Public speaking is stressful. Even those that thrive as public speakers often get nervous before a major presentation because there is something inherently challenging about standing up and speaking in front of a large group of your peers.
But if your job requires a presentation component, you’ll need to prove you’re ready for it. That means having a way to reduce your stress, and making sure that it is a method that you can use in any/all situations.
Behavioral Interview Question: How do you prepare for an important presentation so that you reduce your stress levels and present professionally to any large group?
Ideally, try to have a concrete, process driven answer here. “I practice” just doesn’t sound that impressive to an interviewer. How do you practice? What’s different about the way you practice than someone else? It is more important to focus on the steps you go through to prepare rather than the details of the actual presentation you are talking about.
“I think preparation is the key to any successful presentation. Good preparation also helps me keep my stress levels to a minimum when I prepare for any important presentation.
I begin my preparation by carefully considering my audience and the venue where I will be presenting. These factors will determine if it is a formal or informal style presentation which will then influence the materials I prepare and the language style I will use.
I then put together a first draft of my presentation and time myself reading it aloud. Once this is done I show the draft to my supervisor and a few of my peers to get feedback and make any adjustments necessary.
Once the presentation itself is complete, it really is a matter of practise. I practise the presentation out loud until I no longer need a script or too many palm cards. I concentrate on my body language, making regular eye contact with the audience and the tone of my voice.
The final step is to ensure I am prepared for any questions the audience may have.”
This answer shows you have a logical and well thought out approach that you could apply when preparing for any presentation in any company. It will also make you appear as if you have done this many times before and that you will not crumble under the pressure in any new role.
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