Students would be wise to sharpen up their presentation skills if they wish to land that dream job. A recent study by 'The Society of Human Resource Management' has found recruiters are turned-off of applicants with poor vocabulary and an inarticulate way of expressing themselves. Applicants would even fare better if they showed up late to the interview. So how do you make yourself a great speaker in the minds of your listener? Preparation!
According to Career coach Robin Ryan (robinryan.com), the number one thing an applicant needs to do is prepare for tough questions before the interview. Use specific, 60-second answers. Check out the company's website, speak to people who work there and make sure you know who you are going to meet with.
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Don't only focus on information; think about how you are presenting. Body language says a lot about your level of interest in the conversation. Pay attention to eye contact, voice inflection and posture. And try not to tap your pencil on the desk or check your watch.
Avoid misunderstanding by using examples. Ryan advises to use examples of what you have done in other job settings. Explain how you cut costs or improved productivity.
Dress for the occasion. Make sure your clothes are ironed, your hair is brushed and your tie is straight. Job portal Monster.com recommends applicants dress one or two levels above what you would if you were actually working a day-in-the-life in that position.