Why presentation skills rule
Whether you’re hiring for a salesperson, HR pro, trainer or marketer, presentation skills are a must.
From selling products to representing your company to potential clients, there’s huge demand for presentation skills in most jobs—especially when you’re hiring for senior roles.
Presentation skills interview questions
- How do you prepare a presentation?
- Tell us about a time you’ve created a killer presentation. What made it special?
- How do you target different audiences with your presentations?
- Describe how you would use a presentation to impress a new client.
- How do you pull a bored audience back in?
- Describe how you’d announce bad news to the team.
- Reports vs. in-person meetings. Which wins? Why?
- What are your favorite presentation tools?
- In a presentation, how much comedy is too much comedy?
Candidates to look for
- Great resume: For some roles, you may want candidates who present well on paper as well as in person.
- Outside-the-box thinking: Candidates who avoid obvious answers can hold an audience for longer. Think: intrigue and humor.
- They get to the point: No one wants to sit for hours and listen to someone drone on. Candidates who get to the point quickly are on point.
- Passionate candidates: Ask candidates to talk about their hobbies to test how enthusiastic they can be.
Candidates to avoid
- Unprepared candidates: If your candidate didn’t prepare for their interview, they’re probably not going to prepare for presentations.
- They’re unpersuasive: Candidates who struggle with persuasive language and coherent arguments won’t be good influencers.
- They look uncomfortable: Check in on their body language for extra clues on their stress levels. Look for confidence and eye contact.
- Bad listeners: The best presentations are a two-way street. Candidates need to show they listen as much as they talk.