Interview Presentation

Hi! So glad for this group. May I ask regarding a presentation (10 min) for a job interview via zoom—( I was asked to prepare a 10 min presentation on any topic I am passionate about)

1. What is the purpose? What are they looking for? E.g Would I be delivering this presentation as an ILT? (instructor led training?) I would assume so.  

2. How many slides would you suggest?

3. Which tool do you suggest I use for delivery viz zoom? I was thinking of using Captivate as its an instructional design tool used at the company. Or should I use Pear Deck?

4. Can anyone offer any other tips? Or examples?

Thank you for helping me clarify.

2 Replies
Kristin Hatcher

Often when they ask you to do a presentation, they want you to make decisions about all the things you are questioning. If the job is for an ILT position, I would say you probably want to deliver as an ILT. If it's for an eLearning developer, or some combination of delivery, you could go into it with that in mind.

I suggest keeping the slides as short as possible, with a little text and as many graphics as possible. If you know what tools they use, it's a great idea to try and mirror that so they know you are comfortable with it - but only if you really are comfortable with it!

The purpose of something like this is to see your work, and to ensure that the work you provide is the quality they are looking for. They want to make sure that you didn't plagiarize your whole portfolio (if you have one) and that you can actually do the things you say you can do in your resume. When putting this presentation together, see if you can showcase your best skills in some way - eye catching graphics, a well-written presentation, etc. 

I hope this helps. Good luck!

Ulises Musseb

If it's not for a position that requires teaching or training, probably they might not be looking into how you deliver learning. They might be looking for presentation skills, how you present and communicate. The choice in topic also might play a role for them to determine your decision/selection process or its appropriateness for their purpose.

When we interview candidates, they present mostly to have the team meet the candidate and receive feedback from members of the team, not just the interviewers.

In the past, when I have presented, I keep it related to the work I plan to do, or to the work the department I plan to work for does.

  • I am very mindful of the timing - don't go over. I disqualify people who can't seem to adapt timing.
  • I am mindful of every single person present - I've seen people presenting and talking to only one or two people, forgetting the rest of the audience. Include people who don't add questions and just observing.
  • I stay away from controversial topics or things that might be sensitive to people - I once had some (rather crazy) woman presenting to our team in an interview about "Managing Creative People". She got me at hello with the choice of topic, but then she proceeded to bash creative people as "you cannot trust them; they will shoot you in the back". Not only was that the first time I learned about discrimination on the bases of creativity, but I cannot think of something more inappropriate than attacking people that you might not know if they are in the audience.
  • Interact with the audience - no lecturing, try to ask questions, try to encourage engagement and interaction.
  • Read the room - make sure that they are showing interest and/or engagement. You're not expected to give a Ted Talk (I hope), nor a performance,  but try to look present, not rehearsed and scripted.

Best of lucks.