How to Give A Compelling Interview Presentation: Tips, Examples and Topic Ideas

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How to Give A Compelling Interview Presentation

Interview presentations have now become the new norm for most industries. They are popular for sales, marketing, technology and academic positions. If you have been asked to deliver one as part of your job interview, prepare to build a strong case for yourself as a candidate.

Giving a general presentation is already daunting. But selling yourself is always the hardest. Spectacular credentials and stellar expertise don’t count much if you cannot present them clearly, and that’s what you are expected to do during your interview presentation.

So let’s prime you up for the challenge. This post is action packed with job interview PowerPoint presentation examples and will teach you the best way to do a presentation without stressing over too much!

What Should an Interview Presentation Look Like?

Think of your interview presentation as a sales pitch.

Your goal is to convince the human resources team that you are the best candidate for the job. The kick here is that you will be presenting to a warm audience – you already impressed them enough with your resume to be called in for an interview.

Employers request interview presentations for a few simple reasons:

  • To assess your communication and public speaking skills.
  • To understand whether you are the right cultural fit for the company.
  • To develop a better sense of how well versed you are in the domain.

So your first job is to make sure that your presentation fits the criteria. Go through the company’s job description again and jot down all the candidate requirements. Take the time to read about their company values and mission. In general, be proactive and ask exactly what you should cover during your presentation.

Most interview presentations will differ in content and style, but here’s a quick example to give you more context:

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How to Prepare a Presentation For a Job Interview: The Basics

Before you get elbow-deep in designing that PowerPoint presentation for your job interview, do some scouting and reach out to the HR team with a few questions.

You want your presentation to be on-point and technically accurate, so ask your contact the following:

  • How long should an interview presentation be? 15 minutes is the golden standard, though some employers may ask to cut it down to just 10 minutes or extend it to 20-25.
  • Who exactly will be present?A conversational presentation would certainly be welcome by your peers and a team leader but may appear too casual for the senior managers or board of directors.
  • Does the HR team have a particular agenda in mind?Ask some leading questions to understand what kind of skills/experience they want you to demonstrate.
  • What’s the IT setup? Should you bring your own laptop? Do you need an adapter to connect to their projector? What kind of presentation software do they have installed – PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides?

Define Your Structure

Everyone appreciates clarity.

In fact, 89% of professionals state their ability to communicate with clarity directly impacts their career and income.

Your presentation should flow, not rumble. Make sure that your story is easy-to-follow, and it your key message is easy to digest, remember and pass on. If you want people to retain your main points, opt for the next structure:

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Here’s an interview presentation example styled in this fashion.

What is: The company presence in the Middle East is low. Only 15% of revenues come from the top markets.

Why this matters: UAE fashion market alone is expected to grow at CAGR of 21% during the next five years.

What could be: I have helped my previous employer open a flagship store in Dubai, have a lot of industry contacts and are familiar with the local legislature. Your brand can expect a 17% revenue growth within one year of opening.

You can find even more ideas for designing your presentations in this post.

What Slides To Include

The choice of slides will largely depend on whether you are asked to talk about yourself, or present on some task that you will be required to do as part of your job (e.g. create marketing campaigns).

Most interview presentation templates feature the next slides:

  • Opening Slide
  • Quick Bio/Personal Summary
  • Career Path
  • Education timeline
  • Key Skills and Expertise
  • Case studies/examples of the problems you have solved at your past jobs
  • Your vision for your future role.
  • What exactly you can bring in as the candidate (we will circle back to this one later on!)

Can’t figure out where to start? Swipe either of the following job interview presentation samples:

How to Come Up With 15-Minute Interview Presentation Ideas

Typically, a talent acquisition team will suggest some broad interview presentation topics for you. For example, if you are applying for a sales position, they may ask you to develop a sales presentation for some product (real or imaginary one).

Some employers will request a short presentation about you or your hobbies to understand whether you are a good “fit” for the team and share the company’s values. No matter which topic you were given remember this: your audience will be assessing your aptitude for the role.

In fact, the interviewers at this point don’t care that much about your experience and skills. They want to know how you can apply those to solve the company’s pressing problems – meet sales targets, improve ROI from social media marketing or help them earn more revenue.

Your job is to make an educated guess…and predict what problem is the most wrenching one, and pitch your “magic pill” during your interview presentation.

I know what you are thinking – but how I find the right opportunity/problem to tackle?

Businesses across different industries pretty much struggle with the same generic challenges related to either of the following:

Your topic should clearly address one of these areas and offer a potential roadmap for solving some specific problem within it.

Let’s say that you are applying for a sales role. Clearly, you will want to tackle the “customer audience” set of problems. To refine your idea, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can you think of a new customer segment the company should target? Who are they, what do they want and how you can help the company reach them?
  • Do you have a network or experience to identify and pitch new clients?
  • Can you think of new collaboration opportunities the company could use to attract a whole new niche of customers?

So a sample interview presentation about yourself should include a series of Problem & Solution Slides, showing exactly how you will address that issue if the company hires you.

Here’s another PowerPoint presentation about yourself for job interview example worth using – incorporate a case study slide, showing how you have successfully solved a similar problem for your past employer.

How to Conclude Your Interview Presentation?

Wrap up your presentation by laying out the key steps the company needs to take. Give an estimate how much time it will take to tackle the problem, what changes/investments should be made.

Your conclusion should tell this: “Hire me and I will solve this problem for you in no time!”.

How to Prepare for an Interview: The Final Tips

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Dial-Up Your Power

Take a deep breath and strike a “power pose” before you enter the room.

“Stand with your feet apart and your hands on your hips, or with your arms reaching up in a ‘V.’ Or sit with your legs in front of you, feet propped up on desk or a table, leaning back, with your hands on the back of your head, fingers interlaced, and elbows pointing out,” – recommends Amy Cuddy, a best selling author, social physiologist and TED speaker.

According to her research, power posers performed better during interviews and were more likely to get hired. Another study also proved this theory: unaware judges gave major preference to the power-primed applicants. So yes, pep talks do work!

First 30 Seconds Count The Most

What you do and say in the first 30 seconds will make the most impact. Psychological research shows that listeners form opinions about your personality and intelligence in the first 30 seconds of the interview. So be sure to start with a compelling opening, framing exactly how you want to be perceived.

Try To Appear Similar to the Interviewer

Lauren Rivera, a professor from Kellogg School, came to the conclusion that interviewers tend to hire “people like them”.

Even the top human resource management folks fall for this bias and tend to base their evaluations on how similar a candidate is to them, instead of trying to decide whether the person’s skill set is ideal for the position. So to be liked, you will have to act relatable.

Backup your statements with facts

To deliver a presentation with a bang, you can make use of pre analyzed facts to support your hypothesis. Make sure to do your homework, study the company and their competitive landscape and do a professional work you would have done as a member of the company crew. At some point of your interview presentation, you go “off the script”, pull out a bunch of documents, supporting your statements.


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For example, you can give away a quick plan indicating a number of things the employer could do today to save money, even if they don’t hire you. Make sure to be meticulous, your work will speak for you. But giving away this work will show the employer your commitment, skills and focus.

And that’s exactly how to make your interview presentation stand out. Most candidates just ramble about their skills and past career moves. You bring specificity and proof to the platter, showing exactly what makes you a great hire fair and square.

Your Final Act

Stop fretting and start prepping for your interview presentation. You now have all the nitty-gritty presentation tips to ace that interview. And if you are feeling overwhelmed with the design part, browse our extensive gallery of PowerPoint templates and cherry-pick specific elements (diagrams, shapes and data charts) to give your interview presentation the top visual appeal.

Here you can see some 100% editable templates available on SlideModel that could be useful for preparing an interview presentation.

1. Versatile Self-Introduction PowerPoint Template

2. Professional Curriculum Vitae PowerPoint Template

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