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How to Make an Impact with Your Interview Presentation Slides

Posted on 04-29-2021.

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Have an interview powerpoint presentation coming up? Make sure you set yourself up for success with a strategically designed set of slides.

We’ve all seen cringe-worthy slide presentation decks that end up detracting from rather than enhancing the speaker’s message.

When you’re delivering a presentation as part of the interview process, it’s especially critical your slides convey that you’re professional and that they effectively engage your audience.

Interview Powerpoint Presentation Tips for success:

Follow these easy tips from our team of executive recruiters to ensure your interview powerpoint presentation has maximum impact.

Avoid Standard Templates

Most Powerpoint templates have been seen by your audience countless times and they’re unlikely to “wow” anyone. A solid white background with a standard font is an easy approach that keeps your slides clean and simple. Keep in mind the aesthetic of the organization you’re interviewing with and choose similar or complementary colors and design elements to the extent possible.

Limit Text & Bullets

A surefire way to bore your audience and ensure they’re not paying attention to your message is to read verbatim from each slide. Your slides should contain your high-level points in minimal, yet intriguing language to engage your audience. (If needed, create a separate handout for your audience with more detail than you have on your slides.)

Skip the Clip Art

Nothing makes your presentation look more dated than using clip art. If you’re using graphics, use high-quality photos or diagrams that support what you’re saying. Ensure that you start with a large image—attempting to make a small photo larger will lead to a pixelated, distracting image. You may want to consider spending a few dollars on images to ensure your presentation looks sharp and polished; large image sites like occasionally offer free images.

Avoid Animation

Typical animations such as page turning, serve no real purpose and also make your presentation look dated.

Choose Fonts Wisely

Select fonts that look clean and professional and avoid using fancy or scripted fonts. If you’re going to be presenting from a PowerPoint (instead of a PDF), keep in mind that the computer you’re presenting from needs to have your fonts installed or other fonts may be swapped in which can cause layout issues. Good standard fonts to use include Georgia, Garamond, Palatino Linotype, Century Gothic and Arial. Use no more than two fonts (one for headings and another for body content).

Make sure your presentation can be read from afar

If you’re presenting in person, your presentation shouldn’t be an eye test for your audience, so make sure your font is at least 24 point for body text, and 36 point for titles.

Proofread your slides

It should go without saying, but carefully review your slides to make sure your slides are typo-free.  Also, ensure spacing, bullets, fonts, capitalization, and periods are used consistently throughout your entire presentation.

Using these best practices ensures your interview presentation slides effectively complement your message and helps make your presentation a success.

Make sure to also read our post “ How to Deliver a Winning Interview Presentation ” for tips on interview presentation content and delivery.

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How to Nail a PowerPoint Presentation for Job Interview

You just scored an interview for you dream job! Yes! But…now they’re asking you to give a PowerPoint presentation for the job interview.

What the heck? Isn’t interviewing nerve-wracking enough without the added stress of giving a presentation?

We hear you. It’s a lot of stress. But actually, when you stop to think about it, what is a job interview if not a presentation about yourself? Now you just have the added benefit of visuals and slides to work with.

In this article, we’ll demystify the interview PowerPoint presentation ordeal and help you put your best foot forward so you can nail the interview!

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What is an Interview Presentation?

Ok, back up. What exactly is an interview presentation? According to Indeed , an interview presentation is a “formal presentation delivered to a human resources team, management team, or another group of people to convince them that you are the best candidate for a position.” Potential employers may ask you to make an interview presentation to better assess your public speaking and/or communications skills, your ability to stay calm under pressure, your knowledge about specific, industry related topics, and more.

This kind of presentation can give your potential employers a really comprehensive look at you, so it makes sense. And although you may run into a request for an interview presentation in any industry, this tact is particularly popular in Sales, Marketing, Technology, and Academia.

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Benefits of Interview Presentation

Now that you know why employers might make this request, why might an interview presentation be a good thing for you? One of the biggest benefits for you is that it gives you a chance to shine and stand out. Old-fashioned interviews have become somewhat run-of-the-mill, with those ever-recycled questions like “what would you say are your greatest strengths” all running together. But with a unique presentation designed and delivered by you, there’s more of a chance for you to really leave a distinct impression.

Additionally, giving an interview presentation gives you a chance to show your professionalism in a different setting than just a conversation. You can prove your diligence, your attention to detail, and your work ethic just by how you compile the presentation.

How to Make an Interview Presentation

It may seem overwhelming at first, but don’t be intimidated by the task of creating an interview presentation. Below, we’ve compiled a list of interview presentation tips — from initial research to the final presentation — that will have you acing this task in no time.

Making the Presentation

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Do your Research

This is a solid tip for any kind of interview: do your research! Make yourself an expert on the company for which you are interviewing. It’s no secret that you are far less appealing as a potential hire if you don’t know anything about the company or industry. But the important thing here is to make sure your gathered knowledge comes across. Prove your expertise in your presentation.

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Pick your Platform

Sometimes, your potential employer will have a particular platform that they want you to use for your interview presentation, but more than likely, they will leave it up to you. The basic presentation software out there includes PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides. If you’re going for an artsier, more unique approach, check out Prezi : an online virtual presentation tool with a more animated feel. Go with whatever platform you’re comfortable with, or you can even start by looking at templates and seeing what matches your style.

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Start with Structure

Every great presentation, whether for an interview or not, starts with a strong and compelling structure. In simplest terms, you have an opening, details, and then a conclusion. When structuring your presentation, begin with a strong opening that states your goals and introduces yourself. Next, keep the main body of the presentation to around three major points (although you can have plenty of subsections.) Then finish with a killer closing, something to bring it all home. All throughout, keep your message clear and make every piece of your presentation relate back to that message.

Check out this article for more in-depth tips on structuring a great presentation of any kind.

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Keep it Clear, Succinct and Impactful

Make sure your content is simple and clear. You want your audience to glance quickly at your slide, gain interest, and then listen to you, the presenter, for more in-depth information. Be careful not to pack too much information onto the slides themselves, or to break off onto tangents that don’t support you. But do be sure to choose eye-catching images for your slides and easy-to-read fonts that really pop.

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Highlight YOU

You could almost think of this presentation as a commercial and the product you’re selling is you. While it’s important to demonstrate expertise through your presentation, make sure that everything goes back to selling you as the star of the show.

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Giving the Presentation

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Build Rapport

The day of the interview is here! Once you begin your presentation, start off by building rapport with your audience. Not only will this help draw them in and make them more engaged in your story, it will also help calm you down. Introduce yourself, smile, and maybe even consider cracking a joke if the mood is right.

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As you give your presentation, try your hardest to not read straight off the slides or from your notes. Snooze alert! This will bore your audience and give them the impression that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Be so confident and practice so thoroughly ahead of time that you can speak off the cuff and don’t need to read your notes at all.

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Mind Your Body Language

Sit up straight, shoulders back, and smile! Your body language is always incredibly important for any kind of presentation. You want to appear professional and comfortable at the same time.

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Diction and Delivery

Make sure you’re enunciating clearly and projecting to “the back of the room,” even if that’s just your computer’s microphone. If you mumble or speak too quietly, you’ll come across timid. Also, most of us have a tendency to speed up when we’re nervous. Pay attention to the pace of your speech and even build in some pauses if you can. This will give you time to collect your thoughts and let your message sink in for your audience.

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Be Confident

You got this! Even if you’re not feeling confident on the inside, show it on the outside. Speak with authority and make eye-contact with your audience by staying focused on your camera. This is you you’re selling after all, and no one is a better authority on you than you!

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If you’re looking for job interview presentation ideas, check out this great example on Slide Team or this one on Slide Geeks .

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Pre-Recorded Video Interviews

On a related note, some potential employers may ask you to make a pre-recorded video interview. This tactic has become increasingly prevalent in the age of COVID and Zoom interviews. Essentially, employers can give you a set of questions ahead of time and you can record yourself answering them, then send it in for them to review on their own time. Sometimes, potential employers will call this a “pre-screening.” While this isn’t technically an interview “presentation” per say, it sort of falls into the same category, so we want you to be prepared.

The best way to record video interviews is with whatever software and setup you’re comfortable with! If you have a great camera-ring light-soundproof room already set up and raring to go, obviously you should use that. But if you don’t have a pro setup, don’t sweat it. Most people don’t. Just record your interview with the webcam on your computer. You can also record an interview directly through Zoom meetings . But do make sure that you are properly lit, somewhere quiet, and that your background is clean and intentional.

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So by now, hopefully you feel like an expert on how to nail a presentation for a job interview. Once you understand what is being asked of you and how it benefits all parties, this type of interview makes a lot of sense. If you follow the guidelines above, you’ll be able to make a stellar presentation. And remember, your audience wouldn’t have invited you to interview if they didn’t see something in you. They want you to succeed! So take a deep breath and give a presentation that’ll knock their socks off!

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Top tips for a stand-out interview presentation

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Top tips for interview presentations

It’s second-interview time, and they’ve asked you to present - but how do you show what you know without sending people to sleep with your slides? We asked a presentation expert, David Bliss, to reveal his top tips.

The phenomenon of ‘death by PowerPoint’ is one of those things that we all agree is a bad thing – but, when interview nerves strike, it can be all too easy to hide behind our decks. The result is usually some unpalatable combination of too many slides, tiny fonts and unimaginative imagery.

In the course of our daily work, where decks are produced often and on the fly, some of these excesses may be forgivable. But at an important job interview, where you need to perform at your very best, your presentation needs to be up to the mark too. We asked David Bliss, presentation guru and director of training company Edison Red, for his top tips on slide design and presenting at interview… 

Keep the interviewer engaged, make them think and question.

This is as much about how you fit with them as them fitting with you. Think of your presentation as one half of a conversation that you will lead, rather than a monologue where you will bludgeon them with facts and statistics. You need to take your listener(s) with you, get them participating in the argument or story you are developing.

Always consider the 80/20 rule of engagement.

Of course, you want to create some impact and gain attention, but that needs to be backed up by substance. So, aim for 20% of your slides and talk to be thought-provoking and challenging, and the remaining 80% to be insightful or informative. Keep this balance all the way through so your audience keeps listening and is then rewarded for their attention with new knowledge. Remember that only when people are listening are they able to gain any understanding.

When you’re building slides, think simplicity.

You only have to look at Apple to see that true simplicity comes from real intelligence. It takes a lot of work to craft a simple idea – a lot of time thinking about what to leave out, and how to distil everything down to one great point or example rather than an under-confident handful. Use your imagination - no one wants to see another light bulb representing creative thinking!

Get them glancing.

A good slide should work on the principle of ‘glance technology’, just like a billboard. Essentially, you want your listener to glance, get interested, and then move to you, the speaker, for greater depth.

Less is more.

When it comes to slides, think ‘1 slide = 1 message’. This will give you greater control over the subject, and you can stay on each as little or as long as you like. Remember, too, that not every point needs to be backed up with a slide.

Never give away the story.

You’d be annoyed if the last chapter of the book you were reading was revealed on page three. This is why bullet points often hinder rather than help – your audience reads on and gets to the punchline ahead of you. Your slides should leave your listener wanting more.

Morph for impact.

Microsoft’s recent PowerPoint addition of the new transition tool Morph is a game changer. Morph allows you to move and enlarge, shapes, pictures and text with one simple movement. What used to take hours now takes minutes, making your slides look like the work of the marketing team - but take care not to overdo it.

Now that you’ve got your presentation sorted, find out how to maximise the first five minutes of your interview .  

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If you’ve been asked to prepare a presentation for a job interview, you’re not alone. An increasing amount of employers are asking applicants to deliver a PowerPoint presentation explaining why they should be hired.

We can certainly understand why. With increasing competition for jobs, business owners and managers want to ensure they are hiring the right person. Setting a presentation task for a job interview gives them the chance to see if the hopeful can perform under pressure and communicate clearly.

Being asked to prepare a presentation for your job interview needn’t be a cause for worry. Look at it this way: if you do a great job, it’ll help you stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of securing the position.

Here’s our advice for completely nailing that job interview presentation.

Do your research

Regardless of the presentation, any interview candidate is attempting to show a potential employer how they would fit into the role and do it better than anyone else. So start there. Make sure you understand the ins and outs of what the position demands. Just as you would when creating a CV or Resume , jot down how your own experience and skills would be applied.

Research the wider organisation. Check out the company website and find details about the team structure. How big is the business and who reports to whom? Not only will this increase your general knowledge, but it will also give you an insight into who might be present at your interview.

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Structuring a job interview presentation is important. Your message, which will universally be ‘why you should hire me’, needs to be clear and easily communicated. Your research might have produced lots of talking points, but you should remember that everything you say and present needs to keep the narrative moving toward you being the best for the job.

A good way to start thinking about the structure of your presentation is to layout the slides of the PowerPoint deck. The number of slides will depend on how long you’ve been given to speak, but typically employers ask for between ten to 15 minutes.

These are the slides your presentation needs:

This can be something as simple as the name of the presentation, your own name, or an impactful image. It will be the first thing that appears on screen when you fire up PowerPoint. You won’t have started talking when this slide appears, so it merely needs to be relevant to you and what you’re about to speak about.

Your name, what it is you do (if you have a professional speciality) and an image of your beaming face. If you dread using photos of yourself remember this: the employer might look back over the presentation once you’ve left. Being able to put a face to a name will help in their decision making.

Describe yourself. What do you do well, and what are you planning on achieving in the future?

Lay out your career history. You only need to mention what you did and where, as you’ll be expanding on your career highlights in your speech.

If you have some noteworthy education highlights – ones relevant to the role you’re going for – list them here. As with the previous slide just headings will do, allowing you to talk around them.

Like a professional reference you might show at a traditional job interview, you can include a slide featuring a quote that bigs you up. This could be from a past employer, a previous client, or someone you’ve worked with. Again, the quote is enough, letting you expand on it yourself.

Sum up all the above career and education slides with a list of your core skills and useful experience. Tailor this list accurately to the job specifications you already have, to hit home just how perfect you are for the role.

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With a few case studies slides you can prove everything you’ve mentioned so far. On each slide detail a project you successfully tackled or a problem you overcame.

Now focus on the future. After showing what you have done, tell the interviewer what you will do if they hire you. This slide could simply be a title, allowing you to go into detail in your speech, or include a few key points relevant to the role.

As most new jobs have a probation period of three months, show them what they’ll get from you in that time. Pick things out from the job description and explain how you’ll tackle them. This slide should hammer home that you’re an individual who, if they get the job, will hit the ground running.

Your final slide with content should sum up the whole presentation. Use it to convey your enthusiasm for the role and your keenness to join their organisation.

Like the title slide at the start, this final slide might be on screen for a while in the background while the employers talk to you. Use it to say thanks, but also to ask for any questions, which will undoubtedly come. Also, be sure to include your contact details somewhere on this slide, and maybe also another image of yourself.

The important thing to stress here is that the PowerPoint job interview presentation is not the most important thing. It should exists as a professional and engaging backdrop to what YOU are saying and how YOU are portraying yourself. Therefore the above structure guide should first and foremost be used to create a script.

Anyone used to giving a presentation will probably have their own way of creating a script; from bullet point memory aides, to full verbatim, word for word documents. For a job interview presentation we’d recommend the latter.

Getting absolutely everything out on paper will help you identify the important points to pull out and feature in the presentation deck. A script will also help you memorise what you need to say, and if you rehearse it enough (more on that below) you’ll feel more confident.

The PowerPoint deck

The job you’re interviewing for might be far removed from any creative industry, but the aesthetics of the slide deck are still hugely important. An accountancy hopeful might wonder why their PowerPoint design skills will be appraised by the interviewer, and although it will eventually have nothing to do with your role, it will have an impact on how you are perceived.

Carefully considered design shows just that: you’ve considered the presentation beyond the words on the screen. An engaging presentation will draw them in and contribute to the notion afterwards that you were impressive. That’ll help.

However, nailing a job interview presentation design is no walk in the park. If you’ve decided to tackle that extremely important task yourself, your future employer can unknowingly help. Look at their website for ideas of colours and fonts. If they see something in your presentation that they have already considered a decent design choice (as they most probably made that choice), you’ll win points.

Take into account the design of the site, too. Are they an organisation who favour clean white space with minimal text and images? If so, don’t copy it, but rather be inspired by it.

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We’ve written many times about the importance of practising any presentation, and your job interview should be no exception. There could be a lot riding on it going well, which will understandably increase your nerves and apprehension.

There are many ways you can combat that fear. The most practical is to simply know your presentation inside out.

If you followed our recommendation to write out your script in its entirety, you’ll be able to learn your talk as if you’re remembering the lines to a play. That way you know that you are speaking in the clearest and most appropriate manner – unlike simply winging it and ad-libbing your way through your career history.

Stand up, rehearse out loud, and ask a friend or colleague to sit in on your practice sessions to offer advice and feedback. If you know someone who is already doing the kind of job you’re interviewing for, get them in to watch and pass judgement.

Job interview presentations can be delivered in many ways. You might have been asked to bring your own laptop, or to email the PowerPoint file to them first. However you’re presenting, be sure to carry a backup copy with you, ideally on a flash drive.

Doing so will protect you against any kind of technical mishaps that might plague the original file (or your computer). But there is something else you can do with it.

Once your talk is over and you’ve answered their questions (and they’ve answered yours – always have some on stand by), offer them the drive. Tell them there is a copy of the presentation on there should they need to look over it. And obviously because both your contact details and a stunning photo of you is included, you’re making it easier for them to remember you and get in touch.

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All that should help you deliver the best possible job interview presentation you can. Follow those tips and you’re sure to make an impact on those potential employers.

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Companies often like you to give PowerPoint presentations as part of an interview as it assesses your communication skills, knowledge of a topic and the ability to stay calm under pressure.

But we know you probably hate giving PowerPoint presentations because they can result in bad design, embarrassing mumblings and a severe case of nerves.

If you’ve been asked to give a presentation, follow these do’s and don’ts and help avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’.

FIRSTLY understand how PowerPoint works

Spend an hour or so searching for PowerPoint guides. A lot of errors occur because people aren’t sure of what they are doing. There are hundreds of online tutorials that can help – make use of them!

If you don’t know where to start or have zero design prowess, use one of Microsoft’s templates. That way you can stick within a set theme.

DO some investigation

Find out all you can about the kind of presentation that the employer wants you to do. If you know who will be interviewing you, do some research as to the kind of person they are and what sort of presentation they might expect.

DO have a clear message

Presentations go awry when the presentee tries to cram in every piece of information imaginable. But all that will happen is instead of being impressed by the wealth of content, the interviewer will be left feeling bamboozled.

Start by ascertaining what you want the overall message to be and then break this down into logical slides. This could change slightly depending on the presentation, but work on an introduction, the content sections, a summary and then possible recommendations.

Keep the information succinct on each slide. You can create hard copies of the presentation with extra information to hand out afterwards, but this is a presentation, not a lecture, so you are expected to verbally elaborate on the slide content.

PowerPoint should only be used as a visual aid, not as a book for the interviewer to read. Five is about the most points you should have on one slide, but aim for between 1 and 3.

DO practice your timing

Find out if there is a time limit for the presentation and if there is, practice until you can roughly hit it.

Nerves will probably mean you talk faster than you would normally, but the last thing you want is to be rambling on for 20 minutes when the presentation was only supposed to be for 5 minutes.

Factor in some pauses when planning your presentation. Don’t move to a new slide and instantly start talking. Leave a couple of seconds for the interviewers to look at the screen and then start talking.

DO plan for the worst

Companies don’t always have the equipment you may need to deliver your presentation, so always email yourself the file, have a copy on a USB stick and have hard copy prints in case everything else fails. The embarrassed feeling that comes from a presentation not working and having no plan B can be hard to forget.

DO have someone else proofread it

The term ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’ could be changed to ‘can’t see the mistake for the words’. When you spend a long time working on something, you can’t see the glaring errors someone else would, so ask a friend to proofread it. A tiny error looks pretty big when it’s being projected on a wall!

DON’T forget about readability

By far the worst PowerPoint mistake is flooding slides with different fonts, colours, artwork and themes. It doesn’t make you clever, it just makes your presentation look a mess.

Stick with a black font, 16-18pt size. Use a light background and only use visuals if they enhance or illustrate what you are explaining.

DON’T read from notes

This is your presentation and so you will be expected to know it back-to-front. If you stand and simply read from note cards, you will look incompetent or simply unprepared.

While it’s a good idea to have reference cards in case your mind goes blank, keep these to simple keywords. That way you can jog your memory if needed, but you won’t be tempted to just read from the card, and can maintain good eye contact with the room.

DON’T stop with the slide content

You might think you just need to fill the slides with content, do a bit of talking and then that’s it. This may be true in some cases, but you’d be a fool to not anticipate follow-up questions. So once you have written the presentation, run through and try to anticipate what questions could be asked and how you would answer.

DON’T miss a trick

Employers ask for presentations to get a demonstration of how you perform in a real-world environment. Feed into this by branding your presentation with company colours or its logo. Test it out and if it looks good on the slides, include it. If it looks cheesy, just take it out.

DON’T forget you are in an interview

A side effect of putting so much effort into your presentation is that you can forget the presentation is part of the interview process.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to include examples of your skills or suitability for the job in the presentation. It might not be possible for all presentations, but don’t waste an opportunity to sell yourself.

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How to Deliver a Winning Interview Presentation

Written by: Unenabasi Ekeruke

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The average corporate job opening receives about 250 resumes . To find the most suitable candidates, many companies make interview presentations a decisive part of their hiring process.

Whether you're looking to switch jobs or move up the ladder in your organization, a well-crafted interview presentation might be the key to landing your next role.

Interview presentations give you a chance to pitch your skills and showcase your knowledge about the position. Delivering an exceptional presentation will put you a step ahead of other candidates.

But how do you make your interview presentation stand out?

In this article, we've rounded up the best tips for preparing and delivering a winning interview presentation that will help you stand out and land you the job.

Let's get to it.

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Table of Contents

What is an interview presentation, what employers look for in an interview presentation, how to prepare for your interview presentation.

In many industries, interview presentations help recruiters pick the best candidate for the job.

They also help managers gauge a candidate's presentation skills, especially if the job role involves pitching to clients or top management.

Interview presentations often involve presenting formal talks about subjects that interest recruiters. These subjects could be directly related to your job role or the industry your prospective organization operates in.

Your interview presentation could potentially revolve around topics like:

It could also be about pitching your work experience, ideas and why you're the best fit for the role.

Let's say you're interviewing for a high-level position in the sales and marketing department. You may be asked to pitch the company's product or services to prospects or do these things:

Below is an interview presentation template that you can edit and use.

Sometimes, prospective employers may give you specific topics in advance, giving you ample time to prepare.

At other times, you may have to make blind presentations. This means you'll get topics shortly before the presentation and may have limited time to prepare.

Whatever be the case, nailing your interview presentations will up your chances of landing your new role.

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Take a moment to think about your best job interview.

Why did your employer choose to hire you ahead of other candidates? You probably ticked all the right boxes in terms of skills, experiences, education, personality and other factors.

But most importantly, it's how you presented your skills, capabilities and knowledge about the role that probably blew their minds.

At every stage of the hiring process, employers look for outstanding candidates who measure up to their expectations. These expectations may differ based on the job role, industry and organizational structure.

However, on a general note, recruiters will readily opt for candidates who:

What specific presentation skills do employers look for?

Excellent presentation skills are a must-have for most client-facing roles or high-level positions. Therefore, asking a candidate to make presentations during interviews can help companies assess whether they can deliver on the job.

Not only that, interview presentations provide deeper insight into your abilities and skills, such as:

For a blind presentation, the employer may want to feel your pulse or perspective on issues or take notice of things like:

Ultimately, the recruiter is also checking to see if you meet the core competencies for the job. Therefore, make sure to revisit them during the blind presentation.

Beyond landing the job, getting it right with your presentation can set the tone for further engagements with your colleagues and top management.

Preparation is one of the keys to delivering an excellent interview presentation.

Once you've received the details about the interview, don't leave your preparation till the last minute or assume you can wing it. Use the days leading up to the interview to put the necessary things in place.

Here's what you should know. Preparing for your interview presentation puts you in control and increases your chances of securing the job.

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Unfortunately, knowing how to prepare for interviews may be a big challenge for many people.

But we've got you covered.

Use these tips below to get yourself interview-ready.

1. Ask the Right Questions

Whether you receive a phone call or email about your interview, ensure you're clear about the details. Rather than make sweeping assumptions, go ahead and do these things:

By asking these questions, you'll know what recruiters expect from you and align your presentation to match their needs. Plus, they'll judge your suitability for the role based on how you pay attention to the finest details.

2. Research the Company and the Position Before the Interview

Now you have answers to the fundamental questions, go ahead and research the company and the position you've applied for.

That's not all. Find out the industry the company operates, the major players and where the company ranks within the industry.

Doing this will enable you to:

For example, if you're an accounting professional, it's not enough to understand general accounting principles.

You'll have to understand what your role entails within the context of the industry you'll be working in. It could be oil and gas, mining, tech, construction, health, finance or entertainment.

Here are other things you should find out during your research.

Company Vision, Mission and Goals

Find out the company's history, what they stand for and their area of interest. It's also a good idea to research their major competitors and how they've fared in the market.

But how do you find this valuable information?

The company's website and social media channels are good starting points. News, blogs and third-party sites can provide more information about what the company has been up to.

Having this essential info will help you:

Not only that, but it also shows you're prepared to be part of that organization's culture.

Potential Audience

Part of your research should be to find out who is going to be interviewing you. One way to get that information is by asking the company's HR or using your intuition.

For example, if you're applying for a sales and marketing position, the marketing, sales and HR managers will most likely be on the interview panel.

Next, find out their interests and job responsibilities. Platforms like LinkedIn , Meetup , Indeed and other job boards can come in handy.

You might want to take note of their experience levels.

Professionals with different experience levels have varying concerns.

For example, while top management may care about your administrative or leadership abilities, a team lead may be more interested in your technical or problem-solving skills.

If you focus on what matters most to your audience, you'll attract their interest and win them over.

3. Structure Your Interview Presentation

If you want to keep your audiences hooked to your slides, ensure your presentation is well-structured.

Doing this will keep you on track and prevent your audience from zoning out of your presentation.

Here's how to create an excellent presentation structure.

In its simplest form, a well-structured presentation should have an introduction, body and conclusion.

You can use presenter notes to ensure you stick to the structure. Throughout your presentation, keep your message clear. Plus, make sure every part of your presentation relates to the topic.

Check out this article for more tips on how to structure your presentation .

Structure your interview presentation to make it appealing and impactful like the one below.

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4. Pay Attention to Design

Remember, first impressions count. And your interview presentation isn't an exception to this rule. Excellent presentation designs help you create an impactful first impression on your interviewers.

Think of your design as the aesthetic element that etches your presentation in your viewer's minds and sways them in your favor.

Whether you're pitching the company's product or your resume, having flawless interview presentation designs will help you tell stories better.

Not only does it create a memorable impression, but it also makes your presentation pack a punch.

You can start from scratch or jumpstart your creativity with interview presentation examples like the one below.

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While creating your presentation slides , here are some things you should keep in mind:

Keep It On-Brand

Try to tailor your presentation design (font, color scheme, background, image) to the company's identity and visual language. Companies like Starbucks, Skype, Spotify and Netflix provide brand guidelines on their website.

Brand guidelines generally contain a set of rules on using the company’s branding elements. If the company doesn't have a brand guide, you can use the colors on their logo or website for your slide design.

Interviewers will most likely focus on a presentation designed in their organization's brand format. And doing this will show you've done your research about the company.

Pro Tip:  Use Visme's Brand Design Tool to automatically generate a branded presentation template with your employer's logo, colors and fonts. Simply enter in the URL to their website and watch the magic happen!

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Use Lots of White Space

Avoid cluttering your interview presentation slides with too many ideas, text or images. This could overwhelm your audience and make your presentation a pain in the eyes.

When designing a clean and effective presentation, it's important to use lots of white space. Don't use more than six words per slide . Stick to one idea and a minimum of two images per slide.

Use High-Quality Images

Be sure to use high-quality visuals that drive an emotional appeal.

Better yet, every visual you use should have a purpose behind it. If you're presenting an overview of yourself, it makes sense to use a nice, high-quality headshot of yourself. Take a cue from the interview presentation sample to create yours.

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Even if you're using stock photos  to spice up your slides, make sure the images are carefully selected to balance the text on each slide and are relevant to the topic that's being discussed.

Using low-quality, irrelevant or pixelated images can not only make your presentation boring, but it can also negatively impact your image and make you come across as careless or lazy.

Make Your Slides Easy to Read

When selecting fonts and sizing them, use fonts that are readable on small and large screens. Stick a font size of 36 pixels for titles and at least 30 pixels for body text.

Additionally, to make your message pop, maintain a solid contrast between your text and background. If you use a dark background, use a white font color and vice versa. You can grab inspiration from the job interview presentation sample below.

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In the template above, notice how the dark text color pops vibrantly on the white background. Additionally, the fonts are legible enough for readers to digest the message in the slide.

If you want to learn more about making your slide designs shine, read our in-depth article on how to create good presentation design .

5. Use Charts and Graphs to Visualize Data

As mentioned before, sprawling text and bullets aren't enough to drive visual appeal. You need to use visual aids to break up text and boost visual appeal.

By using a range of formats like graphs, statistics, diagrams , video clips and images, you can easily maintain audience attention and get your points across.

Notice how the job interview presentation sample below uses data visualization to present information.

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Are you looking for high-resolution visuals for your interview presentations?

If the answer is yes, Visme's presentation maker has everything you need. The tool has a robust library of free and premium stock images, elegant fonts, icons, graphs, charts, infographics and other visual aids.

6. Keep Your Presentation Clear, Unique and Impactful

When it comes to making presentations, less is more.

As a presenter, you want recruiters to glance at your slide, gain interest and listen to you. Hence it's best to keep your slide short and simple, aiming for ten slides or less.

Be careful not to load too much information on your slides or break off tangents that don't support your topic.

Just like you, other applicants are looking to give an impressive presentation. Make your presentation memorable and unique. This will convince your employer that you are the ideal candidate for the job.

One way to make your presentation unique is by:

If you're doing a job presentation for a marketing position, for example, you can create a detailed strategic plan that wins the heart and minds of your interviewers using the template below.

how to make a powerpoint presentation for job interview

7. Practice Your Delivery

Your interview presentation is a critical stage in the recruiting process. And having an excellent delivery will solidify your chances of getting the job.

However, having a flawless delivery starts with practice, practice and more practice.

For example, Steve Jobs was one of the most phenomenal speakers of his time. His keynotes and demos were compelling and filled with passion and energy.

But if you pull back the curtain, you'll realize why presentations were magical. What seemed spontaneous took hours and hours of practice.

Here's the thing. Rehearsing your presentation beforehand will help avoid babbling or being caught off guard.

Not only that, practice will make you become confident, familiar with the outline or structure and deliver your presentation smoothly.

How do you practice your interview presentation?

First off, deliver your presentation in front of a mirror and record yourself while you're at it. Repeat this as many times as possible and watch out for mistakes that could hurt your presentation.

Next, practice your presentation before your friends and ask them to take notes. Doing this will enable you to get feedback or work on areas that require improvements.

Encourage them to provide detailed feedback rather than general feedback like: "you did well" or "great design".

Before presenting his first TED Talk, author and business podcaster Tim Ferriss practiced his presentation with a group of friends and strangers. He went ahead to incorporate their feedback and suggestions in his next rehearsal.

During practice, go ahead and do these things:

As you practice repeatedly, you'll have your points at your fingertips. Plus, you'll become more confident about your interview.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor practiced her 18-minute TED Talk about 200 times before getting on stage. Her speech below, “ My Stroke of Insight,” has amassed well over 25 million views on the TED site alone.

8. Follow Presentation Guidelines

While preparing for your big day, adhere to the employer's rules for the interview presentation.

The interview rules could include:

For instance, if your interviewer says candidates must complete their presentation in 10 minutes, don't exceed the allocated time.

If you've not been given a time limit, keep your presentation between 10-20 minutes. Remember — people have short attention spans.

When you adhere to the guidelines, employers will believe you're reliable and can work with available resources.

9. Use the Right Presentation Tool

The tool you use to prepare your presentation is as important as the content. You'll find tons of presentation software out there, including PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Visme, Prezi and more.

Sometimes, your potential employer may favor a particular platform for your interview presentation. But more often than not, they'll leave you to make a choice.

In this case, it's advisable to build your presentations using a tool that's not only familiar but has everything you need to make your content shine. We strongly recommend a feature-rich tool like Visme .

Whether you're a novice or expert, Visme is precisely made to help you craft beautiful presentations and nail your delivery. The tool has 500+ templates, animations, fonts, and design themes that match your style and any niche you can think of.

You can also check out our quick video on how to create beautiful and professional interview presentations in Visme.

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10. Have a Backup Plan

Keep in mind that complications could arise. Having a backup plan can help you put things back on track and complete your presentation successfully.

Your employer will mainly provide a screen, laptop, USB and other equipment.

Still, it would help to bring along your laptop and USB drive. They could come in handy if you want to quickly make some adjustments to your slide or review them before the presentation.

In addition, make sure to:

Taking these steps can save the day if anything goes wrong such as computer breakdown, corrupt files, power disruption and other technical glitches.

11. Determine Follow-up Questions and Provide Answers

Now your preparation is in top gear. But wait, there's one more thing.

After creating your presentation, review the content and check for readability and spelling errors.

Then think up questions your audience might ask after your delivery. You'll want to brace up for questions that are both related and not related to the topic.

Here is a list of the common interview presentation questions that you can expect:

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11 Interview Presentation Tips

You've put in the work to prepare your interview presentation. Great job! Now the day and time of your presentation have arrived.

These 11 interview presentation tips will help you win your employers over.

1. Pick the Right Outfit

There's no hard and fast rule to picking the right interview outfit. And that’s because different companies and industries have preferred dress codes.

So your best bet will be to ask the hiring manager before the interview date. This will enable you to align your attire with the company culture.

Whether the acceptable dress code is formal or casual, wear something that makes you appear smart and confident. But when in doubt, stick to formal and smart business attire.

2. Arrive Early and Settle In

Whether you have an online or physical interview or presentation, this is a no-brainer. Showing up late doesn't only leave a bad impression, but it could cost you the job.

Arriving early to your interview will give you enough time to settle your nerves and tie loose ends.

A good rule of thumb is to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your presentation. You'll have ample time to get comfortable with the equipment and the environment.

3. Start Strong and Build Rapport

The opening part of your interview presentation is where you set the mood for the rest of the presentation.

Here, you have to draw your audience in and convince them to listen to you. So aim to make it impactful and enthralling.

Once you get on the stage, build rapport with your audience.

Start by introducing yourself, professional experience, skills and educational background. Then, highlight your career achievements, records, awards and portfolio like the example interview presentation slide below.

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The goal is to impress and attract your audience's attention. This is the moment where you convince recruiters that you’re worth listening to.

When it comes to your presenting your topics, you can kick off your presentation with the following techniques:

Not only will this help draw your interviewers in, but it will engross them and set the mood for the rest of the presentation.

4. Be Confident

You've worked so hard to get to this point. Be confident that you've got this. Projecting confidence is also as important as having an incredible resume.

Recruiters love to listen to confident candidates. And developing this mindset will help you inspire trust and build connections with your potential employer.

If you're looking to keep your confidence high, do these things:

5. Deliver Like a Pro

While making your presentation, ensure your delivery is crisp and clear.

Whether you're using your voice or microphone, command attention by enunciating words clearly and projecting them to the back of the room. Otherwise, you'll come across as timid or unsure of your assertions.

Resist the temptation to use a dull tone or communicate without facial expressions.

Instead, deliver your speech with passion and vary your pitch to convey feelings and different emotional intensities. Delivering your message with emotion and liveliness will keep your audience hooked.

Most people tend to speak fast when they're nervous. Well, if this happens, your interviewer may miss out on important points.

Thus, maintain a reasonable pace and have occasional pauses in between. This will give you time to catch your breath, collect your thoughts and let your messages sink in.

Remember your slide is supposed to support your presentation, so avoid reading your slides or notes. Doing this will bore your audience and give them the impression that you're inept on the subject.

Showcase your expertise with the help of the presentation interview template below.

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6. Tell a Compelling Story

Storytelling is one the most effective ways to structure your interview presentation.

Whether you're simulating a project, discussing a technical topic or pitching your skills, storytelling is the key to winning audience interest.

Top business leaders are making the most of it. You should make it the foundation of your interview presentation.

For example, in the video below, Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, leverages storytelling to explain how she built a successful product.

One of the reasons why Steve Jobs stood out during presentations is his ability to tell captivating stories. He used storytelling during his keynote addresses, pitches and notably during the launch of the first iPhone in 2007.

Here's the thing. Telling stories engages your audience and helps understand your points. Also, it makes your presentation more impactful and memorable.

Here's how to use storytelling during your interview presentation

What's more? To make your presentation cohesive and well-thought-out, use practical examples.

For example, the slide below highlights current gaps or problems.

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Then, the next slide suggests practical steps to address the gaps or solve the problems.

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7. Use Visual Aids

We discussed this during the preparation phase. And you've got to make it count while delivering your presentation.

Adding visuals to your story is a winning formula that works all the time.

Why? Interestingly about 65% of people are visual learners. Plus, our brains are wired to pay more attention to visual content.

But those are not the only reasons you should incorporate visuals into your presentation.

You can use video, images, infographics and symbols to describe ideas or concepts. Map charts or statistical maps can help visualize geographical information.

You can visualize numbers using graphs, line charts, pie charts, bar charts and maps like in the slide template below.

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8. Use Speaker Notes

While creating your slides, you can store essential talking points in your presenter notes. These notes are visible to you but aren't visible to your audience.

They help you recall key points like quotes, stats or ideas as you present.

Visme makes it super easy to add presenter notes to your slides. You can view your notes for the current and next slides as you present.

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The tool also comes with a timer that helps you stay within the allocated time. If you're pressed for time, cut out the least relevant points and move the most important ones. Ultimately make sure you don't exceed the allotted time.

9. Be Prepared To Adapt

We get it. You've practiced your presentation and put other things in the right place.

However, keep in mind that things don't always go as planned. So you have to be willing to adapt to changes.

For example, you may have prepared a 10 minute presentation for interview and you’re given less than five minutes. Also, you may have planned to deliver your presentation and then take questions. But your interview may commence with questions or ask questions while you’re presenting.

Whatever the case, be prepared to pause for questions or switch to further discussion unexpectedly.

10. Have a Strong Closing

Your conclusion is as important as the intro. It determines what your audiences will walk away with and how they will feel about you.

Generally, it should be a summary of everything you discussed earlier. Therefore you have to bring it full circle and make it connected to the rest of your presentation.

Most importantly, make it convincing and memorable.

If your interviewer can remember the key takeaways from your presentation, you'll have the edge over other candidates.

Here's how to end your interview presentation in a memorable way:

Use the job interview presentation example below to craft a striking conclusion that leaves a lasting impression on your audience.

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11. Take Questions and Feedback at the End

After you've concluded your presentation, get ready for questions and feedback from interviewers.

Keep in mind that the questions may differ from what you rehearsed. Still, make sure you answer the question with confidence and demonstrate expertise.

If the question is challenging, take a moment to compose your thoughts before responding. Also, if the question isn't clear, don't be afraid to ask for clarification.

In any case, the panel will judge your suitability for the role based on what you say, how you present yourself and how you approach questions.

Ace Your Interview Presentations with Visme

Creating an effective interview presentation can be your weapon to launch or advance your career. With a winning interview, you can outperform other candidates and convince your prospective employers that you're the right fit for the job.

But it all starts with setting aside hours to prepare for your presentations. In addition, make sure you follow all the tips we've shared for delivering your presentation.

Looking to create a presentation that will land you that new role? Then you need to use intuitive presentation software like Visme.

Whether you're a learner or an expert, Visme is easy to use. We guarantee that it will pay off more than you can imagine. The tool offers hundreds of pre-built presentation templates, built-in graphics, multimedia, design elements and more.

Beyond creating stunning presentations, you'll be able to share your presentation live. You can also embed it to your website or download it as a video or editable file formats like PDF, PPTX and more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you start an interview presentation.

There are a few great ways to start your presentation with style, immediately grabbing your audience’s attention:

What is a good presentation topic for an interview?

When creating a presentation as a part of a job interview, you want to choose a topic that will help to sell yourself and your knowledge. This might mean a prior project you worked on, some new tech in your industry, new industry trends, etc.

What is the point of an interview presentation?

An interview presentation helps potential employers understand your actual knowledge level in the industry. If you’re able to give an in-depth presentation showcasing how well you know about something related to your field, they’re much more likely to want you on their team.

How do you improve your interview presentation skills?

Looking to improve your presentation skills ? A few key interview presentation ideas and tips include:

Easily put together winning interview presentations in Visme

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how to make a powerpoint presentation for job interview


  1. PowerPoint Presentations at a Job Interview

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  1. How to Talk About Salary in a Job Interview

    Job interviews are usually stressful. After all, you’re selling yourself to a prospective employer, and a great first impression is critical. But interviews can become even more awkward when the discussion turns to money.

  2. What Are Some Good Things to Say During a Job Interview?

    Good things to say during a job interview also include statements about how exciting the position would be for the interviewee.

  3. What Are the Basic Job Interview Questions?

    Basic job interview questions include topics such as weaknesses and strengths, why the candidate is leaving or has left a position, and his professional goals. Job candidates are often asked about their salary requirements.

  4. How to Make an Impact with Your Interview Presentation Slides

    Interview Powerpoint Presentation Tips for success: · Avoid Standard Templates · Limit Text & Bullets · Skip the Clip Art · Avoid Animation · Choose

  5. How to Prepare a PowerPoint Presentation for a Job Interview

    Include a cover slide with your name and email address or phone number before launching an introduction. The introduction can be one or two slides, and should




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  8. How to prepare a PowerPoint presentation for an interview

    How to make a PowerPoint presentation for an interview · 1. Do your research · 2. Organise your information · 3. Select a template · 4. Choose the

  9. Example Presentation For Job Interview PowerPoint ...

    Content of this Powerpoint Presentation ... Slide 1: This slide introduces Example Presentation For Job Interview. State Your Company Name and

  10. How to Nail a PowerPoint Presentation for Job Interview

    Making the Presentation · Gather Information · Pick your Platform · Start with Structure · Keep it Clear, Succinct and Impactful · Highlight YOU.

  11. 7 tips for a stand-out interview presentation

    Keep the interviewer engaged, make them think and question. · Always consider the 80/20 rule of engagement. · When you're building slides, think simplicity. · Get

  12. Job interview presentation: how to nail it and win that job

    A good way to start thinking about the structure of your presentation is to layout the slides of the PowerPoint deck. The number of slides will depend on how

  13. PowerPoint presentation for interview

    PowerPoint presentation for interview · FIRSTLY understand how PowerPoint works. Spend an hour or so searching for PowerPoint guides. · DO some investigation · DO

  14. How to Deliver a Winning Interview Presentation

    When designing a clean and effective presentation, it's important to use lots of white space. Don't use more than six words per slide. Stick to