About your presentation skills…How this question is a behavorial interview question.
The importance of presentation skills varies according to the industry and role you are applying for. If you are applying for a role in sales, advertising, marketing, teaching or any managerial position you are going to need to prove that you are very comfortable presenting information in front of small and large audiences.
To asses this skill, employers will ask a series of behavioral interview questions about presentations you have made in the past. The questions will go beyond just describing a successful presentation you have made. they will ask how your presentation skills influence others, how you manage presentation stress and presentation mistakes you have made and the things you have learnt from them.
They may also ask you to deliver a planned or impromptu presentation as part of the job interview. If they do, make sure you have read this post – 4 Tips For Creating A Stand Out Job Interview Presentation.
Here are 8 Behavioral Interview Questions About Your Presentation Skills:
Tell me about a recent successful experience in making a speech or presentation?
Tell me about a time you had to use your presentation skills to influence a person or team’s opinion. What was the outcome?
Talk us through a time when you felt your presentation skills let you down and what did you learn from that experience?
How do you prepare for an important presentation so that you reduce your stress levels and present professionally to any large group?
Describe the most important presentation you have had to make in your career so far? How did you go about preparing for the presentation?
Tell me about a time when you have to make an impromptu presentation to a work group with little or no preparation? What was the most difficult part? How did you handle it?
When have you chosen to present an idea in person or on the phone as opposed to via email even though the email channel would have been a lot faster?
What obstacles or difficulties have you ever faced in presenting new ideas to a manager and how did you overcome them?
Presentation skills are a valuable asset that can help differentiate you from other candidates so make sure you are ready to answer these questions and deliver a short presentation if asked.