfect.
You may have spent a lot of times working on improving your presentation—actually fine-tuning only the PowerPoint document. However, did you practice and rehearse it? Just making perfect slides but lack of rehearsal is one of the most important reasons for a failure in presentation. Sometimes you have a great presentation prepared, but you don’t know what to say about it. Make sure your schedule is on target and leave some time to rehearse the presentation via finalizing all your documents at least two or three days prior to the interview. On the day before the interview, read aloud and practice the presentation several times and if possible, memorize the contents so that they can flow naturally during the interview.
3. Prepare for tough questions.
During your interview, you will be asked with some tough questions and you need to get prepared to answer them before the interview. Research on the history, products, customer, management philosophy and other information about the company before you apply for the position. Brainstorm and write down some possible questions and think about how to answer them. For instance, if you are interviewing with a registered nurse position, you might be asked that “show me an example of a situation during your work that may cause you to worry and tell me how you plan to handle it?” Such trick questions are utilized to assess your behavioral, communication and competency level. Everyone worries at certain point, do don’t try to appear perfect and tell your interviewer that you don’t. Instead, you can respond by explaining: “I had a patient who was very sick and naturally I worried about her. However, with my constant support and monitoring, her condition has improved.” By showing how you contributed to a positive outcome while admitting your “weakness”, you emerge unscathed from your interviewer’s trick question.
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