- Teambuilder is a recriutment company for the engineering industry

Recruitment specialist for the engineering industry

Presentations

Presentations

Presentation Tips

General:

  • Always find out about the presentation (ask the agent or the company directly what they are looking for).
  • What is the title/topic, make sure you are targeting the correct subject matter.
  • What systems are they using? Make sure you are familiar with your system and that they are compatible (e.g. Powerpoint) and practice your Presentation.
  • Practice in front of a friend or partner (this can be good for polishing the presentation with proper feedback).
  • Make sure it shows you have put in some effort (remember some presentations are often just to identify the keener candidate).

Personal Presentations:

  • Personal presentations are an opportunity for you to show yourself in a good light. You must be totally familiar, and honest with all the subject matter.

Make a list of topics you can be expected to cover or be asked about:

  • Have rehearsed reasons as to why you want the job.
  • Make sure you know the geographical location well (house prices if relocating).
  • Know all the reasons why you have changed jobs.
  • Know the reasons for your education.
  • Know the reasons for your career.
  • Strengths.
  • Hobbies & interests.
  • Achievements within your career and your personal life.
  • Aspirations within your career, your personal life.

Details to know and be accurate about (you may be asked to supply certificates and references after interviews);

Educational background:

  • Courses completed, where completed, & grades.
    Brief explanation of why that location was chosen and why course chosen.

Employment history:

  • Companies employed by & length of service. Explain reasons for moving on (very important).
  • Brief overview of projects.
  • If there have been many projects at each location, choose the best and most successful one or two at each location.

Current situation & motivations (motivations are the single most important thing):

  • Explain you’re motivations for looking to move on. Try to make these as positive or aspiring as you can – you have an objective, i.e. you’re looking to move up to the next level (DO NOT be over the top, for example, wanting to be the next MD!).
  • Say you’re looking to move to place where you’ll be able to provide a good number of years service.

Personal overview:

  • Strengths and weaknesses.
  • Make sure your strengths are covered by actions and examples in your presentation.
  • Be careful of weaknesses (probably best avoided). If listed, in a later interview the client could concentrate on them. However, be prepared for the question “any weaknesses?” if you do not put weaknesses in your presentation.

Why engineering?

  • Provide details of what specifically fascinated you with engineering (they want to recruit an engineer).


Rehearse your presentation. It should be a length of between 10 and 15 minutes. 12-13 minutes is ideal. Too long, you’ll bore the interviewers. Too short and it looks as though you’ve not put the effort in. Make sure you know it off by heart, and make sure you can elaborate fully on all points.

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Prensentation Tips
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