So many people put meaningless statements like “great communication skills” or “great presentation skills” on their resume. It is one thing to tell people that you have these skills, it is quite another to prove it by showing them you have them. Give examples of your ability to communicate verbally in small and large groups, and you will prove that you are ready for the job.
Behavioral Interview Question: Describe the most important presentation you have had to make in your career so far? How did you go about preparing for the presentation?
This question is actually a really good one for the candidate, because it is essentially asking for an achievement that shows off your communication skills. But be warned: it also tells the interviewer directly what types of presentations you have been involved in and if your “most important presentation” is barely much of a presentation at all, you may have to find other ways to prove you’re ready to present.
“I believe the most important presentation I can recall was one time in the early stages of my marketing career, when I needed to give a speech on marketing strategies to about 150 real estate agents at a city convention. I don’t mind speaking in public, but I had never made a presentation to a group that large before, on such an important topic.
To prepare, I first created an outline. I also printed over 200 copies of the outline so that I could hand them out for those in attendance to follow along. I then recorded myself presenting, and went back and watched it a few times to see if there was any information missing and to evaluate my body language. I made a few adjustments to my initial presentation and repeated the exercise again to see if it was an improvement. Since I had some presentation experience in the past, I was also able to draw on that and remember what worked in the past and what didn’t.
The presentation went very well, and we secured several clients as a result.”
Any time you speak in front of a large audience for work, you’re immediately showing you have experience presenting. Just remember, it doesn’t have to be a large audience, it can can also be something like a crucial conversation with supervisors about an important topic. As long as the answer is genuinely important, you’ll be able to impress the interviewers.
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