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What should you expect?

When asked to deliver a presentation, you may be given a topic in advance or be given an allocated amount of time to prepare on the day. You may be asked to present to an individual or to a panel of interviewers, or in front of the other candidates.  If it is not clear, you can always contact the company for further information. 

What are the assessors looking for?

  • Your presentation skills
  • Your non-verbal communication skills
  • A clear and logical structure
  • A good understanding of the topic
  • Confidence and personality 
  • Your ability to keep to the time limit 

How can you prepare?

If you know your topic in advance, you can think about:

  • Preparing a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation using props and/or hand-outs 
  • Practising! 

If you are given the topic on the day, use your preparation time to plan:

  • A clear and logical structure
  • Key points to get across
  • A strong beginning and ending 

Even if you are not told you will be doing a presentation, you may be asked to introduce yourself in front of the other candidates so confidence and preparation are important. 

Help from the Careers Centre  

The Careers Centre can help with presentations and show you where to find useful resources. Check out the assessment centre homepage for more details and MyCareer Events for the latest assessment centre workshops.

You can also make a longer appointment with a Careers Consultant to practise your presentation and get some feedback.