Giving a presentation to a potential employer is never an easy experience – you’re desperate to impress and have spent hours putting together the perfect presentation to wow the interviewer.

But what’s to say they’ll like it? Maybe they’ll hate everything you have put forward? What if they get bored? Will they stop listening? These are all the types of questions that’ll be going through your head, but it’s important to make sure you keep your head and remain professional when presenting.

With that in mind, here are some top tips on giving a presentation at a job interview:

1) Identify Your Audience

Knowing who you’re presenting to and what they expect to get out of your presentation is vital. Try and find out which members of the business you’ll be speaking to and do a bit of research into their role.

This will give you an idea of what they will be interested in within your presentation, as well as the company values which will dictate the tone and voice of your presentation. You want to engage your audience, so it’s important to speak to them on their own wavelength.

2) Be Confident

Giving a presentation is much like a performance: you have to ensure that all eyes are on you and that you demand attention, and you need to give off an air of authority on the subject you’re talking about.

Simple things like standing when presenting, using hand gestures, making eye contact and speaking clearly give you a better chance of being respected and listened to.

3) Take Your Time

When people are nervous, they tend to rush through things to get them over as soon as possible. But this has a negative effect as the audience may miss a key part of your presentation, or be put off by the nervousness and lack of professionalism.

Take your time with your presentation. Take deep breaths, speak slowly and clearly, and pause if you feel yourself getting nervous or forgetting something. You won’t be marked down for pausing, but you will for rushing through and missing a vital part of the presentation.

self promotion4) Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse

It’s like the old saying goes: practise makes perfect. And it’s true! The more you go through your presentation and get familiar with it, the better it will come across on the big day.

Use your friends and family as guinea pigs and practise your presentation on them. If they’re entertained, engaged and understand it, then you’re onto a winner!

5) Be Visual

The most important thing in a presentation is to keep your audience engaged, and if you show up with pages and pages of boring text, then that just isn’t going to happen!

Focus more on visuals in your presentation. Whether that be pie charts, graphs, or just a more visual way of presenting text, it’s a lot more interesting than having to listen to you babbling on for an hour (no offence!).

6) Ensure It’s Structured

The best presentations have a strong introduction at the start, compelling argument/explanation in the middle and a captivating conclusion at the end.

Make sure your presentation has a strong and structured format, that way you won’t get lost in your notes and neither will your audience.

So there we go, a few tips on how to give the perfect presentation at an interview! Do you agree with the tips, or do you have any secret weapons up your sleeve when it comes to presentations?