Employers will often be keen to assess how well you can structure and communicate information as well, potentially, as your knowledge of a particular topic. You may be asked to prepare something in advance, or find that you are required to deliver a presentation on the day itself, either as a stand-alone exercise or, for example, as the final component of another task, whether that was something you worked on individually or as part of a group exercise.
Whether your presentation is pre-planned or only a quick summary at the end of a group exercise, get the structure right. Ensure you know how much time you have for delivery, consider the question carefully and decide what your key messages will be, then stick to the following guidelines:
tell your audience what you're going to cover in the upcoming presentation
tell them – in more detail, of course
tell them what you’ve told them – summarise/recap.
Consider your audience carefully and make sure you are pitching your content appropriately. Try to engage those listening – effective techniques include using data or graphs to convey key information, sharing anecdotes or asking questions as part of your rhetorical technique.
Use our presentation matrix for more advice on structuring, planning and delivering your presentations. You can also read our blog on how to improve your presentations skills and have a look at some of the recommended TED talks about public speaking which should also provide some insights.