Interview Presentation on any subject

Interview Presentation on any subject

Interview Presentation

I have a second interview with a telecommunications company as a trainer. I’ve been asked to give a 5 to 10 minute presentation on any subject, using any media. My mind has gone blank as to subject matter. Any suggestions?

The best topic to give is one that you are very comfortable with. Best to have a topic that is work related. A great topic would be about a project at work that gave you the best feedback.

If you enjoyed the project you will naturally talk with enthusiasm and passion and you will be seen as a person who can get things done.

The secret is not to get too bogged down on justifying the project. Use your precious time to show what the impact of the project was.
Use pictures to convey the story.

If it is a training job that you are going for make sure that you interact with the audience.

I hope that this helps. Please share the topic that you choose on this discussion board so that others may get a bit of inspiration.

Good luck


I have an interview on Friday where I need to give a "not more than 10 minute" presentation on Microsoft office – I would be teaching ECDL if I am successful.

I was going to do something on PowerPoint, but other than pasting lots of page dumps on how to do things, I am struggling for inspiration! I only got the interview letter last night – hence the short notice.

Any suggestions, please? I really want this job – and am so pleased I even managed to get the interview!

There is a number of techniques that you could use.

One is to do a presentation on "how not to use powerpoint", or on "death by powerpoint".

You could include all of the clip art that we have all seen before, the annoying sound effects and also the wacky animation effects.

I have attached a couple of slides that you could use.

Kind regards

Death by power point
death by power point.pps (232.4 k)

I have a job interview in 2 weeks and I have to do a 10 mins presentation on Introducing a proactive customer ethos within a previously administrative and process driven team. I’ve never done a presentation before and I don’t know where to start to find the subject matter information. Please help!

I have a 15-20 minute interview presentation with a large fortune 500 company for a sales position. The only kicker is that I can present on anything but what the company sells. Which I will tell you is what I am most passionate about!!


It really pays to do something that you are passionate about. Take the next best thing that you are passionate about and present on that.

You could also start with a line like "what I am really passionate about is …." then give a few examples of you passion, and then go on to say "but I have been asked not to present on this" and go onto your main presentation. This will show that you are kee about the subject area and can let you shine on the new topic as well.


Thant sounds like a bit of a touch topic to present on.

What you may be better doing is to change the presentation to something like "Great customer service" or "The seven deadly sins of Customer service"

You can the populate the presentation with examples of good and bad customer service and also show how you personally have been, in your career, have been able to provide good service.

This may make it easier to present.

Would this approach work?

Hi Presentation Doctor,
I wish I could change the subject but that’s exactly what they sent me.
Thanks for your help

Hi can you please help me, I have been put forward for promotion in the Estate Agency where i work now. The job role is managing partner. I have been asked to give a 10 minute presentation on what i would do in the first 60 days in branch. So far i have got one line (observe and get to know staff) that is as far as i have got. Any hints tips etc you can give me. Mr Area manager + personel are doing the interview….please help

Estate Agency

This is always a difficult one to present on. You are right that in the first 60 days observing and getting to know the staff is by far the most important step. I know to my cost the difficulty of hitting the ground running with a new plan, but without having gathered all the correct information.

But in a way what they are actually asking is "what skills will you bring to the job". If you highlight your three main skills in you presentation and how they will apply in the first 60 days then that will be key.

There will be a couple of other areas that can also be quite useful in the first 60 days as well. "Teambuilding" is going to be very important during the first phase. It would also be quite useful to "conduct a thorough review of all the cases on the books at the moment".

Also if you want the first 60 days to be more through you may suggest that at the end of the period you will have produced a review plan which you will present to the other partners to get their buy in before taking forward.

The other thing is perhaps also do a little digging of what you can find out about some of their problems – not enough houses on their books, poor particulars, houses that are hanging around too long, phone calls not being answered etc. You may be able to find some of this out in the area. These may also be things that you would be able to look at in your report.

If you are looking for a section on teambuilding then here is a good line that I have come across.

Of all the advice I have ever seen about motivation, this really is the best. It is a very simple technique that really works well (the best ideas are very simple).

1. Make a list of all things done to you that you abhorred.
2. Don’t do them to others. Ever.
3. Make another list of things done to you that you loved.
4. Do them to others. Always.

– Dee Hock, founder, Visa

I hope that some of this will be of use.

Please let us know how it goes.

Customer Ethos

If you need to stick to the question they have given you, then you effectively have to present back to them what you would do in the job.

The problem would appear to be that the team see themsleves as administrators or process drivers rather than as champions of customer service. I have typically seen this in departments such as accounts or claims handling. If often happens where there is a pool of lower paid staff and a backlog of work, that never seems to go down.

People often see their work as part of a process. I’ll get round to it, when it gets to the top of thier pile. They often see people who chase them up as irritating distractions and can treat them accordingly. Changing the customer ethos is all about changing the culture of the team.

If I had picked up this job I would have effectively had to do three things to solve this problem. This would have formed the basis for my presentation.

Firstly you will need to bring in a customer servcie training scheme. This is best carried out in small groups and would be a little similar to the "quality circles" where you discuss the concept of internal customers and how you could better support them.

Secondly you will need to second some additional support to get a breather for the team to be able to undertake the sessions.

Thirdly you will need to start teambuilding to make the team stronger.

These may not work for you, but I think that you may be able to follow the flow and could substitute the three main action items that you would do in this role.

These could for the three key parts of your presentation. What you then have to do is to illustrate the presentation with examples of how you have been able to do, or have participated in similar roles in the past. This will for the structure for the presentation.

You will then need to make your presentation as visual as you can to help to get the message across.

Hi Doc. I too am giving a presentation for a 2nd interview. I was told that I could do it on any topic I like, but that I would not have access to an overhead nor a computer with powerpoint but could have handouts. I was thinking of making a presentation relating to the business decision making process. (This is a financial analyst position)

I am planning on relating the analytical decision making process involved in playing and those used in business. I also feel the process of learning to read people is something that can also be useful in a business position.

My main concern is that by discussing this my potential employer may feel that I am a gambler and think poorly about this. I plan on explaining how this is a game of skill with a certain amount of luck involved and is not a game of chance.

Am I going down a bad road with this?

I think that the analogy is a great one, but could leave the audience with the impresssion that you are a gambler.

If you could modify the idea to a generic game of cards (like Whist, for example) then you would be on a much stronger ground. You could talk about how fiancial analysis "is like a deck of cards" etc.

You could take in a pck of cards to illustrate the point.

The trick is not to labour the analogy too far. I have seen a number of presentations where the anlogy starts to wear a little thin after too may uses. Bring it up a the beginning as an attention grabber and use it at the end to help summarise the key points.

Customer Ethos
Thanks Doc,
One problem I’ve never written one before and I’ve never done a power point presentation! Can you get people to write them for you?

Customer Ethos

Yes there are quite a number of script writers on the internet. I don’t have much experience of them, but it is certainly worth a search on Google.

Hi Doc,I am a fresh graduated student. I applied for a position of software developer in a famous IT company.I will have an interview in two weeks and i have to give a 30-45 mins presentation.
Would you give me any suggestions, please? I really want this job

Dear sir ,
I am Irshad Ali i have got an interview call while my concern field is IT solution tell me that on which topic i shall be told to give presention ,i have left hand finger infaction problem when i open my hand one of my finger is little bit turned due to infection tell me that impact on my presentation during i shall hint out using my hands

hi doc

I’m having a change of career to become a holiday Rep in a "select" dept for over 25’s and need to do a 3 min presentation on"A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF A TIME WHEN YOU HAVE DELIVERED EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE – TELLING WHAT YOU DID AND WHY YOU THINK IT WAS EXCELLENT"
Any thoughts pls……


I would not worry too much about your finger being turned. You are probably much more aware of it than your audience will be. A friend of mine has half of one of his fingers missing, but it does not make any difference o his presentation technique.

If you are worried about it – simply try practicing in front of a video camera. You can play back your performance. Keep on rehearsing until you are happy that it has no real impact.


The real point of the presentation is not necessarily about the story but to see (a) how well you can present yourself (as a rep you will have to give the welcome presentations (b) how customer focussed you are.

Hi I am a graduate based in England and have an interview where I have to make a 3 min presentation on ‘why you should employ me’. The job is in sales for which I would be given training. I want to really try and get the tone and content right.

Hello. I am a team manager in a bank, in Risk Operations.

I am being interviewed for Operations Manager tomorrow and have been advised that I have to deliver a 20 minute presentation with forty minutes advance warning of the subject.

Does anyone know of any subjects I might be asked and how to go about delivering a presentation on something I may not know too much about? I have been told by colleagues that it could be about baking a cake/knitting!!!

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

I am after some help, i have a job interview next monday. In which I have to carry out a 15 minute presentation on my own interpretation of the position I have applied for. I am relatively new to presentations so any help would be greatly recieved.

A good start would be to work out what the position involves. There are a range of clues on this, but if you can get an inside track that would be good. It may be worth looking to find out as much information on the company as you can.

The bext step is to work out the three key attributes for the job.

The role of the presentation is then to illustrate how you can fit these key attributes.

I hope that this helps

i need help anyone please. i am to do a 5min class presentation on anything but i don’t have any thing on my mind

promotion board presentation

I am attending a promotion board next month and i was asked to prepare a 15 minutes presentation on any matter. what can i do?



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    I have a 4 hours assessment interview next week and this includes a presentation. I have done power point presentations before but in this case I am a bit puzzled with the presentation brief I was given: “take a complex subject of my choice from any field of my life and talk about it for 20 mins”. This is extremely wide and vague because I don’t even know where to start from… Also I am not sure what outcome they are after… Would someone please give me some tips from previous experience? Thanks!

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